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Richards and Mertz Pitch Well, Hoppers Split Twin-Bill

Fish Farm Report for September 2nd.


The Marlins sent 1B Justin Bour to the Jumbo Shrimp on a rehab assignment.

The Baby Cakes sent CF Isaac Galloway to the Hammerheads and activated CF Brandon Barnes from the seven-day DL.


Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Nashville Sounds 8

The Baby Cakes (55-81) dropped an 8-6 decision to the Sounds (OAK, 66-71) in front of 5,118 at Shrine on Airline. Scott Copeland earned no-decision, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six frames. He struck out four. Kyle Lobstein tossed two hitless innings, and Clayton Mortensen (4-1, 7.80) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning.

After spotting the Sounds a 4-0 lead in the third inning, the Cakes came back in the fourth with a Eury Perez RBI-double and a Moises Sierra RBI-groundout. New Orleans later took the lead in the sixth with four runs, scored on a Jake Elmore RBI-single, a Christian Colon bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, a Grant Green sacrifice fly, and a Chad Hinshaw RBI-groundout to put the Baby Cakes up, 6-4.

Sierra led the New Orleans offense with a single and a double.

'Cakes squander late lead in 8-6 setback


Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3

With 4,175 in the house at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, the Wahoos (CIN, 72-66) defeated the Shrimp (69-69) in the third game of an “eight-to-10” game series.

Trevor Richards (5-7, 2.87) started and lost, despite a quality start. He surrendered three unearned runs on five hits and zero walks in six frames, striking out seven Wahoos. Esmerling De La Rosa threw a perfect seventh, Daniel Schlereth tossed a hitless eighth, and Tyler Kinley whiffed two in a scoreless ninth.

The Wahoos scored three runs in the third inning for all the offense that they would need. Jacksonville scored their only run in the sixth, on a David Vidal two-out RBI-single. Unfortunately, Vidal ran himself out of a good thing, getting tagged out trying to stretch it into a double.

Long leads Pensacola to 3-1 win over Jacksonville


Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Fort Myers Miracle 4

The Hammerheads (66-68) dropped a 4-1 contest to the Miracle (MIN, 75-59) with 2,333 in attendance at CenturyLink Sports Complex on Saturday.

Scott Squier earned no-decision, striking out three in 3 13 innings and allowing one earned run on six hits and a walk. Lukas Schiraldi (0-2, 4.30) took the loss on two runs in two innings. He allowed four hits and whiffed three.

The Miracle outhit the Sharks, 13-to-5. Jupiter was led by Junior Arrojo’s pair of singles and Joe Dunand’s RBI-two-bagger in the sixth inning.

Wells, Kranson carry Fort Myers to 4-1 win over Jupiter


South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 0, Hickory Crawdads 4

In a game continued in-progress in the middle of the third inning from yesterday, Kolton Mahoney (6-7, 3.56) earned a loss despite not getting into the game today. He whiffed three and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and no walks in two innings. Evan Beal struck out four in four innings, allowing three hits and an unearned run, and Ryan Lillie also whiffed four in two innings, surrendering only one hit.

The Grasshoppers were limited to six hits in the game, led by Luis Pintor’s pair of singles. Nobody hit an extra base hit, and Crawdads pitching collected 12 strikeouts.

Torres, Pozo lead Hickory to 4-0 win over Greensboro

Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Hickory Crawdads 0 (7)

Michael Mertz (9-1, 1.82) was the winner of record as the Hoppers (73-61) topped the Crawdads (TEX, 64-74), 2-1 in the “nightcap” on Saturday.

Mertz pitched 2 13 scoreless innings, allowing one hit. He came on in relief of Ethan Clark, who earned no-decision by pitching 4 23 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out five.

The Grasshoppers got on the board in the first when Eric Gutierrez sacrifice flew home Brian Miller, who got on via walk. James Nelson (7) hit a leadoff shot in the sixth inning off of Hickory reliever Sal Mendez to double Greensboro’s lead.

