Only one winner down on the farm Sunday, but there were a handful of encouraging individual performances, particularly at Bowling Green.
AAA Durham Bulls (25-33)
Durham's offense snoozed through Sunday's matinee 7-0 loss to Louisville. The Bats got the only run they needed in the second when they hit back to back doubles to open the inning against Chris Archer. Archer was also tagged for a four-run 4th inning when his control problems briefly resurfaced. He hit the leadoff batter, and after striking out the following hitter, a wild pitch allowed the runner to advance to second and eventually score on a single. He would later walk a batter and issue another wild pitch in the inning. Jeff Francis threw a complete game shutout for Louisville, only allowing seven hits and a walk in nine innings. Desmond Jennings returned to Durham's lineup for his rehab assignment and went 0/4 batting leadoff. Chris Gimenez and Shawn O'Malley were the only Bulls to reach base twice, and they did not record an extra base hit.
AA Montgomery Biscuits (31-26)
Montgomery's only two hits in the game were solo home runs, and the Biscuits squeaked by with a 3-2 win against Tennessee. Montgomery scored all three of their runs in the second inning. After Tyler Bortnick's two out solo home run got the scoring started, Brett Nommensen walked and stole second before Greg Sexton blasted his second homer of the year. In addition to the pair of hits, Montgomery only had two walks, so it took a great effort from the pitching staff to hold the lead. Joe Cruz allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 5.1 innings with four strikeouts. Despite each issuing a pair of walks, Marquis Fleming and Kirby Yates combined to throw a scoreless 3.2 innings to finish the game and preserve the win.
High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-30)
FSL games rarely transform into home run derbies, but Charlotte's did just that in their 11-1 loss to Dunedin. Braulio Lara and George Jensen each allowed five runs, allowing a combined three home runs in six innings. The Blue Jays went up 5-0 after the second inning against Lara, the big blow coming on Kevin Nolan's three run home run. Four innings later with a six run lead, Cuban defector Kenen Bailli socked a grand slam, his first home run of the year to definitely put the game out of reach. Charlotte's lone run came on a solo shot by Derek Dietrich, his 6th of the season. Hector Guevara and Kevin Kiermaier each had two hit games. Dunedin starter John Stilson struck out seven in five one-run innings.
Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-26)
Felipe Rivero left with an apparent injury in Bowling Green's 5-4 loss to Dayton. No additional information is available at this time, and it was first reported by Rays Digest that he appeared to be in pain. Rivero allowed three runs in the 5th inning and left after that with three runs on four hits and two walks total. Charlie Cononie relieved him and walked six in just 1.1 innings, allowing Dayton to tack on a couple more runs and keep the game out of reach. Josh Sale's hot streak continued with a double and a pair of walks, and he stole his 4th base. Todd Glaesmann's hot stretch continued with two hits including a home run, a double, walk and two steals. In his last 10 games, Glaesmann has hit five home runs and is slugging .711. Jake Hager reached base twice and drove in two runs.
Star of the day- Todd Glaesmann continues to be on fire in a productive Hot Rods lineup.
Goat of the day- Any right handers in Durham's lineup against Jeff Francis.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM
Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:30 PM
v. Casey Lawrence (4-0, 2.85)
Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM
Parker Markel (1-2, 6.00) v. Radhames Quezada (2-6, 4.30)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
18-39 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 203 R (12th) .650 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.42 ERA (12th) 1.50 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Neftali Soto (11), 2B Chris Valaika (21), RHP Josh Judy (23)
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
24-33 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 211 R (9th) .699 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (3rd) 1.34 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trey McNutt (4), 3B Junior Lake (8), Dae-Eun Rhee (11), RHP Dallas Beeler (12), OF Jae-Hoon Ha (18), 2B Logan Watkins (23), RHP Marcus Hatley (26), RHP Casey Weathers (27)
Dunedin Blue Jays
37-19 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 313 R (1st) .770 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (5th) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jake Marisnick (3), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (10), OF Michael Crouse (23), OF Marcus Knecht (24), RHP John Stilson (26)
Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
22-35 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 212 R (16th) .639 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.08 ERA (14th) 1.38 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Waldrop (22), 2B Ryan Wright (23), 3B Sean Buckley (24)