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Shrimp and Grasshoppers Win

Marlins go 4-3 on Friday.

The Baby Cakes released LF Dexter Kjerstad. A 50th round selection of the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, Kjerstad had been slashing .213/.275/.296 this season between Jupiter and New Orleans.

OF Eury Perez was assigned to the Baby Cakes.

The Grasshoppers assigned RHP Kolton Mahoney to the Batavia Muckdogs.

RHP Max Duval was sent from the GCL Marlins to Greensboro. OF Brayan Hernandez was promoted from Batavia to the Grasshoppers.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, El Paso Chihuahuas 5 (7)

After a three-hour rain delay, the Baby Cakes (41-69) defeated the Chihuahuas (53-58) by a 6-5 score in the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader. It was New Orleans’ first win after losing eight in a row.

Scott Copeland (8-10, 5.57) won, striking out eight in six innings, while allowing five earned runs on three walks and five hits. Javy Guerra earned a save, with one strikeout in a perfect seventh inning.

Brandon Barnes (11) opened the scoring with a solo shot in the fist inning, and Copeland doubled New Orleans’ lead with a sacrifice bunt in the second.

El Paso came back in the fourth, with a Christian Villanueva two-RBI-double and a Ryan Schimpf (13) two-run homer. Steve Lombardozzi got one back in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly.

Brian Anderson (4) hit a three-run homer to give New Orleans a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Schimpf (14) hit another home run in the sixth inning.

New Orleans Baby Cakes 4, El Paso Chihuahuas 6

The Chihuahuas (54-58) scored in the top of the eighth on a Peter Van Gansen two-RBI-single with 6,899 at Shrine on Airline to defeat the Baby Cakes (41-70) in an eight-inning contest.

New Orleans scored in the bottom of the fourth when Ramon Cabrera (3) hit a solo shot to right-center for a 1-0 lead. Collin Cowgill (7) hit a grand slam off of Tom Koehler in the sixth inning for a 4-1 lead, but the Cakes tied it in the bottom of the inning on a Kevin Quackenbush throwing error, Christian Colon groundout, and a Van Gansen error.

Koehler struck out 10 in six innings of work, earning no-decision and allowing four runs on five hits and three walks.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Birmingham Barons 2

The Jumbo Shrimp (50-61) defeated the Barons (43-67), 7-2 with 6,634 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Birmingham scored in the first two innings on a Hunter Jones RBI-single and on a Keon Barnum (16) solo homer for a 2-0 lead.

The Shrimp came back in the third with an Austin Dean RBI-groundout. Braxton Lee hit an RBI-double and Austin Dean had a sacrifice fly to take the lead in the fifth inning.

Cam Maron (5) and Dustin Geiger (3) led off the eighth with solo home runs, then later in the inning, David Vidal hit a two-run single.

Geiger, Alex Yarbrough, and Kyle Barrett each finished with a pair of singles.

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Fort Myers Miracle 5

The Miracle (58-51) shut out the Hammerheads (57-51) with 2,112 at CenturyLink Sports Complex.

Ben Meyer (3-3, 1.51) started and lost, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks in four innings, striking out three. Ben Holmes and Jordan Cavanerio each pitched two innings and allowed one hit, combining for five strikeouts.

The Hammerheads were limited to four hits in total, with Colby Lusignan and Stone Garrett each hitting a single and a double.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 0

Michael King (9-6, 2.98) pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out three for a victory.

Trenton Hill hit an RBI-single in the first, Aaron Knapp hit an RBI-single in the third, and Jhonny Santos hit a two-RBI-single in the fifth for the fourth and final Greensboro run (57-50).

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs (15-27)

Batavia and Williamsport were rained out.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 7, GCL Cardinals 8

Julio Frias (0-2, 5.74) absorbed a loss against the GCL Cardinals (16-16). The Cards scored eight runs on 10 hits against Frias, Evan Estes and Karl Craigie over the first five innings.

Offensively, the Marlins (15-17) collected a dozen hits, led by Demetrius Sims three singles and two RBI. Gerardo Nunez hit a pair of singles, and Jared Barnes hit a single and a double.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 6, DSL Red Sox 2

Juan Reyes started for DSL and allowed one run in two innings. Jonaiker Villalobos (2-1, 0.89) earned the win, pitching three shutout innings and allowing two hits and two walks.

Walner Espinal hit a single and a double with an RBI, and Christopher Rodriguez hit an RBI-double.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI, raising his average to .295 batting fifth for the Cakes.

#4 Dillon Peters

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Merandy Gonzalez

#7 Brian Miller

#8 Brayan Hernandez

#9 James Nelson went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and two whiffs for Greensboro to climb back to .310.

#10 Drew Steckenrider

#11 Jeff Brigham

#12 Cody Poteet

#13 Colton Hock

#14 Thomas Jones

#15 Joe Dunand

#16 Riley Mahan

#17 Ryan Lillie

#18 Sam Perez

#19 Trevor Richards

#20 Brandon Miller

#21 Edward Cabrera

#22 Sean Reynolds went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts batting fifth for GCL.

#23 Pablo Lopez

#24 Ricardo Cespedes

#25 Isael Soto

#26 John Norwood batted fourth for the Shrimp, going 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts. He’s batting .269.

#27 Austin Dean went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a strikeout. He’s at .297 batting second for Jacksonville.

#28 Ynmanol Marinez

#29 Albert Guaimaro batted fourth for GCL, and struck out five times in five chances to drop to .205.

#30 Stone Garrett batted cleanup for the Hammerheads and went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, improving to .212.

Fish Stripes 10

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

#1 Ben Meyer started and lost for Jupiter, dropping to 3-3 with a 1.51 ERA. He allowed three walks and six hits for five runs (four earned), striking out three.

#2 Bryce Howe

#3 Braxton Lee went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a strikeout, and an RBI leading off for the Shrimp. He’s hitting .317.

#4 Ethan Clark

#5 Michael King started for Greensboro and earned a win, striking out three in six shutout innings. He allowed four hits and a walk. He dropped his ERA to 2.98.

#6 Mike Kickham

#7 Boo Vazquez batted fifth for the Hammerheads and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts to drop to .298.

#8 Kyle Keller

#9 Cameron Baranek batted third for GCL and went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs, and an RBI. He’s hitting .261 this season.

#10 Shao-pin Ho

Later Today

The GCL Marlins are hosting the GCL Mets this morning in the first game of a doubleheader.

At 10:30, the DSL Red Sox will host the DSL Marlins.

6:05PM - Cody Poteet (3-3, 2.52) will start for the Hammerheads against the Miracle.

6:05PM - Trevor Richards (3-3, 2.91) will start for the Jumbo Shrimp against the Barons.

7:00PM - Dustin Beggs (9-5, 3.11) starts for the Hoppers against the Intimidators.

7:00PM - The Baby Cakes will host the Chihuahuas in game three of a four game series. Mike Kickham (0-1, 7.94) will start.

7:05PM - Sam Perez (2-1, 1.98) will get the start for the Muckdogs against the West Virginia Black Bears (26-18).

Birthdays

Braxton Garrett turns 20 today.

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