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Fish Farm Report: Scruggs Slugs Two

Xavier Scruggs went deep twice in New Orleans' 12-8 win over the Sky Sox, plus five other games through Miami's minor league system.

Xavier Scruggs hit two home runs in New Orleans' 12-8 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Xavier Scruggs hit two home runs in New Orleans' 12-8 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
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GCL Marlins (5-4)

Gulf Coast League (Rookie)

It took 13 innings on Sunday morning, but the GCL Mets (4-4) eventually defeated the GCL Marlins, 3-2 at the St. Lucie Sports Complex.

Edward Cabrera started for the Marlins, and allowed only an unearned run on four hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Aneury Osoria (0-1, 13.50), the Marlins sixth pitcher of the game, lost in the bottom of the 13th inning on a Kenneth Bautista walk-off sacrifice fly.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Edward Cabrera 4.1 4 1 0 2 1 0 1.08
Obed Diaz 1.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.38
Luis Mojica 3.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Alejando Mateo 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.40
Dylan Lee 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.91
Aneury Osoria (L, 0-1) 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 0 13.50

The Marlins got their two runs first, on a Mike Garzillo RBI-triple and a Jarett Rindfleisch RBI-double in the fourth inning. Unfortunately, the team combined to hit safely only six other times through the 13 inning matchup.

The Mets scored on a James Nelson throwing error in the fifth inning and a Juan Uriarte RBI-double in the sixth. The teams would match zeroes for the next six innings before the Bautista walk-off.

Player POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mathew Brooks DH 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .286
Walker Olis LF 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Sean Reynolds CF 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .154
Zachary Daly RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .139
James Nelson 3B 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Mike Garzillo 2B 6 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .231
Jarett Rindfleisch C 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .313
Terry Bennett PR-C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Gunner Pollman PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Luis Pintor SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .368
Matthew Foley 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Branden Berry PH-1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .353

Tomorrow, the Marlins will host the GCL Cardinals (4-5) at Roger Dean Stadium, beginning at noon.

DSL Marlins (5-19)

Dominican Summer League (Rookie-FRL)

The DSL Marlins had Sunday off. On Monday, they'll host the DSL Rays1 at 10:30 in the morning.

Batavia Muckdogs (4-13)

New York-Penn League (Class-A Short Season)

On Sunday evening in front of 2,090 at BB&T Ballpark, the 10-7 Williamsport Crosscutters completed a three game sweep of the Batavia Muckdogs with a back-and-forth, 7-6 victory.

Batavia struck first, with an Aaron Knapp triple followed by an Isaiah White RBI-single in the second inning, then added another in the top of the fourth on a Knapp sacrifice fly. The Cutters came back in the bottom half with three runs, two on a Darick Hall single, and one on an Arquimedez Gamboa single for a 3-2 Williamsport lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Crosscutters added to their lead with a Luke Maglich RBI-triple. The teams scored a run apiece in the sixth inning, Batavia on a Knapp RBI-single and Williamsport on a William Cuicas sacrifice fly to make it 5-3, Cutters.

Batavia tied it in the top of the seventh with two runs scored on RBI singles from Corey Bird and Samuel Castro, but Williamsport scored in the bottom of the seventh and the bottom of the eighth, on home runs from David Martinelli (2) and from Darick Hall (3), respectively. The Muckdogs got a run back in the top half of the ninth on a Pablo Garcia RBI-single, but the rally ended with two runners on base when Castro flew out to Maglich.

Player POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Corey Bird DH 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .263
Samuel Castro SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .214
Eric Gutierrez 1B 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
JJ Gould 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Aaron Knapp CF 3 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .351
Jhonny Santos RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .238
Isaiah White LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .263
Pablo Garcia C 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .310
Kris Goodman 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .205

Travis Neubeck started for the Muckdogs, and allowed four earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. He earned a 43 GameScore by getting 44-of-75 pitches into the strike zone. Adonis Medina lasted just 1.1 innings due to an apparent injury to his foot, and gave up an earned run (his first of the year in his fourth start) to inflate his ERA to 0.40. Sam Perez (0-1, 3.86) lost for Batavia, striking out three and giving up two runs in 2.1 innings. Alexander Kline (2-0, 5.68) blew a save for the Crosscutters but earned the win, despite allowing three earned runs in 2.1 innings.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Travis Neubeck 4.2 6 4 4 1 1 0 3.68
Sam Perez (L, 0-1) 2.1 2 2 2 1 3 1 3.86
Dustin Beggs 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 9.00

