Ed. Note: This piece slipped through the cracks before Friday came and went, but Jackson does such a good job recapping all of the minor league action I thought it should still go up. - TB
Thursday was a full slate for the teams in the Marlins system, with all four teams in action. As it stands now, there is no team in the system with a record at or over .500. The season is still young, so there is nothing to worry about.
Iowa Cubs 3, New Orleans Baby Cakes 7
The Baby Cakes (6-9) were able to get their second win of the series against the Iowa Cubs, after a loss Wednesday, winning 7-3. Moises Sierra and Matt Juengel each went two for four and drove in two runs. Destin Hood and Peter Mooney each drove in a run apiece. Five Cakes hitters had two hits.
Pitching for the Cakes was effective, although the bullpen had to work hard after a short outing from Odrisamer Despaigne. The outing was short, but effective, giving up one run on four hits while striking out two in 4.2 innings. He walked four Cubs batters. The bullpen worked the remaining 4.1 innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. Clayton Mortensen got the win after pitching one scoreless inning in which he struck out two. The Cakes will be back in action Friday at 8:00 PM EST, finishing up the four game series against Iowa.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 8
The Jumbo Shrimp’s woes continued Thursday as they lost their sixth straight game, this one at the hands of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos by the score of 8-5. Jacksonville fell to 5-9 after a good start to the season. David Vidal continued to produce at the plate, collecting two hits in three at bats, one of which was his first home run of the season. He also knocked in two runs. Alex Glenn also collected two RBIs.
Starting pitcher Mike Kickham had a rough outing, pitching five innings and giving up seven runs on eight hits (two home runs) while striking out four. The bullpen was able to stop the bleeding by giving up only one run on three hits in the remaining innings, striking out four Blue Wahoos in the process. The Shrimp look to snap their skid Friday against the Blue Wahoos at 7:35 PM EST in Pensacola.
Jupiter Hammerheads 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1
Jupiter’s offense and pitching were working well Thursday against the Lakeland Flying Tigers in their 6-1 victory, giving them a series split. The Hammerheads (7-8) were led by the bat of shortstop Justin Bohn, who went one for three with a home run and three RBIs. His home run extended the lead in the ninth. Angel Reyes and Roy Morales each drove in a run, as well.
Felipe Gonzalez pitched seven quality innings, giving up only one run on two hits and striking out seven Flying Tigers hitters. That start gave him his second win of the season and knocked his ERA down to 2.51. Steven Farnworth and Jeff Kinley each pitched scoreless innings to close out the game and give the Hammerheads the win. Jupiter heads to Bradenton to start a three game series with the Marauders Friday at 6:30 PM EST.
Augusta GreenJackets 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3
The Grasshoppers continued a losing streak of their own Thursday, losing their fifth straight game. This one was at the hands of the Augusta GreenJackets. Colby Lusignan was a bright spot in the lineup for Greensboro, going three for three and hitting a solo jack. Justin Twine added another RBI while going one for four. Leadoff hitter Corey Bird also picked up two hits at the top of the lineup.
Dylan Lee started the game for the Grasshoppers, pitching four innings and giving up four runs on seven hits. Reliever Ben Meyer pitched four innings of one-hit ball, giving up one lone run and striking out four. Michael Mertz pitched the ninth inning, giving up one hit and one walk but, ultimately, gave up no runs. The Grasshoppers look to pick up a win when then play Augusta again Friday at home. The game starts at 7:00 PM EST.