To make room on the roster, Mike Montgomery was activated and assigned to Charlotte for what I'm assuming is some kind of rehab assignment.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-23) ***Featured game of the day***
Mike Montgomery returned to action and combined with Parker Markel to shut out Daytona 3-0 Monday. It was Montgomery's first appearance since the first week of the season when he was placed on the DL with a forearm injury. If that was still bothering him, it certainly didn't affect him as he struck out six and only allowed two hits and a walk in four innings. Markel came on in relief and pitched just as well, striking out five and only allowing three hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. Drew Vettleson's hot streak continued with two more hits, extending his hitting streak to five games. Hector Guevara reached base three times and drove in two of Charlotte's runs, and Alejandro Segovia was the only Stone Crab to not reach base.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (23-15)
The Bulls roughed up former big leaguer Zach Miner in support of a solid Alex Colome in their 8-2 win over Lehigh Valley. Although he walked four, Colome was very good, striking out a career high 11 and yielding only one earned run in seven innings. 65 of his 101 pitches were strikes. Tim Beckham's second inning RBI double gave Durham their initial lead, and thanks to walks, a hit batter and an error, they were able to score three runs in the third with only one hit. After the IronPigs pulled within three a couple innings later, Durham tacked on three insurance runs, one of which was scored by Jason Bourgeois after a leadoff triple and another driven in by Bourgeois. Cory Wade walked one and struck out a batter in one inning in his return to the organization.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (19-18)
Matt Buschmann out-dueled White Sox prospect Erik Johnson in Montgomery's 2-1 win over Birmingham. Buschmann fired six scoreless innings, striking out seven in the process, and only allowed two hits and three walks. Both Biscuits runs came with two outs in the fourth inning. With Robby Price and Mikie Mahtook on base, Kyeong Kang and Riccio Torrez hit back to back singles to give Montgomery the only runs they would need. Price, Mahtook and Torrez each reached base three times. An inning after C.J. Riefenhauser gave up the Barons' only run, Juan Sandoval allowed a two out single before recording the 27th out and getting the save.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (23-12)
Jeff Ames continued to dominate the Midwest League in Bowling Green's 6-1 win over Lake County. After the Hot Rods picked up two runs in the first, an inning that included a leadoff double by Andrew Toles, Ames cruised through six innings. He allowed one hit in both the first and second innings, and after that the only other baserunner he allowed would reach via walk. He struck out five batters. Nick Sawyer allowed a solo home run in the ninth, but the Captains would never really threaten. Toles had three hits, including two for extra bases. Luke Maile reached base three times.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Been a while since the organization had a sweep.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery @ Birmingham 8:05 PM
Merrill Kelly (2-3, 4.25) v. Nick McCully (2-1, 5.50)
Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM
Felipe Rivero (1-3, 5.08) v. Ben Wells (3-2, 4.06)
Bowling Green @ Ft. Wayne 7:05 PM
TBA v. Max Fried* (1-0, 2.92)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
15-23 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 137 R (13th) .690 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.63 ERA (12th) 1.50 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Gibson (5), C Chris Herrmann (18), OF Joe Benson (19)
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
25-12 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 211 R (1st) .768 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Trayce Thompson (2), RHP Erik Johnson (4), OF Keenyn Walker (5), LHP Scott Snodgress (6), OF Jared Mitchell (9), 1B Andy Wilkins (12), SS Marcus Semien (14), RHP Jake Petricka (16), RHP Kevin Vance (19), LHP Santos Rodriguez (21), 2B Tyler Saladino (26), Nestor Molina (28), C Mike Blanke (33)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
22-13 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 182 R (2nd) .738 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (4th) 1.37 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Max Fried (2), RHP Walker Weickel (12), RHP Joe Ross (14), RHP Zach Eflin (16), OF Mallex Smith (28)