The Muckdogs will travel home to Dwyer Stadium to host the Brooklyn Cyclones for three games, starting tomorrow night at 7:05PM. Ryan McKay (1-2, 3.18) will start for the Dogs.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (46-35)

South Atlantic League (Single-A)

The Grasshoppers closed out a four-game sweep of the Lakewood BlueClaws on Sunday night with a 4-3 victory. 10,011 were present for the pwning at FirstEnergy Park.

Justin Jacome started for the Hoppers, and didn't last very long. He gave up three earned runs on five hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings. Fortunately for him (and the rest of the Grasshoppers), the pitching trio of Ben Meyer, Jose Quijada, and CJ Robinson combined to allow a walk and three hits over 7.1 innings, striking out seven. Meyer (2-4, 4.20) earned the win, while Robinson was credited with his 14th save. Tyler Gilbert (4-7, 4.16) lost for Lakewood.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Justin Jacome 1.2 5 3 3 3 3 0 3.66
Ben Meyer (W, 2-4) 4.1 2 0 0 1 4 0 4.20
Jose Quijada (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.17
CJ Robinson (S, 14) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.93

The Grasshoppers scored first, with two runs in the top of the second inning on a Zach Sullivan two-RBI double. Lakewood took the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on a Wilson Garcia bases-loaded double.

Greensboro tied it in the top of the third, when Josh Naylor successfully stole third base, then crossed the plate when pitcher Tyler Gilbert threw it over the third baseman's head trying to catch him. The Hoppers took the lead in the next inning with what would be the last run of the game and eventual game-winner on a Justin Twine RBI-groundout.

Player POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kyle Barrett LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Justin Twine 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .240
Josh Naylor 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .254
Angel Reyes DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .303
John Silviano C 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Isael Soto RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .243
Aaron Blanton 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .173
Giovanny Alfonzo SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176
Zach Sullivan CF 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 .248

The Hoppers will host the West Virginia Power for three games starting tomorrow night at 7PM.

Jupiter Hammerheads (36-43)

Florida State League (Single-A Advanced)

The Hammerheads dropped their third game in three days to the Fort Myers Miracle, 7-0 at CenturyLink Sports Complex with 8,222 in attendance.

Luis Castillo started for Jupiter and pitched six scoreless innings, limiting the Miracle to four hits while striking out eight. Castillo earned a GameScore of 76 and got 75% (63-of-84) of his offerings over the plate. Travis Ballew (0-1, 9.72) took the loss, giving up six runs in 1.1 innings. Luke Bard (1-1, 2.86) earned the win with three innings of shutout ball.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Luis Castillo 6.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 2.31
Travis Ballew (L, 0-1) 1.1 3 6 5 1 2 0 9.72
Juancito Martinez 0.2 2 1 0 0 0 0 4.70

The teams matched zeroes through the first seven-and-a-half innings, and Ballew actually pitched a perfect seventh before imploding in the eighth. The Miracle struck for all seven runs in that frame, on a Rehiner Cordova throwing error, a Trey Vavra RBI-single, an Edgar Corcino RBI-single, a Lamonte Wade two-RBI double, a Joe Maloney RBI-single, and an Alex Perez RBI-groundout.

Jupiter was limited to just seven hits, although third baseman Avery Romero and second baseman Brian Schales each struck for two each.

Player POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jeremias Pineda CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286
Dexter Kjerstad LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .235
John Norwood RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .264
Taylor Ard 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .229
Brad Haynal DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Avery Romero 3B 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .232
Chris Hoo C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Brian Schales 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .213
Rehiner Cordova SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167

Tomorrow, the Hammerheads will return home to host the Palm Beach Cardinals (36-43) for three games, starting at 6PM.

