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Shrimp Make Bid For Playoffs, Muckdogs Sweep Williamsport

Fish Farm Report for August 21st

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LHP Daniel Schlereth was promoted from Jacksonville to the Baby Cakes.

LHP Miguel Del Pozo was promoted from Jupiter to Jacksonville.

The Hammerheads sent SS Junior Arroyo on a rehab assignment to the GCL Marlins.

The Grasshoppers sent OF Brayan Hernandez to the GCL Marlins on a rehab assignment, welcomed RHP Brandon Miller from Batavia, and placed RHP Kolton Mahoney on the temporarily inactive list.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 1, Memphis Redbirds 5

The Baby Cakes (51-75) dropped a 5-1 decision to the Redbirds (84-45) in a game punctuated by a three-minute delay to observe the eclipse. There were 5,219 at AutoZone Park, which is surprisingly close to their average attendance through this season.

Keyvius Sampson (5-4, 5.85) started and lost for New Orleans, striking out six in 4 23 innings. Peter Mooney hit a single and a solo shot for the Cakes’ lone run of the day. Christian Colon hit a double and a single, and Eury Perez hit two singles and drew a walk.

Mooney’s home run eclipsed by Redbirds

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Birmingham Barons 1

The Jumbo Shrimp (59-66) topped the Barons (50-74) by a 4-1 final with 1,641 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Monday night.

Chris Mazza (4-7, 2.79) earned the victory, allowing one earned run in 7 13 innings, on five hits and a walk. He struck out two. Esmerling De La Rosa struck out two in 23 of an inning, and Tyler Kinley earned his seventh save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Braxton Lee led off the bottom of the first with a double, then scored on an Austin Dean ground-rule-double in the next at bat. David Vidal hit an RBI-single, followed by a Cam Maron single and a K.C. Serna RBI-single to give the Shrimp an early 3-0 lead that they would not relinquish.

The Barons touched Mazza in the fourth, on a Zack Collins RBI-single, but Jacksonville got that one back in the sixth on an Alex Yarbrough sacrifice fly. Serna and Dean each finished with a single and a double to lead the Jumbo Shrimp offense.

Mazza leads Jacksonville to 4-1 win over Birmingham

Single-A Level

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Hickory Crawdads 5

The Grasshoppers (68-55) dropped a 5-2 decision to the Crawdads (60-67) in front of 6,756 home fans at First National Bank Field.

Brandon Miller (0-3, 8.86) continued his struggles, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 23 innings. He didn’t strike anyone out and served up two home runs. Reilly Hovis, Nestor Bautista, and Jared Lakind were impressive in relief, whiffing four over 3 13 scoreless innings.

After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, the Grasshoppers took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Jarett Rindfleisch and Micah Brown led off with singles, then Jhonny Santos loaded the bases with a one-out single before Rony Cabrera hit an RBI-single to left. Brown scored on a Reiver Sanmartin wild pitch one at bat later.

The Crawdads put it out of reach with a pair of runs each in the fifth and the sixth innings. Cabrera finished with a single and a double, and Miller finished with a pair of singles.

Leblanc, Kowalczyk lead the way for Hickory

Short Season A Level

New York Penn-League

Batavia Muckdogs 10, Williamsport Crosscutters 4

The Muckdogs (24-33) continued their recent on-field success against the Crosscutters (26-30) completing a four-game sweep today with 627 in the stands at Dwyer Stadium. It was their seventh win in their last eight games.

Ryan McKay (1-1, 5.87) earned the victory, pitching a perfect seventh inning, and R.J. Peace earned his second save of the season, striking out three and giving up three hits in two scoreless frames. Sam Perez put up a 41 GameScore in a six-inning start, allowing seven hits and a walk for four earned runs. He struck out five.

The Cutters opened scoring with a run in the top of the first, but the Muckdogs got it back in the second on a Harrison White two-out RBI-single. Williamsport took a 3-1 lead in the third, but Batavia proved equal to the task in the fourth, scoring on a Sean Reynolds two-RBI-double and a Samuel Castro RBI-single to make it 4-3, good guys.

Williamsport tied it in the sixth before the Dogs took the lead for good in the seventh on a Ricardo Cespedes RBI-single. Batavia tacked on five runs in the eighth for good measure. White drew a bases-loaded walk, Demetrius Sims hit a bases-clearing-triple, and Sims came home on a Jhon Nunez wild pitch.

The Muckdogs scored 10 runs on only seven hits, to 10 for Williamsport. No Batavia player finished with more than one base hit.

Cespedes' single leads Batavia to 10-4 win over Williamsport

Rookie Level

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 4, GCL Astros 0

Matt Givin struck out seven in 4 13 shutout innings, holding the Astros (23-22) to two hits and three walks while striking out a pair in a 4-0 Marlins (25-22) win. Karl Craigie (3-0, 5.17) earned the victory, holding the fort for 2 23 innings on two hits and a walk. He also struck out two. Javier Garcia also struck out two and gave up two hits in two scoreless frames to end the game.

