On an off-day for the downtrodden Miami Marlins, their minor league affiliate system posted a 2-2 record.
With the Miami Marlins in a battle to not set records for futility at the major league level for the 2019 campaign, their minor league affiliates are loaded with hope for the future. After ranking dead last with the 30th ranked farm system as recently as this past offseason, the team now can boast the 13th-best minor league system, according to Baseball America.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 8, Iowa Cubs 5
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
In Miami’s top level of the minors, at Shrine on Airline, 1,303 came out to watch the Baby Cakes down the Chicago Cubs top farm club, the Iowa Cubs.
Hector Noesi (2-0, 1.80) came up short of a Quality Start, surrendering a solo home run in five innings of work. He also allowed five other baserunners of no consequence, and struck out five. Of his 82 offerings, 55 finished over the plate. Kyle Keller allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings, and Jose Quijada struck out two while allowing a run over 2 1/3 innings of work for his third save of the season.
Matt Snyder collected three singles to lead the Cakes, who finished with 11 hits for the game to nine for the Cubbies. Monte Harrison hit a single and a triple, Harold Ramirez hit a pair of singles, Jon Berti had a solo homer and a single, and Bryan Holaday added a two-run shot to the bottom line. The Baby Cakes are now 7-7 for the season, tied for second in the PCL American Southern Division.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Birmingham Barons 7
Double-A Southern League
The 5-9 Jumbo Shrimp nearly matched the 7-7 Barons in the hits department, falling just short, nine-to-eight. It wasn’t enough, as Birmingham had all the runs they would need by the fifth inning.
6,397 were on hand at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to see hard-throwing prospect Jorge Guzman take the hill. Guzman lasted for 4 1/3 innings, striking out five but giving up seven runs on as many hits and three walks. He put 57-of-89 pitches in the strikezone, but couldn’t get as many outs as he would have liked.
Three relievers finished the final half of the game for the Jumbos. Elvis Araujo whiffed three in 1 1/3 innings, Jeff Kinley gave up one hit in 2 1/3 frames, and Parker Bugg pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two.
Magneuris Sierra continued his hot hand to start the season, going three-for-five with a runs scored, raising his average to .346. No other Shrimp had a multiple hit night, but Brian Miller and Bryson Brigman each collected a double in the losing effort.
Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Bradenton Marauders 3
Advanced-A Florida State League
With 1,201 in the house at LECOM Park, the 10-5 Marauders secured a walkoff, 10th-inning victory against the 7-7 Hammerheads, the Miami Marlins closest farm to home, geographically.
Jupiter managed only six hits in the extra-inning affair, Led by two singles from Gunnar Schubert and a solo homer from Lazaro Alonso. Riley Mahan, Victor Victor Mesa, and Isael Soto also collected safe base hits in the contest.
Will Stewart did not finish with a Quality Start, but he was effective over his five innings, leaving the game tied at one. He struck out seven in total, allowing six hits and a walk. Steven Farnworth allowed a run in two innings of relief, and Alejandro Mateo pitched two innings of effective relief before getting done-in in the 10th by a Cal Mitchell single, a Dylan Busby intentional walk, and a Lucas Tancas RBI-walkoff.
Clinton LumberKings 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4
Single-A Midwest League
In another game decided in overtime, the 7-6 LumberKings topped the 6-7 Rattlers with 503 fans in the park at Ashford University Field. George Soriano (0-0, 0.79) continued his solid start to the season with five shutout innings, striking out five and allowing three hits and a pair of walks. Sean Guenther surrendered three runs in three innings, including two earned, and Zach Wolf blew the save but earned a win over two relief innings.
The hero of the day for the Kings was a bases-loaded single for catcher Will Banfield in the bottom of the 10th. That was one-of-10 hits for the club, to 12 for Wisconsin. Demetrius Sims (more on him here) led the way with two solo home runs which tripled his professional career output. Ricardo Cespedes also went deep, along with a single, and Sean Reynolds hit two doubles to raise his seasonal average to .091.
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6:30PM – Jordan Holloway will try to follow up his solid start with another against the Marauders.
7:05PM – Jordan Yamamoto starts for the Shrimp against the Barons. He’s looking for his first win of the season despite solid outings every time for the double-A affiliate.
7:30PM – The LumberKings will send out Peyton Culbertson against the Rattlers.
8PM – New Orleans will welcome the Omaha Storm Chasers to the friendly confines of Shrine on Airline. Starting pitching has not been announced by the time this was written.
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