*** Florida Marlins Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES - It was a tough weekend for the Isotopes, as they dropped three straight games, including a 6-2 setback to Omaha on Sunday. Starter Kevin Olsen suffered his second loss of the year (0-2), despite giving up only one earned run in five innings of work. Outfielders Matthew Padgett and Derek Wathan each tallied a pair of hits in defeat, while Wathan was the only Isotope to post an RBI. Wathan, a converted shortstop, has been on fire over the past ten games, hitting .340 with eight runs scored and four RBI. Olsen, who has started four games this season, actually lowered his ERA to 6.20 on the year, as he had given up a combined 13 earned runs in his two previous outings.
CAROLINA MUDCATS - The Mudcats made sure that Jacksonville would not pull off the four-game sweep, as they managed to come away with a 4-1 win on the road on Sunday. The victory ended a three-game losing skid for Carolina and improved its record to 9-8 on the year. The Mudcats continue to rely on a pitching staff that has the fourth-best ERA in the Southern League (3.83) and seven pitchers with an ERA under 3.90. Southpaw starter Trevor Hutchinson is one of those Mudcats, holding an ERA of 3.68 and an impressive record of 3-1. However, Hutchinson suffered his first loss of the year on Saturday when he allowed Jacksonville to score six earned runs on nine hits in just four innings of work. While Hutchinson would like to forget this past weekend, outfielder Chip Ambres hopes things continue to go his way, as he is hitting .474 over the past five games.
JUPITER HAMMERHEADS - Losing is becoming an all too common occurrence for the Hammerheads, who have dropped their last four games and five of their last seven overall. They recently suffered a 10-3 setback to Vero Beach on Sunday, moving their overall record to 7-10. Jupiter is now five games behind first- place St. Lucie in the Florida State League's East Division. Scott Olsen (1-2) was the losing pitcher in the contest, giving up four earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings of work. Evan Greusel did a terrible job in relief, allowing five runs, five hits and four walks in only 2 2/3 innings. Outfielder Jeremy Hermida continued to tear the cover off the ball for the Hammerheads, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a run scored. Hermida is now hitting .388 on the year and has hit safely in Jupiter's last seven games.
GREENSBORO BATS - Nothing seems to be going right for the Bats, who have dropped their last six games and eight of their last nine overall. Greensboro was defeated by Lexington on Sunday, 13-6, and has now posted only four wins this season in 17 games. Despite the team's struggles, catcher Angel Molina is starting to really get into a groove. Molina went 2-for-4 on Sunday and hit his fourth home run of the season, while also improving his RBI total to 10 on the year. Mauro Zarate (0-1) was once again ineffective in a starting role for the Bats, as he lasted only 3 2/3 innings after allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits. Although it was only Zarate's first loss of the year, his ERA is now an inflated 7.02 after four starts against South Atlantic League competition.