The Miami Marlins lost a heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night, 2-1.
While that was going on, the Miami Marlins minor league system was also busy, with four games scheduled for April 10th. The New Orleans Baby Cakes contest against the Iowa Cubs was postponed, and will likely be part of a doubleheader later in the season if not tomorrow.
None of the clubs in the Marlins system gained a victory, with three of the four teams in action, including the Marlins, losing one-run contests.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5
Double-A Southern League
The Jumbo Shrimp dropped a 5-4 contest to the Cincinnati Reds double-A affiliate in Pensacola with 5,038 in attendance at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
McKenzie Mills made his first start of the season, and surrendered four earned runs over five innings on seven hits and a walk. Mills also struck out three, but three of the seven hits allowed were home runs, including one to former Marlins prospect Brian Schales. Dustin Beggs came into the game to pitch in the sixth, and struck out three while allowing one run over three innings.
Justin Twine led the Shrimp offensively by going three-for-four, and is now hitting .389 in 2019. This, after hitting .402 for Jacksonville in 28 games last season. Brian Miller hit a single and a double and Magneuris Sierra added a double. Other Jacksonville players to hit safely were John Silviano, Bryson Brigman, and Anfernee Seymour. Shrimp hitters struck out 13 times in the game, with Joe Dunand and Seymour missing thrice each.
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, Rodrigo Vigil got the Shrimp on the board with an RBI-groundout to score Miller. Seymour followed with an RBI-single to score Stone Garrett. Pensacola added to their lead in the bottom of the inning.
Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Vigil brought another home without the benefit of a hit or a walk, getting HBP with the bases loaded. Again the Wahoos answered in the bottom of the frame to reestablish their two-run cushion. Miller scored Silviano on a groundout in the eight to complete the scoring.
Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Florida Fire Frogs 6
Advanced-A Florida State League
With 211 fans in attendance at Osceola County Stadium on Wednesday, the Hammerheads came up just short to the Fire Frogs.
Trevor Rogers made his second start of the season, earning no-decision over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks, striking out three. Daniel Castano struck out four in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Lukas Schiraldi took the loss by allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning, on two hits and two walks.
The Hammerheads hit safely 10 times to 11 for Florida. Jose Devers led the way by going three-for-four. Lazaro Alonso collected a pair of hits, including his first homer of the season, and Isael Soto added a double. Tristan Pompey, Riley Mahan, Nick Fortes, and Cameron Baranek also hit singles for Jupiter.
Rogers spotted the Frogs two runs in the first, but Jupiter brought home four in the fourth on a Baranek RBI-single, a Devers RBI-bunt-single, a Pompey RBI-single and an Alonso RBI-single. Florida got one back in the fifth to make it 4-3, Jupiter, then Alonso went deep in the sixth inning for a two run lead. It would hold until Schiraldi’s meltdown in the eighth inning doomed the Sharks to their fifth loss in their first seven games of the season.
Clinton LumberKings 4, Quad Cities River Bandits 7
Single-A Midwest League
The LumberKings dropped their fourth straight contest today, losing after Zach Wolf blew a save in the ninth inning with 501 in the house at Ashford University Field.
Josh Roberson continued to maintain a 0.00 ERA, but did allow three unearned runs in a five inning start. He struck out eight and walked two, allowing five hits. Alex Vesia struck out three in as many innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Wolf came into the game with a 4-3 ninth inning lead, then allowed four hits and two walks in the top of the inning. Clinton couldn’t return the favor against Bandits closer Devin Conn.
Robertson allowed two runs in the first, then in the bottom of the inning, Christopher Torres and Jerar Encarnacion each connected on solo shots to tie the score. Another unearned run came home an an error in the third inning, but Thomas Jones tripled home Marcos Rivera in the fifth to tie it back at three.
Michael Donadio put the Kings on top in the seventh, scoring Rivera on a single into left field. No Clinton player collected more than one hit in the game, but Torres reached safely twice by adding a walk.
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Noon: Jupiter will face the Fire Frogs once more, sending Will Stewart to the hill.
1:08PM: The Iowa Cubs will once again host the Baby Cakes, who will entrust Zac Gallen to continue his hitless, walkless, scoreless streak.
7:30PM: Clinton will attempt to avoid losing their fifth straight contest, in the series finale versus Quad Cities. Humberto Mejia will start for the Kings.
7:35PM: Robert Dugger will start for the Jumbo Shrimp in the second game of a five game series.
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