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Gunkel Earns a Win, Perez Walks Off Isotopes

Fish Farm Report: August 7th

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The Hammerheads placed LF Stone Garrett on the seven-day DL with a strained left oblique, and welcomed OF Dalton Wheat, who was promoted from Greensboro.

C Bryan De La Rosa was released from the Marlins’ organization by the Grasshoppers. Originally selected in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Atlanta Braves, De La Rosa slashed .194/.272/.275 in 197 career minor league games between rookie ball and full-season A. Greensboro also activated C Jared Barnes from the DL and sent RHP Ryley MacEachern on a rehab assignment to the GCL Marlins.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 5 (10)

The Baby Cakes (44-70) won their third game in a row in front of 5,482 at Shrine on Airline, defeating the Isotopes (57-58) in a come-from-behind, walkoff victory in 10 innings on Monday night.

Newly acquired Eury Perez collected the game winner with two out and two on in the 10th, with a walkoff RBI-single to left field, scoring Brian Anderson. Perez finished with a pair of singles.

Omar Bencomo started for New Orleans, and earned no decision, allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk in five innings, with five strikeouts. Kelvin Marte allowed just an unearned run on a hit and two walks in three relief innings, Keyvius Sampson struck out two in a perfect inning of work, and Victor Payano (4-3, 4.30) earned the win, walking one in a scoreless 10th.

Albuquerque opened scoring with two runs in the second inning, on a Jordan Patterson RBI-triple and a Cristhian Adames sacrifice fly. New Orleans nickeled-and-dimed their way into the lead, with a Cal Towey (3) solo shot in the second, an Anderson (5) solo shot in the third, and a Patterson fielding error in the fourth for a 3-2 Cakes lead.

The Isotopes took the lead back in the fifth, courtesy of a Ryan McMahon (13) two run shot to right off Bencomo, but the Cakes tied it in the bottom half on an Austin Nola RBI-single.

The score remained tied at four until the eighth, when Noel Cuevas sacrifice-bunted a run home for a 5-4 Albuquerque lead. Peter Mooney tied it in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI-sacrifice-bunt of his own.

Anderson finished with a pair of singles to add to his home run. Towey reached base five times, on a single, his home run, and three walks.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Birmingham Barons 2

The Shrimp (52-62) defeated the Barons (44-69), 3-2 with 2,437 in attendance at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Monday evening.

Joe Gunkel (4-7, 4.53) started and won, allowing nine hits and zero walks in 6 13 innings, for one earned run. He struck out four. Clayton Mortensen earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth, striking a batter out.

Trey Michalczewski (7) opened scoring in the fourth with a one-out solo shot to left field. In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Dean hit an RBI-groundout and David Vidal put the Shrimp up with an RBI-single. Jacksonville extended their lead to two runs in the seventh on a Cam Maron RBI-single. Birmingham came back in the eighth with a little too little, scoring on a Courtney Hawkins RBI-groundout.

Maron also hit a double to lead the Shrimp offense. John Norwood walked twice and hit a single.

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Charlotte Stone Crabs 5

With 774 in attendance at Charlotte Sports Park, Eduar Lopez (8-7, 3.79) limited the Hammerheads to three hits over eight shutout innings. Pablo Lopez (0-1, 2.79) earned the loss, striking out three in 6 13 innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits and a walk. Ben Holmes surrendered three earned runs on two hits and two walks in 1 23 innings, striking out three.

Corey Bird, Justin Twine, and Gunner Pollman each collected a single for the Hammerheads, comprising all of Jupiter’s offense for the day.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers (59-50)

The Hickory Crawdads had to postpone their Monday matchup against the Grasshoppers due to torrential rainstorms. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 3, West Virginia Black Bears 6

Taylor Braley (0-1, 4.05) started and lost for Batavia (16-29) with 677 on hand at Dwyer Stadium. The Black Bears (28-19) took the contest, 6-3.

Braley allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks in 2 23 innings, striking out three. Remey Reed pitched four inning of relief, allowing the eventual game winner (unearned). He struck out three and allowed two hits and two walks.

Thomas Jones (1) hit a two run homer in the second inning to give the Muckdogs an early lead, but the Bears came back in the bottom of the inning with a Brett Pope RBI-single and an Austin Meadows two-RBI double to take a 3-2 lead.

The Black Bears tacked on a run in the eighth on a Chris Sharpe RBI-groundout and a Raul Siri two-RBI-single in the ninth for a 6-2 advantage. Jones scored on a Pope fielding error in the bottom of the ninth, but it ended after a Marcos Rivera pop out and a Samuel Castro groundout.

