Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 0, Tacoma Rainiers 2
The Rainiers (19-11) scored all the runs they would need in the first inning with 2,641 in attendance at Cheney Stadium on Monday evening, on a Boog Powell RBI-double. They added another run in the third on a Daniel Vogelbach RBI-double to set the final score at 2-0.
Despite the loss, Stephen Fife (1-2, 4.85) had a solid outing, giving up five hits and two walks over six innings for the Baby Cakes (11-20). He struck out three, and one of the two runs he allowed was unearned. Hunter Cervenka pitched 1 2⁄3 perfect innings, striking out a pair of Rainiers.
The Cakes combined to total three hits for the game, going 3-for-30 overall. Brandon Barnes, Isaac Galloway, and Ramon Cabrera were the only beneficiaries of safe base hits, although Matt Juengel did reach base by way of a free pass, and Moises Sierra reached by getting plunked by Tacoma starter Ryan Weber (2-0, 0.85).
The Baby Cakes, trailing the four game series by a two-to-one count, will go for the split tomorrow night at 8:05. Vance Worley (1-4, 3.03) is expected to start opposite Andrew Moore, making his first appearance with Tacoma.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5, Biloxi Shuckers 7
Severino Gonzalez (0-2, 3.28) started and dropped a 7-5 decision with 2,890 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Gonzalez allowed two earned runs (three total) on seven hits and a walk, striking out four and earning a 55 GameScore. Taylor Ard and Alex Yarbrough each hit a single and a double, and were the only Shrimp (13-18) to finish with more than one hit.
Dustin DeMuth and David Vidal traded off RBI-singles in the fourth inning to open the scoring. Dustin Houle and Johnny Davis added RBI singles in the fifth inning to give the Shuckers (15-16) a 3-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Jacksonville scored three runs in the seventh on an Alex Yarbrough double and a Cam Maron two-RBI single, then added another in the ninth on a Brian Anderson RBI-single.
Game two of the five game series with the Shuckers is set for tomorrow night at 7:05, with Matt Tomshaw (3-1, 1.82) penciled in against Biloxi’s Jorge Lopez (2-1, 2.97).
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Bradenton Marauders 3
The Hammerheads (13-19) dropped a 3-1 decision to the Bradenton Marauders (19-13) with 333 fans in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday night.
Jeff Locke made a rehab start and limited Bradenton to two hits over four innings, racking up three strikeouts in the balance. Cody Poteet (2-1, 1.91) came on and took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings.
Rodrigo Vigil and Zach Sullivan were the only Jupiter players with multiple hits, each with a pair of singles. Kyle Barrett, Stone Garrett, and Justin Bohn also hit safely.
Jupiter scored first, with a Kyle Barrett sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning. Hammerhead pitching kept the Pirates’ affilate off the board until the seventh inning, when Will Craig hit a leadoff homer off Poteet. Later in the inning, Mitchell Tolman hit a sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead for Bradenton. Ke’Bryan Hayes added a sacrifice fly in the eigth inning to close the scoring line and set the game final score.
With the loss, the Hammerheads have now lost four contests in a row. They’ll host game two of their current three game series against Bradenton tomorrow night at 6:30 PM. Scott Squier (1-4, 5.97) is slated to start opposite Pedro Vasquez (2-2, 2.64).
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Rome Braves 3
There were millions of second graders on hand (or like, 7,399 anyway) at First National Bank Field to witness the professional debut of the Marlins’ 2016 first round pick, left hander Braxton Garrett.
Garrett was impressive, allowing just one unearned run on a hit and three walks over 4 2⁄3 innings. He whiffed four Braves (17-14) and left before becoming the pitcher of record. Marcus Crescentini (2-0, 0.75) earned the win by striking out two over 1 1⁄3 innings, allowing a walk.
Former Marlins’ prospect Anfernee Seymour scored on a Luis Pintor error in the third inning to give Rome a 1-0 lead, but Greensboro (17-14) scored a pair of runs on a Boo Vazquez double in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mason Davis hit a two-RBI double for a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. The Braves scored two of their own on a Tanner Murphy two-RBI-single in the eighth.
For the Hoppers, Mason Davis hit a single and a double, and was the only Greensboro player to finish with more than one hit.
The Grasshoppers will open a three-game series on the road against the Lexington Legends starting 12:35 on Wednesday afternoon.
#1 Braxton Garrett 4 2⁄3 IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 4SO, 0.00 ERA for Greensboro.
#3 Brian Anderson 1-for-5, one RBI, one strikeout, .250 BA for the Shrimp.
#8 Stone Garrett (no relation) 1-for-4, three strikeouts for Jupiter.
#10 James Nelson 1-for-3, one run, one walk, one strikeout, .321 BA for the Grasshoppers.
#14 Cody Poteet 4 IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB 0SO, 1.91 ERA for the Hammerheads.
#18 Sam Perez 1 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO, 9.45 ERA for the Hoppers.
#27 John Norwood 1-for-4, one run, one walk, two strikeouts, .278 for the Jumbo Shrimp.
#28 Tomas Telis 0-for-3, .238 BA for New Orleans.
#30 Yefri Perez 0-for-4, one run, one walk, one strikeout, .125 BA for Jacksonville.
Odrisamer Despaigne was optioned from the Marlins back to New Orleans, and Brian Ellington was recalled in his place. J.T. Riddle was called up to replace Martin Prado’s spot on the active roster, and Junior Arrojo arrived from the Batavia Muckdogs to the Cakes.
The Shrimp activated RHP Hunter Adkins from the seven-day DL, and assigned Greg Nappo to the Baby Cakes.
Jupiter placed Corey Bass on the seven-day DL and activated fellow catcher Roy Morales, in addition to welcoming Jeff Locke to the locker room.
To make room for newly arrived Braxton Garrett, the Grasshoppers assigned Dylan Lee to Batavia.