LF Austin Dean was sent from Jacksonville to the GCL Marlins on a rehab assignment.
Greensboro placed newly acquired RHP Ethan Clark on the seven-day DL.
The Muckdogs assigned RHP Eliezer Cuello to the GCL Marlins.
The Marlins released IF Brandon Berry. Miami’s 33rd round choice in 2016, the 24-year-old slashed just .169/.246/.288 in 17 games with the Grasshoppers this year.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Iowa Cubs 4
Scott Copeland (5-7, 5.53) earned a win by striking out eight and allowing as many hits in 5 2⁄3 innings against the Iowa Cubs (34-44) with 5,751 in attendance at Principal Park.
Copeland gave up three earned runs and walked zero. Drew Steckenrider earned his fifth save of the season for the Cakes (29-49).
The teams traded runs in the first inning, the Cakes on a Brandon Barnes sacrifice fly/double play, then the Cubs on a Jacob Hannemann (1) homer to left. New Orleans added a Cal Towey two-RBI-double and a Peter Mooney RBI-single in the fourth for a 4-1 lead.
Iowa scored two runs on a Jemile Weeks double in the sixth, but the Baby Cakes responded with two in the next half inning on a Dylan Floor throwing error and a Tomas Telis non-RBI yet run scoring ground-into-double-play to score Chad Hinshaw. Chris Dominguez (7) homered in the eighth to get Iowa within two, but that’s where it ended an inning later.
Lombardozzi and Mike Aviles each safely three times. Hinshaw, Barnes, Towey, Matt Juengel, and Mooney also each collected one hit.
Elsewhere in the PCL
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 1
Memphis Redbirds 7, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2
Nashville Sounds 11, Round Rock Express 9
Salt Lake Bees 5, Reno Aces 2
Sacramento River Cats 11, El Paso Chihuahuas 3
Fresno Grizzlies 8, Albuquerque Isotopes 5
Tacoma Rainiers 7, Las Vegas 51s 2
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Mobile BayBears 2
The Jumbo Shrimp (33-43) defeated the Mobile BayBears, 4-2 with 2,906 in the house at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Joe Gunkel (2-4, 4.30) earned his second win since getting claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, limiting the BayBears to two runs on four hits over seven frames. Esmerling De La Rosa whiffed two in a scoreless eighth, and Daniel Schlereth and Severino Gonzales got through the ninth inning.
Mobile struck first, on a Jared Walsh (2) leadoff homer in the third. Jordan Serena scored later in the inning after hitting a double, taking third on a sacrifice bunt, and crossing the plate on a Gunkel wild pitch. It took the Shrimp until the bottom of the sixth to get on the board.
Kyle Barrett scored a run on a Brian Anderson single, then Anderson scored on a John Norwood (11) round-tripper to make it 3-2, Shrimp. Jacksonville added an insurance run in the seventh on a Braxton Lee RBI-single. Barrett finished the game with a .750 double-A average, going three-for-four with a run. Braxton Lee hit two singles, and Jeremias Pineda had a single, a double, and a stolen base.
Elsewhere in the SL
Tennessee Smokies 8, Jackson Generals 7
Montgomery Biscuits vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (suspended in the top of the first, rain)
Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Mississippi Braves 1
Birmingham Barons 3, Biloxi Shuckers 1
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Florida Fire Frogs 2
The Hammerheads (36-38) dropped a 2-0 decision in 10 innings to the Florida Fire Frogs (28-44) with 1,186 in the crowd at Roger Dean Stadium.
In 10 innings, each team whiffed 16 opposing batters in total, for 32 strikeouts. James Buckelew whiffed seven in five shutout innings to start the game, allowing two hits and a walk. Ben Holmes and Jose Quijada each struck out four batters in two innings.
The two clubs traded zeroes through all nine regulation innings before the Fire Frogs finally scored in the top on the 10th on an Alex Jackson RBI-double and a Ryan Beckman (1-1, 2.53) wild pitch.
The Hammerheads combined for six hit, all singles. Boo Vazquez went two-for-four to drop his Jupiter average to .571 since joining the team. He was also the only Jupiter player to not get struck out. Mason Davis, Angel Reyes, John Silviano and Dustin Geiger each collected one hit.
Elsewhere in the FSL
Bradenton Marauders 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 1
Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, Daytona Tortugas 0
Palm Beach Cardinals 5/5, St. Lucie Mets 2/3
Tampa Yankees 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
Clearwater Threshers vs. Fort Myers Miracle (postponed due to rain)
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Lakewood BlueClaws 1
Dustin Beggs (6-5, 3.05) earned a win over Lakewood (41-36) with 3,442 in attendance at FirstEnergy Park. He struck out eight over seven frames, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks. He threw 62-of-86 pitches over the plate for a GameScore of 75. Parker Bugg (H, 1, 5.11) and Chad Smith (S, 2, 1.64) each allowed one hit in one relief inning.