Jacksonville Suns (34-46)

Southern League (Double-A)

After losing five in a row, including the first three games of this series, the Suns have strung together consecutive victories for the first time in nearly three weeks, with a 9-2 victory over the 34-46 Tennessee Smokies. They played in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 10,238 at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Jake Esch (8-6, 4.11) got 54-of-73 pitches into the strike zone over seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out four and earned the win with a GameScore of 70. Tyler Skulina (3-7, 4.93) started and lost for the Smokies, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out three and finished with a GameScore of 42.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jake Esch (W, 8-6) 7.0 4 2 2 1 4 0 4.11
Austin Brice 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.69

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, when pitcher Jake Esch helped himself with an RBI-double. The Suns added two in the bottom of the third, on an Alex Glenn RBI-single and a Peter Mooney RBI-groundout.

Jacksonville added two more runs in the fifth inning, on a Glenn solo home run (2) and a Mooney sacrifice fly. The Smokies finally struck back in the top part of the sixth, on a Bijan Rademacher RBI-double and an Ian Happ sacrifice fly to make it 5-2, but the Suns added another pair in the back half of the frame on a Glenn two-RBI single.

Jacksonville closed out the scoring in the seventh, with a Francisco Arcia RBI-single and a Chris Curley RBI-groundout.

Player POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ronnie Mitchell RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
Austin Dean LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .251
JT Riddle SS 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .253
Alex Glenn CF 5 2 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 .435
Garrett Weber 1B 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .196
Brian Anderson 3B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .193
Peter Mooney 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .284
Francisco Arcia C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .253
Jake Esch P 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .500
Chris Curley PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .245
Austin Brice P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154

With this series in the books, the Suns will hit the road for a five-game series with the Biloxi Shuckers (42-36), starting tomorrow at 8:10PM. Hunter Adkins (1-2, 5.79) will get the first start of the series, opposite Biloxi's Brooks Hall (2-1, 4.54).

New Orleans Zephyrs (38-43)

Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)

The Zephyrs salvaged one-game-in-four to close out their series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, defeating the mile-high club with a wild-and-wooly 12-8 affair in front of 8,753 at Security Service Field on Sunday night.

Jeremy Guthrie (5-5, 7.20) started for New Orleans, and earned the victory despite allowing 14 baserunners for eight earned runs in five innings. Josh Hader started for the Sox, allowing eight runs in four innings, while reliever Drew Gagnon (1-1, 7.15) took the loss, allowing three runs in three innings.

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W, 5-5) 5.0 12 8 8 2 3 1 7.20
Craig Breslow (H, 2) 3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 6.85
Nefi Ogando 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 6.23

The Zeps started scoring in the top of the first inning, with a Xavier Scruggs (9) solo shot. Colorado Springs struck back for three in their half, on a Andy Wilkins RBI-triple, a Josmil Pinto RBI-single, and a wild pitch from Jeremy Guthrie.

New Orleans took the lead back in the next half inning with three runs of their own, scored on a Kenny Wilson two-RBI double and a throwing error on the same play by opposing catcher Rene Garcia which allowed Wilson to cross the plate for a 4-3 Zephyrs lead.

New Orleans made it 6-3 in the top half of the fourth, on RBI singles from Isaac Galloway and Jeremy Guthrie, but the Sox came back for five in the bottom half of the inning to take an 8-6 advantage on an Eric Young two-RBI triple, an Orlando Arcia RBI-groundout, and a Josmil Pinto two-run homer.

The Zephyrs struck back with their own five run inning in the top of the fifth to take an 11-8 lead, on a Destin Hood RBI-single, an Isaac Galloway RBI-single, a Jeremy Guthrie sacrifice fly, and a Robert Andino two-RBI single.

The score would remain 11-8 until the eighth inning, when the Zephyrs tacked on an insurance run with Xavier Scruggs' (10) second solo shot of the game.

Player POS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Robert Andino SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .260
Austin Nola 2B-3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .247
Xavier Scruggs 1B 5 3 4 1 0 2 2 0 1 .289
Destin Hood LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .253
Matt Juengel 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Craig Breslow P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Don Kelly PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Nefi Ogando P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tomas Telis C 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .318
Isaac Galloway RF 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .257
Kenny Wilson CF 3 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 .218
Jeremy Guthrie P 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167
Elliot Soto 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .216

Tomorrow, the Zephyrs will return home to face the Round Rock Express three times, starting at 7PM.

Transactions

Earlier today, Miami sent LHP Jo-Jo Reyes outright back to the Zephyrs, and called up utility-everything Yefri Perez from the Suns.