Down on the farm June 11: Bats break out

Man or machine? - Jim Donten

The two upper level affiliates combined for seven home runs

Charlotte is wrapping up their final series of the first half this week.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-31) ***Featured game of the day***

Montgomery hit four home runs en route to a 13-2 rout over Huntsville. The majority of the damage came in the fifth and sixth innings when the Biscuits batted around twice, scoring 10 runs between the two innings. The sixth inning was probably the more impressive of the two. They scored six runs, mostly due to three home runs, including back to back dingers by Todd Glaesmann and Kyeong Kang. Kevin Kiermaier and Mark Thomas also homered. Montgomery totaled 19 hits, and seven players had multi-hit games including Glaesmann, Kang, Thomas and Shawn O'Malley with three each. All of this offense came in support of Mike Colla, signed out of the Atlantic League. He struck out six in six innings and allowed one on five hits and one walk.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-24)

Three home runs backed a sharp J.D. Martin in Durham's 5-2 win over Louisville. All five Bulls runs came on homers, the first being Vince Belnome's two run shot in the third inning. Leslie Anderson followed that up with a two run homer of his own in the sixth, and Jesus Flores capped the scoring with a solo home run an inning later. Meanwhile, Martin cruised through 6.2 scoreless innings, striking out three while only allowing six hits and two walks. Juan Sandoval allowed two runs in the ninth, but Kirby Yates got the last two outs of the game to end the Louisville rally. Wil Myers walked once and struck out twice.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (28-33)

A five run fifth supported Ryan Carpenter after a rough first inning in Charlotte's 6-3 win over Tampa. The Yankees came out of the gate strong, piling up three runs on five hits before Carpenter could even record an out. Unfortunately for them, they would only record one more hit the rest of the game. Carpenter finished the game with three runs in six innings on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts, and the only Yankee to reach base after he left was on a walk issued by Andrew Bellatti. In the fifth, the Stone Crabs batted around and scored five of their six runs thanks to six hits (including three for extra bases) and two steals. All five runs that inning scored on separate hits. Hector Guevara had also driven in a run in the previous inning. Ryan Brett set the table for the middle of the lineup as he has for much of his season so far, collecting three hits, walking once and stealing his fifth base.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (33-29)

Bowling Green was rained out.

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Star of the day- New guy

Goat of the day- I don't normally do this when the organization sweeps, but Riccio Torrez and Robby Price made the last two outs of both innings Montgomery batted around.

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

Durham @ Louisville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Odorizzi (5-1, 3.90) v. Chad Reineke (4-3, 3.51)

Montgomery v. Huntsville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Enny Romero* (4-2, 3.08) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:30 PM
Roberto Gomez* (3-6, 6.09) v. Shane Greene (4-6, 3.63)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Dylan Floro* (4-2, 2.21) v. Sal Romano (4-6, 4.73)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
30-35 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 273 R (12th) .710 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (5th) 1.38 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF BIlly Hamilton (1), LHP Tony Cingrani (3), RHP Daniel Corcino (4), 1B Neftali Soto (26), C Nevin Ashley

Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
27-35 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 245 R (7th) .694 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (9th) 1.40 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taylor Jungmann (3), RHP Jimmy Nelson (5), RHP Ariel Pena (22), RHP Santo Manzanillo (26), OF Kentrail Davis (28)

Tampa Yankees
26-36 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 252 R (5th) .674 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.92 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Mason Williams (1), C Gary Sanchez (3), 2B Angelo Gumbs (7), RHP Bryan Mitchell (13), RHP Corey Black (25), RHP Nick Goody (32)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
26-37 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 280 R (10th) .666 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.63 ERA (16th) 1.43 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (2), RHP Nick Travieso (6), OF Jesse Winker (7), LHP Ismael Guillon (9), OF Jeff Gelalich (14), RHP Pedro Diaz (17), Seth Mejias-Brean (19), 3B Tanner Rahier (20), RHP Sal Romano (30)

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