Miami Marlins Farm Report: Three Walkoffs

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: A detailed view of Marlins Park during the game between the Miami Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: A detailed view of Marlins Park during the game between the Miami Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Miami Marlins dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Mets earlier today at Marlins Park. The farm system was also busy. Six of Miami’s minor league affiliates played a total of nine games, winning six of them.

Triple-A Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Oklahoma City Dodgers 1

At Miami’s top level below the Marlins, the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-43) defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (44-35), 2-1 at Shrine on Airline.

With 2,387 in attendance on a 90°afternoon, Odrisamer Despaigne tossed five shutout innings for the Cakes. He struck out five and surrendered five hits, four singles and a double. Despaigne didn’t issue any walks, finishing with a 65 GameScore.

Ben Meyer surrendered the only run to the Dodgers, allowing four hits and a walk in three innings. He also struck out two. Javy Guerra (2-0, 0.00) earned the win despite allowing a pair of ninth-inning singles.

The Cakes, who were outhit 11-to-10 in the game, were led by Jonathan Rodriguez, who had three hits. Tomas Telis and Magneuris Sierra each collected a pair of singles, and Cito Culver hit a double and the walk-off RBI-single.

Neither team scored until the seventh inning. Telis crossed the plate on a Rodriguez RBI-single to open the scoring in that frame. Andrew Toles (3) smacked the equalizer over the fence in right-center in the top of the eighth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Culver stroked a ground ball RBI-single into left field.

Double-A Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Montgomery Biscuits 5 (7)

In the first game of Jacksonville’s (31-46) double-header against the Biscuits (42-37), the teams traded four runs each in the fifth inning. Montgomery added the winner in the top of the seventh, scheduled to be the final inning. A total of 3,510 took in the two contests.

Nick Solak (11) drove a grand slam off of Shrimp starter Merandy Gonzalez to give the Biscuits a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Brian Miller singled home Eric Jagielo to get the Jumbo’s on the board. Monte Harrison (11) followed with a three-run shot to tie it all up.

Chris Reed gave up the game-winner in the top of the seventh to Peter Maris, an RBI-single.

The Shrimp were outhit 8-to-6 in the game. Joe Dunand was the only Jacksonville player to finish with more than one hit. He had a single and a double. Gonzalez lasted five frames. He allowed all four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two. Reed (0-1, 0.00) allowed two hits, and the final run was unearned.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 9, Montgomery Biscuits 18 (7)

In the “nightcap” against the Biscuits, the Jumbo Shrimp were outhit 14-to-9. All nine starters for the Shrimp finished with exactly one hit each.

Robert Dugger started and allowed five runs on four hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings. Max Duval (2-7, 7.11) earned the loss by surrendering six runs on four hits and a walk in one inning. Lukas Schiraldi also allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings, on five hits and three walks.

High-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0 (7)

Dustin Beggs tossed six shutout innings against the Cardinals of Palm Beach on Sunday afternoon. He allowed three hits and walked zero, racking up three strikeouts. Chad Smith (3-0, 1.50) was credited with the win after one scoreless inning. Like Beggs, he also allowed three baserunners.

Just after noon at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the two clubs got underway on a cloudy 82° day. Jupiter outhit the Cards, 5-to-4. Martin Prado, on a rehab assignment, went two-for-three. Neither team scored until the bottom of the seventh, which was the final scheduled inning. Zach Sullivan scored the game winner on a Jacob Patterson wild pitch. The two would duke it out for a second time just under an hour later.

Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (7)

In game two, the announced attendance was 523, and counted for both games. Ethan Clark (1-2, 3.28) earned the win by going five strong innings. He allowed only an unearned run, on five hits and three walks. He struck out two. Jorgan Cavanerio earned a six-out save, striking one out and allowing a walk and a hit without giving up a run.

The Hammerheads outhit the Cardinals 7-to-6. Justin Twine went three-for-three to lead the good guys to their win.

In the bottom of the first inning, Roy Morales opened the scoring with an RBI-groundout. Twine hit a bases-clearing three bagger before the inning closed, which would be all the offense Jupiter would need.