Carlos Duran scored Lakewood’s run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice double play. Arquimedez Gamboa flew the ball into left field, where Corey Bird caught it on the fly for an out, then gunned home to Gunner Pollman to try and throw Duran out. The throw was late, but in a heads-up play, Pollman fired it to second base, where Luis Pintor applied the tag on Daniel Brito trying to advance from first. It was the only run of the day for the Claws.
The Hoppers (40-35) got onto the board in the sixth, scoring a pair of runs on a Colby Lusignan RBI-double and a Pollman sacrifice fly to center which made it 2-1, Greensboro. They added a run in the next inning after a Corey Bird leadoff triple and an Aaron Knapp RBI-single. With the score at 3-1 going into the ninth, The Hoppers scored another insurance run on a Brian Miller RBI-groundout to set the final at 4-1.
Bird was the only Grasshopper to finish with multiple hits, racking up a single with his triple and scoring twice. Riley Mahan, James Nelson, and Eric Gutierrez also each hit singles in the contest.
Elsewhere in the SAL
West Virginia Power 4, Augusta GreenJackets 0
Columbia Fireflies 5, Lexington Legends 4
Charleston River Dogs 14, Rome Braves 1
Asheville Tourists 6, Greenville Drive 5 (10)
Hagerstown Suns 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Hickory Crawdads 1, Kannapolis Intimidators 0
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 3, Williamsport Crosscutters 7
The Crosscutters (3-6) dropped the Muckdogs (5-4) by a 7-3 final count with 1,848 on hand at BB&T Ballpark. Hunter Wells (0-2, 2.35) took the loss, giving up three unearned runs on five hits over four innings. He whiffed five. Harrison White, Lazaro Alonso, Ben Fisher, Micah Brown, and Bryan De La Rosa hit safely for Batavia, all but De La Rosa’s for singles.
Elsewhere in the NYPL
Connecticut Tigers 3/10, Tri-City Valley Cats 1/3
State College Spikes 7, Auburn Doubledays 1
Aberdeen Ironbirds 6, Brooklyn Cyclones 1
Hudson Valley Renegades 8, Lowell Spinners 7 (11)
West Virginia Black Bears 2, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1
Staten Island Yankees 5, Vermont Lake Monsters 4 (10)
Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 1, GCL Nationals 2
Miguel Del Pozo started and gave up two hits with a strikeout in one inning of a rehab start for the GCL Marlins (2-1), against the GCL Nationals (2-0) at Carl Barger Baseball Complex.
Eliezer Cuello threw four hitless innings, walking three and whiffing one in relief. 39th rounder Brandon Boone struck out the side in the sixth, and Dylan Cyphert threw a perfect eighth. Bryce Howe (0-1, 0.00) earned the loss by allowing an unearned run in the ninth, on two walks and a hit. It was Boone’s, Howe’s and Cyphert’s first professional appearances.
The Marlins got on the board first, breaking the seal in the third inning when Cameron Baranek crossed the plate on an Austin Dean single. The score would hold until the seventh inning, when the Nats tied it on a Jose Sanchez RBI-single off reliever Kyle Farjad. Sanchez scored the walkoff game-winner on a fielding error by 14th round shortstop Demetrius Sims.
Dean and Sims each went two-for-four with a pair of singles. Gerardo Nunez, Denis Karas, and Pablo Garcia collected a single each as the Baby Fish combined for zero extra-base hits.
Elsewhere in the GCL
Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 11, DSL Astros Blue 2
Eliezer Rodriguez (1-1, 2.79) started and earned a 67 GameScore, earning an 11-2 victory over the Astros Blue (12-9) with five innings of shutout, two-hit ball. He struck out three. Jesus Sanchez struck out four in three inning of relief work, allowing just one hit, and Edison Suriel struck out three and allowed two earned runs in the ninth.
Jorge Caballero scored in the third on a fielding error by opposing second bagger Samir Caraballo. The fourth inning would see the Marlins (11-9) add three runs, on a Danyeli Espinal RBI-fielders’ choice, a fielding error on shortstop Yorbin Cueta, and a Wiklerman Rasquin RBI-single to make it 4-0.
