The Miami Marlins dropped a 7-2 decision at Marlins Park on Monday night, to the visiting Chicago Cubs.
With the Fish fallen now to 4-13, it’s good to keep in mind that they’re not really expected to be competitive this season, or win much more than 60 games. What we should also be paying attention to is their minor league system, where hope springs abundant. All four of the Miami Marlins top minor league affiliates were in action on Monday, and all four earned victories.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 3
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
With 8,019 gathered for a Monday morning contest at Werner Park, the visiting Baby Cakes defeated the Chasers by a 4-3 margin. Elieser Hernandez started and struck out six over 4 2/3 innings, keeping Omaha scoreless on four hits and a pair of walks. Jose Quijada earned the victory despite surrendering two runs on three walks and a homer in 1 1/3 innings. Mike Kickham gave up a run over 1 2/3 frames, and R.J. Alvarez whiffed three for a four-out save, his first of the season.
New Orleans got on the board first when Gabriel Guerrero doubled home Yadiel Rivera in the first inning. Rivera doubled the lead in the fifth when he singled Monte Harrison in the fifth. In the sixth, the Cakes once again doubled the lead, extending the score out to 4-0 with a Deven Marrero RBI-triple and a Matt Snyder RBI-double.
The Storm Chasers scored three runs over the next two innings, on a pair of homers, but they would pull no closer. Rivera and Guerrero each collected a pair of hits.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5, Birmingham Barons 1
Double-A Southern League
The Jumbo Shrimp hosted the Barons in the first game of a five-game set with 2,630 in attendance at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Dustin Beggs started and pitched a Quality Start, allowing only one run over six innings. Elvis Araujo pitched a scoreless seventh, and Dylan Lee came in to pitch the final two innings, striking out three and keeping the Barons scoreless on a pair of hits.
Justin Twine drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in what would prove the winning run in the bottom of the third. Magneuris Sierra bunted Corey Bird home in the fourth with runners on the corners for a safe base hit, then John Silviano drove Santiago Chavez home to make it 4-1. Stone Garrett hit his first round-tripper of the season in the sixth to set the final score.
Garrett also hit a double, and Dunand added a single as both led the team with a pair of hits. Corey Bird stole two bases in the effort.
Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Daytona Tortugas 3, 10 innings
Advanced-A Florida State League
Braxton Garrett struck out seven over 4 2/3 innings with 385 in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium. He also surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks. Daniel Castano kept the Tortugas scoreless and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings of relief, and Vincenzo Aiello earned an extra inning victory by pitching two scoreless innings.
Daytona scored a run in the top of the first for an early lead, then Isael Soto drove home Lazaro Alonso in the second to tie the score. Victor Victor Mesa singled home Jose Devers in the third to take the lead back.
Daytona scored a pair in the fifth, then Nick Fortes tied it in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. The score would hold at three until James Nelson drove in Jose Devers with the walk-off game winner in the 10th inning.
The Hammerheads outhit the Tortugas eight-to-seven, led by two Mesa singles. Nelson also stole a base in the victory.
Clinton LumberKings 8, Peoria Chiefs 7
Single-A Midwest League
Clinton outhit the Chiefs 13-to-11 in victory Monday night, with 1,054 in the house at Dozer Park.
Alberto Guerrero started and earned the win for the Kings, despite surrendering five runs in as many innings. Manuel Rodriguez earned a 12-out save, even though he issued four walks and two hits for two runs.
Christopher Torres was the only Clinton player in the lineup to not collect a safe base-hit in the game, and four players finished with multiple hits. Jerar Encarnacion continued his hot start to the season, leading the way with three and improving his average to .452. He hit a single, a double, and a home run, with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Bubba Hollins, Demetrius Sims, and Thomas Jones had two hits each.
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At 12:05 PM, the Shrimp will host the Barons in game two-of-five. McKenzie Mills will get his sixth chance at his first victory since joining the Miami Marlins organization. Trevor Rogers will start for the Sharks at 6:30PM against the Tortugas, and Chris Vallimont will open for the LumberKings against the Chiefs starting at 7:35PM.
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