Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 3, Round Rock Express 6 (7)
The Baby Cakes (18-35) visited Round Rock (26-29) and dropped a 6-3, rain-shortened contest with 9,382 in attendance at Dell Diamond in Arkansas.
Chris O’Grady (1-3, 5.47) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He whiffed six batters, earning a 35 GameScore by getting 62-of-100 pitches over the plate. Hunter Cervenka gave up a run on three hits in his inning of work. Eddie Gamboa (4-5, 7.52) won by striking out four and giving up three earned runs over six frames, on four walks and four hits allowed.
The Cakes could only muster five hits in total, two from right fielder Moises Sierra. Sierra also drew a walk and finished with two RBI. Center fielder Chad Hinshaw, left fielder Destin Hood, and catcher Tomas Telis also collected hits.
New Orleans started out the game with a run in the first, on a Sierra RBI-single, but Round Rock countered in the bottom half of the frame with a Brett Nicholas (4) two-run homer. The Baby Cakes retook the lead in the third, on a Hood RBI-groundout and another Sierra RBI-single.
Round Rock came back to tie it in the fifth with a Will Middlebrooks (6) solo home run, and scored three in the sixth to take the lead on a Travis Snider RBI-double and a two-RBI single from Drew Stubbs.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1, Oklahoma City Dodgers 0 (10)
Memphis RedBirds 12, Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Nashville Sounds 12, Iowa Cubs 3
Sacramento River Cats 7, Albuquerque Isotopes 5
Salt Lake Bees 5, El Paso Chihuahuas 2
Las Vegas 51s 11, Reno Aces 4
Fresno Grizzlies 4, Tacoma Rainiers 1
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2
Mike Kickham (2-3, 2.72) started and won for the Jumbo Shrimp (24-30) in front of 4,778 at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola on Friday night.
Kickham pitches seven innings, striking out four Wahoos (30-24) and allowing just a single earned run on four hits and a walk. He got 58-of-87 pitches into the strikezone, and earned a 73 GameScore for his efforts. Esmerling De La Rosa allowed a run over his two relief innings.
Offensively, the Jumbo Shrimp had four players with multiple hits, including pitcher Kickham, who went two-for-three with a run scored. The lefty is now hitting .333 for the season. Taylor Ard collected a pair of singles and an RBI, while Brian Anderson came a double short of the cycle, plating four runs in the process. John Norwood hit two singles and a double as well.
Jacksonville took the lead for good in the second inning, on an Ard sacrifice fly and a Yefri Perez RBI-triple for a 2-0 lead. They added a run on an Austin Nola solo shot in the fourth, the eventual game-winner.
The Shrimp tacked on two more in the fifth inning on Anderson’s triple, then another two in the seventh on Anderson’s towering home run to left field. The Wahoos finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning, on a Joe Hudson RBI groundout. Pensacola also plated a run in the eighth when Blake Trahan grounded into a 5-4-3 double play with a runner at third base.
Jackson Generals 2, Mississippi Braves 1
Biloxi Shuckers 7, Mobile BayBears 0 (6)
Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Birmingham Barons 2
Tennessee Smokies 10, Montgomery Biscuits 2
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 8, Dunedin Blue Jays 1
Jupiter (23-31) rode an 11 strikeout performance from Trevor Richards (5-4, 2.41) for an 8-1 victory with 354 in attendance at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. over Dunedin (29-26). The win was Jupiter’s sixth in a row.
Richards earned an 85 GameScore, throwing 81 pitches, 55 for strikes. He didn’t walk a single batter, and allowed only a third inning infield single to Josh Almonte. Richards was recently named to the FSL All-Star team. Ryan Beckman struck out one and allowed just a walk over two relief innings.
Brad Haynal, Zach Sullivan, and Stone Garrett each colected a pair of hits, with Sullivan going deep in the ninth with two on.
