Florida Marlins Farm Report: April 20, 2004

Robert Andino Is Making Progress At The Plate

Marlins Insider provides you with a game by game review of all four of the Florida Marlins minor league affiliates for the games spanning April 17 through the 19th.

Greensboro Bats

Saturday
April 17, 2004
Savannah Sand Gnats 6 Greensboro Bats 3


In a game marred by three player ejections as well the tossing of both teams managers the Sand Gnats were able to capitalize on another poor outing from Bat starter Victor Prieto. Prieto, who has been extremely disappointing thus far considering his status in the organization, went 3 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. Reliever Jason Iehl who was thrown out of the game for allegedly throwing at Sand Gnat batters went 3 innings with no earned runs allowed to go with 3 strikeouts. Nathan Nowicki finished out the last 3 innings with no earned runs and 1 strikeout.

Offensive highlights for the game came from 2B Cole Seifrig who went 2-5 with a run scored, Andy Rohledar went 1-5 with an RBI double and a run scored, and Angel Molina who went 1-3 with an RBI double.


Sunday
April 18, 2004
Greensboro Bats 8 Savannah Sand Gnats 7


The Bats overcame a 7-3 deficit going into the 8th inning by scoring 4 runs through a solo homerun by Angel Molina and a 3 run homerun by Robert Andino to tie the game. Then in the 9th Joe Mazzuca hit a game-winning solo homerun to give the Bats the 8-7 victory.

Promising LHP Jon-Michael Nickerson started the game for the Bats and went only 3.2 innings before getting pulled due to pitch count. Nickerson gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out only 2. Reliever Travis Chick took the victory after pitching 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 1.

Andino was the offensive star of the game going 2-3 with 4 RBI. Angel Molina went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Xavier Arroyo also had an RBI in his 1-4 night.


Monday
April 19, 2004
No Game Scheduled

Current Record (4-7)



Jupiter Hammerheads


Saturday
April 17, 2004
Jupiter Hammerheads 4 Brevard County Manatees 0


The Hammerheads got a brilliant 3 man combined shutout led by emerging star prospect RHP Josh Johnson. Johnson pitched 5 innings giving up only 3 hits and no walks while striking out 6. Ross Wolf then pitched the 6th and 7th giving up only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. Reliever Eric Reynolds completed the shutout by pitching the final two innings while striking out 2.

Offensively the ‘Heads were led by 3B Lee Mitchell who went 1-4 with a 3 RBI double. CF Travis Ezi drove in the other Hammerhead run in his 1-4 night.


Sunday
April 18, 2004
No Game Scheduled


Monday
April 19, 2004
St. Lucie Mets 3 Jupiter Hammerheads 2


The Hammerheads got a quality outing from star prospect RHP Yorman Bazardo who gave them 7 innings giving up 3 earned runs on only 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Phil Akens also gave the ‘Heads two quality innings giving up no runs with 1 hit and 3 strikeouts.

The strong pitching performances were not enough however to bring a win as the Hammerheads were only able to generate 2 runs for the game. 3B Lee Mitchell drove in 1 run as part of his 1-3 day. Tom Merkle provided the other RBI in his 1-4 day. Jeremy Hermida who went 1-2 to go with 2 walks scored a run as well as OF Charles Frazier who also went 1-3 on the day.

The loss drops the Hammerheads to 5-6 on the season.



Carolina Mudcats


Saturday
April 17, 2004
Birmingham Barons 6 Carolina Mudcats 3


Plus prospect RHP Ronald Belizario continued his rough start to the 2004 season giving up 4 runs, 3 of them earned off of 4 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings of work.

The Barons quick lead was more than enough for their starter Arnie Munoz as he threw 6 innings of scoreless ball against the ‘Cats.

The lone offensive highlight for Carolina came courtesy of CF Eric Reed who hit a 3 run homer as part of his 1-4 night. The other 4 hits that the Mudcats were able to muster in this game came from Jason Stokes, Josh Wilson, Chip Ambres, and Jimmy Goelz.


Sunday
April 18, 2004
Carolina Mudcats 5 Birmingham Barons 4


Mudcats Super Prospect 1B Jason Stokes had a monster night going 3-3 with a double and a homerun with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI to pace the Mudcats over the Barons. Eric Reed contributed with a 2-4 performance. SS Josh Wilson went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, Josh Willingham went 1-4 with a run scored as well. 3B Joe Dillon continued his torrid start going 2-3 with an RBI.

Carolina got solid pitching performances from Peter Bauer who went 5 IP giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Clint Sodowsky earned the win after pitching 2 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit, a walk with 1 strikeout. Reliever Kevin Cave earned the save after a scoreless ninth while striking out 1.


Monday
April 19, 2004
Carolina Mudcats 6 Chattanooga Lookouts 1


Starting pitcher Trevor Hutchinson continued to show that he is getting closer to consideration for a major league call-up with another dominating performance going 7 innings giving up only 1 run on 4 hits with no walks. He also struck out 11 Lookout batters.

1B Jason Stokes is showing signs of going on a hot streak, following up his big game on Sunday with a 3-4 showing with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI. Equally as hot 3B Joe Dillon also contributed a solo homerun in a 1-4 performance. CF Eric Reed went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Josh Wilson went 1-4 with a run scored.

The win brings the Mudcats record to 7-4, only one game out of first place.



Albuquerque Isotopes


Saturday
April 17, 2004
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 Memphis Redbirds 3


‘Topes starter Michael Tejera gave his team a quality start going 5 innings pitched giving up 2 earned runs off 4 hits and 2 walks to go with 5 strikeouts. Newly acquired RHP Ben Howard earned the win however after his 1.2 innings of scoreless work giving up no hits and only 1 walk while striking out 1. Toby Borland earned the save after a perfect 9th in which he struck out 2.

OF Chris Aguila drove in the winning run in the 7th inning with a sac fly that scored Bill Hall. Hall went 2-3 on the day with 2 runs scored. Larry Sutton went 1-3 with a homerun. Sac Fly RBIs were also turned in by Kevin Hooper and Mike Colangelo.


Sunday
April 18, 2004
Memphis Redbirds 4 Albuquerque Isotopes 3 10 innings


Starter Aaron Small turned in a good performance after two poor outings to start the season. Small went 7 innings giving up 2 runs only 1 earned off of 8 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Reliever Mike Flannery took the loss for his 2 innings pitched giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.

SS Wilson Valdez went 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI. 2B Kevin Hooper went 2-4 and Derek Wathan went 3-5 and Larry Sutton went 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI. OF Chris Aguila had an RBI as part of his 1-5 evening.


Monday
April 19, 2004
Memphis Redbirds 11 Albuquerque Isotopes 4


Starter Kevin Olsen had a rough 5.1 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 9 hits and a walk to go with 6 strikeouts. Bryan Gaal also got roughed up going 1.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 5 hits.

Offensive highlights for the game came from Chris Aguila who went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Kevin Hooper who turned in a 2-3 effort with a run scored. Drew Niles went 1-2 with a solo homerun. OF Matt Padgett went 1-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored. SS Wilson Valdez went 1-3 on the day.

The loss brings the Isotopes season record to 6-6.

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