New Orleans sent RHP Joe Gunkel back to Jacksonville, placed RHP Stephen Fife on the temporarily inactive list, and welcomed RHP Tom Koehler to the clubhouse after he was optioned from the Marlins. RHP William Cuevas also joined the club. The Shrimp placed RHP Tyler Higgins on the seven-day DL. Justin Bour joined the Hammerheads on a rehab assignment.
11. LHP Dakota Bennett
12. RHP Josh Roberson
13. C Jan Mercado
14. SS Demetrius Sims
15. RHP Brady Puckett
16. RHP Gavin Fritz
17. LHP Dylan Cyphert
18. RHP Bryce Howe
19. SS Micah Brown
20. RHP Matt Givin
21. 1B Ben Fisher
22. C J.D. Osborne
23. 3B Tyler Curtis
24. RHP Montana Parsons
25. RHP Evan Estes
26. LHP Gunner Leger
27. LHP Doug Domnarski
28. RHP Vincenzo Aiello
29. RHP Henry McAree
30. LF Michael Donadio
31. OF Harrison White
32. 3B Elliott Barzilli
33. LHP Kyle Farjad
34. LHP Karl Craigie
35. LHP Tyler Holton
36. RHP Josh Alberius
37. RHP Jared Price
38. RHP Cody Roberts
39. RHP Brandon Boone
40. 3B Andrew Turner
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Chris O’Grady (2-3, 3.93) took a turn on the bump and pitched six innings of two-hit ball for the Cakes (23-41), striking out seven in front of 5,487 at Shrine on Airline. New Orleans earned a 5-3 victory.
O’Grady earned a 64 GameScore, allowing three walks and putting 59-of-93 pitches over the plate. Counterpart Tyler Wagner (1-6, 8.70) from the Round Rock Express (31-35) didn’t fare nearly as well, giving up five earned runs in 5 1⁄3 innings of work. He struck out three and allowed eight hits with a walk. Brian Ellington pitched a perfect inning of work in the eighth for the Cakes, striking out two, and Kyle Lobstein got through the ninth for his first save of the season despite allowing three baserunners.
Round Rock, the Texas Rangers’ triple-A affiliate, got onto the board first when A.J. Jiminez (1) went deep to left field in the third inning. The Cakes did all their damage in the fifth inning, batting around and collecting five runs on five singles and a double from K.C. Serna. The Express tried to mount a comeback in the seventh, scoring a pair of runs on a Jason Martinson (6) home run.
Offensively for the Baby Cakes, Brandon Barnes wound up with a four-for-four afternoon, scoring a run. Mike Aviles collected a pair of RBI, and Cal Towey reached base safely three times, on two walks and a single.
Elsewhere in the PCL
Memphis Redbirds 10, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4
Oklahoma City Dodgers 10, Omaha Storm Chasers 3
Nashville Sounds 6, Iowa Cubs 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 7, Fresno Grizzlies 3
Reno Aces 5, Salt Lake Bees 3
El Paso Chihuahuas 9, Tacoma Rainiers 6
Sacramento River Cats 5, Las Vegas 51s 4
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (27-38) vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (38-27)
Game one of the five game series between the Shrimp and the Wahoos was rained out, and will be made up as part of a twin bill tomorrow.
Elsewhere in the SL
Chattanooga Lookouts 8, Tennessee Smokies 1
Montgomery Biscuits 11, Mississippi Braves 1
Birmingham Barons 8, Jackson Generals 4
Biloxi Shuckers vs. Mobile BayBears (rained out)
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 14, St. Lucie Mets 1
Jupiter was one of only four teams in the FSL without a scheduled doubleheader due to prior inclement weather, and defeated the St. Lucie Mets convincingly by a 14-1 final count for their 14th win in their last 17 games.
Left fielder John Silviano hit a three-run shot in the first inning as part of a six-run barrage to open the contest up, then added a grand slam in the second inning to make it 10-0, Hammerheads with 468 in attendance at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. Meanwhile, Trevor Richards (7-4, 2.17) earned the win by whiffing five in as many innings, and allowing three hits with zero walks.
Opposing pitcher Joe Shaw (3-5, 5.97) earned the lowest GameScore I have ever seen, coming in at minus-17. He got three outs and allowed 10 earned runs. Richards, by contrast, finished with a mark of 66 with 42-of-63 pitches in the strike zone. The combination of Jose Quijada, Ryan Beckman, and Garrett Cortright pitched four scoreless relief innings, giving up one hit each.
In addition to Silviano’s big night, Dexter Kjerstad went three-for-six with two RBI, Kyle Barrett hit two singles with an RBI, Junior Arrojo had a pair of hits, Justin Bour went two-for-two with a double and a walk and two RBI in a rehab start, Roy Morales hit two singles, and Stone Garrett also hit two. Garrett is still hovering just below the Mendoza line, at .188 for the season.
Elsewhere in the FSL
Lakeland Flying Tigers 5, Clearwater Threshers 1 (7)
Lakeland Flying Tigers 1, Clearwater Threshers 0 (7)
Tampa Yankees 11, Bradenton Marauders 1 (7)
Tampa Yankees 5, Bradenton Marauders 1 (7)
Fort Myers Miracle 9, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 (7)
Fort Myers Miracle 9, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4 (7)
Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Dunedin Blue Jays 0
Daytona Tortugas vs. Florida Fire Frogs (doubleheader rained out)
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 2/1, Hickory Crawdads 3/4
Greensboro (35-29) dropped a pair of seven-inning contests to the Hickory Crawdads (27-39), the Texas Rangers SAL affiliate, on Wednesday, 3-2 in the first game and 4-1 in the second with 3,764 on hand at First National Bank Field.
