The Miami Marlins dropped another bad one today and got swept by the Chicago Cubs. While that was going on, they won two and lost two on the farm.
Cito Culver was promoted from the Jumbo Shrimp to the Baby Cakes.
Chris Mazza was assigned to the Shrimp from the Cakes.
Esmerling De La Rosa was sent to the Hammerheads from Jacksonville.
Mason Davis was promoted from Jupiter to Jacksonville.
Michael Mertz was sent to the Grasshoppers from the Hammerheads.
Tyler Frohwirth was released by the Grasshoppers.
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 4, Round Rock Express 5
The Baby Cakes (17-16) carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t hold on for the victory. Jumbo Diaz gave up three runs, including the walkoff three-RBI double to Hanser Alberto. Before that, Zac Gallen struck out nine in six innings, earning a quality start by surrendering only two runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Drew Rucinski struck out four in two innings of scoreless relief with 7,286 in attendance at Dell Diamond.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Tennessee Smokies 2 (10)
Kolton Mahoney started for Jacksonville (13-19) and allowed only an unearned run on four hits in five innings. He struck one batter out and earned no decision. The only run he gave up was in the second inning, on a Skyler Ewing error. 2,762 were in the house at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Tennessee (17-15) took back the lead in the sixth, on a Yasiel Balaguert (2) home run to right field. The Shrimp tied it in their half of the seventh, on Ewing’s first round-tripper of the season.
After nine innings completed with the score still tied at two, The Smokies were unable to push one across in the 10th. In the bottom of the inning, Ewing started on second base. He moved to third on a Chris Diaz sacrifice bunt. After pitcher Jake Stinnett intentionally walked Brian Schales and Isan Diaz, Kyle Barrett hit a rounder to second baseman Carlos Penalver. Ewing crossed the plate when Penalver bobbled it.
Jose Quijada pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only a walk and striking out three. Jeff Kinley (2-0, 1.32) earned the victory with a scoreless inning. No Shrimp player had more than one hit, as Jacksonville outhit the Smokies, 7-to-5.
High-A Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 10, Palm Beach Cardinals 2 (10)
With 1,254 on hand at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the Hammerheads (21-11) scored nine runs in extra innings to pull out the win. The Cardinals (18-14) managed to score in the bottom of the inning, but only once.
In the 10th inning, Jupiter batted around, and then some. In total, they sent 11 men to the plate. Stone Garrett hit an RBI-double, Silviano hit an RBI-single, Eric Gutierrez hit an RBI-double, Roy Morales hit an RBI-single, Aaron Knapp hit a two-RBI-single, and Miller hit an RBI-triple before it was all done.
Single-A South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 10, Asheville Tourists 14
The Hoppers (15-15) squandered a 10-4 seventh-inning lead to drop a 14-10 decision to the Tourists (11-19) with 1,926 at McCormick Field.
Taylor Braley struck out six in 5 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and a walk. Recently demoted Michael Mertz allowed three earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning, on a hit, a walk, and an HBP to finish with the loss. Dustin Beggs also surrendered three runs in 2/3 of an inning.
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Five Grasshoppers finished with multiple hits. Thomas Jones, Marcos Rivera, and Zach Sullivan had three each. Jhonny Santos and Lazaro Alonso had two each. The Hoppers combined for seven doubles and a triple, but no home runs.
At 6:30PM, the Hammerheads will host the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the first game of a three-game series. Robert Dugger (3-1, 2.60) gets the start.
Starting at 7:05PM, Brady Puckett (1-2, 1.82) and the Grasshoppers will take on the Tourists in the second game of a three-game set.
The Shrimp will again host the Smokies at 7:05PM. Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 4.00) will make another rehab start. The Smokies currently lead the five-game series, two-games-to-one.
The Express will host the Baby Cakes at 8:05PM. Miami Marlins number two prospect Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 3.27) will start. The four-game series is currently split at one game apiece.
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