Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 5, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 10
The Baby Cakes (17-31) visited the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (27-17) with 3,803 on hand at Security Service Field to see the Sox defeat New Orleans, 10-5.
Scott Copeland (3-6, 6.31) started and lost, earning a 28 GameScore with 25-of-44 pitches in the zone. He allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out a pair in two frames. The only New Orleans pitcher to finish with an in-game WHIP below 2.000 was Odrisamer Despaigne, who allowed three runs on four hits over three innings.
Destin Hood collected a pair of hits, including his Pacific Coast League lead-tying 13th round-tripper of the season. Nick Noonan collected a pair of hits, and Carlos Paulino also hit a home run for the Cakes.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 9, Jackson Generals 5
The Jumbo Shrimp (21-26) erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning and earned their sixth consecutive victory by defeating the Generals (25-22), 9-5 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Joe Gunkel started and allowed seven hits and two walks, striking out two and allowed five earned runs in 4.2 innings. He put 52-of-80 pitches in the strike zone and earned a 37 GameScore. Esmerling de la Rosa earned the win, facing two batters and retiring one for the 15th out of the game. Daniel Schlereth earned his first save of the season, striking out three over two one-hit innings.
Surprisingly, nobody on the Shrimp earned more than one hit in the game, as they scored their nine runs on only seven hits.
Jacksonville entered the bottom of the fifth trailing the Generals, 5-0. The inning would see 14 Shrimp come to the plate, 12 of them with two outs. After Taylor Ard struck out and Austin Nola grounded out, Yefri Perez walked, Jeremias Pineda hit an RBI-triple, K.C. Serna hit an RBI-triple, David Vidal walked, Brian Anderson walked, John Norwood hit a two-RBI single, Cal Towey walked, Ard reached first on a fielding error, scoring Anderson, Nola hit a two-RBI single, Perez loaded the bases with another single, and Pineda drew a bases-loaded walk before Serna popped out to end things. Brian Anderson added an insurance run on a solo homer in the sixth, his seventh of the season.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Jackson Generals 4
The Shrimp (22-26) scored six runs in the first four innings of the nightcap, defeating the Generals (25-23) 6-4 with 5,731 lucky fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. It was their seventh win in a row.
Matt Tomshaw (5-1, 2.31) won and earned a 55 GameScore, getting 67-of-103 pitches over the plate. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five.
Jacksonville hit for an in-game batting average of .423, going a collective 11-for-26. They were led by Brian Anderson (two-for-three), Cal Towey (two-for-four), and Jeremias Pineda (two-for-two).
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Bradenton Marauders 10
Jupiter (17-31) dropped their fifth in a row, and have also lost their 10th in their last 12 contests on Friday. The Bradenton Marauders (29-20) earned a come-from-behind, 10-2 victory in front of 545 at Roger Dean Stadium.
Jupiter struck first, after opposing starter Bret Helton walked the bases loaded, Roy Morales hit a two-RBI single. The shutout for the Hammerheads lasted until the fourth inning, when Christian Kelley singled-home Ke’Bryan Hayes. Bradenton tied the game in the fifth, with an Alfredo Reyes solo homer, and took the lead on a Hayes RBI-single. It was all downhill after that for Jupiter.
Felipe Gonzalez (4-5, 4.53) earned a 41 GameScore, losing and striking out four in 4.1 innings. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and a walk, getting 55-of-92 pitches in the strikezone. Jupiter only collected three singles for the game, by Morales, Brad Haynal, and Zach Sullivan.
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 11
With 5,429 on hand at First National Bank Field, the Kannapolis Intimidators (25-21) defeated the Grasshoppers (26-21).
Michael King (3-3, 3.83) got 60-of-85 pitches over the plate, but somehow earned a GameScore of one. He probably got it because he allowed nine earned runs in five innings on 11 hits. He did strike out four batters and walked zero, but four of the opposing hits were of the long-ball variety.
Aaron Knapp was the only Grasshopper to finish with more than one hit, with a double and a single. Boo Vazquez went deep for the third time, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, and Colby Lusignan collected a pair of RBI. He hit an RBI-groundout in the first and an RBI-double in the fifth, just before Vazquez’ homer.
Minor Leaguers of the Day
Matt Tomshaw earned a win for the Shrimp, with a quality start. He whiffed five batters in total, and gave up two earned runs in six innings.
Brian Anderson went three-for-six, with two walks, four runs, and a solo homer through Jacksonville’s double-header.
Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Durham Bulls 4 (12 innings)
Buffalo Bisons 9, Charlotte Knights 3
Indianapolis Indians 11, Rochester Red Wings 6
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 9, Louisville Bats 4
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders 4, Toledo Mud Hens 2
Gwinnett Braves 6, Syracuse Sky Chiefs 2
Norfolk Tides 14, Columbus Clippers 3
Omaha Storm Chasers 8, Nashville Sounds 3
Round Rock Express 7, Las Vegas 51s 3
Reno Aces 7, Iowa Cubs 6
Salt Lake Bees 8, El Paso Chihuahuas 6
Albuquerque Isotopes 6, Oklahoma City Dodgers 4 (10 innings)
Fresno Grizzlies 8, Tacoma Rainiers 7 (10 innings)
Memphis Redbirds 13, Sacramento River Cats 3
Trenton Thunder 8, Portland Sea Dogs 6
Erie SeaWolves 4, Altoona Curve 3
Akron Rubber Ducks 10, Bowie BaySox 0
New Hampshire River Cats 4, Reading Fightin’ Phils 3 (11 innings)
Tennessee Smokies 3, Biloxi Shuckers 2
Harrisburg Senators 5, Richmond Flying Squirrels 2
Binghampton Rumble Ponies 5, Hartford Yard Goats 4
Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Montgomery Biscuits 2
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6, Mississippi Braves 5
Mobile BayBears 2, Birmingham Barons 1
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 11, Midland RockHounds 10
Springfield Cardinals 4, San Antonio Missions 0
Corpus Christi Hooks 10, Tulsa Drillers 7
Arkansas Travelers 4, Frisco RoughRiders 2
Potomac Nationals 3, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2
St. Lucie Mets 5, Clearwater Threshers 2
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1
Lynchburgh Hillcats 5, Salem Red Sox 4
Fort Myers Miracle 17, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
Frederick Keys 9, Buies Creek 5
Down East Wood Ducks 8, Winston-Salem Dash 1
Carolina Mudcats 5, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3
Palm Beach 10, Florida Fire Frogs 1
Wilmington Blue Rocks 4, Potomac Nationals 2
Tampa Yankees 4, Daytona Tortugas 3
Lancaster JetHawks 8, Inland Empire 66ers 1
Lake Elsinore Storm 9, Visalia Rawhide 2
Modesto Nuts 7, San Jose Giants 3
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8, Stockton Ports 1
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lakewood Blue Claws 3
West Virginia Power 2, Hagerstown Suns 1
Hagerstown Suns 5, West Virginia Power 2
Asheville Tourists 3, Hickory Crawdads 2
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Dayton Dragons 5
Lexington Legends 5, Columbia Fireflies 2
Lakewood Blue Claws 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
Great Lakes Loons 12, Lansing Lugnuts 8
Charleston RiverDogs 2, Greenville Drive 1
Rome Braves 5, Augusta GreenJackets 3
Kane County Cougars 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1
Peoria Chiefs 2, Burlington Bees 1
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 7, Clinton Lumber Kings 4
Beloit Snappers 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 3
Bowling Green Hot Rods 11, Lake County Captains 0
#1 Braxton Garrett: optioned to Batavia from Greensboro
#2 Tyler Kolek
#3 Brian Anderson: 3-for-6, two walks, four runs, one home run, one RBI, 237 for the Shrimp
#4 Jarlin Garcia
#5 Dillon Peters
#6 Isael Soto
#7 Thomas Jones
#8 Stone Garrett
#9 Drew Steckenrider: rejoined New Orleans from Miami
#10 James Nelson: 1-for-4, one run, two strikeouts, .339 for the Grasshoppers
#11 Edward Cabrera
#12 J.T. Riddle
#13 Austin Dean
#14 Cody Poteet
#15 Albert Guaimaro
#16 Jordan Holloway
#17 Jeff Brigham
#18 Sam Perez
#19 Tayron Guerrero
#20 Roy Morales: 1-for-4, two RBI, one strikeout, .258 for the Hammerheads
#21 Sean Reynolds
#22 Remey Reed
#23 Brett Lilek
#24 Andy Beltre
#25 Humberto Mejia
#26 Justin Twine: 0-for-4, .163 for Greensboro
#27 John Norwood: 2-of-5, one walk, one run, four RBI, two strikeouts, .273 for Jacksonville
#28 Joe Gunkel: 4.2 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts, 4.42 ERA for Jacksonville.
#29 Yefri Perez
#30 Destin Hood: 2-for-4, one home run, one strikeout, .266 for New Orleans
Drew Steckenrider was optioned back to the Baby Cakes on Thursday. Also Thursday, Ben Meyer joined the Hammerheads from Greensboro, and RHP Horacio Acosta was assigned to Marlins extended Spring Training.
Parker Bugg and Reilly Hovis arrived at Greensboro from the Batavia Muckdogs, and Braxton Garrett was sent down to Batavia from the Grasshoppers.
New Orleans will host the Oklahoma City Dodgers (25-21) in the first game of a four game series starting at 7PM ET. Chris O’Grady (1-1, 4.11) will take the hill opposite Julio Urias (0-0, 1.93).
Mike Kickham (1-3, 3.33) will start for Jacksonville as the Shrimp go for their eighth win in a row opposite Jackson’s Taylor Clarke (4.2, 2.82). This will be the fourth game of this five-game series, starting at 6:05PM.
Trevor Richards (4.4, 2.85) will start for the Jupiter Hammerheads against the Marauders in game-two of the three-game series. The game starts at 5:30PM.
Greensboro will host Kannapolis starting at 7PM for game three of the four-game series. Jordan Hollloway (0-1, 5.23) will start versus Yosmer Solorzano (1-3, 5.32).