On the first day of roster expansion, the Marlins called up 3B Brian Anderson and RHP Javy Guerra from New Orleans, as well as LHP Dillon Peters from Jacksonville.
RHP Javier Garcia was assigned to the Hammerheads from GCL, and 3B Joe Dunand was called up to Jupiter from Greensboro.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Nashville Sounds 3
The Baby Cakes (55-80) outhit the Sounds (OAK, 65-71), 13-to-10, but couldn’t close the deal, leaving 10 runners on base with 5,706 in the house at Shrine on Airline.
Omar Bencomo earned no decision with five innings of work. He struck out five and surrendered two earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. Hunter Cervenka (1-4, 4.70) took the loss, allowing an run in the eighth on a Joey Wendle RBI-single.
Nashville scored a run in each of the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead. New Orleans got one back in the third on a Moises Sierra RBI-ground-rule-double, then tied it in the sixth on a Grant Green RBI-single.
Three New Orleans players collected multiple hits. Sierra hit a single and a double, while Eury Perez and Christian Colon each hit two singles.
Nashville sends Baby Cakes to 80th loss
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3
A day after clinching the second half title in the Southern League “South” Division, the Shrimp (69-68) topped the Blue Wahoos (CIN, 71-66) with 5,744 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Matt Tomshaw (13-6, 3.48) struck out seven in as many innings for the Shrimp, allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk for a 78 GameScore.
After spotting the Wahoos a 1-0 second inning lead, Austin Dean (4) went deep to left-center with a solo-shot in the third. Taylor Ard hit an RBI-single later in the inning to give the Shrimp the lead. Kyle Barrett added an RBI-single in the sixth, and Dustin Geiger (5) hit a three-run shot in the seventh to put the Jumbos up, 6-1.
Pensacola responded with a run in the eighth and another in the ninth, but that’s all they could muster. K.C. Serna led Jacksonville’s offense with a pair of singles.
Tomshaw leads Jacksonville to 6-3 win over Pensacola
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Fort Myers Miracle 0
Ben Meyer (4-3, 1.98) continued to blister the competition with another solid start. He struck out seven in five shutout innings, allowing a pair of singles and walking one batter with 908 on hand at Roger Dean Stadium. Meyer had racked up a 0.95 WHIP this season between the Grasshoppers and Jupiter (66-67) before lowering it slightly with today’s effort.
Wei-Yin Chen allowed a pair of hits and a walk in two frames of scoreless relief, and Felipe Gonzalez collected his fifth save of the season with two shutout innings of two-hit ball against the Miracle (MIN, 74-59).
Offensively, Jupiter’s big hero of the day was Colby Lusignan, who collected the Sharks’ only RBI and three of the Hammerheads’ six hits. He brought home Junior Arroyo with a line-drive-single in the bottom of the first inning. After going six-for-16 with the GCL Marlins in his first five professional contests, 3B Joe Dunand posted a 1-for-4 night in his A-ball debut.
Hammerheads Win Final Home Game of 2017
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 0, Hickory Crawdads 2 (suspended, rain, 3)
The Crawdads (TEX, 63-73) had gone up, 2-0 after 2 1⁄2 innings against the Grasshoppers (72-60) at L.P. Frans Stadium when the umpire crew had to suspend play due to heavy rain.
Kolton Mahoney had allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. This game will likely weigh importantly in the second half final standings for the SALLY, so expect it to get the doubleheader treatment sometime this weekend.
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 5, Williamsport Crosscutters 0
The Muckdogs (30-39) jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the end of the second inning with 2,174 in attendance at BB&T Ballpark, then held on for a combined five-hit shutout of the Crosscutters (PHI, 33-35).
Sam Perez (4-1, 1.88) struck out four and surrendered four hits over seven innings for a 78 GameScore, and Ryan McKay held on to allow one hit and zero walks in two frames of relief.
Brayan Hernandez led off the first inning with a double, and scored on Mathew Brooks single a moment later. Terry Bennett hit an RBI-double, Tyler Curtis hit an RBI-sacrifice fly, and Sean Reynolds hit an RBI-single to close the inning with a 4-0 Muckdogs lead. Jared Barnes added an RBI-double in the second to close the scoring for the day.
Barnes actually led Batavia’s offense, adding a single to his RBI double. Bennett struck out in his four other plate appearances for the Golden Sombrero.
Perez leads Batavia to 5-0 win over Williamsport
Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 6, GCL Nationals 0
The GCL Marlins (32-23) won their 10th game in their last 11 chances, defeating the division clinching GCL Nationals (34-21) by a 6-0 final score at Roger Dean Stadium early this afternoon.
