The Marlins rookie affiliate started the day with their first victory of the season.
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of Thursday’s action, a little housekeeping.
C Brian Navarreto (JAX) activated from the seven-day IL.
LHP Rob Zastryzny (JAX) placed on the seven-day IL.
Recently acquired RHP Andrew McInvale activated by Pensacola.
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RHP Jorge Guzman started a rehab assignment with Jacksonville.
SS Joe Dunand (JAX) started a rehab assignment with Jupiter.
Marlins optioned RHP Nick Neidert to Jacksonville.
1b Lázaro Alonso roster status changed by Pensacola.
RHP George Soriano assigned to Beloit from Jupiter.
Beloit sent 2b Marcus Chiu to rehab with the FCL Marlins.
Marlins optioned RHP Nick Neidert to Jacksonville.
LHP Josh Simpson (BEL) placed on 7-day IL .
1b Zachary Owings (JUP) placed on 7-day IL.
C Luis Arcaya assinged to FCL Marlins from Jupiter.
RHP Evan Fitterer (FCL) placed on the 7-day IL.
2b Carlos Arroyo and RHP Jesus Zabaleta assigned to FCL Marlins.
CF Monte Harrison (JAX) started a rehab gig in Jupiter.
RHP Nick Neidert started a rehab assignment with Jacksonville.
1b Bubba Hollins assigned to Beloit from Pensacola.
RF Lorenzo Hampton assigned to Jupiter from Pensacola.
1b Nic Ready (BEL) placed on 7-day IL.
CF J.D. Orr (JUP) placed on the 7-day IL.
C Brian Navarreto (JAX) started a rehab assignment with Jupiter.
Marlins optioned 1b Lewin Díaz to Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Memphis Redbirds (postponed—rain)
The Memphis Redbirds and the Shrimp were rained out. The game was called before the first pitch, and will likely be replayed later in the series as part of a doubleheader.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Biloxi Shuckers
With a crowd of 4,002 on hand at Admiral Fetterman Field at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Jake Eder threw his first pitch at 7:37 PM.
Eder didn’t have his best stuff, walking three, hitting a batter, and giving up two hits over the first three innings. It didn’t matter to the bottom line, as he was equal to keeping the Shuckers off the board through five innings of work. Eder struck out five and lowered his ERA to 1.03, leading the entire minor leagues despite his early inning struggles.
The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning, when Wahoos center fielder Victor Victor Mesa lost his footing tracking down a fly ball. After recovering slightly, Mesa booted it, allowing the runner from second to score on the play, ruled as a hit and an error.
Tyler Stevens came in to pitch the ninth, with the Wahoos still trailing 1-0. After whiffing the first Shucker, he allowed a single and a two-run homer to right-center to triple Biloxi’s lead. Mesa soon afterward made up for his earlier miscue by throwing out a runner trying to score from second on a single to end the inning.
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The only Wahoos hit was a third inning single, courtesy of new-to-Pensacola first baseman J.D. Osborne. Osborne also added several defensive gems from first base, including a putout and an assist on an unconventional 3-2 double play for the first two outs of the second inning.
Beloit Snappers 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4 (11 innings)
With 506 in attendance at Pohlman Field, the hosting Snappers put up some late inning magic for an extra inning victory.
Starting pitcher Kyle Nicolas turned in a quality start, striking out seven and allowing two runs in six innings. He got 70-of-101 pitches in the zone, walking one and allowing four hits.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, Connor Scott got the Snappers on the board by knocking in Ricky Aracena with a single into right field. The score remained until the last of the eighth, when Griffin Conine hit a three-run bomb into left-center for a 4-2 lead, his circuit lead-tying 16th of the campaign. He also leads the High-A Central with 43 RBI for the season, and ranks third with a .961 OPS.
Justin Evans pitched perfect frames in the seventh and eighth, striking out three Rattlers. Zach Wolf came in to pitch the ninth, but surrendered a pair of runs on four hits and a walk He struck out two in two innings.
Scott knocked in his second run of the night in the bottom of the 11th in walkoff fashion, driving home Thomas Jones with the game-winner. Scott was the only Snapper to register more than one hit, with three singles and a stolen base. Tyler Mitzel (1-1, 1.13) was the winning pitcher of record, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless 11th.
Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Tampa Tarpons 8
Dax Fulton (1-3, 5.68) started for the Hammerheads in the first game of a seven-inning twin-bill, and took the loss after surrendering four runs in three innings. Fulton put 43-of-77 pitches over the plate, striking out one and allowing five hits and three walks.
Diowill Burgos actually got the Hammerheads (22-27) on the board first, crossing the plate in the second inning on a wild pitch. It was all the Sharks would get, as Tampa pitching limited Jupiter to two walks and a Monte Harrison double.
Jupiter Hammerheads, Tampa Tarpons (suspended—rain)
In the second game of their planned twin-bill, the Sharks and the Tarpons managed to play just over a half on an inning before the game was suspended, still with no score. They will—weather permitting—complete the seven-inning affair in another doubleheader today.
FCL Marlins 10, FCL Nationals 6
Sandro Bargallo allowed four runs in his three inning start, on four hits and three walks. He also struck out five and earned no decision. Reliever Delvis Alegre (1-0, 0.00) pitched four shutout innings for the victory, striking out two and surrendering three hits and two walks. Edgar Sánchez and Yoilan Quinonez each allowed a run in their respective inning of work.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Marlins got on the board on a Jorge Caballero two-run single. In the third, they brought four runs home on a Cristhian Rodriguez ground out, a Javeon Cody bunt-single, a Yoelvis Sanchez single, and a Keegan Fish sacrifice fly.
Still leading by a 6-4 count in the sixth frame, Ian Lewis drew a bases-loaded walk for a run’s worth of insurance. Osiris Johnson smacked a three-run homer in the eighth to make it 10-4. The pair of runs the Nats scraped up in the final two innings didn’t make a dent.
José Salas led the Marlins’ offense with three hits, including a double. Cody and Sánchez also each collected a pair of base hits, and Fish scored three runs despite only one official at-bat. The baby-Fish now sit at 1-1 for the nascent season.
At 10:00 AM, the FCL Marlins get an early start to the day with a matchup against the FCL Cardinals.
Jupiter vs. Tampa for two starting at 4 PM, including the game suspended in the first inning last night.
Jacksonville vs. Memphis for two as well, with Nick Neidert (2-0, 1.37) getting the start in game one starting at 5:30 PM.
Zach King (1-6, 6.80) will get a turn for Beloit against the Rattlers at 7:35 PM.
Also at 7:35 PM, the Wahoos will entrust Jeff Lindgren (2-4, 4.63) with the start against the Shuckers.