Triple-A: New Orleans Zephyrs
W 9-3 vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Kyle Jensen, LF: 4-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B: 2-for-5, 2 RBI
Jared Rogers, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
New Orleans tallied fifteen hits on Thursday night at Zephyr Field, and even though only one of those was an extra-base hit, the Zephyrs still managed to put nine runs on the board. Kyle Jensen had four hits and Kevin Kouzmanoff continued his hot hitting of late, going 2-for-5. New Orleans improves to 55-58 with the victory.
Double-A: Jacksonville Suns
W 5-1 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts
Mark Canha, 1B: 1-for-3, BB, 3B, 3 RBI
Andrew Heaney, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Andrew Heaney made a big impression on the home crowd at Bragan Field on Thursday, pitching six scoreless innings. On a personal note, this gets me fired up! Maybe it's the Marlins recent process of drafting pitchers or maybe it's the coaches that are working with them in the minors, but the Marlins really seem to know what they're doing with prospects like Heaney and Jose Fernandez, for example. For all that's wrong with the Marlins organization and how it's run, this area of the Marlins, player development, deserves endless praise for the results they've been getting.
Anyways, back to the game, Heaney only needed 79 pitches to get through Joc Pederson and the Lookouts hitters. The Suns scored four of their runs in the seventh inning, largely thanks to a clutch Mark Canha triple.
High Class A: Jupiter Hammerheads
L 4-5 (F/10 )vs. Brevard County Manatees
Ryan Goetz, CF: 3-for-5, RBI
Angel Sanchez, SP: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Jupiter lost a very tough game at Roger Dean Stadium on Thursday night, falling to 56-52 on the season with the loss. Brevard County scored three runs in the eighth inning and two runs in the tenth to steal the win. On the bright side, Angel Sanchez was fantastic once again, this time pitching almost seven scoreless innings. Sanchez has still yet to allow two runs in any of his five starts since the trade.
Low Class A: Greensboro Grasshoppers
Short-Season: Batavia Muckdogs
W 3-2 @ Connecticut Tigers
Felix Munoz, 1B: 3-for-, 2 HR (3,4), 3 RBI
Jarlin Garcia, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Felix Munoz had three of Batavia's four hits and he drove in all of Batavia's three runs. His solo homer off of Tanner Bailey in the ninth was all the cushion that Josh Easley needed to finish off the Tigers in the ninth. Also of note, Jarlin Garcia continued to dominate, as now he has a 14:3 K/BB in his last two starts. Batavia improves to an even 21-21 with the victory.
Rookie: GCL Marlins
L 1-4 @ GCL Mets
Wildert Pujols, RF: 2-for-4, 2B
Mitch Talbot, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Mitch Talbot, who has years of MLB experience but spent last year with the Samsung Lions in Korea, pitched five innings of his season, which is just getting started due to an unknown injury. Wildert Pujols, who is currently sporting a .355 OBP, had two hits including a double in the Marlins loss.