The Marlins got out to an early start, scoring in the first inning on a Yeral Encarnacion two-RBI-triple and a Javier Navas wild pitch for a 3-0 lead. They added a run in the sixth on an Encarnacion RBI-groundout.

Brayan Hernandez hit a single and a double, and recently activated Junior Arrojo also collected a pair of base hits in the win.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 3, DSL Red Sox 4

The Marlins (35-28) outhit the Red Sox (43-21), 11-to-7, but lost the game by a 4-3 count despite the Sox committing three errors.

Luis Palacios struck out four in a three inning start, keeping the Sox scoreless on two hits. Enmanuel Mercedes (1-1, 7.20) earned the loss by allowing one run in the ninth inning, on two hits.

Omar Lebron led the Marlins’ offense with three singles and two stolen bases (28). Miguel Pena, Walner Espinal, and Maicol Sosa each collected two singles for the Marlins.

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 Hoppers and went 2-for-4 with a strikeout to improve his average to .328 since the draft.

#8 Brayan Hernandez batted third for GCL and went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs, and a strikeout. He’s hitting .667.

#9 James Nelson

#10 Jeff Brigham

#11 Cody Poteet

#12 Colton Hock

#13 Thomas Jones batted third for Batavia and went 0-for-4 with a walk and three whiffs to drop to .197.

#14 Joe Dunand

#15 Riley Mahan

#16 Ryan Lillie

#17 Sam Perez started for Batavia and earned no-decision, allowing four earned runs in six innings on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five.

#18 Trevor Richards

#19 Brandon Miller started for Greensboro and surrendered five earned runs in 5 23 innings on seven hits and three walks. His ERA improved to 8.86.

#20 Edward Cabrera

#21 Sean Reynolds batted sixth for the Muckdogs and went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs, two RBI, and a strikeout to improve to .231.

#22 Pablo Lopez

#23 Ricardo Cespedes batted second for the Muckdogs and went 1-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts to drop to .223.

#24 Isael Soto

#25 John Norwood batted third for the Jumbos and went 1-for-4 with a pair of whiffs to drop to .272.

#26 Austin Dean batted second for the Shrimp and went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI to improve his average to .304.

#27 Ynmanol Marinez

#28 Albert Guaimaro batted fifth for GCL and went 1-for-4 to improve 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 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, dropping his average to .322.

#2 Bryce Howe

#3 Ben Meyer

#4 Michael King

#5 Max Duval

#6 Ethan Clark

#7 Kyle Keller

#8 Kolton Mahoney

#9 Mike Kickham

#10 Colby Lusignan

#11 Yeral Encarnación

#12 Brian Schales

#13 Gerardo Nunez batted second for GCL and went 0-for-4 to drop to .287.

#14 Jarrett Rindfleisch

#15 Matt Givin started for GCL and whiffed seven in 4 13 shutout innings, improving to a 0.63 ERA and allowing three walks and two hits.

#16 Parker Bugg

#17 Michael Mertz

#18 Demetrius Sims batted ninth for the Muckdogs and went 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, two runs, three RBI, and two strikeouts. He improved to .133.

#19 Dustin Beggs

#20 Marcus Crescentini

Later

10:30AM - The DSL Red Sox host the DSL Marlins.

Noon - The GCL Marlins host the GCL Nationals.

5:05PM - Matt Tomshaw (11-6, 3.50) will start for the Shrimp in the first game of their scheduled seven-inning doubleheader against the Barons.

6:30PM - The Hammerheads will send an as yet to be determined pitcher to the hill against the Palm Beach Cardinals (68-53).

7:05PM - The Kannapolis Intimidators (64-61) will host the Grasshoppers in the first game of a four-game set. Greensboro hasn’t announced their pitching yet.

7:05PM - Alejandro Mateo (3-1, 2.83) will start for the Muckdogs against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (32-25).

7:35PM - Scott Copeland (8-10, 5.31) takes the hill against the Redbirds in the third game of their four-game set.

Birthdays

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Minor League History

Courtesy of MILB.COM:

In 1992:

A Pioneer League game between the Idaho Falls Gems and the Butte Copper Kings was snowed out in the seventh inning after snowflakes make it difficult for players -- some of which had never seen snow before -- to see the ball. The random snow storm came one day after the temperature hit 88 degrees in Butte, Mont., although fans and players endured 23-degree weather during the storm. According to a report on the game by the Associated Press, Butte general manager Mark Ruckwardt had players cram into his office to stand around the ballpark’s only heater. The next day, another Pioneer League game between the Billings Mustangs and the Lethbridge Mounties in Alberta also was suspended due to snow.

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