April 15, 2004 Farm Report: Jupiter Hammerheads

Pitcher Josh Johnson Had a Big Time Outing

Marlins Inisider offers a game by game review of Marlins High Class A affiliate Jupiter Hammerheads for the games from April 10th through April 14th.

Saturday
April 10, 2004
Palm Beach Cardinals 6 Jupiter Hammerheads 3


Starter Jeff Fulchino gave the Hammerheads a terrific start by going into the 6th inning with a no hitter. The Hammerheads had a 3 run lead at that point but Fulchino gave up 3 earned runs in the 6th to tie up the game.

The game remained tied heading into extra innings where in the 10th inning 3B Lee Mitchell hit a single to centerfield that gave speedster OF Jose Aponte a chance to score. Unfortunately, Aponte was thrown out at the plate and the game remained tied til the 12th inning when Hammerhead reliever Eric Reynolds yielded 3 runs to lose the game 6-3 bringing the team's record to 0-3.


Sunday
April 11, 2004
Palm Beach Cardinals 9 Jupiter Hammerheads 8


Logan Kensing gave up 5 runs, 4 of them earned in the first two innings but settled in to pitch 4 innings giving up 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.

Despite giving up the early lead, the Hammerheads battled back to take 8-7 lead in the 7th off the strength of a 3 run homerun by catcher Eliezer Alfonzo. Reliever Ruddy Lugo however could not hold the lead giving up two 2 run doubles in the 9th losing the game for Jupiter 9-8.


Monday
April 12, 2004
Jupiter Hammerheads 8 Daytona Cubs 2


Hammerheads pitcher Josh Johnson gave his team a brilliant performance going 5 innings giving up only 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7.

That performance seemed to inspire the Hammerheads bats. The team got RBI singles from 2B Matt Demarco, DH Chris Bass, 1B Tom Merkle, and RF phenom prospect Jeremy Hermida who saw his first action in this game after sitting out with a strained hamstring. The Hammerheads also got RBI triples from CF Travis Ezi and SS Rex Rundgren.

The win was the first of the season for Jupiter bringing their record to 1-4.


Tuesday
April 13, 2004
Jupiter Hammerheads 9 Daytona Cubs 7


Super Prospect pitcher Yorman Bazardo had another rough outing giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning but the Hammerheads offense would carry the team on this day being led by catcher Eliezer Alfonzo who hit a 2 run triple in the 1st inning scoring Jermey Hermida and Chris Bass. In the 3rd inning Alfonso smashed a solo homerun to left field. Then in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Hammerheads down 7-6 and two outs, Alfonso delivered the game winner by blasting a three run homerun.

Alfonzo was responsible for all 9 of Jupiter's runs in game going 3 for 5 with 6 rbi and 3 runs scored.


Wednesday
April 14, 2004
Jupiter Hammerheads 11 Vero Beach Dodgers 6


LHP Scott Olsen came out after a poor start in his last outing and turned in a solid perfomance, despite battling issues with control to lead the Hammerheads past the Vero Beach Dodgers on Wednesday night.

The Hammerheads offense was led by OF Travis Ezi, OF Charles Frazier and 2B Matt Demarco who hit their first homeruns of the season. RF Jeremy Hermida chipped in with 3 RBI.

The win is the third straight for Jupiter and brings their season record to 3-4

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