Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-2) ***Featured game of the day***
Bowling Green scored 10 unanswered runs in a 10-1 win to earn a series sweep. After Blake Snell allowed a solo home run two batters into the game, he cruised through 4.2 innings, allowing just five hits while striking out nine and walking none. Meanwhile, he got great run support, led by another strong game by Andrew Toles who had three hits including his third triple. The bottom four hitters in the lineup, Thomas Coyle, Ryan Dunn, Marty Gantt and Ben Kline, combined for 11 hits, reached base 14 times and drove in six of the runs. Marcus Jensen and Shay Crawford combined for 4.1 scoreless innings in relief of Snell.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-1)
Thanks to two home runs by Leslie Anderson, Durham piled up 10 more runs in their 10-6 win over Gwinnett. His first came in the third inning, and it helped erase an early 2-0 deficit. Two innings later, he hit another two run blast to give the Bulls a 5-4 lead they wouldn't let go. It started a run of seven straight runs for Durham that included two of Jason Bourgeois' three doubles on the game. Bourgeois also walked twice and drove in four runs. Chris Archer allowed four runs in five innings, but there were some positives. 56 of his 86 pitches were strikes, and he struck out seven while only walking one. Wil Myers added two more singles but also struck out twice.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-2)
Montgomery took advantage of seven Jackson errors to eke out a 4-3 win over the Generals and Taijuan Walker. Thanks to the comical display of defense, the Biscuits staked out a 4-0 lead before some shoddy defense of their own led to three seventh inning Jackson runs. Matt Buschmann outpitched Walker, firing six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits while striking out five and walking none. While the sloppy Jackson defense did a lot of the work for the Biscuits, Ty Morrison, Cameron Seitzer and Kevin Kiermaier all picked up two hits. In the seventh, C.J. Riefenhauser allowed two home runs, one to a righty and one to a lefty.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-3)
Bradenton remains winless on the season after a late Charlotte comeback gave the Stone Crabs a 10 inning 4-3 win. Parker Markel struggled again, allowing three runs in the first two innings and only lasting four total. He struck out three, walked three and allowed four hits. Charlotte picked up two of their own runs in the first inning after back-to-back doubles by Taylor Motter and Drew Vettleson followed by a groundout and wild pitch. It took until there was one out in the ninth for Charlotte to tie it on a Kes Carter single, and they won it in the 10th on a Kyeong Kang single. Great relief work after Markel's departure allowed Charlotte to remain in the game. Eliazer Suero and Andrew Bellatti each pitched three scoreless innings, with Bellatti striking out five in earning the win.
Star of the day- He couldn't last five innings, but Blake Snell striking out nine and walking none was much better than his first outing.
Goat of the day- Another sweep for the organization; the affiliates are off to nice starts.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:30 PM
Felipe Rivero* (0-1, 5.40) v. Nicholas Kingham (0-1, 3.60)
Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM
Dylan Floro (0-0, 0.00) v. Montreal Robertson (1-0, 0.00)
Scouting the opposition
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
3-4 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 23 R (12th) .712 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 5.31 ERA (10th) 1.74 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Jonathan Schoop (3), OF L.J. Hoes (6), LHP Michael Belfiore (24)
Jackson Generals (Seattle)
2-4 (T-3rd in SL North)
Offense: 20 R (6th) .588 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.09 ERA (1st) 1.03 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (2), SS Brad Miller (9), RHP Carson Smith (16), OF Leon Landry (17), 2B Jack Marder (20), OF Francisco Martinez (22), OF Julio Morban (24), 3B Vinnie Catricala (26), RHP Chance Ruffin (27)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
0-6 (T-5th in FSL South)
Offense: 23 R (6th) .638 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (9th) 1.52 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gregory Polanco (4), SS Alen Hanson (5), RHP Nick Kingham (17), OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24)
West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
4-2 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 37 R (4th) .783 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (3rd) 1.25 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Schotts (5), OF Danry Vasquez (6), RHP Montreal Robertson (18), RHP Endrys Briceno (22), RHP Edgar De La Rosa (29)