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Earning Their Stripes: 5/5/21

Max Meyer debuts, and Jacksonville tops 10 runs to go to 2-0.

2021 Miami Marlins Photo Day Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Day 2 of the Marlins minor league season was as eventful as the first.

With four Miami Marlins affiliates in action, the organization went 3-1 in addition to Miami’s 8-0 victory against the Diamondbacks at the major league level. Read on for the specifics.

Triple-A

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 10, Norfolk Tides 7

Right at the top of the Marlins food chain in Jacksonville, Florida, with 2,565 in attendance at 121 Financial Ballpark, the Shrimp continued an impressive start to their season at the Triple-A level.

Of particular note were the duo of Lewin Díaz and Jesús Sánchez, who added on to an already impressive Opening Day. Díaz went two-for-four with a double, a homer, and four RBI, while Sánchez was five-for-five with a triple, a home run, and another four RBI. The duo has already combined for 16 RBI for the still nascent season.

Every Jacksonville hitter to appear in the game collected at least one base hit, with Harrison joining Díaz and Sánchez with multiple hits (Harrison hit a double and a single with a pair of RBI).

Shrimp pitching limited the Tides to seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits and a walk, while striking out five. Luís Madero collected the victory with 3 13 innings of one-run relief, striking out three.

Today at 7:05 PM, Cody Poteet will make the start in game three of the six-game series.

Double-A

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2, Mississippi Braves 1

Max Meyer got 42-of-65 of his offerings over the plate in his professional debut, striking out five and allowing only one hit in five scoreless innings. Meyer also walked one batter before giving way to Sean Guenther. Guenther was the only pitcher against whom the M-Braves had any success. They touched him for one run on three hits in two frames for the only damage surrendered by any Wahoos pitcher.

Anthony Maldonado struck out the side in a perfect eighth, and Colton Hock earned a save with a scoreless ninth.

Pensacola staked their claim to the lead with runs in each of the first two innings. Victor Victor Mesa led off the first inning with a triple, then scored on a J.J. Bleday single for a 1-0 lead. Nick Fortes hit a double to lead off the second then scored on Lazaro Alonso’s single later in the frame. It was all the offense that Pensacola could muster (or would need).

Today, the Blue Wahoos will play games two and three against Mississippi, with the first contest setting off at 6:35 PM with Jake Eder on the hill.

High-A

Beloit Snappers 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 10

With 1,351 in the house at Fox Cities Stadium, the hosting Rattlers scored nine runs in the first three innings and held on for a 10-4 win against the Snappers.

Kameron Misner hit a pair of doubles for the good guys, and Connor Scott added a single and a double. Griffin Conine hit a triple in defeat for his first hit of the season. Bryan Hoeing was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs in 2 23 innings.

Game Three of the six-game set will be today night at 7:35 PM.

Single-A

Jupiter Hammerheads 6, St. Lucie Mets 5 (10 innings)

Clover Park was home to the Hammerheads, the Mets, and 329 dedicated fans in an extra inning win for the home team.

The Mets touched starting pitcher Dax Fulton for three runs in the second inning, on an RBI-double, a throwing error on the pitcher, and a wild pitch. Jupiter got one back in the third when Osiris Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk.

Jose Peroza stole home in the fifth inning off reliever Sean Reynolds, two was making his first professional appearance as a pitcher. Diowill Burgos clobbered a solo shot in the sixth to get the Sharks within two. Troy Johnston drove home another with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth, and Ashton Easley drove home the game-tying run with a force out later in the inning. Ynmanol Marinez scored on a throwing error for a 5-4 Hammerheads lead.

In the bottom of the inning, new pitcher Edison Suriel allowed Jupiter to tie things up with a wild pitch of his own. With the score still knotted at five, Johnston drove home Dalvy Rosario in the 10th inning with the game-winner.

Suriel earned the win despite allowing a run on three walks and a hit in two innings of otherwise serviceable work. The Hammerheads will play St. Lucie today at 6:10 PM in game three of their series.

Checking in with the Top 30

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

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