Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 3, Round Rock Express 6 (7)
The Baby Cakes (18-36) visited Round Rock (27-29) and dropped a 4-2 contest with 11,689 in attendance at Dell Diamond in Arkansas.
Stephen Fife (4-3, 4.14) started and lost for New Orleans, giving up four earned runs in five innings on three walks and seven hits. He struck out two, got 62-of-88 over the plate, and finished with a GameScore of just 34.
Tomas Telis had a game to remember, raising his average to .258 with a single, two doubles, and an RBI. Steve Lombardozzi hit a triple and a single, also plating one runner.
The Baby Cakes struck first, with a Lombardozzi RBI-triple and a Telis RBI-double, but that was all she wrote for New Orleans. The Express came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning on a RBI-triple by Drew Robinson and a Jurickson Profar RBI-single. Round Rock scored twice more in the fifth on a two run shot courtesy of Robinson.
Brandon Cunniff threw two innings of relief, whiffing two and allowing one walk, then Kyle Lobstein struck out one in his inning of relief, allowing one hit.
Memphis Redbirds 6, Omaha Storm Chasers 1
Oklahoma City Dodgers 4, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 (6)
Iowa Cubs 5, Nashville Sounds 1
Sacramento River Cats 13, Albuquerque Isotopes 1
Salt Lake Bees 11, El Paso Chihuahuas 1
Las Vegas 51s 9, Reno Aces 5
Fresno Grizzlies 3, Tacoma Rainiers 2
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 11
It was a train wreck in Pensacola (31-24), as the Jumbo Shrimp (24-31) committed as many errors as the rest of the Southern League combined (7) on Saturday night. There were 5,308 in attendance, including my two daughters and myself. I was the only Shrimp fan there, including my turncoat offspring, but that’s a different post.
John Norwood collected three hits, including a three-run home run. Austin Nola hit two singles and a double, and Yefri Perez had a single and a triple as the Shrimp scored six times on 11 hits.
Chris Mazza had a 40 GameScore, with 58-of-94 pitches in the strikezone. He allowed four unearned runs on four hits and four walks. He also struck out four in four innings. Hunter Adkins (1-1, 4.12) took the loss in relief, giving up four runs (one earned) in one inning on three hits. The only Shrimp pitcher to get out unscathed was Daniel Schlereth, who pitched a scoreless eighth. He struck out two and allowed one hit.
Mississippi Braves 4, Jackson Generals 3
Birmingham Barons 7, Chattanooga Lookouts 6
Biloxi Shuckers 7, Mobile BayBears 6 (14)
Montgomery Biscuits 12, Tennessee Smokies 4
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 11, Tampa Yankees 5
Jupiter (24-31) won their seventh straight contest in an 11-5 victory against the Tampa Yankees (28-28) with 5,147 in attendance at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Jorgan Cavanerio (1-2, 3.67) earned his first win of the season with 50-of-72 in the StrikeZone and a 45 GameScore. He struck out four and gave up three earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 1⁄3 innings.
The Yanks actually outhit the Hammerheads, 14-to-10, although every Hammerheads starter reached base safely. Kyle Barrett had two singles, Brad Haynal had a single and a solo homer, and John Silviano had a single and a grand slam. #7 prospect Stone Garrett finally got his batting average above the Mendoza line with a one-for-four night. He’s at .191.
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 8, Kannapolis Intimidators 1
Dylan Lee started for the Grasshoppers and earned no decision in five innings of work, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. He struck out five Intimidators in front of 1,931 at Intimidators Stadium.
Parker Bugg (1-0, 1.80) earned the win by pitching a scoreless sixth. Newly arrived Kolton Mahoney struck out three in two perfect innings of relief, and Marcus Crescentini whiffed two in a perfect ninth.
