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Hoppers Bullpen Sparkles, Millan Sends Them Home Happy

Fish Farm Report: Marlins go 3-2 below the major league level on July 24th

JC Millan clobbered a 12th-inning walkoff shot for the Grasshoppers.

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The Marlins’ parent club optioned Tom Koehler to New Orleans and called up Hunter Cervenka in his place.

Victor Payano was promoted from Jacksonville to New Orleans, then activated C Ramon Cabrera from the seven-day DL.

Dillon Peters was promoted from Jupiter to Jacksonville, and the Jumbo Shrimp placed SS Yefri Perez on the seven-day DL with a right-heel contusion.

The Hammerheads activated RHP Cody Poteet from the DL.

OF Brayan Hernandez was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs.

RHP Brandon Miller joined the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 8, Nashville Sounds 0

For the second day in a row, the Baby Cakes (40-61) shutout the Nashville Sounds (47-54), this time by an 8-0 count with 5,484 in attendance at Shrine on Airline.

Odrisamer Despaigne (2-4, 3.09) earned the victory by striking out three over six two-hit innings. Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect seventh, striking out a pair, and Kyle Lobstein and Kelvin Marte each pitched a scoreless frame.

New Orleans scored in the top of the first inning on a Steve Lombardozzi RBI-double, a Brandon Barnes RBI-single, and a Cal Towey RBI-double for a 3-0 lead. They poured it on in the second with four more runs, on Barnes bases-loaded HBP and a Towey three-run single.

The score remained 7-0 until the seventh inning, when Mike Aviles added a sacrifice fly for the 8-0 final score.

Aviles finished with three singles, Towey had a single and a double, and Barnes had two singles.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (15-15)

The Shrimp currently sit on top of the Southern League South Division, tied with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Daytona Tortugas 1

Jupiter (50-49) topped Daytona (37-58), 2-1 in front of 1,787 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Monday evening.

Cody Poteet (3-3, 2.45) was serviceable if not spectacular in his start, allowing one earned run on five hits in as many innings. He walked three and whiffed a pair for a 53 GameScore.

The Hammerheads scored a run in the first inning on a failed double steal. Cleuluis Rondon was caught stealing second, and Mason Davis scored on the throw. They added a run in the third on a Colby Lusignan RBI-single, the eventual game-winner.

Daytona made a dent in the scoreboard after Poteet was replaced by reliever Ben Meyer, on a Brantley Bell sacrifice fly.

Aside from the sac fly, Meyer was solid. He earned his first save of the season with Jupiter by striking out four in four innings, and allowing two hits and zero walks.

Mason Davis finished his night 3-for-3, and scored both of Jupiter’s runs. Lusignan, Dexter Kjerstad, and Boo Vazquez all hit a pair of singles as the Hammerheads outhit the Tortugas, 11-to-7.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Asheville Tourists 3 (12)

It took 12 innings, but the Hoppers (51-46) earned a 4-3 win over the Tourists (49-50) on a J.C. Millan (1) walkoff homer with 5,493 in the house at First National Bank Field.

Kolton Mahoney pitched a quality start, earning no decision in six innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight. He walked zero batters. Kyle Keller followed with four hitless walkless innings, hitting a batter and striking out four. Michael Mertz (5-1, 2.22) was just as effective, pitching two perfect innings and striking out three.

Greensboro chalked their first run in the first inning, on a Corey Bird RBI-single, then doubled their lead in the third on a Bird RBI-groundout, Brian Miller both times. Asheville tied it in the fourth on a Carlos Herrera two-RBI-single.

The Tourists briefly took the lead in the sixth inning, when Vince Fernandez (13) homered to left-center for a 3-2 advantage, but Trenton Hill (1) returned the favor in the bottom part of the frame.

Miller finished with two doubles and two runs scored, Walker Olis had two singles, and of course, Millan hit his walkoff, raising his average with Greensboro to .160.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 2, West Virginia Black Bears 3

The Muckdogs (11-21) dropped their ninth decision in their last 10 games, including their fifth game in a row in front of 1,481 Black Bear (21-12) fans at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Sam Perez pitched six shutout innings, striking out as many batters and allowing five hits and zero walks. He dropped his ERA to 1.75 for the season. Brent Wheatley (1-1, 4.60) took the loss, surrendering three runs (two earned) in one inning on three hits and a walk.

