All four full season Marlins affiliates were in action Thursday night. Heading into the day all but one affiliate had a record at or over .500.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Iowa Cubs 5
The Baby Cakes (2-6) played an afternoon game against the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park Thursday after getting demolished Wednesday night by a score of 18-5. The Cakes couldn’t get get the victory, dropping the game 5-2. Steve Lombardozzi and Matt Juengel each went two for four at the plate, and the lone RBI was driven in by Ryan Jackson. No. 29 prospect Destin Hood was one for four at the plate.
Former big leaguer Vance Worley toed the rubber to start the game for New Orleans. In four innings of work, Worley gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out three. No. 16 prospect Drew Steckenrider pitched two innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out one. Cakes pitching continued to struggle against top Cubs prospect Ian Happ, who hit his fifth home run of the young Pacific Coast League season and went two for four. He is six for fourteen in the series so far. The Cakes will look to split the series Friday in Iowa at 8:08 PM EST.
Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (4-3) were able to put get over .500 with their 5-3 win over Chattanooga. The Shrimp were led by John Norwood at the plate, as he went one for three with a home run and two RBIs. Austin Nola and Brian Anderson each chipped in with by driving in one run each. Taylor Ard contributed by collecting two hits in four at bats.
Matt Tomshaw earned the win, pitching five innings and giving up one run (not earned), striking out four and walking two. The game got a little dicey in the ninth when No. 23 prospect Tayron Guerrero gave up two runs without recording an out. Hunter Adkins was able to stop the bleeding by getting the next three batters and recording the save. The Shrimp take on the Lookouts again Friday night at 7:05 PM EST in Jacksonville.
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Jupiter Hammerheads 1
The Hammerheads (5-4) played the first game of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon, losing the seven inning tilt 4-1 to Dunedin. The Hammerheads lineup struggled at the plate, including No. 6 prospect Stone Garrett who struck out in all three at bats he had. The one bright spot came in the bottom of the seventh inning as Rodrigo Vigil drove in a run on a single. It was too little too late for the Hammerheads, however.
Jorgan Cavenerio started for the Hammerheads, going five innings and giving up 3 runs (two earned) on six hits and striking out three Blue Jays hitters. Esmerling De La Rosa pitched 1.2 innings of relief, striking out three but allowing one run on five hits. Travis Ballew recorded the final out of the seventh. The Hammerheads would play game two of their doubleheader later on Thursday night.
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Jupiter Hammerheads 1
In game two of Thursday’s doubleheader between Dunedin and Jupiter, offense was hard to come by. The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the 11th inning when Zach Sullivan drove in the game winning run on a walk off single. He was two for five in the game, collecting two of the six Hammerhead hits.
Pitching was stellar for Jupiter in this showdown. Starter Ben Holmes pitched four innings, giving up only one hit and striking out two. Jose Quijada put in two innings of relief work, striking out four and giving up only one hit. CJ Robinson gave up two hits and kept the Dunedin bats scoreless. Jeff Kinley earned the win by not giving up a hit and striking out two in two innings of work. The Hammerheads will be back at it at Roger Dean Stadium Friday night at 6:30 PM EST against Dunedin.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Lakewood Blue Claws 0
The Grasshoppers (6-2) keep pacing the Marlins system as they took down Philadelphia’s affiliate Lakewood 2-0. Two of the Marlins top 30 prospects drove in runs in the win. No. 22 prospect Justin Twine collected two hits and drove in one, while No. 24 prospect Garvis Lara went two for three and drove in the other. Lara is batting .300 and having a stellar start to the season while Twine hopefully is finding his rhythm.
The pitching for the Grasshopper was great, which seemed to be a trend for the Single A teams in the system Thursday night. Starting pitcher Dustin Beggs threw five innings, giving up three hits and striking out six while picking up his first win of the season. He was relieved by No. 19 prospect Sam Perez who pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three Blue Crab hitters. Kyle Keller converted his third save of the game to close out the Grasshoppers victory. The Grasshoppers will battle the Blue Claws again Friday at 7:05 PM EST at FirstEnergy Park.