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Earning Their Stripes: 5/18/21

The Miami Marlins minor league affiliate system posted a 2-2 record in a return to action on Tuesday night.

The Miami Marlins minor league affiliate system posted a 2-2 record in a return to action on Tuesday night.


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Norfolk Tides 0

With 4,760 in attendance at Harbor Park, in Norfolk, Virginia, the visiting Jumbo Shrimp shut out their hometown Tides by a 4-0 count.

Elieser Hernandez, who joined the team for a rehab stint, struck out four over a three-inning start, walking two but allowing zero hits. Hernandez put 28-of-44 pitches in the strike zone. Nick Neidert pitched the final six innings, shutting the Tides out on six hits and zero walks. He struck out four batters and placed 51-of-77 offerings in the black. Neidert goes to 2-0 for the season, while the Shrimp improve to 9-4.

The Shrimp got on the board for the first time on a Jesús Sánchez homer in the fourth inning, his sixth of the year and a solo shot. Unlike his first five bombs, this one didn’t go over the fence.

Jacksonville added a pair to their lead in the next frame, on a Brian Navarreto RBI-single and a Lewin Díaz sacrifice fly. Corey Bird doubled a run home in the seventh for the final margin of victory. Navarreto, Bird, and Deven Marrero finished with multiple hits for the Shrimp.


Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Rocket City Trash Pandas 2 (10 innings)

The host Blue Wahoos topped the visiting Trash Pandas in extra innings, with 3,001 in the house at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Max Meyer was in good form after a shaky start last week. The Marlins’ most recent first round choice struck out nine Raccoons in 5 23 innings, holding them off the board on five hits and a walk. Meyer put 55-of-84 over the plate. Zach Leban struck out a pair in 1 13 innings of relief, followed by Brian McKenna with two K’s in one inning.

Pensacola didn’t take long to make a dent in the scoreboard. Peyton Burdick hit a one-out solo shot in the Wahoos’ half of the first, followed several batters later by a Lazaro Alonso RBI-groundout for a 2-0 lead. The score held through the next seven innings.

In the Pandas half of the ninth, Rocket City spoiled a Pensacola shutout by touching Colton Hock for a pair of runs on an Ibandel Isabel double. The timely hit also paved the way for the two clubs to enter extra time.

Tyler Stevens got through the top of the 10th with one strikeout, and stranded his “inherited” runner. In the bottom of the frame, Burdick bookended the contest by driving home JJ Bleday with the walkout game-winning hit.


Beloit Snappers 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 4

At Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the home Kernels doubled up the Snappers with 497 on hand.

For Beloit, Zach McCambley dropped to 1-2 for the season, striking out six and walking zero. In six innings, he allowed eight hits—four singles and four solo home runs, getting 66-of-92 over the plate. Offensively, the Snappers got on the board in the third inning. Trailing by a run, Thomas Jones brought home Devin Hairston on a sacrifice fly. Much later, down 4-1 in the seventh, Bubba Hollins doubled Ricky Aracena home for what would eventually remain the final score.

Beloit dropped to 6-7 for the 2021 campaign.


Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Daytona Tortugas 2

Jupiter dropped to 5-8 for the season in front of 1,234 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, in Daytona, Florida.

Six-foot-eight Eury Pérez took the loss, but did it in style. He struck out eight in four innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He only missed the strike zone 19 times in 67 pitches. Raul Brito whiffed four in two relief innings, allowing another run on two hits and zero walks. Tommy Eveld pitched the final two frames and struck out a pair, also giving up two hits.

Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, the Hammerheads got on the board with a Victor Mesa Jr. inside-the-park-home-run. Again trailing by two in the eighth, Osiris Johnson drove Sean Reynolds home with a sacrifice fly.

Checking in with the Top 30 MLB Pipeline Prospects

  1. Sixto Sánchez (JAX IL)
  2. J.J. Bleday (PEN) 1-for-5, 1 2b, 1 R, 2 SO, .658 OPS
  3. Max Meyer (PEN) 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 SO, 55-of-84 strikes
  4. Edward Cabrera (JAX IL)
  5. Lewin Díaz (JAX) 0-for-3, 1 RBI, .832 OPS, 1 SF
  6. Jesús Sánchez (JAX) 1-for4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1.556 OPS
  7. Braxton Garrett (MIA)
  8. José Devers (JAX) 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 SO, .768 OPS, 1 SAC
  9. Dax Fulton (JUP)
  10. Nick Neidert (JAX) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 51-of-77 strikes
  11. Victor Mesa Jr. (JUP) 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .781 OPS
  12. Peyton Burdick (PEN) 3-for-5, 2 2b, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, .660 OPS
  13. Nasim Nuñez (JUP) 0-for-4, 3 SO, .507 OPS, 1 CS, 1 E
  14. Monte Harrison (JAX) 1-for-4, 1 2b, 1 SO, .709 OPS
  15. Kameron Misner (BEL) 1-for-3, 1 BB, .492 OPS, 1 SB
  16. Connor Scott (BEL)
  17. Kyle Nicolas (BEL)
  18. Griffin Conine (BEL) 0-for-3, 1 BB, 3 SO, .870 OPS
  19. José Salas (rookie)
  20. Yiddi Cappe (rookie)
  21. Jerar Encarnación (PEN) 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, .900 OPS, 1 SB
  22. Jordan Holloway (MIA)
  23. Zach McCambley (BEL) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 66-of-92 strikes
  24. Jake Eder (PEN)
  25. Eury Pérez (JUP) 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 48-of-67 strikes
  26. Evan Fitterer (rookie)
  27. Paul Campbell (suspended)
  28. Will Banfield (BEL) 0-for-4, 2 SO, .371 OPS
  29. Jorge Guzman (MIA IL)
  30. Osiris Johnson (JUP) 0-for-3, 1 RBI, .598 OPS, 1 E