New Orleans Baby Cakes - Triple-A
Pacific Coast League
Baby Cakes were off Wednesday
The Cakes (18-33) travel to Round Rock to face the Express (24-29) Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. CT. Adam Conley will make his fourth start for the Cakes.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp - Double-A
Jumbo Shrimp 9 @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos 8
Two teams whose names make me hungry for seafood faced off Wednesday, and the game ended up not broiled or fried, but being slathered with hits and runs.
K.C. Serna started the action in the top of the first inning off Jose Lopez, who was making his Double-A debut.
Pensacola answered with two in the bottom of the inning off Jacksonville starter Joe Gunkel.
The two teams went back and forth and were tied in the top of the ninth 8-8 when Alex Yarbrough led off the inning with a line-drive home run to right field to give the Shrimp a lead. They would hold that lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to reliever Severino Gonzales, who went the last two innings to get the win, his first of the year.
Yarbrough was the star of the day for the Shrimp, not only giving the Shrimp the win with his late-inning heroics, but also going 4-for-5 on the day with two runs and two RBI.
Kyle Towey also added a three-run shot to help power Jacksonville.
Shrimp starter Joe Gunkel had his second straight tough outing, going only four innings while giving up six runs.
The Jumbo Shrimp (23-29) play the Blue Wahoos (29-23) again Thursday at 7:35 p.m. Jacksonville University product and Shrimp ace Matt Tomshaw (5-1, 2.31) will start on the mound.
Jupiter Hammerheads – Single -A Advanced
Florida State League
Hammerheads 10 @ Dunedin Blue Jays 2
The Hammerheads broke out the bats Wednesday, featuring a six-run sixth inning on their way to a 10-2 win over the Blue Jays.
The Hammerheads entered the sixth inning trailing 2-1. They scored on a double by Dustin Geiger, a ground ball by John Silviano and a single by Zach Sullivan. The rally was capped off by a Roy Morales three-run shot, his first homer of the year.
Zach Sullivan added a three-run tater in the top of the eighth — his second of the year — to put the exclamation point on the day and give Jupiter a 10-2 victory.
Jupiter’s pitching was powered by the bullpen, with three relievers combining to toss six shutout innings. Nick Neumann saw his first action in five days and bounced back nicely from a rough outing against Bradenton by spinning three scoreless innings to earn the win.
The Hammerheads (21-31) will continue their series against the Blue Jays (29-24) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Jeff Brigham will be on the bump for the Sharks in the night cap.
Greensboro Grasshoppers – Single -A
South Atlantic League
Lakewood Blue Claws 3 @ Grasshoppers 8
The Hoppers broke their five-game losing streak to Lakewood while avoided a sweep of the three-game set against the Blue Claws with an 8-3 triumph in Greensboro.
Michael King started on the bump for the Hoppers and was again solid, going six innings and allowing three runs on only two hits, both to first baseman Darick Hall. Hall hit a double to center to drive in the 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick Mickey Moniak to put Lakewood on top.
Hall would hit a two-run homer to right-center in the top of the fourth as well. The Hoppers also got three shutout innings from the relief corps; two innings from UNC product Reilly Hovis and one from the former Stony Brook hurler Ryley MacEachern.
The bats came alive as Colby Lusignan went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple and Boo Vasquez drove in a run in the second and the third. Aaron Knapp added a solo shot in the sixth as well.
The Hoppers (28-24) head to Kannapolis (28-23) on Thursday to play the Kannapolis Intimidators in the opening of a three-game set. Start time is 7:05 pm. Jordan Holloway will start for the Hoppers.