New Orleans Baby Cakes - Triple-A
Pacific Coast League
Memphis Cardinals 3 @ New Orleans Baby Cakes 2
Stephen Fife pitched well for the Cakes but couldn’t take it home for the win. Fife spun a perfect game into the seventh inning, but once Todd Cunningham broke it up with a single, the Cardinals rallied for two runs to take a 2-0 lead.
After six shutout innings from Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty, the Baby Cakes came back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game off reliever Mark Montgomery. The comeback was in the form of a clutch two-run home run by Brandon Barnes, his fifth of the year.
The Cakes coughed up the lead in the eighth Memphis pulled back in front in the eighth on a single, an error, a fly ball and a sacrifice fly.
The Cakes were retired in the ninth to seal a 3-2 loss, and sealed a split of the four game series. New Orleans wasted a seven inning performance by Fife, where he gave up three hits and two runs, with no walks and seven strikeouts.
The Cakes (21-38) which open a three-game series in Omaha on Friday. They face the Storm Chasers on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Kelvin Marte gets the start.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp - Double-A
Game 1: Montgomery Biscuits 3 @ Jumbo Shrimp 2
Game 2: Montgomery Biscuits 0 @ Jumbo Shrimp 1
The Shrimp split a doubleheader on Thursday against Montgomery to salvage the final game of a five game set.
Game 1 highlights for the Shrimp included a three hit effort, including a triple and RBI from nine-hole hitter Jeremias Pineda; while on the mound.
Hunter Wood went 6 1⁄3 innings while giving up only one earned run with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the win for Montgomery, while Chris Mazza went 5 innings giving up three runs on eleven hits for the loss.
Game 2 was highlighted by a complete game shutout by Mike Kickham. This would be needed as the Shrimp mustered only a first-inning home run by Brian Anderson, the former University of Arkansas player’s third of the year.
Times: 1:59, 1:25
The Jumbo Shrimp (25-35) play the Biloxi Shuckers (31-29) on the road at 7:35 p.m. Omar Bencomo will take the hill for the Shrimp.
Jupiter Hammerheads – Single -A Advanced
Florida State League
Clearwater Threshers 7 @ Hammerheads 4
After winning six of eight on their recent road trip, the Hammerheads looked forward to seeing the Marlins’ Tom Koehler pitch for them on Thursday. Unfortunately, Koehler didn’t fare much better yesterday for the Hammerheads than he has for the Fish. He lasted four innings while giving up three runs on two home runs, while walking two and fanning five.
Falling behind early 6-0, Jupiter did get three runs back in the seventh on homers by Stone Garrett and Brian Schales, to draw the Hammerheads to within three. It wouldn’t be enough, as Jupiter fell 7-4 to Clearwater in the first game of the home stand.
The Hammerheads (25-34) will continue their series against the Threshers (29-24) on Friday. Game time is 6:35 p.m. Trevor Richards will be on the bump for the Sharks in the night cap.
Greensboro Grasshoppers – Single -A
South Atlantic League
Game 1 Hagerstown Suns 4 @ Grasshoppers 5 (9 inn)
Game 2 Hagerstown Suns 3 @ Grasshoppers 7
The most successful team in the Marlins farm system (also the only team above .500) continued their winning ways by sweeping a doubleheader on Thursday against the first-place Hagerstown Sun.
Game 1 went into nine innings, which is extra innings as a minor league double header games are only scheduled for seven. The Hoppers won it on a walk-off single by Colby Lusignan with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after tying it in the bottom of the seventh when Blake Perkins came home on a Suns error.
Other stars in game one included Michael King who went six innings in his start, while only giving up two earned runs. James Nelson and Dalton Wheat got three hits a piece; one of Nelson’s three hits was a solo shot in the sixth.
Game 2 also went to Greensboro. The Hoppers continued momentum from their game 1 walk off with a three run shot in the first inning by Eric Gutierrez. Gutierrez would have four RBIs for the day.
The Hoppers didn’t look back, and were supported by four pitchers piecing together the seven inning puzzle on the mound to hold the Suns at bay. Meanwhile the Colby Lugisnan continued to have a day with a double and two hits in the nightcap.
The Hoppers (32-26) head to West Virginia to take on the Power (27-29) on Friday. Start time is 7:05 pm. Dustin Beggs will start on the mound for the Hoppers.