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Marlins Minor League Posts 4-2 Record, Mertz Whiffs Six

Fish Farm Report: July 27th

Michael Mertz struck out six in 3 2⁄3 innings.

Miami sent RHP Brad Ziegler to the Hammerheads on a rehab assignment.

RHP Evan Beal was sent down to Greensboro from Jupiter.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 5, Fresno Grizzlies 8

Fresno (62-43) defeated New Orleans (40-64), 8-5 with 6,445 in attendance at Chukchansi Park. It was the Grizzlies third win in three tries versus the Cakes. They’ll go for the sweep tonight.

Keyvius Sampson went 3 23 innings, walking six and allowing two hits. He struck out four, and gave up two runs (one earned). Kelvin Marte (1-5, 4.90) lost, on two hits and four walks over one inning. He allowed six runs in the fourth, but only two of the runs were earned. Still, walk four guys in an inning, usually bad things happen. Javy Guerra went 2 13 shutout innings giving up one hit. Kyle Lobstein pitched the last inning.

The Baby Cakes outhit the Grizzlies, 10-to-6. Moises Sierra hit a single and a triple with an RBI. Peter Mooney hit a single and a double with a walk, and Brandon Barnes, Brian Anderson, and Austin Nola each collected an RBI.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, Mississippi Braves 1

The Shrimp (17-14, 47-56) defeated the Braves (11-21, 45-57) with 2,612 at Trustmark Park.

Dillon Peters started and surrendered one earned runs in five innings, on six hits and a walk. He struck out two. Tyler Higgins (3-3, 3.70) earned the win in two relief innings, striking out three. Andy Beltre and Tyler Kinley (S, 4) pitched a scoreless inning each to finish things out.

Dustin Geiger hit an RBI-groundout in the top of the first to give the Shrimp a 1-0 lead, but the Braves Joey Meneses smacked an RBI-single in the bottom of the frame to quickly tie it up.

The score remained tie at one until the eighth inning, when David Vidal hit an RBI-single. It was one of only four hits for the day for Jacksonville, who were outhit, nine-to-four by Mississippi. K.C. Serna had two singles, and John Norwood added the other.

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 7, Florida Fire Frogs 5

Jupiter (53-49) won their fifth straight game on Thursday evening, defeating the Fire Frogs (36-60) by a 7-5 final with 415 in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium.

Brad Ziegler went one inning in his rehab start, striking out one and plunking a batter. Scott Squier (4-6, 3.70) earned his fourth straight winning decision, striking out five in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and zero walks. Marcus Crescentini whiffed three in 1 23 perfect innings for his second save with Jupiter.

Florida opened scoring in the second inning on a Carlos Castro sacrifice fly. They added three more in the fourth on a Castro RBI-single and an Andrew Daniel two-RBI-double to make it a four-run margin.

Jupiter made their move in the sixth, scoring on a Corey Bird double, a Mason Davis single, a Colby Lusignan (2) two-run shot, and a bases-loaded wild pitch by Adam McCreery, scoring Zach Sullivan to take a 5-4 lead.

The Sharks made it 7-4 in the seventh, scoring a pair of runs on a Castro fielding error. Florida scored on a Cleuluis Rondon fielding error to set the final at 7-5.

Corey Bird finished with a single and a double, Lusignan added a single to his round-tripper, and Chris Hoo hit a double in Jupiter’s victory.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 5

2,948 were on hand to see their hometown Shorebirds (48-52) drop a 6-5 decision to the Grasshoppers (53-46) at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Brandon Miller started and surrendered four earned runs on four hits and three walks in 2 13 innings, striking out three. Michael Mertz (6-1, 2.06) won, striking out six in 3 23 scoreless innings and giving up two hits. Evan Beal pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Parker Bugg earned his first save of the season, striking out three in two innings.

Walker Olis smacked a three-run homer in the second inning for an early lead, then the Shorebirds scored on a Preston Palmiero bases-loaded walk, a Collin Woody RBI-single, and a Gerrion Grim two-RBI-single for a 4-3 advantage in the third.

In the fourth J.C. Millan tied it on an RBI-double and took the lead on a Luis Pintor RBI-Single. The ‘hoppers tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a Rony Cabrera RBI-single. Gerrion Grim hit a solo shot in the eighth for the Shorebirds, but Bugg had enough left in his arm to get the next five outs for the save.

