The Hammerheads activated 2B Mason Davis from the seven-day DL.
Catchers Alex Jones and Jared Barnes swapped places, with Jones landing with Greensboro and Barnes at Batavia.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Memphis Redbirds 5
Clayton Mortensen (4-0, 7.18) earned the win over the Redbirds (83-45), tossing three near-spotless relief innings, allowing only a hit and striking out three for the Cakes (51-74). 5,304 were on hand at AutoZone Park as Memphis makes their final push for home field advantage throughout the PCL postseason.
William Cuevas started and earned no-decision, striking out two in three innings, and surrendering three earned runs on four hits and two walks. Kelvin Marte earned his second save, allowing two earned runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. He also struck out a pair.
Memphis scored three runs in the bottom of the second off of Cuevas, and the lead held until the top of the fifth. The Cakes took advantage of reliever Arturo Reyes (5-4, 4.01) with a Christian Colon walk and a Grant Green single preceding a Chad HInshaw (4) deep ball over the left-center field wall. Eury Perez added an RBI-double later in the inning.
New Orleans added another pair in the seventh on a two-run shot courtesy of Peter Mooney (2). Memphis scored twice in the eighth, but Marte did enough to hold on. The Baby Cakes outhit the Redbirds by a 13-to-7 margin, led by Steve Lombardozzi, who had two singles and a double. Perez and Green each hit a single and a double, Mooney added a single to his homer, and Jake Elmore hit two singles as well. New Orleans has gone 11-6 in the month of August.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Mobile BayBears 9
The BayBears (58-66) kept pace with the Shrimp (58-66) in the running for second half champ of the South Division in the SL in front of 901 at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Joe Gunkel (4-9, 5.25) started and lost, surrendering five earned runs in as many innings on nine hits and zero walks. He struck out two. Jeff Kinley and Ryan Beckman each allowed two runs in relief, Kinley in two frames and Beckman in one.
Mobile already led 2-0 by the end of the first inning, and held the lead until the fourth when Austin Dean scored on an David Vidal double play ball. Over the next several innings, the BayBears extended their lead out to 9-1 before Vidal (9) hit a two-run shot in the top of the ninth.
Mobile outhit the Shrimp 11-to-8. Vidal hit a double and a homer, K.C. Serna and Dean each hit a pair of singles.
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 6, Florida Fire Frogs 8
The Fire Frogs (43-74) defeated the Hammerheads (63-62) with 915 in attendance at Osceola County Stadium. Cody Poteet (3-7, 4.50) started and lost, letting seven runs (six earned) score on nine hits and zero walks in 3 2⁄3 innings. He struck out one. James Buckelew gave up an unearned run on five hits in 2 1⁄3 innings.
Florida led Jupiter 6-0 by the time the fourth inning rolled around, and that’s when the Sharks got onto the scoreboard with a John Silviano (13) leadoff homer and a Cleuluis Rondon RBI-groundout. It was 8-2 in the sixth when the Hammerheads scored again, on an RBI-single by Gunner Pollman and a two-run single by Corey Bird. Pollman added an RBI-single in the eighth to make it 8-6.
Florida outhit Jupiter 15-to-12. Silviano added three singles to his homer, Pollman hit three singles as well, and Justin Twine hit a single and a double.
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Hickory Crawdads 2
Minor league Fish Stripes “Pitcher-of-the-Day” Kolton Mahoney (6-5, 3.20) started and won with 4,608 in attendance at First National Bank Field, defeating the Crawdads (59-67), 5-2. Mahoney allowed two runs in seven innings of quality pitching, earning a 60 GameScore and getting 51-of-80 pitches over the plate. Greensboro (68-54) has won 13 of their last 17 games, and now shares the top spot in the Sally League Northern Division with the ‘Dads.
The Grasshoppers scored a pair of runs in the fourth on a Jhonny Santos triple to take a 2-0 lead, but Hickory tied it in the next half inning. Santos added a two-RBI double in the sixth to get Greensboro back on top by two runs. Santos added another RBI in the eighth on a sacrifice fly to earn the Fish Stripes “Hitter-of-the-Day” award.
Trenton Hill went four-for-four with three runs scored to join Santos as the only Grasshoppers with multiple hits.
Short Season A Level
New York Penn-League
Batavia Muckdogs 6, Williamsport Crosscutters 5 (8)
It took an extra inning, but the Muckdogs (22-33) defeated the Crosscutters (26-28) by a 6-5 final score in the first game of a scheduled seven-inning doubleheader at Dwyer Stadium.
Sean Guenther started and earned no-decision, striking out six and allowing one run on five hits in five innings. Kenny Koplove (2-2, 5.14) blew the save but earned the win, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three in 1 2⁄3 innings.
