The Miami Marlins were blanked by the Atlanta Braves today in SunTrust Park, in their eighth game of the season.
But while the big boys got their cuts in, the Miami Marlins minor league affiliates had four contests to play, and won three. This season, we’ll be giving you more-or-less nightly reports on who’s hot, who’s not, and most importantly, who’s next.
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
Zac Gallen was the main story for the New Orleans Baby Cakes in his first start of the season. Gallen put 60-of-87 pitches in the strike zone, while allowing no hits and no walks and striking out 11. Jarlin Garcia followed by striking out the side in a perfect eighth, and Tommy Eveld (after surrendering the first Round Rock hit of the game, a ninth-inning leadoff homer) struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
The game was tied at zero until the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Baby Cakes finally broke through when Harold Ramirez scored on a Round Rock throwing error. Isan Diaz crossed the plate soon after on a Ralph Garza wild pitch.
New Orleans collected eight base hits in the game, a 2-1 victory, with 5,374 in the house at Shrine on Airline. Yadiel Rivera led the way with a pair of singles, Isaac Galloway hit a double, and Isan Diaz, Austin Dean, Harold Ramirez, Matt Snyder, and Jon Berti each collected a single in the winning effort.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Double-A Southern League
Both teams had their chances. Each half inning after the ninth starts with a runner on second base, but neither club could capitalize until Vigil’s game-winner.
There were only 11 hits in the ballgame between the two clubs, with the Jumbos collecting six to Jackson’s five. Magneuris Sierra led the way for Jacksonville, with a pair of doubles and a single to his credit.
Jorge Guzman turned in an effective start for the Shrimp, lasting five innings and surrendering one run on four hits and four walks. He struck out seven Generals. Brett Graves followed with two no-hit innings, Dylan Lee with four strikeouts in two frames, Kyle Keller with two perfect innings, including three strikeouts, and newly-acquired 6’7″ left-hander Elvis Araujo pitched a perfect 12th for the victory.
Advanced-A Florida State League
There were 418 left in the house when they counted attendance at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for the Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals after a two-hour rain delay.
Jupiter collected a total of three base hits in the game, all singles. Riley Mahan, Jose Devers, and Jeff Nelson were the only batters to hit safely. Edward Cabrera took the 4-2 loss, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and surrendering four walks and five hits. Colton Hock, Daniel Castano, and Lukas Schiraldi did enough to keep Palm Beach from scoring again, but the Hammerheads offense didn’t challenge again.
Single-A Midwest League
Chris Vallimont started out the LumberKings with the best start in the Marlins system on Thursday, striking out eight over five shutout one-hit innings. On Friday afternoon, Josh Roberson continued the trend with 2,066 in attendance at Northwestern Medicine Field.
Roberson, a 22-year-old right-handed starter, was a 12th round choice of the Marlins in 2017. Today, he struck out five and allowed only an unearned run over 5 2/3 innings of work to earn Miami’s first victory of their minor league season. Sean Guenther inherited two runners from him in the sixth, but retired Alek Thomas on a grounder to first to end the threat.
Guenther loaded the bases in the seventh but escaped without a scratch. He was followed by relievers C.J. Carter and Zach Wolf, who each set the Kane County Cougars in 1-2-3 fashion in their respective innings of work.
The Kings got on the board early, after J.D. Osborne doubled Jerar Encarnacion home for a 1-0 lead in the first. Connor Scott scored Demetrius Sims on a triple in the second inning to double the lead.
The Cougars brought one home on a pair of Clinton errors in the second inning, but that was all they could muster off the quartet of LumberKing pitchers. In the sixth, Scott added an RBI-groundout, Thomas Jones brought home Bubba Hollins with a sacrifice fly, and Sims scored on an Encarnacion double for what would remain the final margin.
Encarnacion turned in his second three-hit game in as many days for the Kings, going three-for-five with a run and a double. Hollins and Osborne each collected a pair of hits in the 5-1 victory.
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5:30PM: The Hammerheads will try again versus the Palm Beach Cardinals, with Will Stewart taking the hill.
6PM: New Orleans will kick off a pair of seven-inning games against Round Rock, to make up the rain out on Thursday. Hector Noesi gets the ball in game one.
6:35PM: Dustin Beggs gets his turn at the Baseball Grounds against the Generals.
7:30PM: Humberto Mejia will pitch the LumberKings home opener against the Kane County Cougars.
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