Michael Hernandez hit a single and a double to join Jones as the only Muckdogs with multiple hits for the game.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 5, GCL Nationals 6

The Nationals (22-12) defeated the Marlins (17-19) on a walkoff RBI-single by Jamori Blash in the bottom of the ninth at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Brady Puckett started and allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk, striking out three in five innings. Dylan Cyphert came on to give up two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks in two frames. Obed Diaz surrendered one earned run in one inning on two hits, and Bryce Howe (1-2, 2.03) soaked up the loss, giving up two earned runs on four hits in 23 of an inning.

The Nats opened the scoring in the third inning on a Luis Garcia RBI-double, then tacked on runs in the sixth on a Cameron Baranek throwing error and in the seventh on a Santo Falcon RBI-single.

The Marlins tied it in the eighth on a Sean Adler wild pitch and a Baranek two-RBI-double, but gave the lead back to the Nationals on a Juan Pascal sacrifice bunt. Denis Karas (2) hit a two-run shot in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead, but the Nationals scored on a Rafael Bautista RBI-single to set the stage for Blash’s walkoff.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 4, DSL Braves 1

The Marlins (28-25) topped the Braves (15-39) by a 4-1 score on Monday morning in DSL action.

Edgar Martinez (1-0, 3.00) earned the win with a shutout inning of work, with two strikeouts. Edison Suriel earned his first save with three one-hit innings, striking out three.

The Braves scored in the bottom of the first on a Charles Reyes RBI-single. The Marlins scored all of their runs in the seventh on an Alvaro Montero RBI-single, a Danielsan Heureaux RBI-single, and two on a Jorge Caballero throwing error.

Christopher Rodriguez hit a single and a double, and Montero hit a pair of singles.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson batted cleanup for the Cakes and went 3-for-6 with two runs, a solo homer, and a pair of strikeouts to improve to .310.

#4 Dillon Peters

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Merandy Gonzalez

#7 Brian Miller

#8 Brayan Hernandez

#9 James Nelson

#10 Drew Steckenrider

#11 Jeff Brigham

#12 Cody Poteet

#13 Colton Hock

#14 Thomas Jones batted sixth for Batavia and went 2-for-3 with two runs, a homer, two RBI, a walk and a strikeout to improve to .201.

#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-3 with a walk to drop to .223.

#23 Pablo Lopez started for Jupiter and lost, allowing eight hits and a walk for two earned runs in 6 13 innings. He struck out three and increased his ERA to 2.79.

#24 Ricardo Cespedes went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to drop to .228 batting second for Batavia.

#25 Isael Soto

#26 John Norwood batted cleanup for the Jumbo Shrimp and went 1-for-2 with two walks to improve to .272.

#27 Austin Dean batted second for Jacksonville and went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI to drop to .314.

#28 Ynmanol Marinez

#29 Albert Guaimaro

#30 Stone Garrett

Fish Stripes 10

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

#1 Bryce Howe allowed two earned runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning, striking one out.

#2 Ben Meyer

#3 Braxton Lee led off for the Shrimp and went 1-for-3 with a walk to improve to .316 for the season.

#4 Michael King

#5 Ethan Clark

#6 Mike Kickham

#7 Boo Vazquez batted fifth for Jupiter and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping to .286.

#8 Kyle Keller

#9 Cameron Baranek batted cleanup and went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI to drop to .252.

#10 Colby Lusignan batted third for the Hammerheads and went 0-for-4 with a whiff to drop to .365.

Later

10:30AM - DSL Marlins host the DSL Braves

4:30PM - Hickory will host Greensboro in a seven-inning (each) doubleheader. Grasshopper starters have not been announced.

6:35PM - The Stone Crabs will host the Hammerheads. Jupiter will be trying to avoid their sixth loss in a row (after a nine game winning streak). Merandy Gonzalez (4-2, 1.96) will take the hill.

7:05PM - Sean Guenther (0-2, 4.66) will mount the bump for the Muckdogs in their visit to play the Vermont Lake Monsters (25-22).

7:05PM - Chris Mazza (2-7, 2.97) will start for the Jumbo Shrimp against the Barons.

8:00PM - Will Cuevas (1-4, 4.50) will start for the Cakes versus the Isotopes.

Birthdays

None today.

Minor League History

On this date in 2007, Jeramy Laster drove in eight runs with a pair of homers and a three-run double as the West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Clinton LumberKings in Midwest League action.

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