Kannapolis got on the board first, on a first inning RBI-triple from Jameson Fisher, then held the lead until the sixth inning. That’s when Colby Lusignan hit an RBI-single to tie the contest. Greensboro added three more in the seventh, on a two-RBI single from James Nelson and another Lusignan RBI-single. They broke it open in the eighth, pouring on four more runs on a Dalton Wheat RBI-double, a Luis Pintor RBI-single, an error on third baseman Zach Remillard, and a Lusignan RBI-groundout.
James Nelson and Colby Lusignan each went two-for-five with three RBI, while Luis Pintor scored twice and went two-for-three with an RBI and a walk.
Rome Braves 4, West Virginia Power 3
Hagerstown Suns 4, Columbia Fireflies 3
Asheville Tourists 10, Lakewook Blueclaws 7
Lexington Legends 8, Augusta GreenJackets 3
Charleston RiverDogs 5, Greenville Drive 0
Hickory Crawdads 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
John Norwood hit two singles and a three-run homer, his ninth of the season. He scored twice and raised his average to .295.
Kolton Mahoney got six outs and allowed no baserunners, striking out three by pitching a perfect seventh and eighth inning for Greensboro in his first appearance.
#1 Braxton Garrett
#2 Tyler Kolek
#3 Brian Anderson: 1-for-3, two runs, two walks, one strikeout, .241 for the Jumbo Shrimp
#4 Dillon Peters
#5 Isael Soto
#6 Thomas Jones
#7 Stone Garrett: 1-for-4, two runs, one walk, one strikeout, .191 for Jupiter
#8 Drew Steckenrider
#9 James Nelson: 2-for-5, three RBI, one strikeout, .353 for Greensboro
#10 Edward Cabrera
#11 J.T. Riddle
#12 Austin Dean
#13 Cody Poteet
#14 Albert Guaimaro
#15 Jordan Holloway
#16 Jeff Brigham
#17 Sam Perez
#18 Tayron Guerrero: 1.0 IP, one hit, one earned run, two walks, one strikeout, 6.75 for Jacksonville
#19 Roy Morales: 1-for-4, one run, three RBI, one walk, one strikeout, .269 for the Hammerheads
#20 Sean Reynolds
#21 Remey Reed
#22 Brett Lilek
#23 Andy Beltre
#24 Humberto Mejia
#25 Justin Twine
#26 John Norwood: 3-for-5, two runs, one home run, three RBI, .295 for Jacksonville
#27 Joe Gunkel
#28 Yefri Perez: 2-for-4, one run, one triple, one RBI, one walk, .181 for the Shrimp
#29 Destin Hood: 1-for-2, two walks, .264 for New Orleans
#30 Samuel Castro
Aside from getting Mahoney, the Grasshoppers put Jordan Holloway on the seven-day DL and moved Kevin Guzman and Chuck Weaver from the seven-day DL to the 60-day DL.
In rookie ball moves, the DSL Marlins picked up Eliezer Rodriguez, Miguel Pena, Juan Reyes, Rafael Eysseric, Daniel Paulino, Maicol Sosa, Danyeli Espinal, Walner Espinal, and Joseph Gilma from the GCL Marlins. They played their first game this morning, but results have not been posted as of 2AM.
The Marlins released right fielder Sleyter Soto. The righty hit .290/.334/.355 in 83 games for Miami’s GCL and DSL clubs over the past two seasons.
Scott Squier (2-5, 4.61) will attempt to nail down Jupiter’s eighth win in a row starting at 1PM against the Tampa Yankees. It will be the second game of a four-game series.
At 2:05PM, Kelvin Marte (1-2, 5.22) will start for New Orleans at Round Rock. The Baby Cakes will attempt to avoid a series sweep before taking a trip home to open a series against the Memphis Redbirds on Monday.
At 5:05PM, the Grasshoppers will continue to charge for the first half division lead. Greensboro needs a win to take the four game series.
The Jumbo Shrimp will head home to host the Montgomery Biscuits at 6:35PM for game one of a five game series. James Buckelew (0-3, 2.79) will try his hand at starting.