The Miami Marlins minor league system had four games scheduled for Friday.
At the major league level, the Miami Marlins dropped a 9-1 decision at home to the Philadelphia Phillies. Each of their top four minor league affiliates had games scheduled, but the New Orleans Baby Cakes had their series opener at Omaha against the Storm Chasers postponed due to cold. It’ll be made up as part of a double-header today.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2
Double-A Southern League
Jorge Guzman struck out five over six innings for Jacksonville, earning a Quality Start by allowing only two runs on four hits and a walk. He got 51-of-82 over the plate and was charged with the loss, his first decision of the season.
Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0
Advanced-A Florida State League
Will Stewart was the third and least heralded piece of the Miami Marlins haul for their deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. For J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins gained Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro, and Stewart. The 6’2″ lefty had a no hitter going until there were two outs in the eighth inning, while walking one and striking out seven in the Hammerheads 5-0 win against the Tigers advanced-A affiliate.
Stewart was lifted after putting 65-of-96 pitches over the plate, and left with an 83 GameScore. Alejandro Mateo finished the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out two and allowing one hit with 1,405 in attendance at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Lazaro Alonso started the scoring in the first inning, driving in Tristan Pompey with a single into center field on a 3-0 count. In the second, Cameron Baranek and Jose Devers each collected an RBI-single of their own. James Nelson added a solo homer in the sixth to make it 4-0 and Connor Grant hit an RBI-single in the seventh to set the final score.
Devers collected two singles and the homer to raise his average to .324. Victor Victor Mesa and Alonso also finished with multiple hits as the Sharks outhit the Tigers, 12-to-2.
Clinton LumberKings 8, Beloit Snappers 6
Single-A Midwest League
Jerar Encarnacion hit two doubles and a homer for the LumberKings to raise his average to .438. Marcos Rivera also hit safely three times with three singles. Demetrius Sims had two singles in Clinton’s winning effort with 506 in the house at Pohlman Field.
Clinton won despite its pitchers issuing 11 free passes. Steven Farnworth pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season. Beloit scored a run in each of the first three innings before Clinton got on the board int he fourth on a Thomas Jones sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Encarnacion hit an RBI-double, J.D. Osborne hit an RBI-single, and Sims flew into a run scoring double play to give the Kings a 4-3 lead.
Conner Scott made it 5-3 with a base-loaded walk in the seventh, but Beloit scored three in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead. In the Clinton half of the ninth, Sims crossed the plate on a wild pitch, Christopher Torres scored Jones on a sacrifice fly, and Encarnacion’s double scored Ricardo Cespedes to make it 8-6, good guys.
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At 3:05 P.M. today the Baby Cakes will start their four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers. By the end of the day’s festivities, the series will be half over. Hector Noesi (0-0, 3.60) will start the first game. At 5 P.M., the LumberKings will send Peyton Culbertson (0-0, 1.59) against Beloit in the second game of a three-game set.
Starting at 5:30 P.M., the Hammerheads will engage the Flying Tigers in the middle part of a three-game series. Jordan Holloway (0-0, 6.00) gets his turn. At 7:05 P.M., Jordan Yamamoto (0-1, 3.60) will try to break the Jumbo Shrimp’s three-game losing streak in the fourth of a five-game series versus the Blue Wahoos.
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