Gone Fishin’ 5/3/19: Miami Marlins Minor League Report

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Zac Gallen #84 of the Miami Marlins poses for a portrait at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 22, 2018 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Zac Gallen #84 of the Miami Marlins poses for a portrait at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 22, 2018 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins lost their series opener to the Atlanta Braves, 7-2 on Friday night.

While that was going on, the Miami Marlins minor league system was underway with four contests on the docket.

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RHP Austin Brice was activated from the 10-day injured list, and LHP reliever Jarlin Garcia was optioned back to the New Orleans Baby Cakes. In a somewhat corresponding move, LHP reliever Dylan Lee was assigned to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp from New Orleans.

The Shrimp also placed RHP Cody Poteet on the temporarily inactive list. The Clinton LumberKings, meanwhile, made four moves. 3B Bubba Hollins and RHP Peyton Culbertson were placed on the seven-day injured list, and 2B Samuel Castro was activated. 2B Zach Scott was signed and assigned to the LumberKings.

Triple-A Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 10, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2

The Cakes (16-12) hosted Oklahoma City (8-19) and 3,697 fans at Shrine on Airline for a 10-2 win.

Zac Gallen (4-0, 1.12) continued to blow away the competition with 10 K’s over a seven inning start. He walked nobody and allowed three hits. Unfortunately, two of those were solo home runs, but nobody’s perfect. Gallen has come pretty close these days, and is making a very strong case to get into the Miami Marlins rotation at the major league level. He’s now struck out 48 in 40 1/3 innings while allowing 17 hits and five walks. Opponents are hitting .126 against him with a 0.55 WHIP, and his 1.12 ERA leads the PCL, as does his innings pitched, his strikeout total, and his oppBA. Academically, teammate Hector Noesi is second in the circuit with a 1.29 ERA.

New Orleans also hit safely 15 times against OKC pitching, led by three hits each from Isan Diaz and Yadiel Rivera. Monte Harrison, Austin Dean, and Deven Marrero had two hits apiece, and Matt Snyder, Lewis Brinson, and Bryan Holaday each also hit safely.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 26: Lewis Brinson #9 of the Miami Marlins reacts to striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) /

The Dodgers took a second-inning 1-0 lead on a Shane Peterson (1) home run off Gallen. Dean (4) answered in the third with a three-run shot, followed by a Brinson RBI-double for a 4-1 advantage.

Daniel Castro (1) homered off Gallen in the sixth, but that was as close as OKC got. Diaz (3) and Marrero (3) each hit two-run homers in the seventh, and Rivera crossed the plate on a throwing error. Snyder scored Harrison on a sac-fly in the eighth for the final margin.

Double-A Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, Mississippi Braves 4

Robert Dugger (1-5, 4.88) pitched five strong innings for the Jumbo Shrimp (10-18), but was done in with four in the sixth. Dugger struck out three, but allowed all four Braves (13-13) runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 frames.

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JUPITER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 20: Robert Dugger #89 of the Miami Marlins poses for a photo during photo days at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

With 3,554 at Trustman Park to witness, the Shrimp offense only managed five hits in the game. Bryson Brigman had three hits, a run and an RBI, Justin Twine hit a double, and Anfernee Seymour was one-for-one with two walks in the losing effort.

Brian Miller drew first blood in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to score Brigman. Brigman scored Twine in the sixth with a single into left for a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the sixth inning was the bane of Dugger, who allowed three singles, a double, a walk, and pitched in with a throwing error in the frame for the four runs.

Advanced-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Charlotte Stone Crabs 5

With 1,942 in the house at Charlotte Sports Park, the Stone Crabs (13-15) spoiled Sixto Sanchez‘ Miami Marlins debut, 5-0.

Sanchez struck out two in five innings of work, allowing a pair of runs on six hits and one walk. Daniel Castano (of Marcell Ozuna trade fame) allowed three runs in three innings.

Offensively, the Hammerheads (8-18) were held to just five hits, all singles. Catcher Michael Hernandez led the way with two base hits. Victor Victor Mesa, Riley Mahan, and Jose Devers had the other three hits, but Devers also got to base safely twice via base-on-balls, the only walks in the game for Jupiter.

Single-A Midwest League

Clinton LumberKings 3, South Bend Cubs 1

Marcos Rivera (2) gave the LumberKings (14-12) an early 2-0 lead with a second inning homer, and Clinton held on for a 3-1 win against the baby Cubs (14-13).

With an announced crowd of 5,103 at Ashford University Field, Clinton starter Humberto Mejia (2-0, 2.81) kept the Cubbies off balance and allowed just one hit and one walk over a five inning outing. He struck out five and earned the victory. Last seasons’ 10th round pick Tanner Andrews collected a 12-out save, going four innings and giving up just one run.

As usual, Jerar Encarnacion led the Clinton offense with a pair of hits and a walk. Connor Scott and Thomas Jones also singled, and Demetrius Sims (3) added a sixth inning home run for a little insurance.

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Today’s Games

At 6PM, the Stone Crabs will host the Hammerheads in the second game of a three-game set, with Will Stewart (1-1, 4.34) set to get the turn on the hill.

Game two of the Cakes four-game series against the Dodgers will kickoff at 7PM. Ben Meyer (1-2, 6.00) will start for New Orleans.

Starting at 7:05PM, the M-Braves will host the Jumbo’s in the fourth game of a five-game series. The Shrimp have now lost four in a row. Jorge Guzman (1-2, 4.62) will start for Jacksonville.

Game two of three between the LumberKings and South Bend will take place starting at 7:30PM. Chris Vallimont (0-2, 2.73) gets the start for Clinton.

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