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Stone Garrett With Four Hits, Ben Meyer Baffles Lakeland

Fish Farm Report: July 29th

Ben Meyer dropped his ERA to 0.97 for the season with Jupiter.

Miami activated RHP Brad Ziegler from the 10-day disabled list.

RHP Merandy Gonzalez was assigned to Jupiter, and the Hammerheads placed RHP Jeff Brigham on the seven-day disabled list.

CF Ricardo Cespedes was assigned to the Muckdogs.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 3, Sacramento RiverCats 4

The Cakes (40-66) lost their fifth game in a row on their eight-game west coast road trip to the Sacramento RiverCats (44-62) with 12,286 in attendance at Raley Field.

Tom Koehler struck out nine in five innings, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Omar Bencomo (0-1, 4.50) took the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Tayron Guerrero pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Brandon Barnes led the Cakes with two singles and a homer for two RBI. Cal Towey and Steve Lombardozzi hit two singles.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Mississippi Braves 4

Chris Mazza (1-7, 3.21) started for the Shrimp (48-57) and earned the loss, allowing four earned runs in five innings, on a walk and seven hits. He struck out three in front of 3,278 at Trustmark Park, the home of the Mississippi Braves (46-58).

Esmerling De La Rosa struck one out in one perfect inning of relief, and Jose Quijada whiffed two in as many scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

K.C. Serna led the Shrimp with two singles and a walk. David Vidal hit a double for Jacksonville’s only multi-base hit of the game.

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1

Ben Meyer (3-2, 0.97) earned a victory, giving up just one unearned run on four hits and zero walks in seven innings, with six strikeouts. Miguel Del Pozo and Lukas Schiraldi each pitched a perfect inning, combining for three strikeouts with 4,046 in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium.

Colby Lusignan opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, then added another in the fourth on a Brian Schales RBI-single. Lakeland (45-53) got their marker in the sixth on a Will Maddox sacrifice fly to get the Tigers within a run, but the Hammerheads (54-49) struck back with three in the bottom of the same inning, on a pair of Sergio Alcantara errors. John Silviano and Stone Garrett hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to make it 6-1, Jupiter.

Garrett went 4-for-4 with two doubles to finally get his average over .200 for the season. Silviano and Corey Bird each hit a single and a double.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 5

Michael King struck out eight in seven innings, surrendering one earned run on eight hits and zero walks for no-decision despite a 71 GameScore. Jared Lakind allowed three earned runs in just 23 of an inning, and Chad Smith (3-1, 1.62) took the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits to the Shorebirds (49-52) before recording his only out in front of 2,837 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The Hoppers (53-47) led by a 4-1 margin going into the bottom of the eighth, which was the only frame not tossed by starter King. Lakind gave up a two-RBI-single to Alejandro Javier, then, after Smith took the hill, Ryan McKenna hit a two-RBI-double to take the 5-4 lead.

Greensboro did most of their damage in the third inning, on a Trenton Hill two-RBI-single and an Eric Gutierrez RBI-single. They added a run in the top of the eighth on a Jarrett Rindfleisch RBI-single.

J.C. Millan raised his average to .222 by leading Greensboro’s offense with two hits. Aaron Knapp hit a single and walked twice, as did Rindfleisch.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 8, State College Spikes 4

The Muckdogs (13-24) topped the Spikes (20-17) with 776 present at Dwyer Stadium on Saturday night.

Ryan Lillie earned no-decision, allowing an unearned run in four innings, on four hits and zero walks while striking out three. Jeremy Ovalle (1-0, 5.79) earned the victory by pitching two scoreless innings, striking out two, and R.J. Peace notched his first save despite allowing three runs in three innings of work.

Batavia sent 11 men to the dish in the first inning, plating six of them. They scored on a Ben Fisher two-RBI-single, a Tyler Curtis RBI-double, a Mathew Brooks RBI-FC, an Alex Jones RBI-single, and a Harrison White RBI-single. They added single runs in the sixth on a Fisher RBI-groundout and in the seventh on a White RBI-groundout.

Alex Jones joined white with two hits for the game.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins got the day off.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 3, DSL Athletics 4

The first game was resumed from a sixth-inning 3-3 tie from earlier in the season, and was decided in the ninth inning when Yhoelnys Gonzales scored the eventual game winner on a Omar Lebron fielding error. Jonaiker Villalobos (1-1, 1.07) was saddled with the loss after striking out three and allowing two hits and two walks in three innings.

