Hector Noesi Continues to State his Case for Promotion to Miami Marlins

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: Game ball in honor of Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins 3000th hit for the game between the Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park on April 30, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: Game ball in honor of Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins 3000th hit for the game between the Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park on April 30, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Miami Marlins were 2-5 on Friday night between the bigs and the bushes, with the New Orleans Baby Cakes returning the only victory in the minor league system.

In transactional news, the Miami Marlins finally signed fourth overall pick and College World Series hero J.J. Bleday, competitive balance round pick, outfielder Kameron Misner, and RHP Chris Mokma. The signings mean that the Marlins first 19 picks are all now under contract. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp placed second baseman Justin Twine on the seven-day injured list and shortstop Bryson Brigman joined the club from the Jupiter Hammerheads. Second baseman Alvaro Montero was then assigned to the Hammerheads from the GCL Marlins.

Triple-A Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 7, Nashville Sounds 4

Hector Noesi (10-4, 3.21) picked up his PCL-leading 10th win of the season (tied with the Iowa Cubs’ Colin Rea, a Miami Marlins pitcher for three innings one time) over the Sounds with 10,208 raucous fans in the house at First Tennessee Park.

Noesi struck out nine over seven innings, picking up a Quality Start by surrendering three runs while allowing one walk and eight hits. Magneuris Sierra, Austin Dean, and Isan Diaz each picked up a pair of base hits, with Sierra (3) and Dean (10) both going deep.

Sierra’s shot in the third opened the scoring, and Dean doubled the lead in the fourth. Noesi held the Sounds scoreless until the fifth, when two crossed the plate to tie it, and he surrendered the lead in the seventh, on a Jose Trevino (2) home run.

The Cakes half of the eighth would proved decisive. Eddy Alvarez drove home Sierra on a triple to tie it, then scored on a Diaz single to give the Cakes their final lead. Peter O’Brien drove home two on a single, then Wilkin Castillo singled him home with the final run of the frame. Eli White (11) went deep off reliever Tyler Kinley, then Kyle Keller closed the door with his ninth save, pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out two.

Other PCL action

Round Rock Express 5, Iowa Cubs 2
Oklahoma City Dodgers 6, Memphis Redbirds 3
San Antonio Missions 10, Omaha Storm Chasers 9
Albuquerque Isotopes 13, El Paso Chihuahuas 1
Fresno Grizzlies 11, Sacramento RiverCats 6
Salt Lake Bees 10, Las Vegas Aviators 7
Tacoma Rainiers 2, Reno Aces 1

Double-A Southern League

Mississippi Braves at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Postponed by rain, and scheduled to get made up as part of a double-header on Sunday.

Other SL Action

Mobile BayBears 5, Tennessee Smokies 3
Jackson Generals 8, Birmingham Barons 7
Montgomery Biscuits 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2
Biloxi Shuckers 1, Chattanooga Lookouts 0 (suspended, T4)

High-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 10

Demetrius Sims went three-for-four, and Miami Marlins first baseman Martin Prado picked up a pair of base hits in his latest rehab start. Victor Victor Mesa also collected two singles in the game.

Jordan Holloway (2-7, 5.15) started and allowed nine runs in three innings with 446 present at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Consequently, the Hammerheads trailed 10-0 before Sims crossed the plate in the fifth on an Adrian Nieto double. Sims singled home Jerar Encarnacion to make it 10-2 in the sixth.

The Hammerheads tried to make it a little more interesting in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Encarnacion drew a walk to drive in Jupiter’s third run, followed by a Lazaro Alonso RBI-single. Sims followed with a two-run single before the rally fizzled out. Sean Guenther struck out four in three innings of relief while giving up just one run. He was followed by Jeff Lindgren, who pitched two scoreless innings.

Other FSL Action

Fort Myers Miracle 8, Bradenton Marauders 4
Charlotte Stone Crabs 5, Tampa Tarpons 2
Florida Fire Frogs vs Clearwater Threshers (ppd)
St. Lucie Mets vs Dunedin Blue Jays (ppd)
Lakeland Flying Tigers vs Daytona Tortugas (ppd)

Middle-A Midwest League

Clinton LumberKings 3, Lake County Captains 4

Clinton outhit the Captains, nine-to-seven with 2,679 home fans at NelsonCorp Field, but couldn’t bring enough of those runners home to earn the win. 2018 first round Miami Marlins pick Connor Scott led with two doubles, and J.D. Osborne added a single and a double.

