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Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: July 31

Justin Nicolino pitched his best start in Double-A thus far, allowing one earned run across six innings pitched and striking out six batters.

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Triple-A: New Orleans Zephyrs
L 4-5 vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

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Chris Valaika, SS: 0-for-5, SO
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B: 2-for-5, 2B, SO

Jay Jackson, SP: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, HR
Josh Wall, RP: 1.1 IP, H, SO

The Zephyrs took an early lead off a Kevin Kouzmanoff double, which they would hold for five innings until Jay Jackson imploded. Jackson allowed a homer, then a double, and a single. Nick Green's fielding error only worsened the situation. The offense managed to tie the game up again, but the Zephyrs eventually fell in extra-innings.

Double-A: Jacksonville Suns
W 2-1 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts

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Danny Black, SS: 0-for-3

Justin Nicolino, SP: 6.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 6 SO

Justin Nicolino out-dueled top Dodgers prospect Zach Lee in his third and by far most successful Double-A start. The game was abbreviated due to rain, allowing Nicolino to finish with a complete game. His ERA in the Southern League fell to 6.43.

High Class A: Jupiter Hammerheads
W 11-2 vs. Brevard County Manatees

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Alex Burg, RF: 2-for-5, 2 R, HR, 3 SO

Scott Lyman, SP: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 2 SO

The Jupiter offense completely steamrolled Brevard County, collecting fifteen hits in just eight innings. Every player in the lineup earned at at least one hit.

Low Class A: Greensboro Grasshoppers
W 6-5 vs. Greenville Drive

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Viosergy Rosa, 1B: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR

Daniel Oliver, SP: 8.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 SO, HR

Viosergy Rosa hit his 21st home run of the season, raising his overall line to .267/.366/.492. His batting line for the past ten games stands at .361/.425/.611. Rosa has been the strongest hitter in the Grasshoppers lineup this year.

Short-Season: Batavia Muckdogs
L 2-3 @ Connecticut Tigers

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Avery Romero, 2B: 1-for-3, R, BB, SO
Chad Wallach, C: 0-for-4, SO
Javier Lopez, DH: 0-for-4, 3 SO

Chad Wallach, this year's fifth round draft selection, has struggled mightily in Batavia, batting .179/.281/.214 in 25 games. The Marlins demoted Ryan Aper to the Gulf Coast League after he had similar struggles, which may indicate that a demotion is coming for Wallach unless he makes the necessary adjustments.

Rookie: GCL Marlins
W 4-1 vs. GCL Mets

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Victor Castro, RF: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B
K.J. Woods, LF: 1-for-4
Iramis Olivencia, 2B: 1-for-4, 2 SO

Victor Castro served as a one-man offense for the GCL Marlins, doubling in the fourth, then stealing third, and scoring on a throwing error. He later doubled in two runs in the sixth.