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Fish Farm Report: June 10th

Brandon Barnes led an offensive onslaught for the Baby Cakes, the Baby Fish scored five in the ninth for a win, and Miami’s minor league affiliates posted a 4-1 record for the day.

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Brandon Barnes totaled five RBI for the Baby Cakes in New Orleans’ 12-4 win over Omaha on Saturday.
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Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 12, Omaha Storm Chasers 4

The Baby Cakes (22-39) erupted for 12 hits against starter Yender Caramo (0-5, 5.83) in the first 3 13 innings, and never looked back in a 12-4 win over Omaha (the Kansas City Royals PCL affiliate) with 5,061 in the house at Werner Park.

Scott Copeland (4-7, 6.39) earned the win with a GameScore of just 30. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks in five innings, with two strikeouts. He got 55-of-97 pitches over the plate. Kyle Lobster came on for 2 23 innings of hitless ball, walking one and whiffing one, and Hunter Cervenka also had a walk and a strikeout in 1 13 innings of work.

The Chasers (31-29) made quick work of the first two batters of the game, then with two outs, they allowed a Moises Sierra single, a Destin Hood single, a Brandon Barnes (6) three run jack, a Cal Towey single, a David Vidal RBI-double, a Ramon Cabrera RBI-single, and a Peter Mooney single before getting a third out. The Storm Chasers never came close after that.

Nick Noonan (2) hit a leadoff homer in the second to pad New Orleans lead to 6-0 before the Chasers struck back with a Dean Anna RBI-groundout and a Terrance Gore (1) two-run homer, then the Cakes added two more to make it 8-3 in the top of the fourth on a Barnes two-run double.

Omaha scored on a Raul Mondesi (5) solo shot in the fifth, but New Orleans added four more runs in the seventh on a Chad Hinshaw bases-clearing double and a Noonan RBI-single.

New Orleans totaled 19 hits in the game, as every starter but Mooney (1-for-4) finished with multiple hits. Barnes led the way with a single, a double, and a homer for five RBI in total. Cabrera had three singles and an RBI.


Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8, Iowa Cubs 1 (7)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 11, Iowa Cubs 0 (7)
Nashville Sounds 6, Memphis Redbirds 3
Oklahoma City Dodgers 10, Round Rock Express 5
Albuquerque Isotopes 4, Salt Lake Bees 2
Fresno Grizzlies 9, El Paso Chihuahuas 5
Las Vegas 51s 5, Tacoma Rainiers 4
Sacramento River Cats 5, Reno Aces 2


Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5, Biloxi Shuckers 2

Joe Gunkel finally earned his first win with the Shrimp (26-36) in a 5-2 win over the Biloxi Shuckers (32-30) in front of 2,866 at MGM Park. It was Jacksonville’s first win this season against the Shuckers in seven tries.

Gunkel (1-2, 4.72) allowed an unearned run on five hits and a walk, striking out three over seven strong innings of work. Daniel Schlereth threw a perfect eighth, and Andy Beltre came on for the ninth, although he didn’t earn a save as the team was leading by four runs at the time. Gunkel got 56-of-78 pitches in the zone, and earned a GameScore of 70.

The Shrimp struck first, with an Austin Nola RBI-double and a Taylor Ard RBI-single in the second inning. The Shuckers, the Milwaukee Brewers Southern League affiliate, got one back in the fourth, scoring on a Dustin Houle RBI-single. Jacksonville put it out of reach in the eighth on a Tayler Scott wild pitch and a two-run single courtesy of Alex Yarbrough. Beltre surrendered an unearned run on a Clint Coulter RBI-single in the ninth.

Nola was the only Jacksonville player with more than one hit. He had two singles and a double with an RBI.


Tennessee Smokies 5, Jackson Generals 3
Mobile BayBears 7, Birmingham Barons 5 (13)
Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Montgomery Biscuits 3
Mississippi Braves 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2


Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Clearwater Threshers 1

The Philadelphia Phillies high-A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers (34-28), were defeated 2-1 by the Hammerheads (27-34) with 790 fans present at Roger Dean Stadium.

Scott Squier started and earned no decision, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out five over six innings, and finished with a 60 GameScore after getting 53-of-83 into the strike zone. Jose Quijada (2-1, 2.86) earned the victory, striking out four and allowing just one hit over two frames. Jeff Kinley got his fourth save and lowered his ERA to 1.40, allowing a hit and striking one out in the ninth.

