The Marlins optioned Tomas Telis back to New Orleans, And LHP Daniel Schlereth made the jump from Jacksonville to the Cakes. Chris O’Grady was sent down to the Shrimp in his place.
The Hammerheads placed SS Junior Arrojo on the seven-day DL and welcomed 3B Martin Prado on a rehab assignment.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 3, Round Rock Express 6
With 5,729 in attendance at Shrine on Airline in Metairie, Louisiana, the Round Rock Express (32-35) defeated the New Orleans Baby Cakes (23-42), 6-3.
Kelvin Marte (1-4, 5.68) struck out six in 3 1⁄3 innings, but also allowed five earned runs on six hits and two walks for a GameScore of 35. Reliever Brandon Cunniff allowed just one hit while striking out four in 2 2⁄3 innings of work, and Daniel Schlereth pitched 1 2⁄3 innings of hitless ball.
Mike Aviles, Nick Noonan, and David Vidal each racked up a pair of hits, with Noonan adding a pair of RBI as well.
Round Rock, the Texas Rangers’ PCL affiliate, opened the scoring in the top of the second on a Peter O’Brien sacrifice fly, but was answered by the Cakes in the bottom half on a David Vidal single. New Orleans took the lead in the third by scoring a pair of runs on a Noonan single.
The Cakes’ lead didn’t last long, though. The Express came back in the top of the fourth to shell Kelvin Marte for two walks, two singles and a double. They scored four times in the frame for a lead they wouldn’t give up. They added an insurance run in the ninth on a Drew Robinson single.
Elsewhere in the PCL
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 6, Memphis Redbirds 2
Iowa Cubs 4, Nashville Sounds 2
Omaha Storm Chasers 15, Oklahoma City Dodgers 11
Reno Aces 13, Salt Lake Bees 5
El Paso Chihuahuas 5, Tacoma Rainiers 1
Fresno Grizzlies, Albuquerque Isotopes
Las Vegas 51s 12, Sacramento River Cats 4
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1
There were two games scheduled in Jacksonville with 4,906 present at the Baseball Grounds, but the Wahoos (39-27) and the Shrimp (27-39) could only get six innings into game one before Mother Nature forced the umpires to call it.
Joe Gunkel (1-3, 4.35) was a hard luck loser, allowing one run over five innings for a 50 GameScore. Keury Mella (2-4, 4.35) won for Pensacola, the Cincinnati Reds’ double-A affiliate, earning a five inning “complete game,” striking out two and giving up a hit and a walk.
Taylor Ard was the only Shrimp to hit safely, with a leadoff single in the second inning. The Wahoos scored their lone run in the fourth inning on a Mella single to left field.
Game two, already a prior reschedule due to rain, was again postponed.
Elsewhere in the SL
Tennessee Smokies 4, Chattanooga Lookouts 1
Mississippi Braves 4, Montgomery Biscuits 1
Jackson Generals 2, Birmingham Barons 1
Biloxi Shuckers vs. Mobile BayBears (doubleheader rained out)
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads vs. St. Lucie Mets
The Hammerheads (31-34) and the Mets (30-34) were forced to miss their game due to rain as well, but the game wasn’t postponed, but outright cancelled. I’m assuming that’s because any outcome would have no impact on the first-half playoff race, ending later this week at the FSL’s midpoint (70 games).
Elsewhere in the FSL
Fort Myers Miracle 3, Charlotte StoneCrabs 2 (9)
Fort Myers Miracle 3, Charlotte StoneCrabs 1 (7)
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Tampa Yankees 3, Bradenton Marauders 1
Clearwater Threshers 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2
Daytona Tortugas vs. Florida Fire Frogs (doubleheader cancelled due to rain).
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 8, Hickory Crawdads 3
5,653 witnessed the Grasshoppers (36-29) defeat the Crawdads (27-40) at First National Bank Field.
Dustin Beggs (5-4, 3.09) earned the win with a 51 GameScore, earning a quality start by allowing three earned runs over six innings. He struck out four and allowed a walk with six hits.
Greensboro was led by a three hit night from Corey Bird, who hit a double and scored twice with an RBI. Mason Davis had two singles and one batted in, and Boo Vazquez hit a single and a two-run homer.
The Hoppers took the lead early, with a James Nelson sacrifice fly in the first inning, but the Dads came back in the third with a Jose Almonte (6) solo bomb to tie it at one.
