Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
New Orleans Zephyrs (36-36)
Robert Andino went deep twice as the New Orleans Zephyrs won their fourth contest in a row overall and their eighth in a row against the Omaha Storm Chasers by a 9-3 final. Here's the recap.
Andino led off the first with a solo home run (8), and the Zephyrs never trailed in the contest. The Chasers' Alex Gordon hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. New Orleans rebounded with two in the second, on a two-RBI Andino double.
New Orleans made it 4-1 in the sixth with a Carlos Corporan RBI-single, and Omaha answered with a Jorge Bonifacio solo shot (11) in the bottom half to keep the margin at two runs.
In the top of the eighth, Destin Hood added an RBI double and Isaac Galloway made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly. Craig Breslow got into trouble in the bottom of the frame, allowing an Isaac Gordon RBI-single and loading the bases afterward with just one out, but got Balbino Fuenmayor swinging and Angel Franco to fly out to end the threat. Andino led off the ninth with his ninth home run of the season, and the Zephyrs added two more to set the final score at 9-3.
Chris Narveson started and earned the win for New Orleans, going 5.1 innings and allowing a walk and two hits. He got 45-of-76 pitches over the plate and pitched to a GameScore of 65. Tyler Bremer struck out two and allowed three baserunners in 1.2 innings, and Craig Breslow finished it up, giving up five hits and whiffing five in just two innings.
|Chris Narveson (W, 3-2)||5.1||2||1||1||1||2||0||3.27|
|Tyler Bremer (H, 1)||1.2||2||1||1||1||2||1||1.93|
Pitcher Matt Tomshaw was reassigned to the Jacksonville Suns prior to the game, after the team activated Narveson from the paternity list.
Tomorrow at 8:05PM, the Zephyrs will host the Storm Chasers in the final game of the four-game series. Chris Reed (1-3, 2.93) will take on Alec Mills (1-0, 3.60).
Southern League (Double-A)
Jacksonville Suns (31-40)
Jacksonville led off the game with eight runs in the first, and the Mississippi Braves never mounted a serious challenge in an 8-3 loss to the Suns. Mississippi pitcher Andrew Thurman was tagged with the loss, allowing seven earned runs on six walks and a hit in 0.2 innings.
Suns pitcher Hunter Adkins (1-1, 5.91) earned the win and struck out nine in six innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Despite scoring eight runs in the first, the Suns did it with only three hits. After the first inning, they only managed one more single, by Peter Mooney in the eighth inning off reliever Akeel Morris.
Yefri Perez stole his 36th base in the first inning, and reliever Tyler Higgins pitched two perfect innings in relief. Here's the full recap.
|Hunter Adkins (W, 1-1)||6.0||4||5||5||1||9||1||5.91|
In addition to Matt Tomshaw, LHP Matt Tracy also joined the club.
The five-game series will continue with Game 2 tomorrow at 8PM.
Florida State League (Single-A Advanced)
Jupiter Hammerheads (32-37)
The Hammerheads opened the second half with a 6-3 win over the Fort Myers Miracle, thanks to a two-run homer by Taylor Ard (8) and an RBI single by Brian Schales in the bottom of the eighth. Both Ard and Schales hit safely three times in the contest, while the rest of the team combined for three hits.
Nefi Ogando started for Jupiter, and allowed two earned runs in the first on three hits. Luis Castillo did most of the heavy lifting, pitching the second through the sixth inning and striking out four while allowing only two baserunners. Juancito Martinez pitched 1.2 hitless innings, Ben Holmes blew the save but earned the win to go to 1-1, and Esmerling De La Rosa earned his fourth save of the year, giving up a walk but pitching an otherwise flawless ninth. Here's the Miracle recap.
|Juancito Martinez (H, 1)||1.2||0||0||0||2||1||0||6.17|
|Ben Holmes (BS, 1)(W, 1-1)||0.1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Esmerling De La Rosa (S, 4)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.78|
Game two of the three-game series will get underway tomorrow night at 6:30PM. Dillon Peters (5-4, 3.23) will oppose Felix Jorge (6-3, 1.59).
South Atlantic League (Single-A)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (39-32)
Arturo Rodriguez hit an 11th-inning, walk-off three-run homer to help the Grasshoppers to an 8-5 victory over the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday night.
Greensboro jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the bottom of the first on a Josh Naylor RBI-double and a Roy Morales RBI-single, but Hickory took the lead with three runs in the fourth on an Anfernee Seymour error and a two-out, two-RBI single by Frandy De La Rosa. The Crawdads piled on with two more runs in the fifth, on a Dylan Moore RBI-double and a Tyler Sanchez RBI-double. The Grasshoppers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at five, on a Josh Naylor RBI-single and a two-RBI Roy Morales double. Naylor and Morales each finished with two doubles and a single.
Cody Poteet started for the Grasshoppers and struck out six in 4.1 innings, giving up all five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks. LJ Brewster allowed two hits in 2.2 scoreless innings, Kyle Keller gave up two hits in two frames, and Jose Quijada (3-0, 1.50) earned the win by pitching two hitless innings.
|Jose Quijada (W, 3-0)||2.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.50|
The Grasshoppers will continue to host the Crawdads tomorrow in game two of the four-game series at 7:00PM.
New York-Penn League (Single-A Short Season)
Batavia Muckdogs (0-7)
The State College Spikes Starting pitcher Ryan McKay (0-2, 5.68) gave up six runs on three hits and four walks in 2.1 innings, taking the loss for Batavia. Jordan Hillyer pitched two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three.
Offensively, Batavia would see Isaiah White hit a double and a triple for two RBI, Rony Cabrera hit two singles, and Pablo Garcia hit safely twice as the team would manage to get four runs on the board, but lost 8-4 for their seventh defeat in seven nights. Here's the State College recap.
|Ryan McKay (L, 0-2)||2.1||3||6||3||4||1||0||5.68|
The Muckdogs will close out their three-game series with the Spikes, tomorrow night at 7:05PM. Jose Diaz (0-1, 37.80) will get a start against Steven Farinaro (0-0, 6.43).
Dominican Summer League (Foreign Rookie)
DSL Marlins (3-13)
The DSL Royals handed the DSL Marlins a 2-1 loss in early action on Thursday at Boca Chica North West.
The Royals kicked off the scoring in the sixth inning, scoring both of their runs in the frame. Freddy Fermin hit an RBI-double and Dennicher Carrasco scored on a Julio Frias wild pitch. The Marlins struck back for one to halve the lead in their half of the seventh on a Diego Brito ground out.
Gabriel Baez had a nice start for the Marlins, going five innings and earning a GameScore of 67 by striking out three and allowing three base hits. He also had three wild pitches, but the effort dropped his ERA to 1.83. Frias took the loss for the Baby Fish, giving up both runs over his four innings on five hits, three walks, and a wild pitch. He struck out two and dropped his ERA to 8.38.
Marlins hitting could only garner two safe hits through the game. Felix Arosemena singled off starter Andres Sotillet in the fourth inning, and Wiklerman Rasquin hit a lead-off single in the seventh off reliever Francis Chavez. Sotillet has a 0.56 ERA so far this season, allowing a single earned run in 16 innings. He has not walked any batters and given up 10 hits while collecting nine strikeouts.
The Marlins will appear as the road team against the Royals tomorrow, although the venue remains the same. First pitch is scheduled for 10:30AM.
Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
GCL Marlins (0-0)
Tomorrow at noon, the GCL Marlins will kick off their season by hosting the GCL Cardinals.