Palm Beach got one back in the second on a Chase Pinder RBI-single, but that’s all the offense they would get.

Middle-A South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Hickory Crawdads 4 (7)

In game one of Greensboro’s double-header, Trevor Rogers (0-3, 8.42) started and gave up three runs over five innings. He allowed six hits and two walks, striking out four and taking the loss. Ryan McKay pitched an inning of relief, giving up a run.

The Crawdads outhit the Hoppers, 8-to-6. No Greensboro player collected as many as two hits, but Will Allen did hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot.

Jhonny Santos got things rolling with an RBI-ground out in the first inning, and Allen added his homer in the second. The 2-0 lead would hold until the bottom of the fourth.

Samuel Huff brought a run home with an RBI-groundout and Tyler Ratliff (5) went deep with a two-run shot to give the Crawdads a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Yonny Hernandez gave Hickory an insurance run with an RBI-single in the sixth.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 9, Hickory Crawdads 4

Although the Crawdads again outhit the Hoppers again, this time by an 11-to-9 margin, this time Greensboro hit them where it hurt. The announced attendance was at 2,149 for both games.

Isael Soto hit an RBI-single in the top of the first, and Marcos Rivera added a two-run homer before the Crawdads even got to the plate. Pedro Gonzalez smoked an RBI-single in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1.

In the second, two runs crossed the plate on an error by Preston Scott. Santos added a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1. Hickory came back in the bottom of the inning with one run, on a Bubba Thompson RBI-single. Michael Hernandez added an RBI-double in the third for Greensboro to make it 7-2.

Edward Cabrera started for Greensboro and struck out three in three innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Colton Hock (8-3, 2.90) got the win by surrendering one run on four hits in as many innings, he whiffed three. Michael Mertz K’d five in just two innings.

Santos, Céspedes, and Hernandez each finished with a pair of hits to lead Greensboro.

Low-A New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 8, West Virginia Black Bears 4

It was 95° at Dwyer Stadium for the Muckdogs (7-8), the West Virginia Black Bears (6-10), and 597 fans.

The Miami Marlins fifth-round pick, Chris Vallimont, made his first professional start. He lasted three shutout innings and allowed only two hits. Evan Estes followed with a perfect inning. Manuel Rodriguez pitched four relief frames and allowed three unearned runs, striking out four. Elkin Alcala (1-0, 5.06) got the win despite allowing the only earned run the Bears would score all day.

Batavia took a 4-0 fourth inning lead with runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Denis Karas hit a sacrifice fly and Igor Baez added an RBI-single in the second. Albert Guaimaro hit an RBI-groundout in the third, and Baez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

The Black Bears scored three runs in the seventh inning on a Michael De La Cruz (1) homer, and took an 8-4 lead with a Valaika (1) homer in the ninth.

In the bottom of that inning, Demetrius Sims opened with a single, then after a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly, and a pair of intentional walks, Brayan Hernandez (1) hit a walkoff grand slam.

Hernandez also had a double and a single in the game. Sims also finished with three hits, two singles and a double.

Rookie-level Gulf Coast League

Gulf Coast Marlins 6, Gulf Coast Astros 4

More from Marlins Prospects

At 10AM in 87° Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the GCL Marlins topped the GCL Astros by two runs.

Brady Puckett, down in GCL for a rehab start, allowed one run in three innings of work. George Soriano (1-0, 1.13) earned the win with four relief innings, striking out three and allowing one earned run.

Jorge Caballero and Walner Espinal each collected a single and a double to lead the Marlins. Omar Lebron went deep for the second time this season.


Jupiter – RHP Zech Lemond was placed on the seven-day DL.

More transactions here.


10:30AM – DSL Astros at DSL Marlins

6:30PM – Florida Fire Frogs at Jupiter

7PM – Grasshoppers at Hickory

7:05PM – Black Bears at Batavia

7:05PM – Biscuits at Jacksonville (MILB.TV)

8PM – OKC Dodgers at New Orleans (MILB.TV)

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