Greensboro did most of their damage in the fourth frame, on a Jarett Rindflesich sacrifice fly, a Luis Pintor RBI-groundout, a Bird RBI-single, and a Mason Davis RBI-single. They tacked on two more in the fifth to make it 7-1 on Vazquez’ sixth homer of the season.
Hickory, the Texas Rangers’ SAL affiliate, tried to mount a comeback in the sixth, scoring on a Leody Taveras RBI-groundout and a Carlos Garay RBI-single. Greensboro added an insurance run in the eighth on a James Nelson RBI-groundout. Despite going 0-for-4 on the night, Nelson finished with a pair of RBI.
Elsewhere in the SAL
Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Hagerstown Suns 4 (7)
Kannapolis Intimidators 9, Hagerstown Suns 1 (7)
Augusta GreenJackets 7, Rome Braves 2
Lexington Legends 7, Asheville Tourists 6
Columbia Fireflies 7, Greenville Drive 2
Lakewood BlueClaws 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
West Virginia Power 2, Charleston RiverDogs 0
New York-Penn League
Three more days.
Gulf Coast League
10 more days.
Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 0, Red Sox 0
The Marlins and the Red Sox matched zeroes for eight frames, totaling four hits and four errors between them. The game was suspended due to rain.
Jorge Caballero, Walner Espinal, and Wiklerman Rasquin earned the Marlins hits, while Eliezer Rodriguez pitched five shutout one-hit innings, striking out four for a 70 GameScore. Jesus Sanchez pitched 2 2⁄3 hitless relief frames. It’s to be determined when they complete this contest.
Elsewhere in the DSL
Phillies Red 8, Angels 4
Astros Blue 2, Royals 1 (7)
Blue Jays 8, White Sox 6
Athletics 8, Braves 1
Brewers 4, Rangers2 1
Cubs2 9, Tigers 8
Orioles 7, D-backs1 4
Dodgers1 3, Rays1 0 (6)
Cubs1 9, Indians 2
Giants 8, Mariners 3
Rojos 6, Mets2 3
Mets1 6, Nationals 1
Phillies White 4, D-backs2 3
Astros Orange 6, Pirates 1 (5)
Indians/Brewers 7, Rangers1 2
Dodgers2 5, Rays2 0 (6)
Reds 5, Padres 4
Rockies 5, Yankees 1
Twins vs. Cardinals (postponed)
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
Eliezer Rodriguez faced 18 batters and allowed just a walk and a hit, striking out four for the DSL Marlins.
Corey Bird went three-for-five for the Grasshoppers, scoring twice and knocking one in.
#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
#8 Drew Steckenrider: @asteckenrider20
#9 James Nelson: 0-for-4, two RBI, .333 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
#19 Sean Reynolds: @sean___reynolds
#20 Remey Reed: @Remey_Reed
#21 Brett Lilek: @Brett Lilek
#22 Andy Beltre
#23 Humberto Mejia
#24 Justin Twine
#25 John Norwood: @Norwood_10 went 0-for-2 and is at .274 for Jacksonville.
#26 Joe Gunkel: @joe_gunkel pitched five innings and gave up six hits and three walks for one earned run. He struck out one, and is now 1-3 with a 4.35 ERA for the Shrimp.
#27 Yefri Perez:
#28 Destin Hood: @22_dhood 0-for-1, .261 for the Baby Cakes
#29 Samuel Castro
#30 Brian Schales: @BrianSchales
Scott Copeland (4-7, 6.39) will take the hill for the Baby Cakes tomorrow night at 8PM. They’ll be aiming for a split of their four-game set with the Express.
Starting at 5:05PM, the Blue Wahoos and the Jumbo Shrimp will attempt to play game two and three of their five-game series. Matt Tomshaw (6-3, 3.07) will start the first game, and Mike Kickham (3-3, 2.43) will start the second.
The Grasshoppers will open a three-game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds (27-38) that will lead into the midseason all-star break for the SAL. They currently sit just one game behind division leading Kannapolis, and can clinch a postseason berth with a strong series (and a correspondingly weaker series from the Intimidators). Greensboro will send Dylan Lee (3-5, 4.40) to the mound for the game starting at 7PM.
The DSL Marlins and DSL Red Sox will play at least one game tomorrow, possibly also finishing their suspended contest from today.