Angel Perdoma, Dunedin’s starter, took a no-hitter into the sixth before Jupiter’s bats woke up. They sent eight men to the plate and scored four times on four hits and two errors. The Hammerheads doubled their lead in the ninth, batting around and collecting a run on a Garrett single and Sullivan’s (3) long shot to left center. Dunedin avoided the shutout when Cavan Biggio (2) went deep with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Clearwater Threshers 3, Florida Fire Frogs 2 (11)
Fort Myers Miracle 2, Bradenton Marauders 0
Tampa Yankees 7, Charlotte Stone Crabs 5
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Kannapolis Intimidators 0
Dustin Beggs (4-4, 2.69) earned a win over the Intimidators (29-24) by striking out eight over seven innings of two hit ball. He also walked just one batter, with 784 in the house at Intimidators Stadium. Beggs earned an 84 GameScore with 55-of-81 pitches over the plate.
Greensboro (29-25) earned the win offensively on an Aaron Knapp third-inning sacrifice fly, then watched Beggs put up zeroes. They added an insurance run in the ninth on a Luis Pintor RBI-single. Michael Mertz earned his second save of the season, striking out one over two perfect innings of work.
West Virginia 3, Rome Braves 1
Lexington Legends 2, Augusta GreenJackets 1
Greenville Drive 4, Charleston RiverDogs 2
Columbia Fireflies 8, Hagerstown 7 (10)
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Hickory Crawdads 5 (12)
Asheville Tourists 7, Lakewood Blue Claws 1
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
The Marlins’ minor league pitcher of the day has to be split between Beggs and Richards. Richards struck out 11 in just six innings while allowing just one baserunner, while Beggs allowed three baserunners, striking out eight in seven scoreless innings.
Brian Anderson racked up four RBI with a single, a triple, and a home run in Jacksonville’s 7-2 win against Pensacola.
#1 Braxton Garrett
#2 Tyler Kolek
#3 Brian Anderson: 3-for-5, one run, one triple, one homer, four RBI, two strikeouts, .240 for Jacksonville
#4 Dillon Peters
#5 Isael Soto
#6 Thomas Jones
#7 Stone Garrett: 2-for-4, two RBI, .189 for Jupiter
#8 Drew Steckenrider
#9 James Nelson: 1-for-2, one double, two walks, .351 with the Grasshoppers
#10 Edward Cabrera
#11 J.T. Riddle: 0-for-4, one RBI, .262 for Miami
#12 Austin Dean
#13 Cody Poteet
#14 Albert Guaimaro
#15 Jordan Holloway
#16 Jeff Brigham
#17 Sam Perez
#18 Tayron Guerrero
#19 Roy Morales
#20 Sean Reynolds
#21 Remey Reed
#22 Brett Lilek
#23 Andy Beltre
#24 Humberto Mejia
#25 Justin Twine: 0-for-3, one run, one walk, two strikeouts, .165 for Greensboro
#26 John Norwood: 3-for-5, one run, one double, one strikeout, .286 for the Shrimp
#27 Joe Gunkel
#28 Yefri Perez: 1-for-4, one triple, one RBI, two strikeouts, .172 for the Jumbos
#29 Destin Hood: 1-for-3, one RBI, .261 for the Baby Cakes
#30 Samuel Castro
Jupiter activated RHP Jeff Brigham from the seven-day DL late Wednesday.
Stephen Fife (4-2, 3.86) will get a start on the hill tomorrow for the Baby Cakes, at 8:05 in Round Rock. New Orleans needs to win their next two to earn a series split.
Chris Mazza (1-3, 3.55) will do his part to try and nail down Jacksonville’s 10th win in their last 14th game. They’ll be going for the series win on the road in Pensacola before going home to face the Montgomery Biscuits.
At 6:30 in Tampa, Jorgan Cavanerio (0-2, 3.32) will attempt to earn his first win of the season, against the Yankees.
Greensboro and Kannapolis will tangle for the third game of their current four game series at 6:05.
The DSL Marlins will begin their season tomorrow at 10:30 AM against the DSL Rays1.