On an off-day for the Miami Marlins, their feeder system turned in six contests.
In Miami Marlins transactional news, RHP Brett Graves joined the New Orleans Baby Cakes from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, and LHP Jeff Kinley was sent down in a corresponding move. LHP Manuel Medina joined the DSL Marlins.
The Jupiter Hammerheads and the Tampa Tarpons were scheduled for a High-A Florida State League game, but they were rained out and will now play twice today. The Rookie-Level GCL Marlins had the day off.
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 1, Memphis Redbirds 3
With the three-game series win in the balance, the Cakes came up short to the St. Louis Cardinals affiliate with 5,585 on hand at AutoZone Park.
Cody Poteet pitched a Quality Start, striking out three and allowing only one run on five hits and two walks over 7 1/3 innings. He placed 66-of-104 over the dish and earned no decision. R.J. Alvarez (2-7, 4.04) blew the save and took the loss, surrendering two runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Eddy Alvarez opened the scoring in the second inning to give New Orleans an early 1-0 lead with an RBI-double, scoring Peter O’Brien. That lead held until Adolis Garcia (23) connected with a two-run shot in the eighth inning. Rehabbing Jon Berti went two-for-three, and Alvarez also finished with a pair of hits. Magneuris Sierra got on base three times, with a single and two walks, but was also twice caught stealing.
Now at 54-49, the Cakes will return home for a three-game series tonight against the Nashville Sounds, on “Wizards Night” at the Shrine on Airline. Joe Gunkel (2-1, 4.10) will start for New Orleans.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Biloxi Shuckers 6
Edward Cabrera (3-1, 3.21) started and lost at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, allowing three runs on two hits over four innings. It was the first game of a scheduled seven-inning doubleheader.
Alejandro Mateo came in and pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out a pair. Jeff Kinley surrendered three runs in his inning of work.
Like the Cakes, Jacksonville struck first, with a second inning Corey Bird run. He scored on an Anfernee Seymour single into right. Unfortunately for Cabrera and the Shrimp, Patrick Leonard (10) hit a three-run shot in the third that proved to be the deciding run. Kinley allowed a Weston Wilson (14) homer in the seventh, and allowed another to cross on a wild pitch. A third run in the frame came home on a J.C. Millan error.
The Shrimp only managed three hits in the game, a Bryson Brigman triple and a Bird single along with Seymour’s. The Shrimp are only one game back in the SL South with a 20-13 second half record after a difficult first half.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Biloxi Shuckers 1
In the second half of the twin bill, the Shrimp managed to win despite picking up only three hits in front of an announced crowd of 5,246. Kolton Mahoney (4-0, 2.74) struck out eight over six shutout two-hit innings. He walked five and put 59-of-102 in the zone. Tyler Stevens got his second save despite allowing the lone Shuckers run.
The Shrimp scored all their runs in the third inning. Stone Garrett started it off by scoring Joe Dunand on a single into left. Seymour drove home Millan and Garrett on a single into center later in the frame. Despite a seventh-inning Jake Gatewood (8) home run, the Shrimp did enough to bring the win home.
Seymour added a second single to his hit total, and Millan had the other. The fifth and deciding game of the series between the two is tonight on NAPA Family Fireworks night at the Grounds. Daniel Castano (3-1, 4.43) will try to pull Jacksonville even with the Shuckers in the standings.
Middle-A Midwest League
Clinton LumberKings 2, Kane County Cougars 4
The LumberKings gave up their MWL Western Division lead to the Kane County Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks) with 1,003 present at NelsonCorp Field.
The Kings 21-11 second half record trails the Cougars by one game, which they will have a chance to get back tonight starting at 7:30PM EDT.
In Thursday’s defeat, Alberto Guerrero (4-5, 2.87) took the loss after allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings. Only one was earned, aided by a pair of LumberKings errors. Raul Brito, Zach Wolf, and Cam Baird pitched 5 1/3 innings of combined hitless relief. Wolf didn’t allow a baserunner, and struck out two.
The Cougars collected all of their runs in the fourth inning off Guerrero and Clinton’s defense. In the sixth, Connor Scott got one back, driving Christopher Torres in with a run. Scott then crossed the plate on a Peyton Burdick RBI-single.
In tonight’s finale, the LumberKings will try to salvage one and take back a share of the division lead. George Soriano (3-6, 4.09) will get his turn in the rotation.
Low-A New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 3, West Virginia Black Bears 4
Both teams collected eight hits with a crowd of 1,225 on hand at Monongalia County Ballpark, but the hosting Bears authored a walk-off victory against reliever Evan Brabrand (2-1, 2.70).
Brabrand had entered the ninth with a 3-2 lead, but surrendered a pair of runs on two hits and two walks for the loss. Julio Frias turned in a Quality Start, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk in six innings, collecting six strikeouts and plating 55-of-89 offerings.
Nic Ready hit his NYPL-leading 21st double (second place Jordan Diaz, of the Vermont Lake Monsters, has 14), and added a single to lead the Muckdogs offense. Andrew Turner also collected a pair of hits in the loss. J.D. Orr stole his 20th base, and reached safely four times on a hit and three walks.
Milton Smith II opened the scoring in the second innings, getting home on a wild pitch. The Bears tied it in the second. In the fifth, Ready doubled Orr home to tie it, then scored on a Smith single to take the lead. West Virginia got one back in the seventh to set the stage for the walk-off.
Despite the loss, the Muckdogs still lead the NYPL Pinckney Division by two games, at 24-16. They’ll open a three-game home series tonight, against the Williamsport Cross Cutters at 7:05PM EDT.
Rookie-Level Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 5, DSL Dodgers Bautista 7
After the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the third, the Marlins brought home three in the bottom of the inning. Jhonny Melenciano came home on a wild pitch, Machado singled home Rodriguez, and Richard Roman drove Machado home on a sacrifice fly.
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The Dodgers scored two runs each over the next three innings to take a 7-3 lead into the seventh. The Marlins rallied for a pair in the ninth. Melenciano scored on another wild pitch, and Isaac De Leon picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk. The rally died on the vine right there, and the Marlins will try to get back in the winners column tomorrow at 10:30AM EDT against the DSL Braves.
With their fifth consecutive loss, the Marlins drop to 23-23 on the season.
So in total, the Miami Marlins system went a collective 1-5 in action on Thursday. Don’t worry, today will be better. Every day is better with baseball, after all, and that’s all I have to say about that.
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