George Soriano (2-6, 4.24) struggled with his control, allowing four runs over six innings. He gave up six hits and six walks while striking out four and getting 54-of-93 over the plate. The Captains touched him for three runs in the first and the Kings never led.

After adding a run in the fourth, the Captains let the Kings get back into it. In the bottom of the inning, Osborne drove home Evan Edwards, and Davis Bradshaw drove him home with a single. Thomas Jones made it interesting in the ninth with an RBI-double, but it ended right there, 4-3.

Other ML Action

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4, Dayton Dragons 2
Quad Cities River Bandits 6, West Michigan WhiteCaps 2
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 12, Burlington Bees 1
Beloit River Snappers 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
Lansing Lugnuts 8, Peoria Fire Chiefs 2
Great Lakes Loons 7, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0
Kane County Cougars 10, South Bend Cubs 1

Low-A New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 2, Lowell Spinners 5

Thirteen-hundred-and-one took in the game live at Dwyer Stadium on Friday night, but the Dogs couldn’t pull out the victory. They still lead the Pinckney Division by a comfortable margin.

Andrew Miller (1-2, 2.96) took the loss by allowing three runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three. Jonaiker Villalobos whiffed four in 2 1/3 frames of relief. Troy Johnston hit a double and his first home run, and Sean Reynolds hit a single and a double.

"Troy Johnston, a 17th round draft pick of the parent club Miami Marlins in 2019 out of Gonzaga went 2-for-3 with a 394-foot solo home run to right field that went 102 MPH off the bat. Johnston also hit a RBI double down the left field line in the first and is now hitting .357 on the season. – Muckdogs official press release"

Lowell took an early lead with a run in the first, but Batavia answered with a Johnston RBI-double in the bottom of the inning, driving home Milton Smith II. Trailing by two runs in the sixth, Johnston aded a solo home run, accounting for all of the Muckdogs RBI in the game.

Other NYPL Action

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 5
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 0
Aberdeen IronBirds1, West Virginia Power 3
Aberdeen IronBirds 4, West Virginia Power 0
State College Spikes 6, Tri-City ValleyCats 4
Auburn DoubleDays 7, Connecticut Tigers 5
Hudson Valley Renegades 16, Staten Island Yankees 4
Williamsport CrossCutters 2, Vermont Lake Monsters 0

Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 2, GCL Mets 5

Walner Espinal had a single and a double, Nasim Nunez hit two singles, and Julian Infante singled for the GCL Marlins in their loss to the GCL Mets. Luis Palacios started and struck out six, and allowed his first run of the season, but took no decision. He’s still undefeated through three seasons, at 13-0. Miguel De Los Santos (0-3, 7.07) allowed four runs in three relief innings for the loss. He struck out three.

Other GCL Action

Phillies East 5,  Phillies West 1
Orioles 7,  Pirates 1
Twins 8, Red Sox 3
Yankees East 2, Tigers East 0
Yankees West 6, Blue Jays 5
Cardinals 4, Astros 2
Rays vs. Braves (ppd)

Rookie-Level Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 5, DSL Royals1 6

The Royals sent the Marlins to their fourth straight loss, dropping the Miami Marlins lowest affiliate to 19-17 for the year. Arquimedes Cumana hit three singles, while Isaac De Leon hit a single and a homer, Yoelvis Sanchez hit a single and a double, and Elvin Osorio hit two singles.

Maycold Leon pitched four innings in his start, striking out five and giving up one run. Frank Valera pitched a perfect fifth, and Yoilan Quinonez (3-2, 3.90) took the loss after allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

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Other DSL Action

Angels 3, Twins 1
Braves 3, Astros 1
Athletics 7, Red Sox1 2
Cardinals Red 11, Phillies White 6
Mets2 7, Cubs2 2
D-backs2 4, Brewers 1
Nationals 5, Mets1 1
Cardinals Blue 6, Orioles2 0
Phillies Red 3, Yankees 2
Rangers1 5, Pirates1 4
Tigers1 5, Rangers2 2
Indians/Brewers 4, Red Sox2 3
Reds 6, D-Backs1 5
Royals2 7, Mariners 3
Tigers2 7, Colorado 6
Orioles1 11, Blue Jays 2
Dodgers Shoemaker 3, Cubs1 2
Pirates2 6, Giants 2
White Sox 7, Padres 3
Dodgers Bautista 2, Rays1 1
Indians 8, Rays2 8 (sup, B9)

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