Brian Miller got up to .305 for the season with two singles. Trenton Hill and Eric Gutierrez each hit a pair of singles as well, and Luis Pintor finished with three. Walker Olis added a single to his homer.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 1, State College Spikes 11

State College (20-15) smoked the Muckdogs (11-24), 11-1 with 577 in the house at Dwyer Stadium.

Sean Guenther (0-2, 7.94) lost, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in two frames, striking out three. Vincenzo Aiello whiffed four in two scoreless innings.

Tyler Curtis hit two singles, Lazaro Alonso hit a double, and Harrison White finished with one of each for the Muckdogs.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 5, GCL Astros 4

The Marlins (13-14) won their fourth game in a row, 5-4 against the GCL Astros (16-11) early Thursday afternoon.

Brady Puckett (3-0, 3.57) earned the win, going five innings and giving up one earned run on two hits and two walks, striking out three. Julio Frias, Dylan Cyphert, Blake Anderson, and Bryce Howe combined to complete the next four frames, striking out six and allowing three runs on five hits and six walks.

Michael Donadio hit a two-RBI-double and Ronal Reynoso hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead in the second. The Astros scored on a solo shot in the fourth by Wander Franco (1) and a Richard Slenker RBI-single in the sixth to get them within a run.

The Marlins scored twice in the seventh on a Yeral Encarnacion RBI-single and a Cameron Baranek sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. Wander Franco hit a sacrifice fly and a Bryce

wild pitch got the ‘Astros within one, but the game ended when How struck out Ihan Bernel swinging.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins (23-20) vs. DSL Royals (20-22) (postponed, rain)

Prospect of the Day

Michael Mertz whiffed six batters in 3 23 innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and pushing his record to 6-1 for the Grasshoppers.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson batted fifth for the Baby Cakes and dropped his average to .349 with a 1-for-3 night, with a solo homer (3).

#4 Dillon Peters struck out two while walking one and allowing six hits. He struck out two over five frames, earning no-decision for the Shrimp against the Braves. He’s at 2.12 for Jacksonville.

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Brian Miller led off for Greensboro and raised his average to .305, going 2-for-4 with a walk.

#7 Brayan Hernandez led off for the Muckdogs and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s at .250.

#8 James Nelson batted third for Greensboro going 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a .304 average.

#9 Drew Steckenrider

#10 Jeff Brigham

#11 Cody Poteet

#12 Colton Hock

#13 Thomas Jones went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and two walks, hitting .205 for Batavia.

#14 Joe Dunand

#15 Riley Mahan

#16 Ryan Lillie

#17 Sam Perez

#18 Trevor Richards

#19 Brandon Miller struck out three in 2 13 innings. He allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks.

#20 Edward Cabrera allowed four runs (two earned) in two innings, striking out two and allowing five hits and a walk.

#21 Sean Reynolds went 1-for-4 with a run and a strikeout. He’s hitting .261 batting fifth for GCL.

#22 Pablo Lopez

#23 Isael Soto

#24 John Norwood went 1-for-4 batting second for the Shrimp, striking out twice and now hitting .278.

#25 Austin Dean went 0-for-4 with a run leading off for Jacksonville, dropping to .277 for Jacksonville.

#26 Ynmanol Marinez

#27 Albert Guaimaro

#28 Stone Garrett

#29 Roy Morales

#30 Samuel Castro went 0-for-4 batting second for the Muckdogs, at .290.

Later

10:30AM - DSL Athletics will shot the DSL Marlins.

Noon - GCL Nationals host the GCL Marlins.

6:30PM - Ben Meyer (2-2, 1.11) will start for the Hammerheads against the Florida Fire Frogs.

7:05PM - Michael King (8-6, 3.26) will start against the host Delmarva Shorebirds.

7:05PM - The Muckdogs will send Alejandro Mateo (0-1, 3.16) up against the State College Spikes.

8:00PM - Joe Gunkel (3-6, 5.01 will start versus the Mississippi Braves.

10:05PM - Fresno hosts the Baby Cakes. Will Cuevas (1-3, 3.46) will take the hill.

Birthdays

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Minor League History

(courtesy of milb.com)

Kerry Wood and Jario Diaz tossed a 10-inning no-hitter for the Daytona Cubs on this date in 1996. Wood went eight, and Diaz the final two.

Rick Corey of the Carolina Mudcats hit four batters in one inning on this date in 2002, setting a Southern League record.

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