Triple-A: New Orleans Zephyrs L 5-14 @ Las Vegas 51s
Juan Diaz, 3B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Mark Canha, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Kyle Skipworth C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
Elih Villanueva, SP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 SO, 3 BB
New Orleans dropped Thursday night's game at Las Vegas New Orleans opened the scoring in the top of the first. They would score three runs on a Mark Canha three-run homer. However, the lead would not last. By the 5th Las Vegas had things tied again, but doubles by Brian Bogusevic, and Juan Diaz would each plate a run giving the Zephyrs are 5-3 lead. Once again New Orleans would cough away the lead as the 51s would score one in the 5th, four in the 6th and six in the 9th to take a 14-5 lead. Juan Diaz, and Kyle Skipworth each provided two hits and starter Elih Villanueva went five innings allowing two earned runs.
Double A: Jacksonville Suns L 6-7 vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Austin Barnes, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Joe Benson, CF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Terrence Dayleg, 3B: 2-4, 1 RBI
Trevor Williams, SP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 6 SO, 3 BB
The Jacksonville Suns fell to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a close game Thursday night. The versatile Austin Barnes got the start at catcher, and reached base three times including a solo homerun. Joe Benson added a two-run homer, and Terrence Dayleg and Austin Nola both had multi-hit days. Trevor Williams made his Double-A debut after a successful season in Jupiter. He labored through the start, giving up four earned runs in five innings, but he did strikeout six batters.
Advanced Class A: Jupiter Hammerheads L 3-5 vs. Palm Beach Cardinals
Noah Perio, 1B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
Matt Juengel, DH: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
Chadd Krist, C: 2-4
Cody Crabaugh: SP, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 SO, 2 BB
The Hammerheads lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals 5-3 on Thursday night. Starting pitcher Cody Crabaugh pitched well, allowing only two earned runs in 5 and 1-3 innings. Matt Juengel had a multi-hit day, and also drew a walk. Two runs in the bottom of 8th from a Blake Barber RBI groundout, and a Juan Avila bunt cut the Cardinals lead to one heading into the 9th. From there Palm Beach would tack on one more, and Jupiter was unable to score in the bottom of the 9th giving the Cardinals a 5-3 victory.
Low Class A: Greensboro Grasshoppers W 14-6 vs. Hagerstown Suns
Austin Dean, LF: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Felix Munoz, 1B: 3-5, 1R, 3 RBI
Avery Romero, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Sean Townsley, SP: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB
The Grasshoppers defeated the Hagerstown Suns 14-6 in dramatic fashion last night. Sean Townsley made his first start since July 15th, returning from the disabled list. He would only throw three innings, striking three, and allowing two unearned runs. The Hoppers found themselves down 6-5 heading into the 9th inning. In the top of the 9th they exploded for nine runs to take a 14-6 lead. The runs were scored on a JT Riddle two RBI single, a Felix Munoz two RBI single, a Brian Anderson RBI single, a Kentrell Dewitt two RBI single, and a Chris Hoo two RBI double. Tyler Bremer would pitch a scoreless 9th inning to secure the win.
Short Season Class A: Batavia Muckdogs L 0-2 @ Jamestown Jammers
Mason Davis, 2B: 1-4,
Javier Lopez SS: 1-4,
Rodrigo Vigil, C: 2-4,
Gabriel Castellanos SP: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 1 BB
The Muckdogs were held scoreless last night in a 2-0 loss to Jamestown. Batavia had six hits, but unfortunately could not get into the run column. One of my favorite players in the system Mason Davis (who I gush about frequently) added a hit to raise his batting average to .332. It seems like it's time for his next challenge. If they can find at-bats for him in Greensboro finishing the season a level higher could be good for the New York Penn League all-star's development. Starting pitcher Gabriel Castellanos was fantastic, allowing no runs and striking out five in six innings of work. Unfortunately the bats and bullpen did him no favors. A two run bottom of the 8th sealed the victory for the Jammers.
Rookie League: GCL Marlins L 3-5 @ GCL Cardinals
Casey Soltis, CF: 1-3
Isael Soto RF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Rony Cabrera , 2B: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B
Jordan Holloway SP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 SO, 4 BB
The GCL Marlins were beaten by the GCL Cardinals Thursday afternoon. The young Marlins could not get much going with their bats, only mustering three hits. Fifth round draft pick Casey Soltis recorded a hit raising his batting average to .272. Isael Soto added a solo homer, and Rony Cabrera doubled. Jordan Holloway started on the mound but struggled. He allowed only two runs in 3 and 2-3 innings, but walked four and only struck out one.