Ricardo Céspedes hit an RBI-single in the first inning to get the Dogs up by a run. After the Cutters evened it up in the third, Batavia scored twice each in the fourth and the fifth, on a Tyler Curtis (1) two-run shot in the fourth and a Julian Garcia wild pitch and a Thomas Jones sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Relief pitching allowed the Cutters to tie it in the seventh, but Lazaro Alonso crossed the plate in walkoff fashion when Luis Ramirez uncorked a wild pitch.
Cespedes was the only Muckdog to finish with more than one hit, with two singles.
Batavia Muckdogs 4, Williamsport Crosscutters 3 (7)
The Crosscutters scored single runs in the first, the third, and the fourth to take a 4-3 lead with 647 in the house for the twin-bill. Taylor Braley earned a no-decision after allowing two runs (one earned) in three innings, on two hits and a walk. He struck out three. Colton Hock (1-1, 6.57) earned the win, striking out three and allowing one run in four innings.
Batavia scored all of their runs in the sixth frame. Alonso hit an RBI-double, Marcos Rivera hit a two-run double, and David Gauntt drew a bases-loaded walk. Alonso finished with a pair of doubles.
Gulf Coast League
J.D. Osborne hit an RBI-double in the 10th inning to give the Marlins (24-22) a 5-4 win over the GCL Mets (15-30).
Josh Alberius (2-0, 0.00) earned the win with two shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Osborne added a single and two more RBI to his total for the day, Yeral Encarnacion scored three runs and hit two singles for the cause, and Michael Donadio also hit two singles.
Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch
#1 Trevor Rogers
#2 Braxton Garrett
#3 Brian Anderson
#4 Dillon Peters
#5 Tyler Kolek
#6 Merandy Gonzalez
#7 Brian Miller led off for the Grasshoppers and went 1-for-4, dropping to .324.
#8 Brayan Hernandez
#9 James Nelson
#10 Jeff Brigham
#11 Cody Poteet started for Jupiter and lost, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and zero walks. He struck out one in 3 2⁄3 innings.
#12 Colton Hock earned the win in relief for Batavia, striking out three in four innings and allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks in game one.
#13 Thomas Jones batted third and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and three strikeouts in both games, improving to .198 for the Muckdogs.
#14 Joe Dunand
#15 Riley Mahan
#16 Ryan Lillie
#17 Sam Perez
#18 Trevor Richards
#19 Brandon Miller
#20 Edward Cabrera
#21 Sean Reynolds went 1-for-3 with a run and a strikeout batting sixth for the Muckdogs in game one, improving to .200.
#22 Pablo Lopez
#23 Ricardo Cespedes went 2-for-3 batting second in the second game for Batavia, improving to .232 and knocking in one RBI.
#24 Isael Soto
#25 John Norwood batted third for Jacksonville and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to drop to .272.
#26 Austin Dean went 2-for-4 batting second for the Shrimp, scoring twice and whiffing twice to drop to .300.
#27 Ynmanol Marinez
#28 Albert Guaimaro batted second for GCL and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a whiff, dropping to .240.
#29 Stone Garrett
#30 Roy Morales
Fish Stripes 20
The top 20 players (by user vote) not already represented in the “official” Top 30 prospects:
#1 Braxton Lee led off for Jacksonville and went 0-for-3 with two whiffs to drop to .322.
#2 Bryce Howe
#3 Ben Meyer
#4 Michael King
#5 Ethan Clark
#6 Kyle Keller
#7 Mike Kickham
#8 Colby Lusignan batted third for Jupiter and went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts, dropping to .302.
#9 Kolton Mahoney started for Greensboro and won, allowing five hits and a walk in seven innings for two earned runs. He struck out two.
#10 Yeral Encarnación went 2-for-5 with three runs and a strikeout to improve to .286, batting fourth for GCL.
#11 Matt Givin
#12 Max Duval
#13 Brian Schales
#14 Gerardo Nunez led off for GCL and went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts to drop to .295.
#15 James Buckelew allowed an unearned run on five hits in 2 1⁄3 innings.
#16 Chris Mazza
#17 Vincenzo Aiello
#18 Omar Lebron
#19 Michael Mertz
#20 Christopher Rodriguez
10:00AM - The DSL Marlins (35-27) will host the DSL Red Sox (42-21).
10:30AM - The GCL Marlins (24-22) will host the GCL Astros (23-21).
12:52PM - The Redbirds (83-45) will host the Baby Cakes (51-74). New Orleans starting pitching has not yet been determined.
1:13PM - The Hoppers (68-54) will host the Crawdads (59-67). Greensboro starting pitching has not been set.
7:05PM - Chris Mazza (3-7, 2.88) will start for the Shrimp (58-66) against the Birmingham Barons (50-73).
7:05PM - Sam Perez (3-1, 1.70) will start for the Muckdogs (23-33) against the Crosscutters (26-29).
Minor League History
Courtesy of MILB.COM:
Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit's 69-game hitting streak came to an end against Tulsa. The streak still stands as the longest in professional baseball history. He hit .512 (153-for-299) during the streak.
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