The Miami Marlins minor league system was on display in four contests in Florida, Illinois, and Texas on Thursday, winning half.
The Miami Marlins earned a well-deserved 3-1 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies behind a solid six-inning start from Caleb Smith. In the minors, there was good, bad, and ugly on display.
Miami Marlins Transactions
New Orleans Baby Cakes 0, Round Rock Express 2
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
The Baby Cakes (11-9) were set down by the Express (12-8) by a 2-0 final in front of 9,159 at Dell Diamond.
The Cakes lost despite outhitting the Express 8-to-5, led by a double and a single from Harold Ramirez and a pair of hits from Yadiel Rivera. Austin Dean drew the only walk off Round Rock pitching, and JT Riddle collected a hit but struck out three times.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Tennessee Smokies 0
Double-A Southern League
Jumbo Shrimp (7-14) pitching tossed a combined four-hit shutout, and four Jacksonville players collected multiple hits in a victory over Tennessee (10-9).
With 4,605 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Cody Poteet (2-2, 3.52) struck out three and gave up four hits over seven innings. Jeff Kinley and Jordan Milbrath each tossed a scoreless frame of relief.
Rodrigo Vigil opened the scoring in the fourth inning with a two-run single into right field. J.C. Millan doubled Corey Bird home in the eighth, then scored on an error for the final margin of victory.
Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Dunedin Blue Jays 18
Advanced-A Florida State League
I don’t even know what to say about this. Devers, Isael Soto, Cameron Baranek, and new Miami Marlins signee Andres Sthormes each hit safely. Baranek and Soto’s hits were doubles. Not much else good happened for Jupiter (7-13) with 644 present at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Things took an immediate bad turn when Will Stewart (1-1, 4.34) surrendered six earned runs while retiring only one batter. Steven Farnworth gave up six more in 1 2/3 innings, then Chad Smith gave up another four in 1 1/3. The Jays (12-8) collected 22 hits in total.
Dunedin pitching collected 11 strikeouts, featured by Nate Pearson‘s 10 in only five innings. Pearson allowed only one hit and one walk.
Clinton LumberKings 7, Quad Cities River Bandits 2
Single-A Midwest League
Clinton (11-8) continued their hot stretch with their ninth win in their past 12 games with a 7-2 win over Quad Cities (10-9).
There were 548 in the stands at Ashford University Field for the victory. Peyton Culbertson struck out five and allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings. Tyler Jones (1-1, 1.54) earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief, with three strikeouts and only one baserunner allowed. Zach Wolf whiffed two in a scoreless ninth.
Quad Cities jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when they scored a run on a double play ball. Marcos Rivera equalized it for Clinton with an RBI-single in the fifth. Jerar Encarnacion crossed the plate in the sixth on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead, but the Bandits answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
In the eighth, Connor Scott went deep for the first time this season, scoring Samuel Castro with the eventual game-winner. Will Banfield, Encarnacion, and Sean Reynolds added RBI singles to the scoresheet before the game ended.
The LumberKings outhit the Bandits, 13-to-9, led by a three-for-three game from Bubba Hollins, who is hitting .389 so far. Encarnacion, Banfield, and Castro also finished with multiple hits, and every player in the Kings lineup reached base safely.
6:30PM – The Hammerheads host the Blue Jays.
7:35PM – The LumberKings continue their “road trip” against the Bandits
8:05PM – Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 1.23) will start for New Orleans on the road against the Express.
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