One start removed from allowing three home runs in five innings, Odorizzi fires five scoreless innings.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (17-8)
Durham rode a strong performance from Jake Odorizzi to beat Syracuse 5-0. Although he lasted just five innings throwing 91 pitches, Odorizzi was dominant, striking out six and walking none while only allowing four hits. He enjoyed some early run support with a run in both the first and second innings, thanks to leadoff extra base hits from Rich Thompson and Chris Gimenez being followed by outs that could move the baserunners along. Durham played three more in the sixth, in large part due to a two run double by Cole Figueroa with the bases loaded. FIve of Durham's nine hits went for extra bases, including two doubles from Leslie Anderson. Wil Myers was 0/5.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-12)
A sixth inning grand slam doomed Montgomery in their 5-2 loss to Birmingham. Up 1-0, Victor Mateo loaded the bases with no outs before Miguel Gonzalez connected on his first home run of the season that provided the Barons all the offense they needed. That knocked Mateo out of the game with just 5+ innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two. Montgomery was limited to three hits, matched by the number of Biscuits that reached base after being hit by a pitch. Kyeong Kang hit a solo home run, his first since rejoining Montgomery.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-16)
Roberto Gomez struggled once again in Charlotte's 12-3 loss to Lakeland. The Stone Crabs never led thanks to three first inning runs by the Flying Tigers. Gomez left the game after four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two. Unfortunately, Jake Partridge could not stem the tide, getting tagged for a five run fifth, his only inning of work. The highlight offensively for Charlotte was Richie Shaffer's two run homer in the eighth inning, his third of the season. Brett Nommensen went 3/4 batting second in his return to Charlotte.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-6)
Bowling Green staged a ninth inning comeback before defeating Peoria 4-3 in 11 innings. After Matt Ramsey allowed a run in the top of the ninth to give the Chiefs a 3-2 lead, Joey Rickard came back in the bottom half with a bunt single that scored Leonardo Reginatto. Until the bottom of the 11th, each team's pitching staff danced out of trouble, but a leadoff double by Reginatto followed by a Thomas Coyle single proved to be the beginning of the end for Peoria. Andrew Toles followed up a Rickard walk with a walk-off infield single. Despite allowing his first professional home run, Taylor Guerrieri was solid, allowing two runs in five innings on five hits and a walk while striking out five, a season high. Toles' single was just one of three hits for him on the day, and he also stole his 11th base. Coyle also picked up three hits, and Rickard reached base five times.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Roberto Gomez continues to struggle after generating positive reports out of spring training.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery is off
Charlotte v. Lakeland 6:30 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (2-1, 1.96) v. Kevin Eichhorn (1-3, 3.48)
Bowling Green v. Peoria 11:35 AM
Jeff Ames (2-0, 2.25) v. Joe Cuda* (1-1, 8.18)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
9-15 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 108 R (5th) .729 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 5.02 ERA (12th) 1.48 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eury Perez (7), SS Zach Walters (10), OF Corey Brown (20), 2B Jeff Kobernus (21), LHP Danny Rosenbaum (22), 1B Chris Marrero (23), 3B Carlos Rivero (24)
Lakeland Flying Tigers
10-14 (T-5th in FSL North)
Offense: 102 R (7th) .690 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Eugenio Suarez (9), RHP Melvin Mercedes (13), RHP Drew VerHagen (14), OF Steven Moya (15), 1B Dean Green (33)
Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis)
10-11 (T-4th in MWL West)
Offense: 97 R (12th) .707 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.13 ERA (8th) 1.42 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Carson Kelly (9), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (8), 3B Patrick Wisdom (11), OF C.J. McElroy (17), OF Charlie Tilson (19)