Omaha Storm Chasers 7 @ New Orleans Baby Cakes 5
The Cakes (8-12) were coming off a 4-1 win last night over the Omaha Storm Chasers (12-8), and looked to win the series and the eight-game homestand in an afternoon affair in front of over 6000 fans at the Shrine on Airline Park.
Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1) had his third straight tough start, lasting only four innings in the loss. Notably, he gave up a solo homerun in the first to Jorge Soler, who was on a rehab assignment.
Cakes pitchers Clayton Mortensen and Hunter Cervenka gave up two runs a piece in the loss.
On the positive side, Destin Hood, and Ramon Cabrera hit homers, and Steve Lombardozzi had a three-hit day.
The game was closed out by 30-year old ex-major leaguer Al Albuquerque, who got the save for Omaha.
The Baby Cakes have an off day tomorrow, a nd then open a five-game set in Nashville on Thursday. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2 @ Birmingham Barons 3
The Jumbo Shrimp (7-12) fell to the Birmingham Barons (6-14), largely due to a dominant performance by flame-throwing Michael Kopech. Kopech, the third ranked prospect in the White Sox system, went a season high 6 innings, giving up only one hit while striking out six. He didn’t hit 105 on the radar gun, but was still quite impressive in the outing.
In the ninth inning, the Shrimp rallied with three straight singles and then a walk allowing them to plate two runs, but Isaac Galloway grounded up to end the rally and the game.
The Shrimp play again in Birmingham tomorrow at noon EST.
Daytona Tortugas 3 @ Jupiter Hammerheads 8
The big night at the plate for the Hammerheads came from 21-year-old third-baseman Brian Schales, who went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Schales is now 10 for his last 17 at the plate with 9 RBIs in his last four games. He led the Hammerheads (10-9) to an 8-3 win over Daytona (10-9).
Meanwhile, Stone Garrett, the Marlins eight ranked prospect, hit his first home run of the season while also notching his fourth stolen base of the year.
On the mound, Oregon State product Ben Holmes threw five solid innings giving up two runs while striking out five and walking none.
The Hammerheads will play at home again tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 1 @ Greenville Drive 5
Second year player Boo Vasquez continued as the Hoppers (9-10) hottest hitter, by going three for three with the team’s lone RBI in their loss to Greenville (12-7). He entered the day with an OPS of .902 and raised his batting average to .362.
Dustin Beggs had a less successful outing today than he recently has for Greensboro, giving up four runs (two earned) on ten hits over six innings.
The Grasshoppers face the Drive again tomorrow at 2:05 EST.
Here a link to the milb.com scoreboard from last night: