The Hammerheads placed RHP James Needy on the seven-day DL with a sprained finger on his throwing hand.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes (35-55)
The Baby Cakes conclude the “first half” of the season tied with the Las Vegas 51s with the worst record in the PCL, just a half game ahead of the Sacramento River Cats. New Orleans is 21.5 games behind the American Southern Division leading Memphis Redbirds.
Elsewhere in the PCL
It’s the all-star break in the Pacific Coast League as well as the majors.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Biloxi Shuckers 8
Mike Kickham (5-6, 3.18) struck out seven in just 3 2⁄3 innings in his start against the Shuckers (45-42). Unfortunately, he also gave up seven earned runs on six hits, earning the loss with 1,549 in the house at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Austin Dean (2) hit a first-inning homer to put the Shrimp (39-49) on top for starters, but Kickham allowed Michael Choice (5) to lead off the second in similar fashion to tie it up. After a scoreless third, Kickham was racked for six runs in the fourth, leading to an early shower.
Behind by an 8-1 score going into the sixth, the Shrimp attempted to get some momentum, on a Chris Diaz RBI-single. They added two more in the seventh on John Norwood’s 13th round-tripper of the campaign, but the game ended with the score, 8-4 Shuckers.
Despite getting doubled up in the runs’ column, the Shrimp outhit Biloxi by a 12-to-8 count. Austin Dean added two singles to his homer. Alex Yarbrough hit two singles and two doubles, but somehow didn’t score or knock anybody in. Norwood also hit a single with his home run.
Elsewhere in the SL
Tennessee Smokies 5, Montgomery Biscuits 4
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2
Jackson Generals 1, Mississippi Braves 0
Birmingham Barons 6, Mobile BayBears 2
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 3, St. Lucie Mets 0
Jupiter (42-44) defeated the Mets (38-48), 3-0 in front of 1,692 at Roger Dean Stadium.
Jeff Brigham threw six innings of shutout ball, walking zero and allowing four hits while striking out nine Mets. Evan Beal, Jose Quijada, and Felipe Gonzalez (S, 3) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
The Hammerheads struck first, with a Stone Garrett RBI-groundout to score Dustin Geiger in the second inning. It would remain a 1-0 affair until one out in the eighth inning, when Zach Sullivan (4) hit a two-run shot to left field.
Dustin Geiger had a single and a double, and was the only Jupiter player to finish the game with multiple hits. John Silviano, Angel Reyes, and Cleuluis Rondon each hit a single for the Hammerheads.
Elsewhere in the FSL
Fort Myers Miracle 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Tampa Yankees vs. Bradenton Marauders (ppd, rain)
Charlotte Stone Crabs vs. Florida Fire Frogs (cxl, rain)
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Clearwater Threshers 0
Lakeland Flying Tigers 1, Daytona Tortugas 1 (10)
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 9, Lakewood BlueClaws 6
With 3,781 on hand for a matinee at First National Bank Field, the BlueClaws (48-41) dropped a 9-6 contest to the home Grasshoppers (45-40).
Dustin Beggs (7-5, 3.49) earned a win despite having less than his best stuff. He surrendered six earned runs in seven innings of work, on 10 hits and zero walks. He struck out two, and three of the 10 hit he allowed were home runs. Kyle Keller and Reilly Hovis (S, 2) each pitched a scoreless inning to close it out.
Greensboro struck early and often throughout the game, beginning in the second inning on a Justin Twine sacrifice fly. They tacked on a run in the third on a James Nelson single and two in the fourth on a Luis Pintor RBI-single and a Corey Bird sacrifice fly to make it 4-0, Hoppers.
The BlueClaws made their move in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs on two singles, two doubles, and two round-trippers off of Beggs to take a 5-4 lead. The triumph was short lived, however, as Twine tied it in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI-groundout.
Greensboro took the lead back in the sixth with an Aaron Knapp RBI-single and a Nelson RBI-double to make it 7-5. After Jesus Alastre (1) homered off of Beggs in the seventh to get the Claws a run closer, Twine rapped an RBI-triple and Jarrett Rindfleisch scored him on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to set the final 9-6 score.
After six innings, the Hoppers had collected 14 hits in 27 at bats for an above-.500 batting average. They finished with 15 in total, as each starter finished with at least one hit. Knapp led the way with three singles, Dalton Wheat hit two doubles, Corey Bird and Nelson each hit a single and a double, and Twine had a single and a triple to his credit.
Elsewhere in the SAL
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs (8-12)
Batavia is currently five games out of the money in the Pinckney Division, behind the 13-7 West Virginia Black Bears. They had tonight off, as did the rest of the NYPL.
Elsewhere in the NYPL
Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 1, GCL Cardinals 6
Dillon Peters tossed four no-hit innings for the Baby Fish (6-6), striking out two and walking two. Colton Hock struck two out in a perfect inning of relief, then Dylan Cyphert (1-1, 8.31) surrendered four earned runs on four hits and a walk in 1 2⁄3 innings, striking out two. Julio Frias gave up two earned runs in 2 1⁄3 innings afterward, on three hits and a walk. Like the other three Marlins pitchers, he struck out two batters.