In the opener, Crawdads starter Edgar Arredondo (3-3, 4.84) earned the win by allowing four hits for two runs (one earned) in 5 2⁄3 innings. He walked zero and struck out five for a GameScore of 65. Reliever Nick Dignacco earned the save by striking out each of the four Grasshoppers he faced. Hoppers starter Michael King pitched a complete game in defeat, allowing seven hits for three earned runs, while walking zero and striking out three for a 50 GameScore.
Corey Bird, James Nelson, Boo Vazquez, and Aaron Knapp were the only Grasshoppers to reach base, while Gunner Pollman collected the only RBI. Nelson scored his run on a passed ball after hitting a triple in the sixth inning.
The second game saw Nick Neumann throw four innings of two-hit shutout ball in a spot start. He left with the lead, but normally effective Parker Bugg (2-1, 4.00) gave up four runs in his inning of work. Ryley MacEachern struck out three in two hitless relief innings.
Nelson had a double and an RBI Knapp hit a pair of singles, and Luis Pintor singled and scored. Only Vazquez and Jarrett Rindfleisch were the only other Greensboro players to hit safely, with a single each.
Elsewhere in the SAL
Lexington Legends 7, Asheville Tourists 6
Rome Braves 4, Augusta GreenJackets 2
Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Hagerstown Suns 1 (7)
Kannapolis Intimidators 10, Hagerstown Suns 1 (7)
Columbia Fireflies 6, Greenville Drive 2 (11)
Lakewood BlueClaws 14, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Charleston RiverDogs 5, West Virginia Power 2
New York-Penn League
Four more days.
Gulf Coast League
11 more days.
Dominican Summer League
The Marlins lost their third straight game on Wednesday, dropping a 6-5 affair to the Dodgers1.
Omar Lebron hit a double and a triple to raise his average to .237, and Miguel Pena went three-for-five to get up to .294. Franklin Brioso started for the Marlins, and pitched four innings of shutout one-hit ball before getting lifted in favor of Juan Borges. Borges gave up four earned runs in two innings of work, but struck out four. Edison Suriel took the loss, allowing two runs in the seventh.
Angels 8, Mets1 3
Astros Blue 15, Rays1 4
Royals 10, Athletics 2
Braves 11, Red Sox 5
Phillies Red 2, Cardinals 1
Brewers 5, Cubs2 3
D-backs1 4, Padres 1
Dodgers2 11, Cubs1 10
Giants 15, Orioles 4
Pirates 6, Indians/Brewers 3
Blue Jays 7, Mariners 5
Mets2 12, D-backs2 3
Yankees 7, Nationals 5
Phillies White 11, Tigers 2
Indians 4, Rangers1 3
Astros Orange 10, Rays2 5
Rangers2 4, Rojos 2
Reds 8, White Sox 7
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
Trevor Richards earned another win to bring his season total to seven, ranking second in the FSL. His 2.17 ERA ranks fourth in the circuit. He also leads the league with 81 strikeouts while walking only 12. We should probably be tracking him in the prospect watch soon, after it’s reordered with all the new draft choices.
Hammerheads left fielder John Silviano collected seven RBI on two round-trippers.
#1 Braxton Garrett @BraxGarrett
#2 Tyler Kolek @Tyler_Kolek
#3 Brian Anderson: @AndersonBrian01
#4 Dillon Peters: @dillypickz
#5 Isael Soto
#6 Thomas Jones: @thomasjones08
#7 Stone Garrett: @stonegarrett22 went 2-for-6 with a run and two whiffs, and is at .188 for Jupiter.
#8 Drew Steckenrider: @asteckenrider20
#9 James Nelson: Nelson went 2-for-7 with a double, a triple, an RBI, two strikeouts and a run, and is hitting .340 for Greensboro.
#10 Edward Cabrera:
#11 Austin Dean: @AustinDean_3
#12 Cody Poteet: @PoTweet_34
#13 Albert Guaimaro @AlbertGuaimaro3
#14 Jordan Holloway: @jordholl14
#15 Jeff Brigham: @jbrigs34
#16 Sam Perez: @SCPerez_
#17 Tayron Guerrero: @TyronGuerrero7
#18 Roy Morales: @roy_morales25 went 2-for-5 with two runs, a walk, and a strikeout. He’s batting .290 for the Hammerheads.
#19 Sean Reynolds: @sean___reynolds
#20 Remey Reed: @Remey_Reed
#21 Brett Lilek: @Brett Lilek
#22 Andy Beltre
#23 Humberto Mejia
#24 Justin Twine went 0-for-3 in the second game of Greensboro’s doubleheader, and is at .175 this season.
#25 John Norwood: @Norwood_10
#26 Joe Gunkel: @joe_gunkel
#27 Yefri Perez:
#28 Destin Hood: @22_dhood went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored, and is hitting .263 for the Baby Cakes.
#29 Samuel Castro
#30 Brian Schales: @BrianSchales went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout for Jupiter, and is hitting .254 this season.
The Cakes will engage the Express in game three of a four game set at 8PM. Kelvin Marte (1-3, 5.14) will take the hill.
The Shrimp will host the Blue Wahoos in games one and two of their five-game series, with the first contest kicking off at 5:05PM. Mike Kickham (3-3, 2.43) and Joe Gunkel (1-2, 4.72) will start for Jacksonville.
Jupiter will continue their once seemingly insurmountable climb back to .500 with a 6:30PM showtime in St. Lucie. Bill Squier (2-6, 4.52) will get the start.
At 7PM, the Grasshoppers will send Dustin Beggs (4-4, 2.97) up against the Crawdads to try and salvage the final game of the three game set.
The DSL Marlins will host the DSL Red Sox at 10:30AM.