Of course, the biggest news today was Miami’s acquisition of four minor leaguers in exchange for major league reliever David Phelps. Miami acquired CF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Brandon Miller, RHP Pablo Lopez, and RHP Lukas Schiraldi.
The Baby Cakes placed LHP Daniel Schlereth was placed on the seven-day DL.
RHP Eric Alonzo was released by the Jupiter Hammerheads. He was originally selected in the 40th round of the 2014 draft by the Los Angeles Angels, who released him after spring training this season. He pitched in 14 games between Jupiter and Jacksonville, going 1-1 with a 1.21 ERA, 18 strikeouts in 22.1 innings, six walks, and a 0.761 WHIP this season.
The GCL Marlins welcomed C Jared Barnes, C Jan Mercado, RHP Tyler Kolek, and RHP Geral Silva.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Round Rock Express 3
9,485 were in the house at Dell Diamond to see their hometown Express (45-53) defeat the Baby Cakes (38-60) by a 3-2 final score. Justin Nicolino (4-4, 3.45) lost by surrendering two earned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out three. Kelvin Marte allowed the winning run on three hits and a walk, so I’m not sure how Nicolino was the pitcher of record.
Brett Hayes (3) led off the fifth with a home run, then Jurickson Profar added an RBI-single for a 2-0 lead for the Express. After the pitching change, Travis Snider (5) opened the sixth with a home run to center.
New Orleans scored a run in the seventh on a Moises Sierra RBI-groundout and another in the eighth on a Brandon Barnes RBI-single, but the Cakes ran out of batter(s).
Brian Anderson collected two singles to lead New Orleans, Telis hit a triple and raised his average to .284.
Elsewhere in the PCL
Nashville Sounds 7, Iowa Cubs 5
Tacoma Rainiers 14, Albuquerque Isotopes 11
Omaha Storm Chasers 6, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4
Memphis Redbirds 10, Oklahoma City Dodgers 8
El Paso Chihuahuas 5, Sacramento RiverCats 3
Fresno Grizzlies 18, Las Vegas 51s 5
Reno Aces 7, Salt Lake Bees 3
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 9, Tennessee Smokies 3
Trevor Richards (2-2, 3.51) struck out nine batters in six innings of work, but was still saddled with a loss at home against the Smokies (52-44) in front of 5,898 at Stand Up to Cancer Night at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
At one point, Richards struck out seven in a row. He had allowed two earned runs in his first six innings of work before allowing two hits to open the seventh. They both scored after Tyler Higgins allowed them to score by allowing two hits and two walks. The Smokies scored five times in the frame.
Jacksonville (43-54) had opened the game by getting their first four batters on base. Kyle Barrett reached on an error, then scored on an Austin Dean double. After a John Norwood walk, Dustin Geiger hit an RBI-single, David Vidal flew out, then Rodrigo Vigil hit another RBI-single. Yefri Perez then grounded into your garden variety 4-3-2 double play.
Chris Diaz collected a pair of hits for the Shrimp, and Dean collected the only extra base hit for Jacksonville with his first-inning double.
Elsewhere in the SL
Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Mobile BayBears 1
Mississippi Braves 5, Biloxi Shuckers 4 (12)
Birmingham Barons 4, Jackson Generals 0
Montgomery Biscuits 5, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 10, St. Lucie Mets 2
Mason Davis collected five hits, including three doubles, John Silviano hit a grand slam, and Jeff Brigham (4-2, 2.68) earned a 10-2 win over the Mets (44-51) on Thursday evening, with 2,782 in attendance at First Data Field.
Brigham lasted six innings, and surrendered two earned runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out five batters. Jose Quijada and Tyler Kinley each pitched a perfect inning of relief, followed by a scoreless ninth from Ryan Beckman.
Peter Alonso (11) hit a leadoff homer in the second for the Mets for the only lead of the game for St. Lucie. The Hammerheads (47-48) equalled it in the third after Davis doubled then scored on a Cleuluis Rondon single. Jupiter added three runs in the fifth on another Mason double, a Rondon RBI-single, and a passed ball from opposing catcher Patrick Mazeika.
Alonso (12) added another solo shot in the sixth, accounting for all of St. Lucie’s offense, but Jupiter added a pair in the seventh on a fielding error and a Justin Twine RBI-single for a 6-2 lead. Silviano added his bases loaded shot in the eighth, his second grand slam of the season.
Elsewhere in the FSL
Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Daytona Tortugas 2
Bradenton Marauders 4, Fort Myers Miracle 1
Tampa Yankees 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Clearwater Threshers 1
Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Florida Fire Frogs (doubleheader, postponed, rain)
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Greenville Drive 1
Ethan Clark (2-1, 3.00) whiffed 10 in 5 1⁄3 innings for Greensboro (50-43), giving up just two hits in a 5-1 victory against the Drive (54-41).
