Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 11, Iowa Cubs 1
New Orleans (3-6) took their show on the road and ended up tossing a combined no-hitter, defeating the Iowa Cubs (5-4) 11-1. It was New Orleans’ first no-hitter since 2001. 4,774 witnessed the historic event from Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
Scott Copeland earned his first win of the season, striking out eight and allowing just one walk in seven innings of work. Hunter Cervenka gave up an unearned run in the eighth, walking two, and Brandon Cunniff got the last three outs, two by whiff.
The Cakes scored their first three runs in the second inning, on a long shot from Matt Juengel (2). They added a run in the sixth on a Peter Mooney sacrifice fly.
If not for Moises Sierra totaling two outs on two plate appearances in the eighth, we might still be watching the game. The other eight batters in the frame combined to capitalize on four walks, two singles, a three-run homer, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and an error. They totaled a season-high seven runs before the Cubs got their turn at the plate. They scored after two infield errors and two walks by Cervenka. Box Score Recap.
Last night’s game closed New Orleans’ four-game series against the I-Cubs, with two wins for each club. Today, Odrisamer Despaigne will get his first action of the season, taking the hill against Luke Farrell (1-0, 5.06) of the Omaha Storm Chasers at 3:05PM ET. This is the first of a three game road series.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Chattanooga Lookouts 0
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (5-3) defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts (3-5), 4-0 on Friday, clinching the five-game series by taking the first three. There were 10,023 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The Shrimp, resplendent in their new “Bold City” jerseys, capitalized in the bottom of the first inning on two walks and an Alex Glenn RBI-double to take a lead they would not relinquish. They doubled their lead in the next inning on a Yefri Perez RBI-groundout.
Jacksonville struck again in the third on a Cam Maron RBI-single to score Brian Anderson, next scoring a single run in the eighth on a Perez RBI-single to close the scoring. Jeremias Pineda was the only Shrimp to finish with more than one hit, with two doubles.
Omar Bencomo earned the win, and still hasn’t allowed a run this season. He went six shutout four-hit innings, whiffing six and earning a 72 GameScore. Tyler Bremer struck out three in the ninth, although he didn’t earn the save since Jacksonville was up by more than three runs. Box Score Recap
The Shrimp and the Lookouts will play game four tonight at 6:05PM ET. Mike Kickham (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will pitch for Jacksonville against Chattanooga’s Felix Jorge (0-0, 4.50).
Advanced-A Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Dunedin Blue Jays 6
The Hammerheads (5-5) dropped a 6-2 home affair with 509 in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium to the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Felipe Gonzalez (1-1, 3.68) earned the loss for Jupiter, allowing three earned runs in 2.1 innings on seven hits and a walk. Ryan Newell threw 3.2 perfect innings in relief, striking out three.
Kyle Barrett hit two singles and and drew a walk. He’s now hitting .389 so far this season, mostly on singles.
Today at 5:30 PM ET, the Blue Jays and the Hammerheads will get back at it from RDS. Trevor Richards (1-0, 0.00) will start for Jupiter, against Dunedin’s T.J. Zeuch.
Single-A South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 0, Lakewood Blue Claws 9
5-4 Lakewood’s Ranger Suarez struck out seven in the first four innings, and Ismael Cabrera (2-0, 0.00) earned the victory by striking out five in three innings. There were 6,469 in attendance at FirstEnergy Park.
Cord Sandberg’s two-RBI double in the third inning was all the offense that Lakewood would need, but they scored seven more runs anyway. No Grasshopper had more than one hit, although Boo Vazquez, Branden Berry, and Alex Jones each reached base twice on a walk and a hit each.
Dylan Lee (0-1, 5.63) took the losing decision for the Grasshoppers (6-3), allowing four earned runs in four innings on six hits and a walk. He also struck out three. Ben Meyer allowed four runs (two earned) in just two innings, and Marcus Crescentini allowed another over two innings as nobody got off the mound unscathed for Greensboro. Box Score Recap
Greensboro and Lakewood will play two today. Michael King (1-0, 0.00) will pitch the early game, and Jordan Holloway (0-0, 6.48) will pitch late.