Down On The Farm: August 2

How long will Hak-Ju Lee's on-base streak last?, creditJim Donten

Jake Hager was taken out of the game after being hit by a pitch on the wrist, but there weren't any updates available when I wrote this up.

AAA Durham Bulls (52-60)

Durham was off.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (23-16)

Matt Buschmann pitched well and was eventually backed by the Montgomery offense in their 7-1 win over Mississippi. The game was scoreless through the first four and a half innings before Kyeong Kang's two run homer opened the scoring. Two innings later, the Biscuits broke the game open with a four run inning that included a two-run triple by Hak-Ju Lee, extending his on-base streak to 44 games. Buschmann was taken out of the game in the 7th and finished with 6.1 innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Mikie Mahtook had his 4th multi-hit game with the Biscuits and is batting .324 through nine games since the promotion. He also stole his first base with Montgomery.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (15-24)

Charlotte left more than a handful of runners on base in their 6-1 loss to Tampa. Although they had as many baserunners as the Yankees, the Stone Crabs only had one hit with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. It was the bottom of the lineup that was setting the table for Charlotte with two hit games from the 7th through 9th hitters, Cody Rogers, Luke Bailey and Hector Guevara. Rogers also stole two bases, and combined with leadoff hitter Kevin Kiermaier's three walks, there were plenty of opportunities for the middle of the lineup. C.J. Riefenhauser struggled again, allowing four runs on 10 hits in six innings. It was his 7th straight appearance without a quality start.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-14)

Poor defense hurt Bowling Green in their 9-2 loss to Great Lakes. Thanks to four errors, only four of the Loons' runs were earned, all of which were given up in the 8th inning by Jason McEachern. Jake Floethe allowed three unearned runs in six innings with four hits and three walks, but two of the four errors were committed by Floethe himself. Bowling Green only had six hits, two of which came off the bat of Cameron Seitzer. Seitzer wasn't in the starting lineup, but Jake Hager had to be taken out of the game after being hit on the wrist. The only runs came off the bat of breakout candidate Alejandro Segovia whose two run homer was his 12th of the season.

Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (28-15)

Hudson Valley's pitching staff had a strong effort, and the offense provided some late insurance in the Renegades' 4-2 win at State College. Sean Bierman made the start against Clay Holmes, one of the league's best arms, and outpitched him by allowing one run on three hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts. In the 8th inning with the game tied at one, a Luke Maile single followed by a throwing error in the outfield allowed two runs to score and Maile to reach third base, and he came home to score himself on a Ryan Dunn sac fly to give Hudson Valley a 4-1 lead. In relief of Bierman, Ian Kendall picked up the win by finishing the final three innings, allowing a run and striking out three batters.

Rookie Princeton Rays (22-19)

Blake Snell earned his first career complete game shutout after the game was called after five and a half inning with Princeton leading 6-0. In five scoreless innings, Snell allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six Pulaski batters. The P-Rays exploded for a five run 4th inning that began with five players reaching base before the first out was recorded. Unfortunately for Pulaski, the first two outs of the inning also scored runs, and they were down 5-0 before the inning finally ended. William Argo and Oscar Hernandez each reached three times for Princeton, and Argo stole his 9th base of the season.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (18-21)

The GCL Rays came out on top in a tight one, beating the GCL Red Sox 2-1. The Red Sox threw some impressive arms at the Rays with rehabbing closer Andrew Bailey pitching the first inning and allowing a triple to Spencer Edwards. Ty Buttrey, a key overslot signing by the Red Sox in the 2012 draft, made his pro debut in relief and struck out two in an inning. The Rays scored twice in the 6th inning when Bralin Jackson hit a run scoring groundout followed by Benjamin Kline hitting a run scoring single. The Rays pitching was tough, starting with Jordan Harrison who allowed just an unearned run with five strikeouts in five innings. Stepan Havlicek relieved him and struck out three in three perfect innings. The struggling Yoel Araujo had his second straight two hit game.

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Star of the day- It was as cheap as complete game shutouts come, but kudos to Blake Snell.

Goat of the day- Charlotte's entire offense failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities.

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jim Paduch* (5-9, 5.82) v. Yohan Flande* (5-7, 4.17)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM
Nick Barnese (1-0, 4.55) v. Zeke Spruill (7-10, 3.88)

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:30 PM
Braulio Lara (5-8, 6.29) v. Matt Tracy (5-3, 2.99)

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 8:05 PM
Felipe Rivero (8-7, 2.41) v. Raydel Sanchez (3-5, 4.16)

Hudson Valley @ State College 7:05 PM
Taylor Guerrieri (0-2, 1.50) v. Jason Creasy (0-2, 4.63)

Princeton @ Pulaski 7 PM
Bruedlin Suerol (3-3, 5.35) v. Jochi Ogando (1-2, 3.31)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM
TBA v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on MiLB.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
51-61 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 480 R (9th) .720 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.46 ERA (12th) 1.51 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Julio Teheran (1), RHP Randall Delgado (3), RHP Billy Bullock (24), RHP Erik Cordier (26), RHP Cory Gearrin (29)

Mississippi Braves
17-21 (4th in SL South)
Offense: 441 R (8th) .667 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Christian Bethancourt (8), RHP Zeke Spruill (9), 1B Joey Terdoslavich (11), RHP J.R. Graham (13), OF Todd Cunningham (16), RHP David Hale (21), RHP Billy Bullock (24), C Evan Gattis (27), 2B Phil Gosselin (30)

Tampa Yankees
25-15 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 442 R (9th) .698 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (3rd) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Gary Sanchez (4), OF Mason Williams (5), OF Slade Heathcott (10), OF Ramon Flores (13), OF Tyler Austin (20), RHP Zach Nudie (22), LHP Nik Turley (27), RHP Branden Pinder (30)

Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
17-21 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 464 R (14th) .660 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (13th) 1.40 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF James Baldwin (11), C Pratt Maynard (25), 1B O'Koyea Dickson (29)

State College Spikes (Pittsburgh)
23-20 (3rd in Pinckney)
Offense: 176 R (9th) .634 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.23 ERA (4th) 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luis Heredia (5), RHP Clay Holmes (15)

Pulaski Mariners
13-25 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 161 R (7th) .646 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.38 ERA (7th) 1.45 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Phillips Castillo (10), C Tyler Marlette (18)

GCL Red Sox
21-18 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 177 R (4th) .648 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (4th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

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