Matt Givin was solid yet again, striking out two and allowing three hits in four shutout innings. He walked one, and dropped his ERA to a mark of just 0.39. Dakota Bennett (1-0, 7.56) pitched a perfect fifth, striking one National batter out for the win.
Shao-Pin Ho ended the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI-single to score Ben Fisher, followed two batters later by Isaac Galloway (3), who collected a moon-shot off Jose De Los Santos to put the Fish up, 4-0.
Yeral Encarnacion (5) added a leadoff homer in the seventh, then Galloway hit an RBI-double in the eighth to set the final score. Encarnacion added two singles to his homer, and Justin Cohen also added a pair of singles as the Marlins outhit the Nats, 11-to-7.
Top 30 Prospects (MLB Pipeline):
- Trevor Rogers: Tweeted today that his season is a wrap. Should begin next season with either GCL, Batavia, or Greensboro.
- Braxton Garrett: Got Tommy John Surgery in mid-June after going 1-0, 2.93 in four starts for the Grasshoppers. Should resurface around this time next season.
- Brian Anderson: went 1-for-3 in his major league debut with the Marlins.
- Dillon Peters: limited the Phillies to three hits and three walks over seven shutout innings in his major league debut. Also struck out eight and induced 12 groundouts versus just one fly ball out.
- Tyler Kolek: Kolek came back from a 15-month absence due to Tommy John Surgery in July, and put up a 29.45 ERA in 3.2 innings across five games. He walked 14. Still, things could level out. He’ll start next season with the Grasshoppers.
- Merandy Gonzalez
- Brian Miller: went 0-for-2 in two plate appearances in Greensboro’s suspended contest.
- Brayan Hernandez: went 1-for-5 with a run and a double for Batavia.
- James Nelson: went 0-for-1 in his only plate appearance so far in the Grasshoppers’ suspended game.
- Jeff Brigham: back on the DL after going 4-2 over 11 starts with the Hammerheads. He has a 2.90 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in abbreviated action.
- Cody Poteet
- Colton Hock
- Thomas Jones
- Joe Dunand: went 1-for-4 in his Jupiter debut.
- Riley Mahan: posted a .259 average with a homer and four RBI in six games with the Grasshoppers before going on the DL, where he remains.
- Ryan Lillie
- Sam Perez: struck out four and surrendered four hits in seven shutout innings for Batavia. He walked zero.
- Trevor Richards
- Brandon Miller: currently on the temporary inactive list after posting an 0-3 record with an 8.86 ERA in five starts for the Hoppers. He arrived in the David Phelps deal.
- Edward Cabrera: went 1-3 with a 5.30 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 13 games for the Muckdogs earlier this season before going on the 60-day DL.
- Sean Reynolds: went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the Muckdogs.
- Pablo Lopez
- Ricardo Cespedes
- Isael Soto: has been on the seven-day DL since the beginning of time.
- John Norwood
- Austin Dean: hit a solo shot and scored twice, going one-for-three from the plate for the Jumbo Shrimp.
- Ynmanol Marinez
- Albert Guaimaro: went 0-for-4 for the GCL Marlins.
- Stone Garrett: after a slow start which saw Garrett hover below the Mendoza line for over half of the Hammerheads’ season, Stone went on the DL with a .212 average, eight stolen bases, and four homers with 28 RBI.
- Roy Morales: Morales is on the suspended list due to a positive drug test. He was hitting .288 over 30 contests for Jupiter.
4:05PM - Alejandro Mateo (3-2, 2.91) will start opposite the Crosscutters.
5:00PM - The Baby Cakes will host the Sounds in a doubleheader, making up an earlier game that was “cancelled” on July 22nd. Keyvius Sampson (5-5, 6.00) will start.
6:05PM - Trevor Richards (5-6, 3.12) takes the bump against the Blue Wahoos in game three of their five game series. They’ll be going for their fifth in a row.
6:05PM - The Miracle will host the Hammerheads. Scott Squier (5-9, 3.85) will start for the Sharks.
7:00PM - Greensboro and Hickory will continue their game from the bottom of the third with Hickory leading, 2-0, then play another game afterward. The result will weigh heavily into the South Atlantic League playoff picture, as the two teams are tied for second in the division, half a game behind the division leading West Virginia Power.
Catcher Jhonaiker Osori, who has yet to appear in any capacity for the Marlins after signing a $30,000 contract in the beginning of July, is turning 17 years old. Look for him starting next season with the DSL Marlins.
On This Date
Kane County's Mark Kotsay became the fifth player in the Midwest League to score six runs in a game to tie a league record. Kotsay, a first-round draft pick in 1996,was called up to Florida in 1997 and only scored five runs in 14 games. - courtesy of MILB.COM