Each team only collected four hits. Greensboro saw Miller with two singles and Nelson also added a single to his round-tripper.


New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 1, Williamsport Crosscutters 3

There were 1,689 on hand at BB&T Ballpark to watch the hometown Crosscutters (PHI, 34-35) defeat the Muckdogs (30-40) by a 3-1 final score.

Alejandro Mateo (3-3, 3.04) took the loss despite pitching relatively well. He surrendered three runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings.

Offensively, Lazaro Alonso (2) took Connor Brogdon deep with two outs in the top of the ninth to prevent a Williamsport shutout. It was one of three hits for the day for Batavia. Mathew Brooks and Michael Hernandez each collected a single.

Rosso leads Williamsport to 3-1 win over Batavia

Top 30 Prospects (MLB Pipeline):

  1. Trevor Rogers: Tweeted yesterday that his season is a wrap. Should begin next season with either GCL, Batavia, or Greensboro.
  2. 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.
  3. Brian Anderson: game in progress at time of publication.
  4. Dillon Peters: limited the Phillies to three hits and three walks over seven shutout innings in his major league debut yesterday. Also struck out eight and induced 12 groundouts versus just one fly ball out.
  5. 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.
  6. Merandy Gonzalez:
  7. Brian Miller: went 2-for-6 in the Grasshoppers’ doubleheader.
  8. Brayan Hernandez:
  9. James Nelson: went 2-for-7 with a solo homer in Greensboro’s doubleheader.
  10. Jeff Brigham:
  11. Cody Poteet
  12. Colton Hock
  13. Thomas Jones: went 0-for-3 for Batavia.
  14. Joe Dunand: went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double and a walk for the Hammerheads.
  15. Riley Mahan:
  16. Ryan Lillie: whiffed four in two shutout one-hit innings, keeping his ERA at 0.00 since joining Greensboro.
  17. Sam Perez:
  18. Trevor Richards: dropped to 5-7 since joining Jacksonville, but pitched pretty well. He dropped his ERA to 2.87, whiffing seven Wahoos in six innings. He walked zero and allowed three unearned runs on five hits. In 146 innings this season combined between Jupiter and Jacksonville, Richards has struck out 158 batters and issued only 30 free passes.
  19. 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.
  20. Edward Cabrera:
  21. Sean Reynolds: went 0-for-3 for Batavia.
  22. Pablo Lopez
  23. Ricardo Cespedes: went 0-for-4 for the Muckdogs.
  24. Isael Soto: has been on the seven-day DL since the beginning of time.
  25. John Norwood: went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  26. Austin Dean: went 0-for-4 for the Shrimp.
  27. Ynmanol Marinez
  28. Albert Guaimaro:
  29. Stone Garrett:

30. Roy Morales: Morales is on the suspended list due to a positive drug test. He was hitting .288 over 30 contests for Jupiter.


11:05AM - The Miracle will help the Hammerheads close their season. Pablo Lopez (0-3, 1.93) will get his last chance to get in the win column until next year.

5:00PM - The Crawdads will host the Grasshoppers in game four of their current five game series.

5:05PM - Taylor Braley (1-2, 2.79) will mount the bump at Dwyer Stadium against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

6:35PM - Joe Gunkel (6-9, 5.02) will make the start for the Jumbo Shrimp against the Blue Wahoos.

7:00PM - No pitcher has yet been determined for the Baby Cakes in the third game of their four-game set with the Sounds.


Terry Bennett was a 12th round choice of the Marlins in 2015, and is a left fielder with the Batavia Muckdogs. He turns 21 today, and is hitting .270 in 34 games with Batavia this season.

On This Date

In 1948:

Slugger Len "Holy" Cross of the Spartanburg Peaches went deep in each of the first four innings in a Class B Tri-State League game against Asheville. He finished the night 7-for-7 with 12 RBIs and six runs scored. The home run and RBI totals remained as league records when the Tri-State League folded after the 1955 season. - Courtesy of MILB.COM