All four Marlins affiliates in action so far this season played Thursday. It was a rough day for the four teams, went 0-4 and lost by a combined score of 39-13. Unfortunately, none of the teams are over .500 now. They will look to end the week on a high note Friday and Saturday.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Nashville Sounds 9
The Baby Cakes (8-13) couldn’t handle the Sounds bats in a 9-2 loss on Thursday. No. 10 prospect Tomas Telis led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Steve Lombardozzi contributed two hits, also. Other than that, the bats were quiet only putting up two more hits. It didn’t help that Sonny Gray was on rehab assignment with the Sound, an Oakland affiliate, and pitched six innings of two-hit ball.
The Cakes did not have an MLB All Star on the mound, but Justin Nicolino pitched well. In five innings of work, he gave up only two runs on three hits while striking out three. Kelvin Marte, on the other hand, got shelled in relief. In just one-third of an inning, Marte gave up six runs (all earned) on three hits and three walks. The rest of the bullpen was solid, however, giving up just one more run. No. 16 prospect Drew Steckenrider pitched another scoreless inning, bring his ERA down to 1.50 on the season. The Cakes are back in action against Nashville at 7:35 PM EST in the Music City on Friday.
Mobile BayBears 8, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3
The Jumbo Shrimp (7-14) bats kept up for the first eight innings Thursday, but could not counter a late BayBears surge in their 8-3 loss. No. 4 prospect Brian Anderson hit his second home run of the season in the first inning and Isaac Galloway went four for four while driving in one run.
Jumbo Shrimp pitching did its job in the first seven plus innings. Starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez pitched six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits. The bullpen could not recover from an error in the eighth that ended up starting a five-run inning for Mobile. The Jumbo Shrimp look to beat Mobile Friday at 7:05 PM EST at home.
Daytona Tortugas 14, Jupiter Hammerheads 3
The Jupiter Hammerheads (10-11) could not recover from a huge early deficit as they lost to Daytona 14-3. Each of the first three hitters in the Jupiter lineup had two hits, including Angel Reyes who also drove in a run. Brad Haynal also had a hit and drove in a run, keeping his batting average over .400 on the season.
Pitching was not a strong suit for the Hammerheads, as starter Trevor Richards gave up six runs on ten hits in just 2.2 innings. Relief pitching was not much help as Steven Farnworth gave up five runs in 1.2 innings on six hits. The other three runs were given up by Nick Neumann, although only one was earned. The Hammerheads look for a better day Friday as they take on their ballpark partner Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:30 PM EST.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Asheville Tourists 8
Greensboro (9-12) could not out-slug the Tourists on Thursday, losing the contest 8-5. Aaron Knapp led the game off with a home run, one of his two hits. He had two RBIs in the game. Three other Grasshopper hitters had drove in a run each. Corey Bird contributed to the cause with two hits while also crossing home plate twice.
Starter Michael King lost his first game of the season after going five innings and giving up seven runs on ten hits. The bullpen did its job, only giving up one hit the next three innings. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. The Grasshoppers play again Friday against the Tourists in Asheville at 7:05 PM EST.