Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Iowa Cubs 1, 10 innings
After dropping four-of-five through their season-opening series on the road to the Memphis Redbirds, the Baby Cakes earned just their second win in their first six games of the season, although it took 10 innings to do it.
Iowa was the first onto the scoreboard, when Jeimer Candelario scored on a Taylor Davis single in the second inning. Fortunately for the Cakes, that was the last real offense from the Cubs.
New Orleans evened the score in their half of the sixth inning, when Destin Hood crossed the plate on a Matt den Dekker double. After the two clubs matched zeroes through the remaining regulation innings, Brandon Barnes scored on a Moises Sierra sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the 10th inning.
Justin Nicolino started and earned a GameScore of 57 after allowing four hits in five innings. He also walked four and struck out six while allowing the only Iowa run. Javy Guerra pitched three scoreless one-hit innings, striking out four, and Brandon Cunniff earned the win in relief, allowing two walks and a hit over two innings. Brandon Barnes and Destin Hood were the only Baby Cakes to finish the game with multiple hits.
Tomorrow at 7:38 PM ET, New Orleans will send Severino González to the mound for his second start of the season. He earned no decision in his first time out, allowing three unearned runs on five hits and a walk over five innings against the Redbirds. Memphis will send Alec Mills (1-0, 6.00).
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Idle)
After winning two-of-five in their season-opening five-game series against the Mississippi Braves, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will play their home-opener tomorrow night at 7:05PM ET against the Chattanooga Lookouts. Dillon Peters (1-0, 1.80) will get the start for the former Suns, against Chattanooga’s Kohl Stewart (0-1, 0.00).
Florida State League
Daytona Tortugas 2, Jupiter Hammerheads 1, 15 innings
The Hammerheads made a game effort of it, but failed to win their third in a row against the Daytona Tortugas on Tuesday night.
The Tortugas took extra innings to defeat Jupiter by a 2-1 final count. Reydel Medina scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 15th on a Daniel Sweet single to center field.
The Hammerheads opened scoring in their half of the fourth when Angel Reyes broke the seal on the scoreboard when Dexter Kjerstad singled to left field. Daytona got it back in the sixth on a Shed Long sacrifice fly to right, scoring Mitch Piatnik.
Cody Poteet started and earned a no-decision with a 64 GameScore, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over six innings. Jeff Kinley struck out four in two hitless relief innings, Ryan Newell gave up one hit over two, Jose Quijada gave up a walk in his inning of relief, and Steven Farnworth kept Daytona off the board despite allowing five hits in three innings. C.J. Robinson earned the loss by allowing two walks and two hits in the 15th frame.
The Hammerheads only collected seven hits over 49 at bats, for a cumulative .143 batting average. The only Hammerhead player with more than one hit was designated hitter Kyle Barrett, who went two-for-six batting leadoff.
Tomorrow at 6:30PM ET, Jupiter will host the final game of the four game series with Scott Squier (0-0, 2.25) taking the hill. Squier has a 21-9 cumulative record with the Marlins’ system since getting drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 draft.
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 4
Delmarva didn’t take long to get onto the scoreboard, scoring two in the first on a Chris Shaw home run, his second of the season. The game would remain a 2-0 affair until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Greensboro finally got into the action on a Garvis Lara leadoff solo shot, his first of the year.
Delmarva reestablished their two run lead in the top of the seventh on a Jake Ring (1) solo home run, but the Grasshoppers got it back in the bottom of the frame on a Corey Bird RBI-single.
Greensboro took a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning on a Dalton Wheat RBI-single and a Colby Lusignan RBI-double. After Delmarva tied it up in the top of the ninth with a Jake Ring RBI-double, Justin Twine ended it with a walkoff RBI-single to score Boo Vazquez.
Ryley MacEachern earned the win despite blowing a save, striking out two and allowing an unearned run on one hit. Jordan Holloway struck out nine batters in five innings, giving up a pair of earned runs on four hits and allowing zero walks with a 59 GameScore. L.J. Brewster struck out five in three innings of relief. That’s 16 strikeouts for Grasshopper pitching.
The only Hoppers to finish with more than one hit were Aaron Knapp and Colby Lusignan, who smacked two each. The Hoppers, now 5-1, will get an early start tomorrow against the Shorebirds with a Noon ET start. Alejando Mateo will make a start after earning no decision in his first start of the season. He’ll face Zach Muckenhirn.