Kudos to the Hudson Valley players named to the NYPL All-Star Game: Thomas Coyle, Leonardo Reginatto, Joey Rickard, Jeff Ames and Taylor Guerrieri.
AAA Durham Bulls (56-63)
Durham's offense was stymied again by Columbus' pitching staff in their 3-0 loss to the Clippers. Alex Colome was okay, getting credit for a quality start with the bare minimum, six innings and three runs allowed. He struck out seven and allowed seven hits and three walks. Colome was opposed by former Major Leaguer Jeanmar Gomez who improved to 6-2 back in the minors, striking out five over eight scoreless innings. Former Ray Dan Wheeler picked up the save. Tim Beckham was the only Bull to reach base twice with a pair of singles.
AA Montgomery Biscuits (25-21)
Montgomery used strong pitching and a walkoff single to beat Jackson 2-1. In the bottom of the 9th with two outs, Jackson intentionally walked Omar Luna to face Brett Nommensen, and he made them pay with an infield single to win the game. Kirby Yates got the win with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings, but it was Merrill Kelly who stood out in his 5th start of the season. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks in 5.2 innings while striking out six. Montgomery got their first run on the board in the 4th inning on Mikie Mahtook's solo home run, his second since being promoted to AA. Omar Luna reached base four times.
High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (17-28)
Jeff Niemann made his return to the mound Wednesday, but he and Braulio Lara got little run support in their 2-1 11 inning loss to Bradenton. Niemann hasn't pitched since May 14th when he broke his leg, and he may have been a bit rusty when he allowed a run to Bradenton in the first. He finished with one run allowed on three hits and a walk in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts. Lara piggybacked him with a very effective performance, striking out five in 4.1 scoreless innings. Charlotte scored their only run of the night in the bottom of the 6th when Hector Guevara singled home Philip Wunderlich. In the 11th, Bradenton's Elevys Gonzalez homered off Matt Nevarez to give them a 2-1 lead. Riccio Torrez hit a double and triple.
Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-18)
A rough second inning for Ryan Carpenter put Bowling Green in a hole they couldn't dig out of in their 6-4 loss to South Bend. Prior to Wednesday's start, Carpenter had only allowed six earned runs in 60 innings at home in 2012, and he nearly doubled that in the 2nd inning when he served up three homers to give South Bend a 5-0 lead. The Hot Rods had some chances against top prospect Archie Bradley but ultimately didn't convert on most of them. Jeff Malm drove in all four runs with a 3rd inning double and 8th inning single. The three hitters in front of Malm, Jake Hager, Ryan Brett and Drew Vettleson, combined to reach base seven times and steal three bases.
Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (34-16)
There were a couple career firsts in Hudson Valley's 2-0 win over Vermont. First, just named as a New York-Penn League All-Star, Taylor Guerrieri struck out four in five scoreless innings to earn his first professional win. Guerrieri now has 29 strikeouts to just two walks so far this season. Offensively, Richie Shaffer hit his first professional home run in the 4th inning, and two innings later, he drove in Hudson Valley's second run too. Thomas Coyle, another NYPL All-Star, reached base twice in front of Shaffer.
Although it took 13 innings, Princeton scored four unanswered runs to beat rival Bluefield 4-3. In the top of the 1st, four straight reached base to open the game against Jonathan Weaver, and the P-Rays were down 3-0 before even having a chance to bat. Weaver, Eli Echarry, Nick Sawyer and Pedro Silvestre settled in after that and finished the game with 12 straight scoreless frames. Sawyer in particular stood out, striking out eight in four perfect innings. Brandon Martin walked to start the 13th and scored one batter later on a costly Bluefield throwing error. Earlier in the game, Martin hit his 5th homer and also doubled, and Andrew Toles reached base three more times with two steals. Oscar Hernandez had two hits including his 3rd home run.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (19-26)
The GCL Rays were silenced Wednesday in their 3-0 loss to the GCL Red Sox. The Rays only picked up three singles throughout the game (including one off the bat of the rehabbing Isaias Velasquez), but pitchers walked eight batters, giving the Rays plenty of opportunities to get runs home. Unfortunately, they were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. The Red Sox scattered three runs in the first seven innings, scoring one each against Nolan Gannon, Damion Carroll and Stepan Havlicek.
Star of the day- Taylor Guerrieri was named an All-Star and pitched great again to earn his first professional win.
Goat of the day- Whatever has prevented the Rays from scoring has trickled down to Durham the last couple days.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Columbus 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
v. David Huff (5-5, 4.97)
Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM
v. Mauricio Robles* (1-1, 4.50)
Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:30 PM
v. Jameson Taillon (6-7, 3.91)
Bowling Green v. South Bend 7:35 PM
Trevor Shull (3-6, 5.59) v. J.R. Bradley (6-7, 5.68)
Hudson Valley v. Vermont 7:05 PM
Jesse Hahn* (0-2, 3.81) v. Tyler Vail* (1-2, 4.66)
Princeton v. Bluefield 7:05 PM
Alex Keudell (2-2, 1.99) v. Tucker Jensen (2-2, 4.18)
GCL Rays @ GCL
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on MiLB.com
Scouting the opposition
Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
63-56 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 585 R (1st) .777 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Chen Lee (4), LHP Scott Barnes (9), RHP Tyler Sturdevant (12), 2B Cord Phelps (15), LHP T.J. McFarland (21), 1B Lars Anderson
Jackson Generals (Seattle)
25-20 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 504 R (4th) .736 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (1st) 1.31 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (1), LHP James Paxton (3), 3B Francisco Martinez (6), RHP Forrest Snow (19), RHP Brandon Maurer (21), OF Chih-Hsien Chang (24), LHP Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), 1B Rich Poythress (29)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
23-22 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 507 R (5th) .684 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (11th) 1.31 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jameson Taillon (2), 1B Alex Dickerson (11), OF Mel Rojas (29)
South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona)
23-22 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 552 R (3rd) .696 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (13th) 1.37 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Archie Bradley (2), RHP Tyler Green (25), RHP Jesse Darrah (26), RHP J.R. Bradley (27), LHP John Pedrotty (29)
Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
24-26 (2nd in Stedler)
Offense: 193 R (13th) .658 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (7th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Chris Bostick (24), RHP Michael Ynoa (27), SS Addison Russell, C Bruce Maxwell, RHP Nolan Sanburn
19-25 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 208 R (6th) .722 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Daniel Norris (4), 3B Matt Dean (11), OF Dwight Smith Jr. (16), RHP Kevin Comer (17), OF Jake Anderson (21), SS Dickie Joe Thon (27), 2B Christian Lopes (29)
GCL Red Sox
25-20 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 207 R (2nd) .658 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (5th) 1.23 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: None