The Grasshoppers activated RHP Kolton Mahoney from the temporarily inactive list, and sent 2B J.C. Millan and OF Brayan Hernandez to the Batavia Muckdogs.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 10
Keyvius Sampson (5-5, 6.00) started and lost for New Orleans (53-77), as the Cakes couldn’t get any real offense against the Sky Sox (77-53) with 5,674 on hand at Shrine on Airline.
Sampson struck out four and gave up five earned runs in 5 2⁄3 innings. Brandon Cunniff allowed five more earned runs in two innings later in the contest. Clayton Mortensen struck out two in an inning of relief.
After spotting the Sky Sox a four run second inning lead, the Baby Cakes scored on a Christian Colon RBI-single and an Austin Nola sacrifice fly to get within a pair of runs. Unfortunately, Colorado Springs scored one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and three in the eighth to put the contest way out of reach.
The Cakes mustered 10 hits, all singles, versus 11 from the Sky Sox. Moises Sierra, Jake Elmore, and Colon each finished with a pair of hits.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Biloxi Shuckers 6
The Shrimp (65-66) reeled off their seventh consecutive win, defeating the Shuckers (65-63) with 3,541 in attendance at MGM Park.
Chris Mazza struck out three and gave up six runs in five innings for no decision. Ryan Beckman (3-0, 6.48) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief pitching. Andy Beltre whiffed four in 1 2⁄3 scoreless frames, and Tyler Kinley struck out four in 1 1⁄3 perfect innings for his eighth save of the season.
Cam Maron started things out in the first inning with a two-run double. After the Shuckers scored in the bottom of the frame to get the Shuckers within a run, the Shrimp tacked one on in the top of the third on a David Vidal RBI-double. Biloxi scored three in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.
Biloxi scored twice more in the sixth for a 6-3 advantage, but the Shrimp scored four runs in the seventh on K.C. Serna’s sacrifice fly, Taylor Ard’s RBI-double, and a Kyle Barrett two-run single.
Maron paced Jacksonville with two singles, two walks and a double, reaching base in each of his five plate appearances. Ard finished with two doubles, Vidal finished with a single and a double, and John Norwood also collected a pair of singles in the victory. The night’s action was concluded with the Shrimp three games in front of the second place Mobile BayBears in the Southern League South Division for the right to play the first-half winning Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the first round of the postseason.
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads vs. Bradenton Marauders (cancelled, rain)
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Rome Braves 9
Kolton Mahoney (6-6, 3.45) lost in his start against the Braves (70-61), allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings with 3,502 at State Mutual Stadium.
R.J. Peace surrendered four runs in 2⁄3 of an inning as the Hoppers (71-57) dropped a game behind the Hickory Crawdads in the second-half playoff race with eight games remaining.
Jarett Rindfleisch staked an early claim to the lead with an RBI-single in the first inning. After the Braves tied it in the third, the Hoppers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a Jhonny Santos RBI-double.
Rome scored another pair in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 3-2 lead, but Greensboro gamely took the lead once more in the fifth, scoring two runs on a Walker Olis RBI-double and a Micah Brown RBI-single. Rome took the lead back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, then put it away with four runs in the seventh.
The Hoppers were outhit, 13-to-9 in the game, although every position player but one finished with at least one hit. Rindfleisch led the club with a single and a double.
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 5, Auburn Doubledays 4
843 were on hand to witness the Muckdogs (26-36) defeat the Doubledays (25-37) at Dwyer Stadium on Saturday.
Kenny Koplove (3-2, 4.80) won in relief, striking out two in a scoreless inning of work. Vincenzo Aiello earned his third save with two hitless innings, striking out three. Sean Guenther surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits in 4 2⁄3 inning in his no-decision start.
After spotting Auburn a 3-0 third-inning lead, Jared Barnes (1) got Batavia on the board in the bottom of the third with a leadoff homer to left field. The Doubledays scored another in the top of the fourth to make it 4-1, Auburn.
In the sixth, Sean Reynolds (2) tied it up with a three run shot to left field. Lazaro Alonso added a seventh-inning RBI-double for the eventual game-winner.
Bennett also hit a single, and Terry Bennett had two singles for the Muckdogs.
Gulf Coast League
Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 5, DSL Rays1 2
The DSL Marlins (40-29) closed out their season on a high note, defeating the Rays1 (23-48) by a 5-2 margin.
Every Marlins hitter but one got in on the act, with Jorge Caballero leading the way with two RBI on two singles. Miguel Pena had a two-run single, and Daniel Paulino knocked in the other run.
After a perfect two-inning start for Luis Palacios, Brayan De Paula (1-1, 5.52) earned the win with two scoreless innings. Anderson Vera collected his fifth save with two perfect innings, striking out two.
10:00AM - The GCL Nationals will host the GCL Marlins.
1:00PM - Cody Poteet (3-7, 4.50) will start for the Hammerheads against the Marauders in the second game of a doubleheader. The first game will be continued from yesterday from the third inning.
2:00PM - Ethan Clark (3-1, 2.11) will start opposite the Braves as the Hoppers make a last charge for the postseason.
2:00PM - The Baby Cakes will host the Sky Sox. Starting pitching hasn’t been announced for either team.
2:05PM - Sam Perez (3-1, 2.14) will take the hill for the Muckdogs versus the Doubledays.
6:05PM - Matt Tomshaw (12-6, 3.52) gets the start opposite the Shuckers as the Shrimp try to shrink their magic number to five.
On this date in 1966:
Miami Marlins pitcher Paul Gilliford’s record run of 48 1/3 scoreless innings came to an end. The streak included five straight shutouts, also a Florida State League record. Guilford also tied Steve Karpinski's 1949 mark of nine shutouts in a season. The Marlins were at that time a minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. - courtesy of MILB.COM.