Jupiter opened the scoring in the fifth inning on a J.J. Gould solo home run to left field, his second of the season. Clearwater got a solo shot in the next half inning from Drew Stankiewicz (5) to tie it up at one, but Jupiter scored again in the seventh when Rodrigo Vigil hit a two-out RBI-double for the eventual winning run. Vigil was the only Hammerhead with more than one hit, hitting a single and a double for Jupiter.


Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, St. Lucie Mets 5 (14)
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, St. Lucie Mets 1
Charlotte Stone Crabs 7, Florida Fire Frogs 2
Fort Myers Miracle 5, Tampa Yankees 1
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Bradenton Marauders 1
Daytona Tortugas 13, Palm Beach Cardinals 5


South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 3, West Virginia Power 5

Greensboro (33-27) could only muster three hits against the West Virginia Power (the Pittsburgh Pirates class-A affiliate) in a 5-3 loss with 4,564 on hand at Appalachian Power Park. Colby Lusignan hit an RBI-double, Corey Bird hit a triple, and Gunner Pollman (1) hit a two-run homer in the second inning.

James Nelson had his 23 game hitting streak and his 36-game on base streak snapped, with a 0-for-4 night. Dylan Lee started for the Grasshoppers, allowing three earned runs in 4 23 innings on five hits and four walks. He struck out two and finished with a 43 GameScore. Nick Neumann (0-1, 3.86) took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 2 13 innings of relief. Ryley MacEachern pitched a scoreless eighth despite allowing three hits.

It started out pretty good for the Grasshoppers, when Corey Bird scored on a Colby Lusignan double in the first inning, then Gunner Pollman made it 3-0 in the second with a two-run shot, scoring Dalton Wheat.

Hoppers starter Lee held the fort until the fourth inning, when Trae Arbet hit a sacrifice fly to get the lead down to two runs. The Power (28-30) tied it in the next frame on a Hunter Owen RBI-single and an Albert Baur RBI-single off of reliever Neumann. Baur hit a two-RBI double in the seventh for the winning margin.


Columbia Fireflies 5, Charleston RiverDogs 3 (7)
Columbia Fireflies 4, Charleston RiverDogs 2 (7)
Hickory Crawdads 6, Lexington Legends 5
Augusta GreenJackets 7, Greenville Drive 1
Hagerstown Suns 9, Lakewood Blue Claws 7
Rome Braves 4, Asheville Tourists 2
Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 1


New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs

Nine more days.


Gulf Coast League


16 more days.


Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 5, DSL Astros Blue 4

The DSL Marlins (4-3) climbed back over .500 with a ninth-inning, come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Astros Blue (3-4) on Saturday.

Trailing 4-0 when the last inning started, Danyeli Espinal led off with a triple, then scored on a Wiklerman Rasquin groundout. Daniel Paulino walked, Christopher Rodriguez singled, then Miguel Pena flew out for the second out of the inning. Then things got crazy.

Walner Espinal hit a two-RBI-double and Danielsan Heureaux hit a two-RBI triple after a pitching change to take a 5-4 lead.

Juan Urena was the only Marlin with more than one hit, two singles. Geremy Galindez got no decision, allowing one run on five hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out three. Anderson Vera struck out four and allowed three runs (two earned) in 2 13 innings on four hits and a walk. Elkin Alcala (1-0, 0.00) walked three, but was otherwise flawless over 2 23 innings. He struck out two Astros for the win.


Angels 6, Yankees 4
Cubs1 4, Astros Orange 3
Athletics 6, Rays1 5 (11)
Royals 3, Braves 2 (10)
Rojos 16, Brewers 1
Mets1 5, Cardinals 4
Phillies White 10, Cubs2 6
White Sox 7, D-backs1 6 (10)
Dodgers2 12, Indians 2
Padres 5, Giants 1
Indians/Brewers 5, Rays2 3
Mariners 6, Orioles 3
Mets2 5, Tigers 1
Rockies 8, Nationals 6
Phillies Red 11, Twins 8
Rangers1 3, Pirates 2 (10)
Rangers2 8, D-backs2 4
Dodgers1 2, Red Sox 1
Blue Jays 7, Reds 6

Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day


Joe Gunkel pitched seven innings for his longest outing of the year, and allowed just an unearned run on five hits and a walk. He struck out three Shuckers and earned his first win for the Shrimp.


