Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 10, Reno Aces 11, 12 innings
Reno (22-14) hosted the Baby Cakes (12-23) in the third game of their four game series, and took it to extra innings to earn an 11-10 victory. There were 5,023 present at Greater Nevada Field.
Stephen Fife earned no decision, giving up four earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three. He earned a 45 GameScore while plating 55-of-90 pitches.
The Cakes hit a collected .234 for the day. Isaac Galloway went two-for-six with a two-run homer. Brandon Barnes went two-for-six with a triple and an RBI. Destin Hood went two-for-four with two walks and two batted in, and Matt Juengel went two-for-five with a walk and two RBI.
New Orleans had the game well in hand going into the bottom half of the ninth, winning by a 10-4 score, but Clayton Mortensen allowed three walks while collecting only one out. In relief, Javy Guerra gave up two walks and two singles for five runs, and was followed by Hunter Cervenka, who earned the blown save on a sacrifice fly despite doing the least cumulative damage of the three.
Reno scored the game winning run on a wild pitch by Cake Victor Payano (0-1, 6.75) in the bottom of the 12th.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Mobile Bay Bears 4
Your intrepid reporter was amongst the 5,622 on hand at Hank Aaron Stadium to watch the Jumbo Shrimp (13-23) put up a whimper against the Mobile BayBears (15-21). I was the only one rooting for the Shrimp in attendance as far as I could tell, but I only got to cheer seven times in total (five strikeouts, the homer, and the double). I did wake up the baby sitting next to me in his mom’s lap when Anderson went deep, and I was not sorry.
Alex Klonowski (2-2, 3.00) gave up just one hit over 6.2 innings for Mobile, earning a 67 GameScore to just 40 for Severino Gonzalez (0-3, 4.08). Gonzalez allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two.
The only Shrimp to hit safely were Brian Anderson, with a solo homer in the fifth inning (to break up Klonowski’s no-hitter) and Taylor Ard, who hit a double. My daughter insists on cheering for the home team, and got an autograph from the Southern League’s number one hitter, Forrestt Allday.
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 1, St. Lucie Mets 4, 10 innings
A crowd of 1,358 were present at Roger Dean Stadium to watch the visiting St. Lucie Mets (16-21) defeat the Hammerheads (15-22) in extra innings, 4-1.
Jeff Locke struck out seven and allowed just one earned run over five innings, giving up five hits and zero walks in a rehab start. Cody Poteet (2-2, 2.39) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits over 4.2 innings.
The Hammerheads collected a dozen hits, with John Silviano, Brian Schales, Rodrigo Vigil and Justin Bohn each collecting a pair of singles. Kyle Barrett had the only extra-base hit of the game for Jupiter, hitting a double.
The Mets scored three in the top of the 10th after Poteet walked the bases loaded and gave up a sacrifice fly with the eventual winning run. Wuilmer Becerra hit a two-RBI single after Poteet was lifted for Nick Neumann. The trio of Dexter Kjerstad, Stone Garrett, and Silviano each whiffed to Tyler Bashlor in the bottom of the 10th to seal it for St. Lucie.
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 14, Hickory Crawdads 2
The Grasshoppers (20-15) hit .350 in mauling the Hickory Crawdads (13-22), 14-2 in front of 2,725 at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Dylan Lee (2-3, 4.37) earned the win, pitching seven shutout innings on seven hits, striking out two. Lee got 53-of-61 pitches into the strikezone for a 70 GameScore.
Aaron Knapp hit a single, a double, and a three-run homer, finishing with five RBI. Boo Vazquez hit a single and a double, scoring twice and knocking a third in. He also drew two walks. Luis Pintor drew two walks and hit two singles, scoring twice with two RBI, and Corey Bird topped them all by collecting four singles with three RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
Minor Leaguers of the Day
Dylan Lee earned a win for Greensboro by getting 87% of his pitches over the plate. His pitch count, only 61, kind of makes me wonder why they pulled him. He’s now 2-3 for the season.
Corey Bird got on base five times, with four singles and a walk. He had three RBI and two runs for the Grasshoppers.
#1 Braxton Garrett - Starting tomorrow for the Hoppers
#2 Tyler Kolek
#3 Brian Anderson - 1-for-4, solo home run for Jacksonville
#4 Jarlin Garcia - one perfect inning of relief for Miami
#5 Dillon Peters
#6 Isael Soto
#7 Thomas Jones
#8 Stone Garrett - 0-for-5, four strikeouts for Jupiter
#9 Drew Steckenrider
#10 James Nelson - 0-for-5, four strikeouts, one walk, one run for Greensboro
#11 Edward Cabrera
#12 J.T. Riddle 0-for-2 for the Marlins
#13 Austin Dean
#14 Cody Poteet - 4.2 innings pitched, six hits, three walks, three earned runs, three strikeouts, one loss for the Hammerheads
#15 Albert Guaimaro
#16 Jordan Holloway
#17 Jeff Brigham
#18 Sam Perez - one strikeout and one hit allowed in one inning pitched for the Grasshoppers
#19 Tayron Guerrero
#20 Roy Morales
#21 Sean Reynolds
#22 Remey Reed
#23 Brett Lilek
#24 Andy Beltre
#25 Humberto Mejia
#26 Justin Twine
#27 John Norwood - 0-for-4, one strikeout for the Shrimp
#28 Joe Gunkel
#29 Yefri Perez
#30 Destin Hood - 2-for-4, two walks, two RBI, one strikeout for the Cakes
Brian Ellington joined the Baby Cakes from Miami. RHP Dustin Beggs was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs from the Grasshoppers, and was replaced in turn by LHP Dylan Lee.
Vance Worley (1-5, 4.42) will try to get the Baby Cakes back on track in Nevada. New Orleans will square off against Keyvius Sampson (3-1, 5.63) and the rest of the Reno Aces starting at 4:05 ET.
Matt Tomshaw (3-1, 2.27) will take on a yet-to-be-determined starter for the Mobile BayBears in game two of their current five-game series starting at 3:05PM ET.
Braxton Garrett will make his second professional start for the Grasshoppers, with the first pitch scheduled for 3PM ET.