First National Bank Field was the venue, and 6,358 Grasshoppers’ fans were on hand to witness Clark’s performance. Kyle Keller struck out five in 2 2⁄3 innings of relief, and Chad Smith added two more in the ninth to total 17 between the three pitchers. They limited the Drive to a total of four hits in total, all singles.
The Hoppers scored a pair in the third inning on a Brian Miller RBI-single and a James Nelson RBI-double. They made it a 5-0 ballgame in the fifth on Miller’s (1) first career professional home run, a two-run shot, and a Trenton Hill RBI-single.
Tyler Hill hit an RBI-groundout to avoid the shutout for Greenville, but that’s all the Drive could rally up in their loss.
Nelson finished with a pair of doubles, and Miller ended up with a single and a stolen base (5) to add to his round-tripper.
Elsewhere in the SAL
Rome Braves 3/0, Lakewood Blue Claws 1/2 (7/7)}
Charleston RiverDogs 6/4, Hagerstown Suns 1⁄2 (7/7)
Asheville Tourists 6, Hickory Crawdads 2
Columbia Fireflies 4, Lexington Legends 0
Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Augusta GreenJackets 3
West Virginia Power 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 5
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 4, Williamsport Crosscutters 5
The Crosscutters (16-12) topped the Muckdogs (11-18) in front of 775 last night at Dwyer Stadium.
Remey Reed (1-1, 5.50) started and lost for Batavia, when he allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings, on four hits and two walks. He struck out a pair. Vincenzo Aiello gave put two earned runs, including the game-deciding marker in two innings (not sure why he didn’t lose, someone explain this to me), striking out five. Manuel Rodriguez struck out three in two perfect innings, and Brent Wheatley pitched two innings, giving up only a walk.
Tyler Curtis opened the scoring in the first with an RBI-double, then Williamsport answered in the third on an Adam Haseley RBI-single. The Cutters took the lead for good in the fourth on a Colby Fitch (1) leadoff homer. Aiello replaced Reed after allowing Cole Stobbe to reach on a single, then an error and a walk later, Austin Listi added a two-run-double and Nick Maton hit an RBI-single for a 5-1 lead.
The Dogs answered with a Jhonny Santos RBI-groundout in the fifth and RBI-singles from Thomas Jones and Lazaro Alonso in the sixth. No Muckdog hit multiple times on Thursday.
Elsewhere in the NYPL
Lowell Spinners 3, Tri-City ValleyCats 1
Hudson Valley Renegades 9, Staten Island Yankees 2
Brooklyn Cyclones 6, Connecticut Tigers 4 (11)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, Auburn Doubledays 1
West Virginia Black Bears 8, State College Spikes 2
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Vermont Lake Monsters 2
Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 6, GCL Cardinals 6 (suspended, lightning, 10)
The Cards and Marlins matched line scores in 10 innings on Thursday before lightning put a halt to things at Roger Dean Stadium.
Tyler Kolek saw his first action in well over a year. He started but was quickly lifted after getting just one out (he also allowed four runs and sports an ERA of 108.00). In the end, nine pitchers took the hill for the Marlins. Taylor Braley pitched a perfect fourth, and Bryce Howe tossed a perfect ninth and 10th innings.
The contest, to be continued on Tuesday next week, was tied with six runs, eight hits, and an error for each club before they called it. Cameron Baranek and Albert Guaimaro each had two hits, with one of Guaimaro’s being a triple. Ronal Reynoso hit a bases-clearing triple in the fourth followed by a Yeral Encarnacion RBI-single. Baranek had RBIs on each of his hits.
Elsewhere in the GCL
Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 5, DSL Red Sox 3
The Marlins (21-18) defeated the Red Sox (26-12), 5-3 on Thursday morning in the DSL, despite committing four errors and getting outhit, 10-to-7 in 10 innings.
Juan Reyes allowed one run on two hits in a one inning start, and Jesus Sanchez followed with a scoreless inning of work. Juan Borges pitched four innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk, and was followed for four innings from Elkin Alcala (6-0, 0.82). Alcala allowed three hits and no walks for an unearned run.
The Sox scored first with an Alexander Martinez RBI-double in the opening frame, but were equalled in the second when Daniel Paulino tripled then scored on a Wiklerman Rasquin sacrifice fly. The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on an Alvaro Montero throwing error, and the Marlins again tied it in the next inning on a Montero RBI-single.