Brandon Barnes totaled five RBI with a single, a double, and a home run.

Prospect Watch

#1 Braxton Garrett: @braxgarrett may possibly get Tommy John surgery.

#2 Tyler Kolek: @tylerkolek had Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, and is still on the DL.

#3 Brian Anderson: @AndersonBrian01 went 0-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a whiff, and is hitting .239 so far for Jacksonville.

#4 Dillon Peters: @dillypickz fractured his left (throwing) thumb and went on the DL on April 18th.

#5 Isael Soto: Soto is still on the seven-day DL.

#6 Thomas Jones: @thomasjones08 will probably start playing for either Batavia in nine days or the GCL squad a week after that.

#7 Stone Garrett: @stonegarrett22 went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, and is staying just a hair above the Mendoza mark for Jupiter, at .191.

#8 Drew Steckenrider: @asteckenrider20 was called up to the Marlins but did not play.

#9 James Nelson: Nelson went 0-for-4 with two whiffs and is now second in the South Atlantic League with a .345 average.

#10 Edward Cabrera: Cabrera, like Jones (above) will start for either Batavia or the GCL team.

#11 J.T. Riddle: @_Riddler_10 went 0-for-3 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts today for the Marlins. He’s hitting .270 at the major league level, and will cease to be a prospect with 15 more at bats for the Marlins.

#12 Austin Dean: @AustinDean_3 remains on the DL for the Shrimp.

#13 Cody Poteet: @PoTweet_34, despite having the best name (and twitter handle) in the Marlins’ farm system, remains on the DL. He’s 2-3 with a 2.53 ERA with the Hammerheads.

#14 Albert Guaimaro: Guaimaro hasn’t played yet this season, but should appear soon with either the DSL or the GCL Marlins.

#15 Jordan Holloway: @jordholl14 remains on the DL for the Hoppers.

#16 Jeff Brigham: @jbrigs34 didn’t play for Jupiter against Clearwater.

#17 Sam Perez: @SCPerez_ didn’t play in Greensboro’s loss to the Power.

#18 Tayron Guerrero: @TyronGuerrero7 didn’t appear in Jacksonville’s win over Biloxi.

#19 Roy Morales: @roy_morales25 didn’t appear in Jupiter’s game.

#20 Sean Reynolds: @sean___reynolds will start his season with either GCL or Batavia soon.

#21 Remey Reed: @Remey_Reed will start for the Muckdogs soon.

#22 Brett Lilek: @Brett Lilek will also start for the Muckdogs soon.

#23 Andy Beltre: Beltre allowed an unearned run in an inning of work for Jacksonville. He allowed a hit and struck a batter out, and is now at 4.05 for the season.

#24 Humberto Mejia: Mejia will start with the Muckdogs soon.

#25 Justin Twine: Twine went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and is at .175 for Greensboro.

#26 John Norwood: @Norwood_10 went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run, and a strikeout, and is now at .282 for the Jumbo Shrimp.

#27 Joe Gunkel: @joe_gunkel got his first win in his seventh start for the Shrimp, going seven innings and allowing one unearned run on five hits and a walk. He struck out three and has a 4.72 ERA for the Shrimp.

#28 Yefri Perez: 1-for-4, one double, one walk, two strikeouts, .175 for the Shrimp.

#29 Destin Hood: @22_dhood went 2-for-5 with two runs and a strikeout, and is hitting .267 for the Baby Cakes.

#30 Samuel Castro: Castro will start his season with the Muckdogs pretty soon.


The Marlins sent Brian Ellington down to the Baby Cakes, and recalled Drew Steckenrider in his place. The Grasshoppers assigned Walker Olis to the Batavia Muckdogs and activated CF Corey Bird from the DL.


Tomorrow at 2:05PM, the Cakes and Chasers will tangle in the rubber game of the three-game set. Adam Conley (1-2, 4.05) will get the start.

Game three of the five game series will happen tomorrow at 5:05PM, with each team owning a win apiece. Matt Tomshaw (5-3, 3.25) will start for the Shrimp.

Tomorrow’s game, starting at noon, will see the Hammerheads trying to win the third of their last four series and trying to prevent the Threshers from earning a four-game-split.

The Power and the Hoppers will face off starting at 1:05PM. Kolton Mahoney (1-2, 1.53) will get a start after having allowed just one hit over his first five innings of work with Greensboro.