Gone Fishin’ 5/4/19: Miami Marlins Minor League Report

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 16: Austin Dean #44 of the Miami Marlins doubles in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on April 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 16: Austin Dean #44 of the Miami Marlins doubles in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on April 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Marlins lost their 23rd game in 32 contests in 2019 on Saturday night, by a 9-2 margin to the Atlanta Braves with 10,229 in the house at Marlins Park.

Trevor Richards was relieved with a high-pitch count after 4 1/3 innings of work, despite holding the Braves scoreless on two hits. The Miami Marlins bullpen went on to allow nine runs.

While the Marlins were busy making a small lead into a large deficit, their minor league system engaged in four contests.


The Marlins signed LHP Sandro Bargallo, placed LF Garrett Cooper back on the injured list, and recalled OF Peter O’Brien from the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Catcher Jared Barnes was released after hitting .266 in 29 games over parts of two seasons in the minors. He was Miami’s eighth round pick in 2017.

Triple-A Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 7, Oklahoma City Dodgers 8, 10 Innings

The Baby Cakes (16-13) came up a run short of the OKC Dodgers (9-19) despite scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth.

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JUPITER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 20: Isan Diaz #76 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 2,557 present at the Shrine on Airline, the Dodgers jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning. Isan Diaz answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI-groundout, and Harold Ramirez followed with a solo homer to make it 2-1.

The led was short-lived however. The Dodgers scored three in the fourth, another in the fifth, and two more in the sixth to take an 7-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Austin Dean (5) went deep with a solo shot, Lewis Brinson drove one home with a groundout, and Deven Marrero finished with a three-run shot. Unfortunately for New Orleans, Brian Moran (0-1, 7.15) couldn’t Hodor, and allowed the guy at second to come home in the 10th inning.

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SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Monte Harrison #4 of the Miami Marlins bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Ramirez finished the night with four hits, and Monte Harrison pitched in with two singles and a triple as the Cakes outhit the Dodgers 13-to-8.

Ben Meyer struck out four but allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings, on four walks and six hits. Kyle Keller gave up two in 2 2/3 innings, but struck out five batters. Jose Quijada and R.J. Alvarez each pitched a perfect inning of relief.

Double-A Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Mississippi Braves 2

The Jumbo Shrimp (10-19) were held to just two hits in a 2-0 loss to the Mississippi Braves (14-13) with 2,545 on hand at Trustmark Park.

Jorge Guzman (1-3, 4.22) turned in a Quality Start but suffered the loss, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings and striking out five. Justin Twine and Joe Dunand each collected a single for Jacksonville, but the team couldn’t figure anything out, striking out 14 times.

Advanced-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 9

Will Stewart (1-2, 6.23) started and lost for Jupiter (8-19), allowing Charlotte (14-15) six runs in three innings on four hits and four walks.

With 3,726 in the house at Charlotte Sports Park, the Hammerheads outhit the Crabs 11-to-8, but couldn’t bring enough runners home to make a difference where it would have counted. They left eight on base, including seven in scoring position.

It started out decently for the Sharks. Lazaro Alonso hit a two-run single in the first, and Isael Soto added a solo home run in the second for the early 3-0 lead. The Stone Crabs would score seven times in the fourth to all but put it away for Charlotte.

Michael Donadio singled home Cameron Baranek in the fifth, but it was just not enough.

Single-A Midwest League

Clinton LumberKings 4, South Bend Cubs 3

The Clinton LumberKings (15-12) topped the South Bend Cubs (14-14) with 1,001 present at Ashford University Field.

Chris Vallimont (1-2, 2.78) was the hero of the day for Clinton. He struck out 12 in six innings, and allowed just two runs on four hits and a walk. Vallimont is turning into a real stud for the Miami Marlins at the lower level, call it wave three of incoming prospects. He’s struck out 39 in 32 1/3 innings this season, allowing a .207 oppBA and a 1.02 WHIP.

The win for Clinton was the only one in Miami’s system on Saturday. Connor Scott opened the scoring in the first inning by crossing the plate on a fielding error for an earl led. After South Bend tied it in the third, Scott doubled home Brayan Hernandez, then scored a second run on a Demetrius Sims ground out.

The Cubs closed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth, then Marcos Rivera sac-flied Sean Reynolds home in the bottom half of the frame to reestablish Clinton’s two-run cushion. South Bend scored one in the ninth, but Zach Wolf shut the door with his second save of the year.

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Today’s Games

12:30PMJordan Holloway (1-1, 3.07) will start for Jupiter in their series finale against the Stone Crabs.

2PM – New Orleans will send out Hector Noesi (3-1, 1.29) for a date with the Dodgers.

2:05PMJordan Yamamoto (1-3, 5.04) will try and put a few substandard starts behind him against the Braves.

3PM – Clinton will give Alberto Guerrero (2-0, 3.71) his turn on the hill against South Bend.

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