The Marlins continued to pour it on in the fifth, scoring twice. They crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Bryan Solano and an Caballero RBI-single to make it 6-0. In the seventh, Juan Urena drew a walk, then Walner Espinal, Brhayan Campos, and Caballero hit consecutive singles. Mario Prenza hit a two-RBI-single, Rasquin hit an RBI-groundout, and Prenza scored on another error by Urdaneta.
With the score 11-0 going into the ninth inning, the Astros scored on an RBI-single from Rhandall Sanchez and a wild pitch by Suriel.
Although Rasquin only hit safely once, he earned three RBI for the game. Ezequiel Alfonzo went three-for-three, Caballero hit a double and two singles, and Walner Espinal hit a single and a double.
With their 11th victory of the 2017 campaign, the lowest level of Marlins’ minor league ball passed their entire win total from 2016, when the team went 10-56. To put that into some perspective, the DSL Marlins could lose their next 46 games and still finish with a better record than last season.
Elsewhere in the DSL
Cubs1, Astros Orange
Mets2 6, Tigers 4
Blue Jays 5, Reds 2
D-backs2 6, Rangers2 1
Red Sox 6, Dodgers1 0
Dodgers2 4, Indians 2
Mets1 2, Cardinals 1
Mariners 4, Orioles 3
Giants 5, Padres 0
Twins 7, Phillies Red 3
Phillies White 5, Cubs2 1
Rangers1 9, Pirates 2
Athletics 7, Rays1 5
Rays2 7, Indians/Brewers 3
Rockies 9, Nationals 8
Brewers 1, Rojos 0
Royals 5, Braves 1
D-backs1 12, White Sox 4
Yankees 8, Angels 6
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
Pitching: Dustin Beggs earned a 75 GameScore with eight whiffs in seven innings of works as the Hoppers set down the Blueclaws, 4-1.
Hitting: Kyle Barrett went 3-for-4 with a run and a strikeout in Jacksonville’s 4-2 win against Mobile.
Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch (dynamic tracker)
#1 Trevor Richards @trevrchrds
#2 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20
#3 Dillon Peters @Dillypickz
#4 Miguel Del Pozo @migueldelpoz0 pitched one inning with one strikeout, allowing two hits to the GCL Nationals for the GCL Marlins.
#5 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3 went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout, and is hitting .500 with GCL.
#6 Kyle Barrett @kbarrett_4 went 3-for-4 with a run and a strikeout and is at .750 for the Shrimp.
#7 Dustin Beggs @dbizzzzle started and struck out eight in seven innings for Greensboro. He’s now 6-5 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
#8 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two strikeouts, and is at .322 for the Grasshoppers.
#9 Brian Schales @BrianSchales is hitting .267 for the Hammerheads and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
#10 Sam Perez @SCPerez_
#11 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01 went 1-for-4 with a run, an RBI, and a .259 average for Jacksonville.
#12 Boo Vazquez went 2-for-4 and is at .571 for Jupiter.
#13 Mike Kickham @mikekickham4
#14 Jeff Brigham @jbrigs34
#15 Edward Cabrera
#16 John Norwood @Norwood_10 went 1-for-4 with a two run homer and two strikeouts playing DH for the Shrimp, and is hitting .268 for the club.
#17 Destin Hood @22_dhood
#18 Sean Reynolds @sean___reynolds
#19 Ryan Newell
#20 Thomas Jones @ThomasJones08 went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is hitting .172 for the Muckdogs.
#21 Mason Davis @_Maeday20 went 1-for-4 with a walk and a whiff with the Hammerheads, and is at .250.
#22 Raul Brito
#23 William Cuevas @willcuevas1
#24 Isael Soto
#25 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7
#26 Terry Bennett
#27 Albert Guaimaro
#28 Matt Tomshaw @MatthewJTomshaw
#29 Cody Poteet @PoTweet_34
#30 Eliezer Rodriguez struck out three and earned a win with five shutout two-hit innings in the DSL against the Astros Blue.
At 10:30 this morning, the DSL Dodgers1 (12-10) will host the DSL Marlins.
Starting at noon, the Hammerheads will complete their three-game series with the Firefrogs. Ben Meyer (1-0, 1.29) will start for Jupiter.
At 1:08PM, the Cubs will face Tom Koehler (1-1, 1.15) and the Baby Cakes to close out their four-game series in Iowa.
At 7:05PM, a trio of games will get underway. Jacksonville will host the Mobile BayBears in game two of their five game series, and will give Trevor Richards (1-0, 5.06) the ball for his second double-A start. Dylan Lee (3-7, 4.79) will start against the Blue Claws for the Grasshopppers in the last game of a four-game set, and the Crosscutters will host Batavia in game two of their three-game series. Alberto Guerrero (0-0, 15.75) will start for the Muckdogs.
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