Batavia was looking going into the bottom of the eighth, with a 2-0 lead thanks to a Tyler Curtis fourth-inning RBI-double and a fifth-inning Samuel Castro RBI-single. The Bears changed all that with a Dylan Busby RBI-bunt-single, a Tristan Gray RBI-single, and a Bligh Madris RBI-fielder’s choice.

Curtis and Jhonny Santos led Batavia with a single and a double each. Thomas Jones added two singles.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins (9-14)

After getting no-hit on each side of a doubleheader on Sunday, the Marlins took the day off on Monday. They’re currently 5.5 games behind the East Division leading GCL Nationals.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 4, DSL Rays1 5

Luis Palacios started for the Marlins and allowed two unearned runs in four innings, striking out five. Jesus Sanchez (2-1, 3.38) absorbed the loss, giving up two earned runs in 1 13 innings on four hits.

Christopher Rodriguez was the lone offensive bright spot for the Marlins, going three-for-four with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his first round tripper of the season.

Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day

Pitching:

Greensboro’s bullpen pitched six innings and struck out seven, allowing zero hits and zero walks. This one is split between Kyle Keller and Michael Mertz.

Hitting:

Mason Davis scored both of Jupiter’s runs on Monday, going three-for-three from the plate and raising his average to .354 since joining the Hammerheads.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

MLB.COM’s Pipeline finally updated today. Here’s the new top 30 prospects.

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson 0-for-3, one walk, one run batting fourth for the Baby Cakes. He’s at .344 since joining the club.

#4 Dillon Peters

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Brian Miller was 2-for-5 with two runs and two doubles batting leadoff for the Grasshoppers. He’s hitting .287.

#7 Brayan Hernandez

#8 James Nelson went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, batting third and hitting .309 with Greensboro.

#9 Drew Steckenrider struck out two in one relief inning, striking out two. He’s at 1.62 at the triple-A level.

#10 Jeff Brigham

#11 Cody Poteet pitched five innings and earned a win for the Hammerheads, allowing five hits and three walks, striking out two, and allowing one earned run.

#12 Colton Hock

#13 Thomas Jones batted fifth for the Muckdogs. He’s hitting .214 after going 2-for-4 with a strikeout.

#14 Joe Dunand

#15 Riley Mahan

#16 Ryan Lillie

#17 Sam Perez started and earned no-decision for the Muckdogs. He pitched six shutout innings, striking out six and allowing five hits and zero walks.

#18 Trevor Richards

#19 Brandon Miller

#20 Edward Cabrera

#21 Sean Reynolds

#22 Pablo Lopez

#23 Isael Soto

#24 John Norwood

#25 Austin Dean

#26 Ynmanol Marinez

#27 Albert Guaimaro

#28 Stone Garrett

#29 Roy Morales

#30 Samuel Castro batted second for the Muckdogs and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .302 for the season.

Later

10:30AM - The DSL Marlins will host the DSL Rays1 (13-28).

Noon - The GCL Cardinals (12-9) will host the GCL Marlins (twice). First, they’ll complete their 10th inning suspended game from last week. It was tied 6-6 when they called it due to lightning. Then they’ll play a full nine-inning contest.

Noon - Greensboro will get a start out of Ethan Clark (2-1, 3.00) against the Tourists.

6:30PM - The Hammerheads will host the Florida Fire Frogs (36-57) in the first of a three-game set. Starting pitching hasn’t been posted.

7:05PM - Remey Reed (1-1, 5.50) will start for the Muckdogs in their final contest against the Black Bears.

8:00PM - Matt Tomshaw (9-5, 3.77) will look to be the first pitcher at any level in the Marlins’ organization to achieve double digit wins this season. He’ll take the hill in the first game of a five-game series against the Mississippi Braves (44-55).

10:05PM - The Fresno Grizzlies (59-43) will host a four-game set against the Baby Cakes. Game one will see Keyvius Sampson (4-3, 6.39) take the hill for New Orleans.

Birthdays

New addition Lukas Schiraldi turns 24 tomorrow. He hasn’t appeared in any games with the Marlins’ system yet, and is the only one of the four prospects gained in the David Phelps trade to not be ranked in Miami’s top 30 prospect list.