Gone Fishin’ 4/16/19: Miami Marlins Minor League Report

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 23: (L-R) Brian Miller, Trevor Rogers, and Joe Dunand are introduced before the game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on June 23, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 23: (L-R) Brian Miller, Trevor Rogers, and Joe Dunand are introduced before the game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on June 23, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Miami Marlins dropped their 14th contest of the season at Marlins Park on Tuesday night, in their 18th matchup.

The 4-14 record is not a surprise to most who had predicted the Miami Marlins to struggle and finish last in the crowded National League East in 2019. The 4-0 final score does nothing to allay the fears that this team struggles for offense. After calling up Austin Dean to replace Peter O’Brien in the lineup, the Miami Marlins have now called up Isaac Galloway and sent down JT Riddle, who had been hitting just .156 over the first three weeks of the campaign. In addition to this move, reliever Austin Brice was moved to the injured list, and Jarlin Garcia called up to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

In the Miami Marlins minor league system, there were three games on tap. After the affiliate system posted a collective 4-0 record on Monday, they went 0-3 on Tuesday. There were a few notable pitching performances. The New Orleans Baby Cakes, currently sporting a 5-6 record for the season, took the day off. They’ll get back after it tonight, when they host a doubleheader against the Iowa Cubs (7-4). Here’s how the rest of the day’s action went down.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Birmingham Barons 3

Double-A Southern League

There were 2,511 on hand at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon for a matinee matchup against the Barons (5-7). Jacksonville (5-7) relied on McKenzie Mills (0-2, 6.75) for a strong start, but he allowed nine baserunners and three runs over only three innings of work. He walked five and allowed four hits, including a solo homer to Yermin Mercedes.

Kolton Mahoney pitched three scoreless and hitless innings, walking two and striking out three over the middle third of the contest. Jordan Milbrath whiffed two in as many innings, and Jeff Kinley struck out the side in the ninth, while also giving up a walk and a hit.

Mills allowed a run each in the second, third, and fourth innings before giving way to Mahoney. With the Barons leading 3-0, Justin Twine got the Shrimp on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a solo jack into left, but it was the only Jacksonville run of the game.

Magneuris Sierra was the only Jumbo to hit safely twice, with a pair of singles, and Twine’s long-ball was the only multi-base hit of the game. Other Jacksonville players to hit safely were John Silviano, Bryson Brigman, Corey Bird, Stone Garrett, Rodrigo Vigil, and Anfernee Seymour.

Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Daytona Tortugas 2

Advanced-A Florida State League

Tortugas (5-8) pitching kept the Hammerheads (6-6) to just three hits with 445 in the house at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on Tuesday night. Jupiter also had a solid start from former first-rounder Trevor Rogers.

Rogers struck out five and walked zero batters over seven scoreless innings, but he did allow six singles and two doubles. Alejandro Mateo gave up both Daytona runs in the eighth inning before Chad Smith pitched a scoreless ninth. Victor Victor Mesa had a pair of base hits, and Riley Mahan had the other for Jupiter. All three hits were singles.

Clinton LumberKings 1, Peoria Chiefs 2

Single-A Midwest League

In Dozer Park on Tuesday night, the Chiefs (5-7) topped the Kings (5-6) by one run. With 1,305 on hand, Clinton starter Chris Vallimont tossed seven good innings, allowing one run on three hits and zero walks while striking out eight. Reliever Zach Wolf whiffed two in a perfect eighth, then Alex Vesia allowed Peoria to walk off with a run scored on three hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth.

Bubba Hollins started the scoring in the second inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to give Clinton a 1-0 lead. Leandro Cedeno provided Peoria with the equalizer in the fifth with a solo shot of his own. Cedeno later knocked in the game winner on a single off Vesia.

The LumberKings only collected four base hits in the game. A Hollins’ homer, a double by Connor Scott, and singles from Jerar Encarnacion and Thomas Jones.

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Today’s Games

1:05PM – Humberto Mejia starts for Clinton versus Peoria.

6PM – Zac Gallen and Ben Meyer will start on the opposite ends of a twin-bill for the Baby Cakes against the Iowa Cubs.

6:30PM – Jupiter will host the Tortugas.

7:05PM – Robert Dugger will try to get the Shrimp a bounce-back game against the Barons.

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