New Orleans Baby Cakes 5, Iowa Cubs 18
On the same night that their big-league club got their World Series rings, the Iowa Cubs (4-3) created their own fireworks. Coming off five shutout innings last time out, Baby Cakes (2-5) starter Severino Gonzales was tagged for 10 hits and 10 runs in 3.1 innings. This included a two-run shot from Cubs catcher Taylor Davis.
For the Baby Cakes, Moises Sierra plated two with a single in the sixth inning and got another RBI single in the eighth to account for three of the team’s five runs for the evening.
The Cubs continue to add to New Orleans’ misery and ended up trouncing the Baby Cakes in game they will surely like to forget, so the less said about the rest of the game the better!
The Cakes battle the Iowa Cubs on Thursday in matinee affair at 1:08 PM EST in Iowa
Chattanooga Lookouts 1, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7
The Jumbo Shrimp’s home opener was a success, as Austin Nola’s two run double in the second and Taylor Ard’s grand slam in the third inning sparked the Jumbo Shrimp (3-3) to a quick 7-0 lead off Chattanooga Lookouts (3-3) starter Kohl Stewart. This was a lead that the Shrimp would never relinquish.
Dillon Peters, who impressed in spring training for the Marlins, cruised through 5.1 innings of work, giving up only one run while striking out four and walking one. This impressive start will certainly raise Peters’ stock further, as he goes to 2-0 on the season with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP.
Tyler Higgins and Jarlin Garcia pitched shutout relief for the remaining 3.2 innings to close things out for the Shrimp.
The Shrimp play next on Thursday at 7:05 PM EST at home against Chattanooga.
Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Daytona Tortugas 2
The big news here for the Marlins was Martin Prado making a rehab start for the Hammerheads at third base. He went 1 for 2 with a single in limited action.
The Hammerheads (4-3) wasted three good pitching performances from Scott Squier (0-1), Andy Beltre, and Travis Ballew who combined to give up just seven hits and one earned run in the 2-0 loss to the Daytona Tortugas (4-3) Wednesday night.
Left fielder Stone Garrett went 2 for 4 to pace Jupiter’s offense.
The Hammerheads host a doubleheader against the Denedin Blue Jays on Thursday, with the first game starting at 5:00 PM EST.
Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Greensboro Grasshoppers 2
This one started off on the wrong foot for the Grasshoppers (5-2) and things never really looked up from there in their Wednesday match against Delmarva (2-5). Hoppers starter Alejandro Mateo stumbled early on as the Shorebirds set up their big first inning with a walk, hit batter and a single. Then Delmarva sent Preston Palmeiro to the plate. The NC State product and son of Rafael Palmeiro smashed a grand slam for his first home run as a professional. The Shorebirds never looked back and won 8-2.
On the bright side, The Grasshoppers scored in the bottom of the second as Brendan Berry doubled and later scored on a Luis Pintor single. The Grasshoppers scored one in the bottom of the eighth when Aaron Knapp, who went 2-4 for the game, got a triple and came into score on a fielder’s choice.
Zack Muckinhirn pitched six solid innings for the Shorebirds, while Mateo (0-1) took the loss, giving five runs over five innings.
The Grasshoppers travel to Lakewood, NJ to face the BlueClaws on Thursday at 6:35 PM EST.