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Baby Cakes With 17 Hits, GCL DoubleHeader Shutout Sweep of Cards, Salt River Rafters News

The Marlins minor league system posted a 4-3 record on August 29th.

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The Marlins sent LHP Wei-Yin Chen on a rehab assignment to the GCL Marlins.

RHP James Needy and LHP Jeff Kinley swapped places, with Needy landing with the Jumbo Shrimp and Kinley ending up with the Hammerheads.

RHP Bryce Howe and RHP Alberto Guerrero were assigned from the GCL Marlins to the Muckdogs.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 8, Oklahoma City Dodgers 1

Mike Kickham (3-3, 4.79) turned in a quality start in his victory over the Dodgers (70-65) with 4,434 in attendance at Chickasaw Bricktown Park.

The Baby Cakes (54-78) collected 17 hits, to just seven for the Dodgers. Six of New Orleans starters finished with multiple base hits, led by Austin Nola’s four hit night. He hit three singles and a double. Brian Anderson hit two doubles and a single.

The Cakes scored first on a Grant Green RBI-single in the second inning. They added three on the fourth on RBI-singles from Grant Green, Nola, and Steve Lombardozzi. In the sixth Moises Sierra sliced a bases-loaded double to left field, clearing the bases for a 7-0 New Orleans’ lead.

After Kickham allowed the Dodgers’ only run of the evening in the bottom of the inning, Peter Mooney hit an RBI-groundout in the ninth.

Kickham allowed five hits and two walks for one run in six innings. He earned the win despite not striking anyone out. Javy Guerra pitched two scoreless innings, followed by one from Tayron Guerrero.

Baby Cakes-Dodgers Tuesday

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Biloxi Shuckers

This contest was postponed due to rain, and will be made up tomorrow as one-half of a seven-inning doubleheader. The Shrimp are three games ahead of the Shuckers with seven games remaining, and have a magic number of five. That means a Jacksonville sweep tomorrow eliminates Biloxi, but leaves the Mobile BayBears alive (barely).

Advanced-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1

Wei-Yin Chen surrendered two hits in 1 23 innings, striking out one in a rehab start for the Hammerheads (64-65). Pablo Lopez (0-3, 1.93) took the tough luck loss, allowing a walkoff run on a wild pitch, one hit, and one walk in 4 23 innings. He whiffed four Tigers (59-63).

Offensively, the Sharks could only muster a pair of hits. Justin Twine hit a double and John Silviano hit a single. The loss officially eliminated Jupiter from postseason contention.

Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3

The second game of the twin bill against Lakeland (60-63) occurred with 402 in the house at Publix Field, and resulted in a 3-1 loss for the Hammerheads (64-66).

Scott Squier (5-9, 3.85) surrendered three earned runs in four innings, on four hits and a walk. He whiffed one. Jose Quijada struck out two in a perfect fifth, and Ben Meyer whiffed one in a perfect sixth.

Lakeland sprinted out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, and the Hammerheads scored their run in the second inning on an Angel Reyes RBI-double. The hit was one of only three for the Hammerheads. John Silviano collected the other two, with a double and a single.

Lester's single leads Lakeland to 3-1 win over Jupiter

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 0, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

With 3,986 in attendance at First National Bank Field, the Grasshoppers (71-59) were blanked, 4-0 by the Intimidators (67-65).

Michael King (10-9, 3.27) started and lost, allowing all four runs on six hits and zero walks in seven innings. He struck out two. Nestor Bautista pitched a perfect eighth, and Jared Lakind tossed a scoreless ninth.

Greensboro’s offense was held to just three hits. Jhonny Santos hit a single and a double, and James Nelson hit a single.

Despite the loss being Greensboro’s third in a row, the setback didn’t drop the Grasshoppers any further back in the pennant race. They still trail the Hickory Crawdads in the second half standings by one game.

Wright helps to shut out Greensboro, Kannapolis wins 4-0

Short Season-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 2, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 0

Thomas Jones (2) drove in a pair with a first-inning long ball over the left field fence, then nobody else scored ever again as the Dogs (28-38) defeated the Scrappers (39-27).

Remey Reed (3-4, 4.34) earned the win, tossing six shutout innings on two hits and a walk while striking out four. Alberto Guerrero pitched a perfect seventh, and Vincenzo Aiello earned his fourth save of the campaign with two shutout innings. He struck out three and surrendered a pair of hits with 643 in attendance at Dwyer Stadium.

Aside from Jones’ tater, Brayan Hernandez and Mathew Brooks each collected a single. Jones also drew a pair of walks. The Muckdogs have now been eliminated from any possible playoff scenario.

Reed leads Batavia to 2-0 win over Mahoning Valley

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 3, 5, GCL Cardinals 0, 0

The Marlins (27-23) outscored the Cardinals (23-27), 8-0 over the course of a 14-inning, doubleheader sweep early on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cards collected a grand total of four hits, two in each contest.

In the opener, Miguel De Los Santos (3-1, 3.65) was impressive in a five-inning start, whiffing seven while surrendering zero runs on one hit for a 71 GameScore. Doug Domnarski notched his second save, striking out three in 1 13 innings.

The Marlins scored in the third on Joe Dunand’s first professional round-tripper, a leadoff shot to give the Baby Fish a 1-0 advantage. Ronal Reynoso knocked in two with a single in the sixth inning to triple the Marlins’ lead and set the stage for Domnarski’s save.

Dunand finished with two hits for the day and is 5-for-9 in three professional games, with two singles, two doubles, and the homer. Yeral Encarnacion hit a single and a double.

In the “nightcap,” Evan Estes tossed three hitless innings before giving way to Elkin Alcala (2-0, 2.03), who surrendered two singles in four, striking out two.

Pablo Garcia (1) opened the scoring in the second frame with a two-run shot. Shao-Pin Ho added an RBI-single in the third, J.D. Osborne crossed the plate on a fielding error by opposing SS Moises Castillo in the fourth, and Albert Guaimaro put a cherry on top with a seventh-inning RBI-double.

Ho and Osborne each collected a single and a double, and Garcia also hit a single in addition to his homer. Despite the pair of wins, the Marlins elimination number is one due to the GCL Nationals and their 33-20 record. That’s one Marlins’ loss OR one Nats’ win to end any hopes of a playoff game with no charged admission.

Arizona Fall League

Salt River Rafters

Rosters were announced for the 2017 version of the Arizona Fall League. This season, Miami is associated with the Salt River Rafters, who begin play on October 10th. Instead of the customary five or six players on the 24-man roster, Miami has seven:

RHP Ben Meyer
LHP Scott Squier
LHP Dillon Peters
LHP Miguel Del Pozo

C Rodrigo Vigil
3B Peter Mooney
OF Braxton Lee

For comparison’s sake, the Colorado Rockies have six, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Baltimore Orioles each have four on the club, and the Milwaukee Brewers have only three, including zero pitchers. The team starts the season in earnest at 12:35PM on October 10th against the Peoria Javelinas.

Later

Noon - The GCL Mets (19-32) will host the GCL Marlins (28-23).

6:30PM - Merandy Gonzalez (5-2, 1.81) starts against the Flying Tigers as Jupiter tries to salvage a win after getting doubleheader swept yesterday.

6:35PM - Dillon Peters (6-2, 1.97) will start the first game of a twin bill against the Shuckers.

7:00PM - Dustin Beggs (9-6, 3.53) goes up against the Intimidators.

7:05PM - Batavia hosts the Scrappers in the final game of the series. Manager Mike Jacobs has not as of this article publicized his choice for starting pitcher.

8:05PM - Oklahoma City hosts the Baby Cakes in the third game of their four game set. Will Cuevas (2-5, 4.44) will get the start.

This Day in History

In 1957:

Left-hander Steve Dalkowski of the Kingsport Orioles struck out 24 and walked 18 in a 7-5 win over the Bluefield Blue-Grays in Appalachian League action. - courtesy MILB.COM