The upper levels got more great pitching too.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-30)
Merrill Kelly continued pitching solid ball in AAA in a 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Although he walked four and struck out three, he limited the IronPigs to one run on three hits in 5.2 innings, and the bullpen did even better. Adam Liberatore and Kirby Yates combined to strike out five in the final 3.1 innings, only allowing two baserunners. Already up 1-0, the Bulls extended their lead in the fourth with a two run inning. Ryan Roberts doubled home Vince Belnome two batters into the inning, and he eventually came around to score on a Raul Valdes wild pitch. Roberts reached base three times.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-3)
Mike Colla came out on top against Dodgers prospect Chris Reed in a 3-0 win over Chattanooga. In his fourth start with the Biscuits, Colla pitched seven innings in his second straight start and allowed one or fewer runs for the third time. He struck out four while allowing four hits and two walks. What would prove to be the winning run actually came on a double play hit into by Mark Thomas. Robi Estrada and Cameron Seitzer would later knock in insurance runs. Kevin Kiermaier and Riccio Torrez each had two hits.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-3)
Ryan Carpenter could only record one out in Charlotte's 11-5 loss to Jupiter. The Hammerheads would score seven runs against Carpenter, including a grand slam that made the game 7-0. Carpenter would allow another baserunner before finally being removed for Eliazer Suero. His game score of -6 is the worst of his career and his second negative start. The Stone Crabs make an attempt to make the score more respectable with a four run fifth inning. Willie Argo hit a two run homer, and Richie Shaffer drove in a pair with a double. In his first game off the DL with a separated shoulder, Ryan Brett had four hits and reached via walk too.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-3)
A pitcher's duel broke open late in a 6-3 loss to Lake County. The game was scoreless through five, and the Hot Rods didn't even get their first hit until the sixth. In the top half of the sixth, after Taylor Guerrieri was taken out of the game, the Captains scored the first run of the game on a bases loaded walk and then got two more on a double against Eduar Quinonez. Singles by Leonardo Reginatto and Luke Maile brought Bowling Green back within one, but it would get no closer than that because Lake County scored three more runs in the ninth. The late runs left a very good Guerrieri without a win. He struck out four and allowed four hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. Only nine Hot Rod batters reached base.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (7-2)
After falling behind 5-0 through half an inning, Hudson Valley came all the way back to beat Brooklyn 6-5 in 10 innings. Starter Benjamin Griset was charged with all five runs in only two innings of work, but only two of them were earned due to two of Hudson Valley's five errors on the night contributed to the big inning. The Renegades would make up most of their ground with a three run third inning, with Brooklyn's own shoddy defense contributing. In the 10th, James Harris, who entered the game as a pinch runner earlier, hit a walkoff single with the bases loaded to cap off the comeback. While the offense chipped away, what allowed them to make the comeback was great relief work. Aaron Griffin and Jason Choate each pitched four scoreless innings, combining to allow only three hits and a walk.
Princeton finally picked up their first win of the season with a 4-0 shutout over previously undefeated Burlington. Spencer Edwards started the bottom of the first with a leadoff home run, and from there it was a combined effort from four pitchers to keep the Royals off the scoreboard. D.J. Slaton, Hunter Wood, Stone Speer and Josh Kimborowicz combined to strike out eight Royals and only allow five batters to reach base. The Rays would pick up their final three runs in the third inning thanks to a throwing error and then a two run double from David Garcia, one of two doubles and three hits for Garcia in the game.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-2)
The GCL Rays' bullpen stumbled in a 6-5 loss to the GCL Twins. In the fifth inning, Jose Paez singled home Hec Montes and Ryan Henley to extend their lead to 4-1, but it was all downhill from there. Against Hyrum Formo and Ruben Paredes, the Twins scored five straight runs in a combined 3.2 innings for a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, the Rays scored one run and had the tying run in scoring position, but Cristian Toribio struck out to end the game. Freddy Alvarez started and struck out four in three no-hit innings. Montes reached base three times, and Taylor Hawkins hit his fourth double of the season.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Carpenter, ouch.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann (2-0, 1.59) v.
Montgomery @ Chattanooga 11:15 AM (MiLB.TV)
Enny Romero (6-3, 3.14) v.
Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM
Blake Snell* (2-5, 3.65) v.
Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM
Austin Pruitt* (0-0, 0.00) v.
Princeton @ Elizabethton 7 PM
Jorge Rodriguez (0-1, 9.00) v.
GCL Rays @ GCL
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
41-37 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 373 R (4th) .747 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.75 ERA (14th) 1.48 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Adam Morgan (2), 3B (6), 2B (9), RHP Ethan Martin (10), 1B (17), RHP Tyler Cloyd (18), C (28), OF Leandro Castro (29)
Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
3-4 (T-3rd in SL North)
Offense: 304 R (7th) .697 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Joc Pederson (4), RHP Zach Lee (5), LHP (6), LHP Onelki Garcia (7), RHP (10), OF (15), OF (26), OF (28)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
4-2 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 295 R (6th) .701 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.09 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Alen Hanson (5), OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24), Zack Von Rosenberg (31)
South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona)
3-3 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 336 R (9th) .735 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (2nd) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Winkler (23), 2B Andrew Velasquez (24), OF Socrates Brito (29), OF Alex Glenn (31), IF Brandon Drury
Staten Island Yankees
3-4 (3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 27 R (10th) .663 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.92 ERA (6th) 1.23 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael O'Neill
5-1 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 31 R (2nd) .687 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 1.96 ERA (2nd) 1.02 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Felix Jorge (24), C Stuart Turner
GCL Red Sox
2-2 (T-1st in GCL South)
Offense: 16 R (8th) .686 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.25 ERA (12th) 1.17 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball