Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Omaha Storm Chasers 0
The Baby Cakes (7-10) defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers (9-7) by a 6-0 final score with 6,688 in attendance at Shrine on Airline in Metairie, Louisiana.
Stephen Fife (1-0, 4.91) earned the win by going five shutout innings, allowing six hits and two walks. He struck out six and earned a GameScore of 60.
Matt Juengel scored the first run of the game on a Carlos Paulino RBI-single in the fourth inning. #12 prospect J.T. Riddle tripled the lead with a two-run homer (2) with two-out in the sixth, scoring Destin Hood.
New Orleans’ lead was doubled again the next inning, on a Brandon Barnes RBI-single and a two run homer from Hood to make it 6-0. left fielder Hood finished the game with two hits, as did second baseman Steve Lombardazzi, who also stole two bases for the night.
The Cakes will host the Storm Chasers at 2PM. Tim Worley (1-1, 1.69) gets the start, opposite Omaha’s Josh Stamont (1-1, 5.02).
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, Birmingham Barons 8
After a 54-minute rain delay, Jacksonville (5-11) dropped an 8-2 decision in front of 6,761 at Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama. It was their eighth consecutive defeat.
Severino Gonzales started and struck out five over 5.2 innings, earning no-decision for the Shrimp while whiffing five and allowing two runs on five hits for a 57 GameScore.
Birmingham’s (5-11) Keon Barnum went deep twice, a two-run shot off starter Severino in the fifth inning and a grand slam off reliever James Buckelew in the eighth inning.
Jacksonville opened the scoring in the fourth inning on an Alex Glenn RBI-triple. After Barnum’s first homer made it a 2-1 Birmingham lead, Brian Anderson scored on a David Vidal line drive single to center field to tie the game going into the seventh. Buckelew earned the loss by allowing six runs in the eighth inning. He allowed three hits and two walks over 2.1 innings, striking out three. Five of his six runs were unearned, keeping his ERA to a miniscule 0.77 for the season.
Matt Tomshaw (1-1, 3.60) starts for the Shrimp in today’s game against the Barons at 4PM, the second of a five-game series. He’ll face off against Jordan Guerrero (0-2, 5.52).
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Bradenton Marauders 3, 11 innings
The Hammerheads (9-8) and the Marauders (9-8) went toe to toe for nine innings, going into extra frames tied at three with 1,703 in the house at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. After a Brian Schales two-run double in the 11th, Jupiter has now won four in a row.
It was Schales third hit of the game. Dexter Kjerstad, Brad Haynal, J.J. Gould, and Rodrigo Vigil also finished the game with multiple hits.
#14 prospect Cody Poteet earned a 52 GameScore in five innings, striking out six while allowing eight hits and a walk for a pair of runs. Four relief pitchers combined to allow three hits and strike out nine over the next six innings. Ryan Newell (2-0, 1.42) struck out five in two innings for the win, and Jeff Kinley earned his first save of the season.
Bradenton opened the scoring in the third inning on a Will Craig single to center field. Each team collected one run in the fifth inning, Jupiter on a Schales single, and the Marauders on a Ke’Bryan Hayes single.
Jupiter tood the lead in the seventh inning on a Haynal two-run shot to left-center field, then Bradenton tied it in the bottom half on a Will Craig single.
Today, Scott Squier (0-2, 4.85) will start for the Hammerheads opposite Bradenton’s Pedro Vasquez (0-1, 2.63) at 1PM.
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Augusta GreenJackets 1, 6 innings
The Grasshoppers (9-8) enjoyed a rain-shortened 4-1 victory in front of 5,262 at First National Bank Field Saturday evening.
Augusta (6-11) struck first, with a Sandro Fabian sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning. Greensboro answered quickly with three runs in the bottom of the frame scored on a Mason Davis RBI-single and a James Nelson (1) two run homer. Boo Vazquez walked across the plate on a Sandro Cabrera wild pitch in the bottom half of the sixth to make it 4-1 in what turned out to be the last play of the game.
Nelson and Vazquez each went two-for-three, and Jordan Holloway earned no-decision by starting and going 4.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit and five walks. He also struck out four. Alejandro Mateo (1-2, 7.80) notched the win by pitching 1.1 perfect innings of relief, striking out two.
The Grasshoppers will try to extend their winning streak to three games today at 4PM against the Greenjackets.
#3 Brian Anderson went one-for-four and scored a run for the Shrimp.
#8 Stone Garrett went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
#24 Andy Beltre blew a save and allowed a hit and a walk over two, striking out one.
#27 John Norwood had a hit and struck out three times in Jacksonville’s loss to Birmingham.
#28 Tomas Telis had an 0-for-3 night with one walk in New Orleans’ victory.