In the seventh inning, the Marlins took their first lead of the contest on a Montero sacrifice bunt, scoring Danielsan Heureaux, but allowed the Red Sox to tie it in the ninth on a throwing error by Joseph Gilma. In the top of the 10th, the Omar Lebron scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch, then added another on a Daniel Paulino RBI-groundout.
Lebron finished with two singles to lead the club, adding his 17th stolen base of the season. Paulino’s triple was the only Marlins’ extra base hit. Christopher Rodriguez hit a single and reached base twice on walks.
Elsewhere in the DSL
Pirates 13, Astros Orange 2
Braves 7, Athletics 5
Twins 5, Cardinals 4 (10)
Tigers 3, Cubs2 1
D-backs2 4, Phillies White 3
Rays1 2, Dodgers1 0
Giants 2, Mariners 1 (10)
Indians 10, Cubs1 9
Indians/Brewers 10, Rangers1 7
Nationals 2 Mets1 0
Orioles 9, D-backs1 5
Padres 10, Reds 6
Angels 8, Phillies Red 2
Rangers2 4, Brewers 3
Dodgers2 3, Rays2 2 (10)
Mets2 6, Rojos 4
Royals 4, Astros Blue 2
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 5
Yankees 3, Rockies 2
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
Pitching: Greensboro’s Ethan Clark earned the win at home against the Drive, allowing no runs on two hits over 5 1⁄3 innings. Oh, and he struck out 10.
Mason Davis hit two singles and three doubles with four runs scored and an RBI, raising his average to .354 since joining the Hammerheads.
Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch
#1 Braxton Garrett @BraxGarrett
#2 Tyler Kolek @tylerkolek pitched 1⁄3 of an inning for GCL, and surrendered four earned runs on two walks and one hit.
#3 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01 2-for-3, one walk, one strikeout, .350 batting fifth with the Cakes.
#4 Dillon Peters@Dillypickz
#5 Brayan Hernandez
#6 Isael Soto
#7 Thomas Jones @ThomasJones08 went 1-for-3 batting fifth for Batavia, with a walk, a run, an RBI, and two strikeouts. He’s at .204 for th e season.
#8 Stone Garrett @stonegarrett22 went 0-for-5 with an RBI and a strikeout, dropping to .183 for the season.
#9 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20 pitched one inning and struck one out while giving up one hit. His ERA dropped to 1.67 for the season.
#10 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run, an RBI, and two strikeouts. He hit third and is tracking a .315 this season.
#11 Edward Cabrera
#12 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3 went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a whiff, and is hitting .306 batting second for the Shrimp.
#13 Cody Poteet @PoTweet_34
#14 Brandon Miller @muball2014
#15 Albert Guaimaro@AlbertGuaimaro3 batted third for GCL and went 2-for-5 with a triple and a strikeout, dropping to .220.
#16 Jordan Holloway @jordholl14
#17 Jeff Brigham @Jbrigs34 earned the win and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He earned the quality start, striking out five.
#18 Sam Perez @SCPerez_
#19 Pablo Lopez
#20 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7
#21 Roy Morales @roy_morales25
#22 Sean Reynolds @Sean___Reynolds went 1-for-5 with a run and two strikeouts batting fourth for GCL. He’s hitting .278.
#23 Remey Reed @Remey_Reed lost on four hits and two walks in three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out four.
#24 Brett Lilek @Brett Lilek
#25 Andy Beltre @_beltre2639
#26 Humberto Mejia
#27 Justin Twine went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a strikeout in his Jupiter debut. He hit sixth.
#28 John Norwood @Norwood_10 went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run batting third for Jacksonville. He’s hitting .283.
#29 Joe Gunkel @Joe_Gunkel
#30 Yefri Perez @eljeteer went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts (and a GIDP). He’s hitting .170 this season for the Jumbo Shrimp, batting in the seventh place last night.
10:00AM - GCL Marlins at GCL Mets
10:30AM - DSL Marlins at DSL Braves
7:00PM - Grasshoppers host the Drive. Michael King (8-5, 3.18) starts for Greensboro.
7:05PM - Muckdogs host the Crosscutters. Edward Cabrera (0-3, 7.23) will look to rebound to his rough start to the season.
7:05PM - The Daytona Tortugas (36-55) will host the Hammerheads in the first of a three-game set. Dillon Peters (0-0, 0.00) will start.
7:05PM - Joe Gunkel (3-6, 5.48) will start for the Shrimp against the Smokies.
8:00PM - The Baby Cakes will open a four-game set against the Nashville Sounds (46-52) from Shrine on Airline in Metairie, Louisiana. Will Cuevas (1-2, 3.04) will start for New Orleans.
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