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Duval and Cuevas Almost Perfect, Marlins Affiliates 3-2 on Tuesday

Fish Farm Report for July 8th

Will Cuevas struck out eight versus just one hit in six innings for New Orleans.

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Miami placed LHP Chris O’Grady on the 10-day DL and selected RHP Javy Guerra to join the team from New Orleans.

The Baby Cakes called up RHP Severino Gonzalez from Jacksonville.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 9, Albuquerque Isotopes 0

William Cuevas (2-4, 3.79) and three relievers combined to shut out the Isotopes (57-59) on two hits with 5,561 present at Shrine on Airline.

Cuevas surrendered just one hit and zero walks, striking out eight in six innings. Kyle Lobstein tossed a scoreless seventh, and Severino Gonzalez and Brandon Cunniff each threw a perfect inning of relief.

The contest was actually a pretty tight affair up until near the end. The Baby Cakes (45-70) scored their first run in the fifth on a Ramon Cabrera (4) solo homer, then added a second in the seventh on a Eury Perez sacrifice fly. Most of the damage was done in the eighth, when New Orleans scored seven runs, sending 12 men to the plate.

New Orleans collected their seven eighth-inning runs on a bases loaded Brian Anderson walk, a Ramon Cabrera three-RBI-double, a Eury Perez RBI-single, a Chad Hinshaw RBI-single, and a Steve Lombardozzi RBI-single.

Cabrera finished with a single to go with his double and homer for the Baby Cakes.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (52-62) vs. Birmingham Barons (44-69)

This game was rained out and postponed.

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 7, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2

1,470 at Charlotte Sports Park were present to see the visiting Hammerheads (58-54) take care of the Stone Crabs (54-58) by a 7-2 final.

Merandy Gonzalez (5-2, 2.12) earned the win, going 5 13 innings in his start. He earned a 52 GameScore, allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks, striking out a pair of Crabs. Jorgan Cavanerio struck out three in 2 23 hitless relief innings, and Marcus Crescentini kept Charlotte off the board, whiffing two in the ninth.

The Stone Crabs scored in the bottom of each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. Jupiter, who had lost their last five games in a row, got their money in the fifth inning, scoring on a Cleuluis Rondon RBI-double, a Zach Sullivan two-run triple, a Corey Bird sacrifice fly, and a Colby Lusignan RBI-double. Brian Schales (6) put an exclamation point on the night’s activities with a two-run shot to left-center field.

Lusignan finished with three doubles and a single to his credit to lead Jupiter’s offense. Boo Vazquez hit a single and a double.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 1, Hickory Crawdads 4

In the first game of a scheduled seven-inning doubleheader, the Hoppers (59-51) dropped a 4-1 decision to the Crawdads (52-62) at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Brandon Miller (0-2, 6.35) started and lost for Greensboro, allowing six hits in three innings for four runs (three earned). He struck out one. Kyle Keller whiffed three in two scoreless frames, and Reilly Hovis struck out a pair in his perfect inning of work.

The Crawdads opened scoring in the first inning on an Alex Kowalczyk RBI-double, then added three more in the third on another Kowalczyk RBI-double, a Yohel Pozo RBI-double, and a Charles Leblanc RBI-single. The Grasshoppers scored their run in the fourth on an Anderson Tejeda fielding error.

Both teams collected eight hits. James Nelson and Jared Barnes each collected a pair of singles as no Grasshopper hit an extra base hit in the contest.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Hickory Crawdads 1

Max Duval (1-0, 4.50) was perfect through six innings, earning his first win at any level this season with a 4-1 victory against the Crawdads (52-63) with 1,325 on hand.

Duval allowed two hits for an earned run in the seventh to ruin his perfect game bid, striking out seven and finishing with an 82 GameScore.

The Grasshoppers took the lead in the fifth inning on an Eric Gutierrez bases-loaded walk, then scored three more when Gutierrez took reliever Jake Lemoine deep in the top of the seventh with a three-run shot. Kowalczyk hit a two-out RBI-single to break up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh.

