Tim Beckham also hit his second home run of the season.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-35)
A pair of home runs and very good pitching led Durham to a 5-1 win. Tim Beckham got the scoring started with a solo home run two batters into the game, and Mike Fontenot's sac fly an inning later got Jake Odorizzi off to a 2-0 start. Charlotte's only run of the game would be unearned thanks to a sixth inning error by Odorizzi himself. He was finished after that inning, only allowing the unearned run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In the seventh inning, Jesus Flores was able to extend Durham's lead with a three run home run, his second as a Bull. Steve Geltz, Adam Liberatore and Josh Lueke combined to strike out six in three innings of work.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-12)
Two late Pensacola runs sunk Montgomery in a 5-3 loss to the Blue Wahoos. With two outs in the ninth, Juan Sandoval allowed a two run homer to Ryan LeMarre that broke the 3-3 deadlock, and the Biscuits couldn't come back in the bottom half despite getting the tying run to the plate. Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Hector Guevara drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game, and the Biscuits would take a temporary 3-1 lead an inning later thanks to back to back home runs by Todd Glaesmann and Kyeong Kang. Jake Thompson lost the lead the next half inning, and Montgomery wouldn't score again. Thompson allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings on six hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Kang and Keith Castillo each reached base twice.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (12-8)
Parker Markel couldn't hold a pair of early leads in a 9-4 loss to St. Lucie. Alejandro Segovia and Jeff Malm had RBI hits in the first inning, but the Mets answered with two of their own in the second. Kes Carter's solo homer in the second inning gave them the lead again, but the Mets answered again with two more runs in the third. Markel allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in 5.1 innings with four strikeouts. Lenny Linsky made things more problematic by allowing four runs in an inning of work. Segovia, Carter, Jake Hager and Drew Vettleson each had two hits.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (13-7)
The Hot Rods got to Jesuit grad Lance McCullers early in an 8-2 win over Quad Cities. In the second inning, Bowling Green scored three runs thanks to five singles, and two innings later, Patrick Leonard's solo home run extended their lead to 4-0. Blake Snell couldn't last five innings to be eligible for the win though due to some major control problems. He struck out five and only allowed a hit in 4.1 scoreless innings, but he also walked four batters. Every Hot Rod reached base, and six players got on multiple times. Tommy Coyle led the pack with a pair of hits and walks, and Andrew Toles had three hits, including two for extra bases. Coyle also stole his 28th base of the year.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (13-11)
Jamestown jumped on Hudson Valley early in a Renegades 8-4 loss. Starter Ben Griset struggled, allowing six runs in a pair of three run frames, finishing with four innings pitched, 10 hits allowed and four strikeouts against one walk. Jonathan Quinonez hit a two run homer in the third inning, but they would never get closer than four runs. Down 8-2 in the ninth, Oscar Hernandez's two run home run pulled them within four again. Hernandez had two of Hudson Valley's seven hits.
Princeton was finally on the right side of a lopsided score in a 10-4 win over Greeneville. The Rays jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings, thanks to a four run third that included a two run single by Leopoldo Correa. The Astros would eventually pull within two runs at 6-4, but Princeton was able to add insurance runs. In the seventh, Jesus Araiza scored on an error, and Hunter Lockwood doubled home a pair of runs. Ariaza would drive in their final run an inning later, part of an outstanding game in which he reached base five times and even stole one. Nolan Gannon struggled through 3.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Hunter Wood got the win with two runs allowed in 2.1 innings with four strikeouts, and Isaac Gil got the save with three scoreless innings.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (6-10)
In the resumption of a suspended game, the GCL Rays suffered a walkoff 5-4 loss at the hands of the GCL Red Sox. This officially wraps up Nick Ciuffo's pro debut, and he was able to pick up a pair of hits and drive in a run. Riley Unroe got the game off to a quick start with a leadoff home run, the first of his professional career. The Rays quickly coughed up the lead, but in the eighth inning, they moved ahead 4-3 on a Hec Montes RBI single, but Roel Ramirez couldn't record an out in the eighth as the Red Sox scored a pair of runs to win. Ruben Paredes was the only Rays pitcher out of four to not allow a run.
In game two, the Rays couldn't prevent the Red Sox from tacking on runs in a 7-4 loss. Already down 3-0, Montes and Alexander Simon each drove in a run in the fifth, but Eric Fredrick struggled in relief. Fredrick allowed three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and the Rays wouldn't be within two again. Starter Mario Fernandez struggled through four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits in four innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Simon and catcher Adam Pendleton each reached base three times with two hits and a walk.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Every start, it seems less and less likely that Markel will be able to harness his solid stuff into good results.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 8 PM
Dylan Floro (7-2, 1.87) v.
Hudson Valley v. Jamestown 7:05 PM
Austin Pruitt* (0-0, 1.50) v. TBA
GCL Rays @ GCL
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. TBA
Both games will be seven innings
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Charlotte Knights (
41-53 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 388 R (10th) .707 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.28 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS (3), RHP (4), RHP (7), LHP Charlie Leesman (11), 1B (12), RHP Jhan Martinez (13), OF (15), RHP (17), C (18), LHP (21)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
10-11 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 282 R (10th) .624 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yorman Rodriguez (16), OF Donald Lutz (18), OF Ryan LaMarre (21), C (23), SS Devin Lohman (25), RHP Josh Ravin (31)
9-10 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 376 R (4th) .690 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.48 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luis Mateo (4), RHP Michael Fulmer (7), RHP (9), RHP Hansel Robles (12), 3B (19), C (21), SS (23), C Cam Maron (30)
Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
12-6 (3rd in MWL West)
Offense: 411 R (6th) .694 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS (1), RHP Lance McCullers (4), 3B Rio Ruiz (8), RHP Vincent Velasquez (13), RHP Chia-Jen Lo (22), OF Teoscar Hernandez (34), RHP Mark Appel
Jamestown Jammers (Pittsburgh)
15-8 (T-1st in Pinckney)
Offense: 137 R (1st) .755 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (9th) 1.22 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: C (27), OF Harold Ramirez (28), IF JaCoby Jones
10-10 (3rd in APP West)
Offense: 69 R (7th) .661 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brett Phillips (18), OF Ariel Ovando (32), C Brian Holberton
GCL Red Sox
8-7 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 53 R (16th) .671 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.95 ERA (12th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball, C Jon Denney