The Miami Marlins farm system posted a 7-1 record on Friday.
Isaac Galloway was activated off the seven-day injured list by the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Aside from that, the Miami Marlins first selection in the 2019 draft, J.J. Bleday out of Vanderbilt, is scheduled to play for the Jupiter Hammerheads. Competitive Balance round pick Kameron Misner should start tomorrow, with either Jupiter or the Clinton LumberKings.
Seven wins out of eight games. That kind of success is rare – the odds of it are, literally, two to the seventh power, or one-in-128, or once every season.
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Round Rock Express 5
Joe Gunkel earned no decision after allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Cakes took extra baseball to dispatch the Express with a home-crowd of 5,353 at Shrine on Airline.
R.J. Alvarez (2-6, 3.67) pitched a perfect 10th for the win, a day after taking his sixth loss. Tyler Kinley pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings, and Jeff Brigham added a flawless inning as well. Each of the three pitchers racked up a pair of whiffs.
Eddy Alvarez opened the scoring in the first, driving home Magneuris Sierra with a single .In the second, Tyler Heineman (8) and Isaac Galloway (7) went back-to-back with solo shots to triple New Orleans’ lead. Round Rock pulled within one with two runs in the third.
In the fifth, Isan Diaz went deep for the 24th time. He’s ranked fourth in the PCL in home runs. Gunkel allowed three in the sixth to let the Express tie the game, and eventually force extra innings.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 15, Chattanooga Lookouts 3
Now 16-11 since the SL All-Star break, the Jumbo Shrimp are just one game behind the Biloxi Shuckers for the SL Southern Division lead. They racked up 19 hits with 3,244 in the house at AT&T Field to defeat the hosting Lookouts by a dozen runs. And I guess the Rolling Stones are in town???
Kolton Mahoney (3-0, 3.04) earned the win with five innings of work. He surrendered a pair of earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out three. Offensively, Stone Garrett (8) collected five hits, including a double, a homer, and four RBI. Justin Twine and Joe Dunand had three hits each, and Lazaro Alonso, Rodrigo Vigil, and Anfernee Seymour collected two apiece.
Garrett drove home Dunand on a double to start the scoring in the second inning, and scored himself on a Seymour groundout. Seymour scored Garrett again in the fourth on a sacrifice fly.
The Lookouts fought to within a run with two in the fifth, but the Shrimp came back with an eight-spot in the next half-inning to put it waaaaay out of reach. The Shrimp had sent 11 men to the plate before the Lookouts collected their second out of the inning. In fact, Miami Marlins prospect Riley Mahan was the first out of the frame, and also the ninth man to come to bat. Counterintuitively, Chattanooga struck out the side in the inning.
High-A Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 6
With 2,070 on hand at their shared home in Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the Palm Beach Cardinals handed the Hammerheads the only loss in the Miami Marlins system on Friday, 6-2. It’s ok though. J.J. Bleday is in the house.
The Sharks collected a grand total of five hits in the game, led by James Nelson‘s pair of singles. Chris Vallimont (2-2, 3.48) lost after allowing five runs in six innings of work. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out six.
Middle-A Midwest League
Clinton LumberKings 3, Great Lakes Loons 2
The 19-8 LumberKings now boast the best second-half record in the MWL, and have won eight-of-10. On Friday, George Soriano showed that maybe the Miami Marlins minor league pitching depth goes a little further than just the guys you’ve heard of.
Soriano struck out six in 7 2/3 innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. He got 67-of-102 over the plate. Nathan Alexander secured the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings and his first save of the season.
Evan Edwards led the offensive charge with a single and a solo home run. Davis Bradshaw and Marcos Rivera also each pitched in with a pair of hits, and Connor Scott had a double and a walk, and is now hitting .254.
Low-A New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 4, Auburn Doubledays 3
The Muckdogs topped the Doubledays in the first half of their scheduled seven-inning twin-bill, with three late runs.
But not so fast…
Andrew Turner led off the seventh inning getting to base the painful way, via HBP, then Milton Smith II drew a walk. After a Jack Strunc fly out, Micheal Hernandez drove Turner home with a single into left. J.D. Orr followed with a single to load the bases, then Rosario scored a pair on a double to take the lead.
Eli Villalobos earned no decision with 5 2/3 innings of pretty good ball, coming within one out of a Quality Start. He allowed three runs on four hits and zero walks, striking out three. Jonaiker Villalobos (no relation) earned the win with 1/3 inning of relief. Evan Brabrand struck out two in a perfect seventh for his seventh save.
Batavia Muckdogs 4, Auburn Doubledays 1
With the announced crowd for both games announced at 824, the two clubs squared off for the second time. Jackson Rose (4-2, 2.61) earned the win for the Dogs, allowing two hits and no walks over six innings. Unfortunately, one of the two hits was a solo shot off the bat of Auburn’s slugging catcher, Adalberto Carrillo. Rose struck out five. Josh Simpson struck out two in the ninth for his first save. The two pitchers combined to allow just the two hits.
Batavia collected 11 hits in the night-cap, led by a pair each from Ronal Reynoso, Andrew Turner, and Andres Sthormes. The Muckdogs 21-13 record leads the Pinckney Division by four games nearly halfway through the short NYPL season.
Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 5, GCL Astros 1
Evan Fitterer started and earned no decision for the GCL Marlins, keeping the Astros off the board for three innings on one hit and one walk. He struck out a pair. Leudy Martinez (2-0, 2.87) got the win with four innings of pretty good pitching. He allowed an unearned run on three hits and two walks, striking out two. Yeremin Lara got himself a six-out save, shutting out the Astros despite allowing four baserunners in two innings.
Rookie-Level Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 8, DSL Astros 2
Arquimedes Cumana led an 11-hit Marlins attack with three hits, including two doubles in an 8-2 win against the DSL Astros. Jandel Paulino also hit a pair of doubles, and Jhonny Melenciano finished with two singles. Yoilan Quinonez (4-2, 3.60) got the win, striking out seven over five one-hit innings. Maycold Leon struck out two and picked up a nine-out save, his second of the season.
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