Brian Miller led the Greensboro offense with two singles. Aaron Knapp and Jarett Rindfleisch each hit a double in the victory.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 1, Vermont Lake Monsters 2

Ryan Gridley hit a walkoff RBI-double in the bottom of the ninth off Shane Sawczak (2-1, 3.26) for a 2-1 Monsters (26-22) win against the Muckdogs (16-30). 1,928 witnesses were on hand at Centennial Field.

Sean Guenther started and earned no-decision, allowing two hits and zero walks for one earned run in five innings. He struck out three. Edward Cabrera struck out two in as many innings, allowing just one hit, and Sawczak whiffed two in a perfect eighth before surrendering the game-winner.

Kevin Merrell (2) hit a leadoff homer in the first for the Monsters, but Marcos Rivera answered in the second with an RBI-single. The score would remain locked at one until Gridley’s fateful two-bagger.

Tyler Curtis led the Muckdogs with a pair of singles.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins (17-19)

The GCL Marlins had a scheduled off-day.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins (28-25) vs. DSL Braves (15-39)

This game was rained out and postponed.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson batted cleanup for New Orleans and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to improve to .324.

#4 Dillon Peters

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Merandy Gonzalez started for the Hammerheads and earned a 52 GameScore by allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 13 innings, striking out two and raising his ERA to 2.12.

#7 Brian Miller went 2-for-8 with a run and a strikeout to drop to .309 for Greensboro leading off in both games of their doubleheader.

#8 Brayan Hernandez

#9 James Nelson went 2-for-5 with two walks, a run, and a strikeout to improve to .312 batting third in both games for the Hoppers.

#10 Drew Steckenrider pitched an inning of relief with the parent club, allowing a hit but striking out two to improve to 2.51. If he remains with the club for three more days, he will lose his “prospect” status.

#11 Jeff Brigham

#12 Cody Poteet

#13 Colton Hock

#14 Thomas Jones batted third for Batavia and went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, improving to .203.

#15 Joe Dunand

#16 Riley Mahan

#17 Ryan Lillie

#18 Sam Perez

#19 Trevor Richards

#20 Brandon Miller started for Greensboro in game one of their twin bill and lost, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in three innings. He got one to whiff, settling at 6.35.

#21 Edward Cabrera pitched two relief innings for Batavia, allowing one hit and striking out two to improve his ERA to 5.86.

#22 Sean Reynolds

#23 Pablo Lopez

#24 Ricardo Cespedes batted second for the Muckdogs and went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .219.

#25 Isael Soto

#26 John Norwood

#27 Austin Dean

#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

#2 Braxton Lee

#3 Ben Meyer

#4 Michael King

#5 Ethan Clark

#6 Mike Kickham

#7 Boo Vazquez batted fifth for Jupiter and went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs, and a strikeout to improve to .292.

#8 Kyle Keller pitched two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three and surrendering two hits and two walks to improve to 2.77.

#9 Shao-pin Ho

#10 Jeff Kinley

Later

Noon - The GCL Marlins (17-19) will host the GCL Cardinals (17-18)

Noon - The Crawdads will host the Grasshoppers. Greensboro has not publicized their starter.

6:35PM - Ben Meyer (3-3, 1.51) will start for the Hammerheads on the road against the Stone Crabs.

7:05PM - Alejandro Mateo (1-1, 2.93) makes the start for the Muckdogs on the road against the Lake Monsters.

8:00PM - The Baby Cakes go for their fifth win in a row, hosting the Isotopes. Tom Koehler (1-1, 1.69) will start for New Orleans.

Birthdays

None today.

Minor League History

Courtesy of MILB.COM:

Micah Hoffpauir homered in his first four at-bats for the Iowa Cubs, tying the modern Pacific Coast League record. He became the third player in PCL history to homer in four consecutive at-bats and the fifth in the league's modern history to slug four blasts in a single game. He tied the Cubs' record for homers in a game, set by Wade Rowdon on June 9, 1987 against Oklahoma City, when the Cubs were part of the Double-A American Association. Felix Pie, Matt Craig, Jason Dubois and starting pitcher Mitch Atkins also went deep for the Cubs, breaking the club record of seven homers in a game, which was set in the 1987 Oklahoma City game and equaled on Aug. 15, 1999 at Omaha.

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