Three of the four Marlins minor league teams who are currently playing were in action Sunday. Greensboro was the lone exception, as their game against Augusta was rained out. With the recent struggles of some of the teams, Sunday was a chance to start the week off right.
Omaha Storm Chasers 4, New Orleans Baby Cakes 2
The Baby Cakes (7-11) ended the weekend with a 4-2 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Cakes offense was only able to muster two hits, one from No. 9 prospect JT Riddle and the other from Moises Sierra. The lone RBI came from No. 10 prospect Tomas Telis. The Cakes, as a whole, did not get a hit with runners in scoring position in seven attempts.
Vance Worley started the game for the Cakes, going 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out to Storm Chasers. After Sunday’s start, Worley’s ERA this season is at an impressive 2.49. The bullpen was in tiptop form in the final 3.1 innings. Kelvin Marte pitched 2.1 of those innings, giving up only two hits and no runs while striking out one. No. 16 prospect Drew Steckenrider continued his great start to 2017 with a shutout inning of his own. The Cakes play Omaha again Monday at 8:00 PM EST.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Birmingham Barons 1
Jacksonville (6-11) looked dominant in their 6-1 win over the Birmingham Barons on Sunday. The offense was led by Austin Nola, who went two for four with an RBI, and Yefri Perez who drove in two runs with a triple in the third inning. No. 4 prospect Brian Anderson also drove in two runs. The Shrimp weren’t just clicking on offense, however.
The Jumbo Shrimp pitching held the Barons to just one run, starting with Matt Tomshaw. The starting pitcher threw 5.2 innings, giving up just one run on six hits while striking out five Barons. Victor Payano pitched 2.1 innings of perfect relief, striking out five in his impressive outing. No. 23 prospect Tayron Guerrero pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out three and walking three. The Shrimp are back at it Monday at 12:30 PM EST in Birmingham.
Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Bradenton Marauders 11
The Hammerheads (9-9) had a rough display against the Bradenton Marauders Sunday, losing 11-2 to finish their weekend. Brian Schales led the Hammerheads offense with a two-run home run that gave them their only runs of the ballgame. Brad Haynal went two for five with two doubles to boost his batting average to .406 on the season.
Scott Squier struggled mightily in his start, giving up eight runs on nine hits in three innings. He was tagged with his third loss of the season and saw his ERA balloon to 8.44 in 2017. The next four innings went well for the Jupiter bullpen, as they did not surrender a run and only gave up one hit. Garrett Cortright came in for the ninth inning, but could not keep the bullpen dominance going. In one inning of work he gave up three runs on four hits and walked one, giving the Marauders their double digit run total on the day. The Hammerheads are back in action Tuesday at 6:30 PM EST against the Daytona Tortugas.