Sunday marks the end of the weekend, and the Marlins affiliates sent it off by winning two of four in their contests.
Memphis Red Birds 8, New Orleans Baby Cakes 4
The Baby Cakes ended their weekend with an 8-4 loss to Memphis, bringing their record to an unimpressive 1-3. The bats were led by Isaac Galloway, who went two for three with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored. Brandon Barnes chipped in going three for five while crossing the plate once. No. 28 prospect Destin Hood also knocked in a run while going one for five at the plate.
Pitching was a struggle for New Orleans. Starting pitcher Scott Copeland only lasted four innings, giving up three earned runs (four total) on nine hits while striking out five. Kelvin Marte relieved him, pitching the fifth inning. Marte was no much better, lasting just the one inning while giving up two runs on five hits, but he did strike out two. No. 16 prospect Drew Steckenrider was the bright spot in the pitching department, posting two shutout innings where he struck out two and did not relinquish a hit. The Cakes battle the Red Bird Monday at 8:00 PM EST before heading to Iowa.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Mississippi Braves 4
The Shrimp could not hang on against the Braves, as they dropped the fourth game of their season opening set 4-3 in 13 innings. The bats gave little support to the pitching staff, which pitched well overall. At the plate, No. 5 prospect Austin Dean set the tone by smacking two hits in six at bats, tallying to RBIs. The other run was driven in by Yefri Perez. The Shrimp didn’t have trouble finding ways to get on base, as they put up seven hits and walked five times.
The pitching kept Mississippi in check until the 13th inning. Starter Mike Kickham lasted five innings, giving up two earned runs on while giving up one hit and striking out six. The bullpen held it down from innings six through twelve, giving up only four hits with no runs. No. 3 prospect Jarlin Garcia pitched two of those innings, allowing only two hits. With a 3-2 lead in the 13th, Tyler Bremer came on to close it out. After giving up back to back singles and loading the bases with an intentional walk, Bremer gave up a walk-off, two-run single to end the game. The Shrimp look to take the series against Mississippi on Monday at 11:35 AM EST.
Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Fort Myers Miracle 2
Jupiter squeaked by with the bare minimum at the plate Sunday night against Fort Myers, beating the Miracle 3-2. The bats mustered eight hits, with runs being driven in by Roy Morales, Brian Schales and Zach Sullivan. After a two-run fifth inning, the Hammerheads tacked on an extra run in the ninth which ended up being the decisive run in the contest,
Felipe Gonzalez notched his first win of the season, pitching five innings and only giving up two hits without allowing a run to cross the plate. The bullpen took over from their, giving up no runs the next three innings. Steven Farnworth came in to close the door, earning the save although he gave up one run in the final frame. The Hammerheads start their series with the Daytona Tortugas on Monday at 6:30 PM EST.
Hickory Crawdads 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 6
The most decisive victory to close out the weekend was the 6-3 victory the Greensboro Grasshoppers had over the Hickory Crawdads. The offense was fairly quiet, only mustering six hits in the game. Luis Pintor led the Grasshopper hitters with two hits in four at bats. One of those hits was a second inning grand slam that gave him his four RBIs in the game and his first home run of the season.
Starting pitcher Dylan Lee pitched well, but only last four innings so he did not receive the win. In his short outing, Lee gave up one run on five hits while striking out five Crawdads. Sam Perez got the win in relief, pitching 2.2 innings, allowing three hits, two of which were solo home runs that gave Perez his only two earned runs of his outing. LJ Brewster shut the door on Hickory by getting the save and only allowing one hit in the ninth inning. The Grasshoppers look to improve to 4-1 against Delmarva on Monday at 7:00 PM EST.