Michael Hernandez opened the scoring in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly, for a 1-0 Marlins lead. The Cards (6-6) tied it in the sixth on a Carlos Soto RBI-single, then took the lead in the seventh on a Taylor Bryant RBI-groundout, then Michael Brdar hit a two-RBI-double for a 4-1 Cardinals lead. Zach Jackson hit an RBI-singe in the eighth, and Donivan Williams flew into a sacrifice fly for the final run of the game.
Reynolds hit a double and two singles for the Marlins, and Ronal Reynoso, Isaac Galloway, Albert Guaimaro, Michael Hernandez, and Denis Karas hit singles.
Elsewhere in the GCL
Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 4, DSL Royals 3 (11)
The Marlins (19-13) won their seventh game in a row over the DSL Royals (15-17), 4-3 in 11 innings on Monday morning. Elkin Alcala (5-0, 1.06) earned the victory after 1 2⁄3 scoreless one-hit inning of relief.
The Marlins allowed the Royals a Paul Mondesi RBI-double in the bottom of the second before scoring three runs in the third, on a Daniel Paulino RBI-single and a Miguel Pena two-RBI-single. the Royals struck back with a Reynin Reynoso RBI-single in the fifth and a Maikel Garcia RBI-groundout in the seventh. The Marlins scored the game winner on a Jorge Caballero non-RBI sacrifice double play, which scored Wiklerman Rasquin in the top of the 11th.
Miguel Pena hit a single and a double, Omar LeBron hit a double and scored, Paulino had two singles, and Rasquin, Christoper Rodriguez, and Jorge Caballero each hit singles.
Elsewhere in the DSL
Indians 7, Astros Orange 1
Giants 5, Blue Jays 4
Rays1 6, Braves 5 (10)
Cubs2 5, Rangers2 1
Brewers 7, D-backs2 5
Dodgers1 5, Astros Blue 2
Dodgers2 7, Indians/Brewers 2
Mets1 3, Twins 1
Nationals 7, Angels 4
Padres 4, Mariners 3
Mets2 4, Phillies White 1
Cubs1 6, Rangers1 5
Rays2 8, Pirates 5
Red Sox 8, Athletics 0
D-backs 4, Reds 3
Rockies 5, Cardinals 3
Tigers 7, Rojos 6 (10)
Orioles 1, White Sox 0
Yankees 4, Phillies Red 2 (10)
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
No contest here. Jeff Brigham won his third decision with the Hammerheads, whiffing nine in six shutout innings. He allowed four hits and zero walks, and finished with a 77 GameScore.
Alex Yarbrough went 4-for-4 with two doubles, and brought his average up to .251 for the Shrimp.
Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch (dynamic tracker)
#1 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly batted third for the Hoppers, and went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and one strikeout. He raised his average slightly, to .317.
#2 Trevor Richards @trvrchrds
#3 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01
#4 Dillon Peters @dillypickz pitched four no-hit innings with GCL, allowing two walks and striking out two. He’s at 1.35 on this rehab assignment.
#5 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20
#6 Braxton Lee @Brax_Lee
#7 Mike Kickham @MikeKickham4 had kind of a bad night, allowing seven earned runs in 3 2⁄3 innings, whiffing seven and giving up six hits. At least he didn’t walk anyone. He’s at 3.18 for the Shrimp.
#8 Boo Vazquez
#9 Michael King
#10 Brian Miller @B_Millz05
#11 Jeff Brigham @Jbrigs34 As stated previously, Brigham went six frames and struck out nine. He dropped his ERA to 2.60 by allowing no runs on four hits and zero walks.
#12 Ben Meyer @BenMeyer28
#13 Aaron Knapp @aknappyboii batted second for Greensboro, and went 3-for-4 with an RBI. He’s at .243.
#14 Cameron Baranek @CameronB25
#15 Trevor Rogers @T_Raw1691
#16 Riley Mahan @RizzMahan
#17 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3 batted second for the Shrimp, going three-for-five with two runs, including a solo homer. He is at .286 for Jacksonville.
#18 Cody Poteet @PoTweet_34
#19 Brian Schales @BrianSchales pinch hit for Miguel Rojas, and went 0-for-1. He’s at .257 for the Hammerheads.
#20 Kyle Barrett @kbarrett_4 led off for Jacksonville, and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. He’s only hitting .175 at the double-A level.
#21 Kyle Keller @keller_11
#22 Ryan Lillie @LillieRyan27
#23 Corey Bird led off the the Hoppers, and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He’s hitting .290 with Greensboro.
#24 Joseph Dunand @Joedunand
#25 Shao-pin Ho
#26 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7
#27 Sam Perez @SCPerez_
#28 Mason Davis @_Maeday20
#29 Samuel Castro
#30 Walner Espinal batted sixth for DSL, and went 0-for-2 with a whiff. He’s at .306 this season.
At 10:30AM, the DSL Marlins will visit the DSL Athletics (15-16)
Starting at noon, the GCL Mets (5-7) will host the GCL Marlins.
Starting at 7:05PM, the Jumbo Shrimp will host the Shuckers in game three of their five-game series. Chris Mazza (1-5, 3.01) will start for Jacksonville.
Also at 7:05PM, the Muckdogs will open a three-game set at home against the Lowell Spinners (9-10). Starting pitcher is still to be determined.
John Silviano, Jupiter’s catcher of choice these days, will turn 23 on Tuesday. He shares a birthday with DSL Marlins pitcher Jonaiker Villalobos, who will turn 18.
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