Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 8, Tacoma Rainiers 11
Cheney Stadium set the stage for Tacoma (20-11) and New Orleans (11-21) to combine for 19 runs and 25 hits in a wild 11-8 Rainiers win with 3,145 on hand.
Vance Worley (1-5, 4.42) continued his struggles, starting and racking up a GameScore of 21. He allowed a dozen hits and a walk for eight earned runs, striking out only one batter. Andrew Moore (1-0, 4.76) earned the win for Tacoma, going 5.2 innings and striking out five against three earned runs.
Isaac Galloway and Destin Hood had more than one hit apiece for the Baby Cakes, who got things started with a two run Moises Sierra (3) homer in the second inning. The Rainiers then batted around in the bottom of the third, totaling six runs on a walk, three singles and four doubles to make it 6-2.
The teams traded runs in the fifth, with New Orleans lighting the lamp on a Steve Lombardozzi RBI-single and Tacoma getting a solo homer out of Mike Zunino (1). The Rainiers added a run in the sixth on a Boog Powell RBI-single to make it 8-3.
The Cakes scored a run in the seventh on a Isaac Galloway RBI-single, then allowed two in the bottom part of the inning on a Tyler O’Neill RBI-single and a Zach Shank RBI-groundout for a 10-4 Rainiers lead. They made it 11-4 with a Boog Powell run in the eighth, on a K.C. Serna fielding error.
New Orleans sent eight men to the plate in the ninth inning, scoring four runs in total to set the final score at 11-8. Junior Arrojo hit an RBI-double, Serna hit a two-RBI double, and Brandon Barnes added an RBI-single.
After dropping their four-game series, three-games-to-one, the Cakes will take a day off today. On Thursday, they’ll open up a new four-game series, in Reno to face the Aces (20-13). Scott Copeland (2-3, 6.33) is tentatively chalked in as the Baby Cakes starter.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Biloxi Shuckers 6
The Shuckers handed Jacksonville a 6-4 loss with 2,606 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Matt Tomshaw (3-1, 2.27) started and earned no-decision, giving up three earned runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. He whiffed five Shuckers for a GameScore of 46. James Buckelew (0-2, 2.66) earned the loss by giving up three earned runs in two frames, on four hits.
The Shrimp had just six hits for the game, with Alex Yarbrough leading the way with a pair of doubles and Austin Nola going deep for his sixth home run of the year.
Biloxi didn’t wait long to get things started, scoring a pair in the top of the first when Michael Reed (6) slammed a two-run shot over the left field fence. The Shuckers made it 3-0 in the third on a Michael Choice RBI-groundout.
Jacksonville came back to tie it with a two-run Austin Nola (1) shot to left in the third inning and a John Norwood solo shot in the fourth. The two teams stayed knotted at three until the seventh inning.
The Shuckers scored three runs on RBI-doubles from Choice, Dustin DeMuth, and Jacob Nottingham in that frame. The Shrimp came back for a run in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a Nola RBI-groundout.
With the loss, Jacksonville now trails the five-game series, two-games-to-zero. Game three is set for 12:05 today. Mike Kickham (0-3, 4.82) will square off opposite Taylor Williams (0-1, 1.29).
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Bradenton Marauders 3
Bradenton (20-13) defeated Jupiter (13-20), 3-1 with 284 on hand at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Marauders got on board in the fifth inning on a Mitchell Tolman RBI-single and added a marker by Logan Hill on a tricky baserunning series of events. Hill scored while the Hammerheads were trying to run down Alfredo Reyes, who was attempting to steal second base.
Bradenton added a run in the sixth on a Will Craig RBI-single. Jupiter’s Dexter Kjerstad hit an RBI-groundout in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1.
Scott Squier (1-5, 5.77) started and earned the loss, allowing six hits and two walks for all three runs in 5.2 innings. Pedro Vasquez (3-2, 2.41) shrunk his ERA to 2.41 and earned a win, striking out four in 6.2 innings while allowing one earned run on seven hits.
Jupiter’s Brad Haynal was the only player from either team to finish with more than one hit, getting two singles.
Jupiter, now losers of five straight, will try to salvage the final game of their three-game series against the Marauders, tonight at 6:30. Ben Holmes (0-3, 4.21) will pitch against Mitch Keller (3-1, 2.88).
South Atlantic League
Greensboro (17-14) will put their five-game winning streak on the line against the Lexington Legends today at 12:35. Michael King (2-2, 4.03) will start against Gerson Garabito (3-1, 2.50).
K.C. Serna was promoted from the Shrimp to the Cakes.
Adam Conley was demoted from the Marlins to the Cakes.
The Marlins selected Tyler Moore’s contract from the Cakes.
The Marlins recalled Tomas Telis from the Cakes.
The Jumbo Shrimp welcomed Esmerling De La Rosa from Jupiter, and sent Tyler Kinley down to the Hammerheads in his place.