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Earning Their Stripes: 5/16/21

The Marlins minor league affiliate system returned a 1-3 record in games played on Sunday.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp took a win from the Durham Bulls on Sunday, but the rest of the system didn’t fare as well.


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Durham Bulls 4

Attendance: 3,678 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Jacksonville starter Shawn Morimando allowed the Bulls to score three runs in the first inning on a Ryan Boldt three-run homer, but ended up getting through 4 23 innings without further damage. He got 50-of-84 over the plate, and struck out four while walking only one.

The third inning would see the Shrimp bat around for six runs. Eddy Alvarez hit an RBI-double, Jesús Sánchez followed with a two-run triple, Brian Miller added an RBI-single, and Luis Marte (2) finished it off with a two-run shot for a 6-3 Jacksonville lead. Monte Harrison added a solo home run in the seventh, his second of the season.

Sánchez collected a pair of singles along with his triple to lead Jacksonville’s offense. Luís Madero (2-0, 1.93) earned the win, and Brett Eibner struck out five over three shutout innings for his first save of the year. Jacksonville improved to 8-4 with the victory.


Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5, Birmingham Barons 6

Attendance: 4,102 at Blue Wahoo Stadium

The Barons scored four runs by the fourth inning, then held on to top the Blue Wahoos, 6-5. Pensacola drops to 6-6 for the season.

In the bottom of the fourth, Nick Lovullo hit a bases-clearing double for Pensacola to cut the lead to one, then later added a two-run-triple in the sixth inning to take the lead. The Barons were trailing until the ninth inning, when they got to reliever Anthony Maldonado for two runs.

In addition to Lovullo’s five RBI on two hits, Jerar Encarnación and Riley Mahan also collected multiple hits in the game.


Beloit Snappers 6, South Bend Cubs 12

The Snappers went deep four times, including a pair from Griffin Conine, but the junior Cubs doubled them anyway. Beloit dropped to 6-6 for the year in front of 339 at Pohlman Field.

Along with Conine’s two solo jacks, Nic Ready and Devin Hairston also went deep for Beloit. Jake Walters continued his unsteady start to the season, taking the loss by surrendering seven runs on six hits and three walks in 4 13 innings. He got 56-of-87 pitches in the strike zone, and struck out three.


Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 4

The Hammerheads outhit Palm Beach, 5-to-4, but couldn’t bring them home when it mattered with a closed-to-the-public matchup at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

M.D. Johnson got the start for Jupiter, and nobody could touch his stuff. He gave up no hits in four innings, striking out five. Unfortunately, he also walked six Cardinals, and only got 41-of-81 pitches in the strikezone. J.D. Orr went two-for-three, raising his season-average to .375. The rest of the club, unfortunately, went three-for-28 at the plate.

Checking in with the Top 30 MLB Pipeline Prospects

  1. Sixto Sánchez (JAX IL)
  2. J.J. Bleday (PEN) 1-for-5, 1 2B, 2 SO, .662 OPS
  3. Max Meyer (PEN)
  4. Edward Cabrera (JAX IL)
  5. Lewin Díaz (JAX) 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, .886 OPS
  6. Jesús Sánchez (JAX) 3-for-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1.585 OPS
  7. Braxton Garrett (MIA)
  8. José Devers (JAX)
  9. Dax Fulton (JUP)
  10. Nick Neidert (JAX)
  11. Victor Mesa Jr. (JUP) 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 SO, .686 OPS
  12. Peyton Burdick (PEN) 0-for-5, 2 SO, .470 OPS
  13. Nasim Nuñez (JUP)
  14. Monte Harrison (JAX) 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 SO, .706 OPS
  15. Kameron Misner (BEL) 1-for-5, 1 SB, 1 R, 2 SO, .454 OPS
  16. Connor Scott (BEL)
  17. Kyle Nicolas (BEL)
  18. Griffin Conine (BEL) 2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .917 OPS
  19. José Salas (rookie)
  20. Yiddi Cappe (rookie)
  21. Jerar Encarnación (PEN) 2-for-3, 1 2b, 1 SB, 1 BB, .904 OPS
  22. Jordan Holloway (MIA)
  23. Zach McCambley (BEL)
  24. Jake Eder (PEN)
  25. Eury Pérez (JUP)
  26. Evan Fitterer (rookie)
  27. Paul Campbell (suspended)
  28. Will Banfield (BEL)
  29. Jorge Guzman (MIA IL)
  30. Osiris Johnson (JUP) 1-for-5, 1 2b, 1 SO, .639 OPS

After taking Monday off, the four clubs will get back after it with another six-game series, their third of 20 this season. The Jumbo Shrimp will travel to Norfolk for a rematch with the Tides, Pensacola will host the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the Snappers will visit the Cedar Rapids Kernels, and the Hammerheads will take the bus trip to Daytona to face the Tortugas.