In the major leagues yesterday, the Miami Marlins failed to secure a second win in their series against the Atlanta Braves.
Below the major league level, there was a near full-slate of activity for the Miami Marlins minor league feeder affiliate system.
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 3, San Antonio Missions 2
With 1,423 on hand at the Shrine on Airline, the Baby Cakes topped the Missions (Milwaukee Brewers) by a 3-2 count to close a four-game series split. Backstop Tyler Heineman hit an inside-the-park home run (7) to open the scoring in the second inning. Nate Orf hit an RBI-double in the third to tie it back up.
In the sixth, Gabriel Guerrero singled into left with Deven Marrero on third to take a one run lead. Heineman bunted home Austin Dean in the eighth for a little insurance. A ninth inning solo shot by Missions Tuffy Gosewisch off reliever Kyle Keller turned out to be merely academic. It was the only mistake that Keller made, as he earned his eighth save of the year.
Joe Gunkel started and whiffed four and only allowed the one run, on six hits and a walk over five innings. Gunkel put 48-of-71 over the plate in his no decision. Jordan Milbrath (1-1, 5.54) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of relief, and earned the victory. Gunkel also led the New Orleans offense with two hits, a single and a double. Along with Gunkel and Heineman, Marrero also finished with a pair of hits.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 12, Mobile BayBears 3
The Jumbo Shrimp and the BayBears (Anaheim Angels) have split the first four games in their present six-game set. Yesterday, the Crustaceans clobbered the Angelic outfit despite Shrimp pitching allowing 10 hits in total. Kolton Mahoney (2-0, 3.15) started and earned the win, striking out six and allowing two earned runs over six frames. McKenzie Mills earned a nine-out save, his first of the season, pitching three scoreless innings and getting three Bears to miss with a sparse 830 on hand at Hank Aaron
Riley Mahan opened things up in the top of the second with a solo homer, his third since joining Jacksonville. Corey Bird added a sacrifice fly, and Anfernee Seymour singled home J.C. Millan to make it 3-0. In the third, Mahan doubled home Joe Dunand and Millan singled Mahan in to put it out of reach. Mobile scored a run in the bottom of the inning, and two more in the fourth, but that’s when Jacksonville started pouring it on.
Billy Fleming hit an RBI-double in the fifth, Millan added an RBI-single, and Bird hit a force-out RBI in the fifth. Mahan added another RBI in the sixth with a single, Millan hit another RBI-single, and Bird closed out the scoring with a two-run hit.
In total, the Shrimp had 15 base hits and only struck out five times in the game. Mahan and Millan each finished with four hits, while bird had as many RBI despite only one hit. Dunand, Fleming, and Seymore each posted multi-hit games.
Advanced-A Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs
The Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays) failed to complete a four-game sweep of the Hammerheads due to a rainout. Officially postponed, this was the last time the Crabs were scheduled to visit Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. It’ll likely get cancelled, unless one or both teams wind up in the thick of the playoff hunt.
Single-A Midwest League
Clinton LumberKings 3, Kane County Cougars 2
It took a little extra baseball, but Clinton topped the Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks) in 10 innings with 4,768 in attendance at Northwestern Medicine Field. Zachery Almond accounted for both of Kane County’s runs, with a fourth inning sacrifice fly and a ninth inning homer to force the extra baseball.
Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Connor Scott drew a bases-loaded walk to tie it up, then J.D. Osborne scored Will Banfield on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. In the top of the 10th, Banfield crossed the plate on a Kane County wild pitch to put the LumberKings ahead. Zach Wolf earned his sixth save of the year by pitching a hitless 10th inning. Manuel Rodriguez (3-1, 4.31) earned the win in relief of George Soriano, who pitched six innings of two hit ball and allowed just one run.
Osborne led the Clinton offense with three hits, while Scott collected a pair. Of the LumberKings nine hits, none were for extra bases. The two clubs will play a rubber third game today at 1PM EDT.
Short-Season-A New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 3, State College Spikes 2
With 2,535 on hand at Medlar Field, the visiting Muckdogs topped the Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals) by a 3-2 final. Troy Johnston opened the scoring in the top of the first by singling home Milton Smith II. In the bottom of the inning, Andrew Warner singled home two runs for the Spikes.
Andrew Turner doubled Jack Strunc home in the fourth to tie it up, then later scored on a balk with Dustin Skelton at the plate. Turner and Johnston were the only Batavia players to finish with multiple hits in the game. Smith, Albert Guaimaro, and Skelton had the other three hits.
Remey Reed started for Batavia, and struck out five in four innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. Geremy Galindez (2-0, 1.29) earned the win with two perfect innings. Josh Simpson and Evan Brabrand also turned in scoreless affairs.
Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 2, GCL Mets 3
Josh Roberson whiffed four in three innings, giving up a run in a no-decision. Cody Paiva allowed a run in an inning of work, and Luis Palacios pitched four scoreless innings and struck out three while allowing three base hits. Palacios has yet to allow a run over his 12 innings, while walking zero and striking out 11.
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DSL Dodgers (Bautista) will visit the DSL Marlins in Dominican Summer League starting at 10:30 AM. At Noon, the GCL Marlins will visit the GCL Cardinals.
Starting at 1PM, Jake Walters (0-3, 4.75) will start for the LumberKings against the Cougars. The Hammerheads will host the St. Lucie Mets starting at 6:30PM. At 7:05PM, the Spikes will host the Muckdogs.
Mobile will host the Shrimp in the fifth game of their six-game series at 7:35PM. Daniel Castano (1-0, 3.97) will start for Jacksonville.
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