The Miami Marlins have started off the 2019 season at a 6-16 clip. This projects to a 44-118 full season record.
With that kind of futility a distinct possibility, we need to train our eyes on every season beyond the current one. Where better to get some idea than by watching the Miami Marlins minor league feeder affiliate system.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 9, Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
With 2,445 in attendance at the Shrine on Airline, the Baby Cakes (10-8) handed the Chasers (9-9) a 9-2 defeat.
Zac Gallen continued his fantastic start to the season, allowing an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six. To date, Gallen has given up 12 hits and walked four over 25 1/3 innings, racking up 31 strikeouts and holding a 0.36 ERA. He was relieved by Tommy Eveld, who struck out two in 1 1/3 perfect innings of work.
Omaha scored on a balk in the third inning, and Marrero equalized it in the bottom of the inning with his solo shot. The Cakes racked up six runs in the fourth, on Riddle’s solo shot, a Matt Snyder RBI-single, a Holaday bunt-RBI-single, a Diaz RBI-single, and a Riddle two-run single. Holaday’s shot added to the lead in the eighth, and was followed by a Diaz RBI-double.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Biloxi Shuckers 7
Double-A Southern League
The Jumbo Shrimp (5-13) did just enough to avoid getting no-hit with 1,607 in the house at MGM Park, in Biloxi, MS, against the Shuckers (10-8).
Robert Dugger started and surrendered four runs in five innings, with six strikeouts. Jacksonville scored their run without the benefit of a hit in the fifth inning, when Stone Garrett crossed the plate on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Joe Dunand collected the only Shrimp base-hit with one out in the ninth. He was erased on a game-ending Bryson Brigman double play a moment later.
Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 6
Advanced-A Florida State League
Braxton Garrett started and struck out seven in five innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits and a pair of walks with 441 present at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
The Hammerheads (7-10) spotted Palm Beach (13-5) a five run lead before getting on the board. In the sixth, Cameron Baranek drove Michael Donadio home on a groundout. The Cards reestablished their five run lead in the bottom of the frame. In the seventh, Lazaro Alonso homered for the third time this season in the seventh, a two-run shot, but the Sharks got no closer.
Clinton LumberKings 3, Beloit Snappers 1
Single-A Midwest League
Chris Vallimont started for the LumberKings (8-7) and continued his fine start to the season, allowing an unearned run over five innings of work. He struck out six batters. Alex Vesia struck out three in 1 1/3 perfect innings, getting 10-of-14 pitches over the plate, and Tyler Jones gave up one hit in two innings of relief. C.J. Carter took the 5-4 loss, surrendering four runs in the eighth inning to the Beloit Snappers (7-9) with 509 in attendance at Ashford University Field.
Sean Reynolds went deep for Clinton, also collecting a single. Bubba Hollins went three-for-four to raise his average to .372 for the season. Marcos Rivera also posted a multi-hit game, with a pair of singles. Jerar Encarnacion went one-for-four to keep his average at .394.
Today, the Miami Marlins get back into action, the New Orleans Baby Cakes take the day off, and three affiliates will play a ballgame.
1PM: Beloit vs. Clinton – Humberto Mejia (1-0, 2.84)
6:30PM: Jupiter vs. Palm Beach – Trevor Rogers (0-1, 2.93)
7:35PM: Jacksonville vs. Biloxi – Jorge Guzman (0-2, 5.87)