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Earning Their Stripes: 6/3/21

The Marlins minors split their four contests on Thursday night.

While the Marlins losing streak continued at the major league level, their future stars were working four levels deep in the minors.

Recent Transactions


OF Monte Harrison (JAX) placed on the seven-day IL.

SS Galli Cribbs Jr. assigned to Jacksonville. Recently signed, Texas native Cribbs has hit .203 across parts of six minor league seasons.

OF Lewis Brinson optioned to Jacksonville.


RHP Jason Alexander (JAX) placed on seven-day IL.

2B Justin Twine assigned to Jumbo Shrimp.

SS Demetrius Sims (PNS) activated from seven-day IL.

RHP Andrew Bellatti assigned to Pensacola. Bellatti is a 29-year-old reliever. He appeared at the major league level with the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays, and put up a 2.31 ERA and a 1.114 WHIP in 23 13 innings.

3B Marcos Rivera (BEL) activated from seven-day IL.

1B Zachary Owings (BEL) placed on the seven-day IL.

1B Troy Johnston promoted from Jupiter to Beloit.

C Arquimedes Cumana assigned to Jupiter.


C Brian Navaretto (JAX) placed on seven-day IL.

LHP Shawn Morimando outrighted to Jacksonville.


CF Lewis Brinson joined Jacksonville on a rehab stint.


OF Zack Kone assigned to Jacksonville from Beloit.

C Chris Chinea assigned to Jumbo Shrimp from Pensacola.

1B Lewin Diaz optioned to Jacksonville.

Marlins selected SS Luis Marte from Jacksonville.

C Dustin Skelton (BEL) activated from seven-day IL.

Angeudis Santos assigned to Beloit from GCL.


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Gwinnett Stripers 2

Jacksonville improved to 16-11 for the season with a road victory in front of 2,011 at Coolray Field. As good as their record is, it’s only good enough for third in the seven-team Triple-A Southeast Division. They’re 5.5 games behind the division-leading Nashville Sounds. The Stripers drop to 15-12, in fourth.

Luís Madero made the most of his third start of the season for the Shrimp, striking out seven over five shutout innings and putting 54-of-78 pitches in the strike zone. Steven Okert struck out a pair in 1 23 relief innings. Brett Eibner got the final three outs in a non-save situation.

Justin Twine is making the most of his recent resigning with the organization. After going three-for-four in Wednesday’s game, he opened the scoring with a first-inning RBI-single. With the score still 1-0 in the sixth, Twine added to Jacksonville’s lead by tripling home Jesús Sánchez. Lewin Díaz singled Twine home, then Corey Bird added a two-run triple. With a 5-2 lead in the eighth, Brian Miller added an insurance run by singling Santiago Chávez home with the final run of the contest.

Miller reached base in each of his five plate appearances, with three walks and two singles. Twine, Díaz, and Chavez each collected a pair of hits in the victory. Game four starts at 7:05PM tonight, with the starting pitchers yet to be announced.


Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2, Mississippi Braves 5

Pensacola dropped to 16-11 with a loss to the M-Braves with a home crowd of 4,555 on hand at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Even with the loss, Pensacola sits atop the four-team Double-A South Southern Division, two games ahead of Mississippi.

The Wahoos were held to only three hits, and didn't score until the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 5-0, JJ Bleday helped Pensacola avoid the shutout with a two-run shot to right-center field. The other two hits, both singles, were collected courtesy of Riley Mahan and Jerar Encarnacíon. After striking out three in 1 13 innings, Sean Guenther now has 25 K’s in 16 23 innings this season.

Jeff Lindgren (2-2, 3.38) started and lost. He was charged with three earned runs on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out two, walked three, and put 60-of-90 pitches over the plate. Tonight’s game, the fourth of six in the series, will begin at 7:35 PM. Will Stewart (0-2, 4.74) will make the start.


Beloit Snappers 7, Quad Cities River Bandits 5

Beloit improved to 15-12 for the season, just 1.5 games out of the High-A Central West Division lead behind the Bandits with 2,544 in attendance at Modern Woodmen Park.

A scoreless tilt until the top of the fifth inning, Dustin Skelton broke the seal on the scoreboard with a two-run homer, his second of the season. Troy Johnston added a three-run shot in the sixth for a 5-0 lead. Would that be enough? Almost.

Zach King had put the clamps down on Quad Cities for five innings, limiting the Bandits to three hits and a walk for no runs. He whiffed three and put 36-of-69 pitches in the black. Reliever Josh Simpson surrendered four runs in the seventh to let the bad guys back into it.

Ynmanol Marinez added a pair of well-needed insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run double. Even though the Bandits touched new reliever Josh Roberson for a run in the eighth, the Bandits did enough to hang on for the victory. Tyler Mitzel pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save of the season.

Will Banfield led Beloit’s offense with three hits, all singles. Ricky Aracena added a pair of singles, and Johnston also collected a single to finish with multiple hits in the game. The two clubs will get back after it tonight starting at 7:30 PM.


Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 5

Jupiter dropped to 13-14 with a loss to the hosting Cardinals, and sit three back of the lead in the Low-A Southeast East Division. Although the Cardinals hosted the contest, they share Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium with Jupiter. This may have resulted in a better-than-usual crowd of 1,021.

Chris Mokma earned a quality start and no decision, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out five and put 58-of-90 over the dish.

Victor Mesa Jr. singled Nasim Nuñez home with a fifth inning single to open the scoring, but the Sharks’ lead wouldn't last very long. The Cards scored three in the bottom of the inning, and added another in the sixth for a 4-1 lead.

Cameron Barstad scored Dalvy Rosario with a single in the seventh, then knocked in two more with a double in the eighth to tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth, Justin Evans gave up the game-winner to Donivan Williams on an RBI-single.

Nunez joined Barstad with multiple hits in the game. Jupiter stands as the only Marlins’ affiliate below the .500 mark. They’ll have a chance to get back tonight starting at 6:30 PM.

Checking in with the Marlins Top 30 Prospects

  1. Sixto Sánchez
  2. J.J. Bleday (PNS) 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .632 OPS
  3. Max Meyer
  4. Edward Cabrera
  5. Lewin Díaz (JAX) 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .679 OPS
  6. Jesús Sánchez (JAX) 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.153 OPS
  7. Braxton Garrett
  8. José Devers
  9. Dax Fulton
  10. Nick Neidert
  11. Victor Mesa Jr. (JUP) 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .684 OPS
  12. Peyton Burdick (PNS) 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 CS, .755 OPS
  13. Nasim Nunez (JUP) 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 E, .560 OPS
  14. Monte Harrison
  15. Kameron Misner (BEL) 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SB, .627 OPS
  16. Connor Scott
  17. Kyle Nicolas
  18. Griffin Conine (BEL) 0-for-5, 1 R, 3 SO, .912 OPS
  19. Jose Salas
  20. Yiddi Cappe
  21. Jerar Encarnación (PNS) 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 E, .744 OPS
  22. Jordan Holloway
  23. Zach McCambley
  24. Jake Eder
  25. Eury Perez
  26. Evan Fitterer
  27. Paul Campbell
  28. Will Banfield (BEL) 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 2 E, 1 PO, .646 OPS
  29. Jorge Guzmán
  30. Osiris Johnson (JUP) 1-for-5, 1 SO, 1 SB, .464 OPS