DSL Marlins 4, DSL Athletics 3 (7)

The Marlins won the “night cap” with seven pitchers going one inning each. Edison Suriel (3-1, 2.22) earned the win, striking out two batters in the sixth.

Jorge Caballero knocked in two runs on a single, and Christopher Rodriguez and Maicol Sosa hit a pair of singles each.

Prospect of the Day

Hitter - Stone Garrett collected two singles, two doubles, and an RBI in four plate appearances, helping the Hammerheads to their sixth win in a row.

Pitcher - Ben Meyer tossed seven shutout innings and struck out six in the same contest, allowing just an unearned run on four hits. He dropped his ERA to a microscopic 0.97.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson went 0-for-4 with three whiffs for the Cakes, dropping to .314 since joining the team. He batted fifth.

#4 Dillon Peters

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Merandy Gonzalez

#7 Brian Miller led off for Greensboro and went 1-for-5 with a run and two strikeouts, and is hitting .300 this season.

#8 Brayan Hernandez

#9 James Nelson went 0-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a strikeout. He dropped to .300 batting third for Greensboro.

#10 Drew Steckenrider

#11 Jeff Brigham

#12 Cody Poteet

#13 Colton Hock

#14 Thomas Jones batted third for the Muckdogs, and went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run. He’s hitting .203 this season.

#15 Joe Dunand

#16 Riley Mahan

#17 Ryan Lillie started for Batavia and struck out three in four innings. He allowed four hits and no walks for one unearned run, lowering his ERA to 3.07.

#18 Sam Perez

#19 Trevor Richards

#20 Brandon Miller

#21 Edward Cabrera

#22 Sean Reynolds

#23 Pablo Lopez

#24 Ricardo Cespedes

#25 Isael Soto

#26 John Norwood is batting cleanup for the Shrimp, and lowered his average to .277 by going 0-for-4.

#27 Austin Dean is batting second for the Shrimp, and went 1-for-4 to lower his average to .284.

#28 Ynmanol Marinez

#29 Albert Guaimaro

#30 Stone Garrett went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI to raise his average to .203 batting fifth for the Hammerheads.

Fish Stripes 10

The top 10 players (by user vote) not already represented in the “official” Top 30 prospects:

#1 Braxton Lee - went 0-for-4 batting first for the Shrimp. He’s hitting .315 this season.

#2 Bryce Howe

#3 Ben Meyer struck out six in a seven inning start for the Hammerheads. He allowed an unearned run on four hits and zero walks.

#4 Mike Kickham

#5 Michael King struck out eight in a seven inning no-decision. He allowed eight hits and walked none, allowing one earned run to drop his ERA to 3.14 for the Grasshoppers.

#6 Cameron Baranek

#7 Ethan Clark

#8 Boo Vazquez

#9 Shao-Pin Ho

#10 Tayron Guerrero pitched one inning, allowed one hit, and struck one out, dropping to 6.00 for the Baby Cakes.

Later

10:00AM - The GCL Marlins (13-15) host the GCL Cardinals (13-15).

1:00PM - Cody Poteet (3-3, 2.45) will start against the Flying Tigers.

2:30PM - Dustin Beggs (8-5, 3.33) will start the first game of a scheduled seven-inning double-header against the Shorebirds. The second game starting pitching hasn’t been determined.

4:05PM - Sam Perez (2-0, 1.75) will start for the Muckdogs in the first game of a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (23-15).

6:05PM - The Jumbo Shrimp will play the first game of a five-game set against the Biloxi Shuckers (50-54) on the road.

8:05PM - Mike Kickham (0-0, 4.91) will start for the Baby Cakes in the second game of their four-game set against the River Cats.

Birthdays

Cody Poteet, Miami’s fourth-round selection in the 2015 draft, turns 23-years-old today. He’s gone 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA for the Hammerheads this season, with a 1.28 WHIP.

Minor League History

(courtesy of milb.com)

Henry Hoffman threw the first no-hitter in NYPL history, pitching the Williamsport Grays to a 4-2 win over the Elmira Colonels on this date in 1925.

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