The Fish Farm teams were all in action on Thursday, with the four teams playing five total games. Each team was able to get in the win column, which has been rare this season.
Iowa Cubs 5, New Orleans Baby Cakes 11 (Game 1)
The New Orleans Baby Cakes (10-17) lit up the scoreboard in the first game of the doubleheader against Iowa, winning 11-5. Eight of the nine hitters in the starting lineup had a hit. The charge was led by Destin Hood, who had a home run and five RBIs, and Moises Sierra who chipped in with a home run and four RBIs. JT Riddle had two hits and drove in a run to bring his average back above .300.
Starting pitcher Stephen Fife pitched four innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and striking out two Cubs. Clayton Mortenson came on to pitch the final three innings of the seven-inning contest, giving up only one run on two hits to earn the victory. Unfortunately, the bats were not as lively in the second game.
Iowa Cubs 2, New Orleans Baby Cakes 1 (Game 2)
The Cakes offense seemed to have used all of their offense in the first game, as they fell to the Cubs 2-1 in the second game. The offense scores their only run in the first inning after Steve Lombardozzi doubled to start the game and scored on a Brandon Barnes single. The Cubs were only able to squeak out four hits off of Cubs pitching.
Pitching as not a problem for the Cakes, as Vance Worley turned in a good performance. In the seven inning game, Worley went the distance while giving up just two runs (one earned) and striking out six. He now has a record of 1-4 but an ERA of 3.03. The Cakes take on the Cubs again Friday at 8:00 PM EST in New Orleans.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Tennessee Smokies 2
The Jumbo Shrimp (12-15) were able to get some offense going against the Smokies, winning 6-2 over the World Series champions’ Double A squad. No. 4 prospect Brian Anderson went two for five with three RBIs to pace the Shrimp bats. KC Serna and Cam Maron tacked on two hits and drove in a run each to help out. Five of the six Jacksonville runs came in the ninth inning.
Matt Tomshaw had a good day on the mound, throwing seven innings of scoreless ball. He gave up six hits and struck out three. Ryan Beckman was credited with the win after giving up two runs in his one inning of work. Victor Payano got the final out of the game to earn the save. The Shrimp play again Friday at 7:00 PM EST in Tennessee.
Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Clearwater Threshers 2
The Hammerheads (13-15) squeaked out just enough runs to beat Clearwater with a final score of 3-2. J.J. Gould went three for three with two runs batted in. No. 6 prospect Stone Garrett continued to struggle, failing to get a hit and bringing his average to a slim .191 for the season. Brian Schales knocked in the other run for Jupiter.
Pitching was good for the Hammerheads, with starter Scott Squier picking up his first win of the season. Squier went 6.2 strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. Steven Farnworth picked up the save, pitching the remaining 2.1 innings and giving up just two hits. The Hammerheads travel to Daytona Friday to take on the Tortugas at 7:05 PM EST.
Lexington Legend 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 4
The Grasshoppers added some late runs against Lexington to give them a 4-3 win on Thursday night. Boo Vazquez hit the game tying home run in the eighth inning for Greensboro, and Mason Davis hit the go-ahead home run later in the inning. It would prove to be the deciding run. Seven of the nine Grasshoppers hitter had hits, each had one hit a piece.
Starting pitcher Jordan Holloway pitched well, going six innings and giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out two. Marcus Crescentini earned the win throwing two innings and striking out three and allowing one hit. Kyle Keller struckout three and earned his fourth save of the season. The Grasshoppers are back in action Friday at 7:00 PM EST against the Rome Braves.