Triple-A Durham Bulls (55-35)
Durham was shut down by former big leaguer Kameron Loe and a handful of Braves relievers in a 2-0 loss to Gwinnett. The Bulls were only able to pick up four hits on the game, and they could only supplement it with one walk. Ryan Roberts had two of those hits, all of which were singles. Mike Montgomery pitched decently through 4.2 innings, but with no run support, he was destined for the loss. He allowed both Gwinnett runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Steve Geltz and Jeff Beliveau combined to strike out six in 3.1 innings of work.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-10)
Montgomery was not particularly competitive in an 8-1 game one loss to Mobile. Mayo Acosta scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to tie the game at one, but the BayBears would easily pull ahead with eight runs in innings four through six. After two straight starts not allowing an earned run, Enny Romero struggled, getting tagged with five runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings with six strikeouts. Austin Hubbard allowed the last three Mobile runs in an inning of relief. Riccio Torrez had two of Montgomery's four hits.
Things didn't get any better in game two's 12-3 loss. Montgomery once led 2-0 thanks to a Cameron Seitzer solo home run and Todd Glaesmann run-scoring groundout, but it went downhill quickly from there. Mobile tied the game with a pair of third inning runs and went on to score 12 straight before the Biscuits could get on the board again. The big problem inning came in the sixth when Braulio Lara replaced starter Mike Colla down 6-2. Seven batters would reach base between the first and second outs being recorded thanks to hits, walks and an error. Lara would be charged with six runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk while only recording one out. Colla didn't fare much better, allowing the same amount of runs on 11 hits in five innings with four strikeouts. Glaesmann, Seitzer and Guevara all reached base three times.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-7)
Stetson Allie's first Florida State League home run sunk Charlotte in a 5-4 loss to Bradenton. Leading off the bottom of the ninth in a 4-4 tie, Allie took Nate Garcia deep to end the game. Three innings earlier, the Stone Crabs had taken the lead with a four run sixth inning. Ryan Brett's leadoff single was followed by two quick outs, but four straight hits, including a two run double by Jeff Malm, allowed Charlotte to storm back from down 3-0 to up 4-3. It was one of two doubles on the game for Malm, and Richie Shaffer also had two hits. Eliazer Suero couldn't record the shutdown innings in relief of Ryan Carpenter though, and the game was soon tied. Carpenter wasn't too sharp himself, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (11-6)
Jeff Ames dominated and Bowling Green limited Lansing to one hit in a 1-0 win over the Lugnuts. In five no-hit innings, Ames walked two and struck out seven, one short of a season high. With two outs in the seventh inning, Lansing finally got their first hit of the game, an Emilio Guerrero single off Ryan Garton. Garton struck out three and also walked one in four innings of work. Tommy Coyle's sac fly in the third inning would account for the game's only run. Coyle, Andrew Toles and Leonardo Reginatto each had two hits, and Luke Maile reached base three times.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-8)
An Oscar Hernandez grand slam punctuated a 9-4, 12 inning win over Staten Island. With two outs in the inning and runners on the corners, the Yankees hit consecutive Renegade batters to score what would go down as the winning run, but it was Oscar's grand slam following that blew the game open. This almost outdid teammate Ariel Soriano who drove in the previous four Hudson Valley runs. In the third inning, his three run homer put them up 3-1, and three innings later, he would break a 3-3 tie with a solo home run, his fourth of the year. Starter Austin Pruitt wasn't sharp allowing three runs in four innings of work, but the bullpen really stood out. Kevin Brandt pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts, but even he was upstaged by Jaime Schultz who got credited with the win. He struck out eight of the 10 batters he faced in three innings of work.
A nightmare fifth inning doomed Princeton in their 14-7 loss to Burlington. In the second inning already down 2-0, the Rays sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs, including a grand slam by Travis Flores, his fourth home run of the season. Everything would come crashing down after Jake Faria exited the game after four innings. In the fifth, Burlington scored nine runs on eight hits, sending reliever Luis Cabrera to the showers without getting an out. Among the big hits in the inning, Chad Johnson hit a bases clearing triple, and Sam Bates hit a two run homer that scored the final runs of the inning. Cabrera was charged with four runs, and Oscar Armenta allowed five in three innings of work. Faria allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The bottom four hitters in Princeton's lineup each had two hits and combined to reach base 10 times.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (5-7)
The suspended game resumed with a flurry of runs and ended in a 7-6 GCL Rays loss. After allowing a pair of home runs in the bottom of the seventh to fall behind 6-1, the Rays responded with a four run eighth inning that included a run-scoring double off the bat of Taylor Hawkins. The third out of the inning was made at the plate when Cristian Toribio was thrown out at home trying to score the tying run on a Clayton Henning. In the bottom half of the inning, an Oriole came around to score after singling and advancing home on two wild pitches and a passed ball. The GCL Rays couldn't get the tying run home in the ninth inning either. Jose Alonzo took the loss after allowing two runs in four innings with five strikeouts. Hawkins and Henning each hit two doubles.
In game two, the GCL Rays were the first to score, and it paid off in their 1-0 win. Baserunners were at a premium with the teams combining for only five hits and one walk. A pair of big Rays arms led them to the win, first Jose Castillo and then Jose Mujica. Castillo struck out three in three perfect innings as the starter, and Mujica got credit for the win with two strikeouts and three innings in relief. The only run of the game was scored in the fourth. Alexander Simon led off the inning with a single and stole second base. He advanced to third on a Nick Ciuffo groundout and scored on Jeremy Hadley's double.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Montgomery will probably want to forget about Saturday's games.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Victor Mateo* (2-8, 6.11) v. (6-3, 2.04)
Hudson Valley @ Vermont 5:05 PM
Jordan Harrison* (3-1, 3.38) v.
GCL Rays are off
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
38-52 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 366 R (13th) .706 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.33 ERA (9th) 1.50 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Gilmartin (4), OF Todd Cunningham (12), RHP Cody Martin (13), RHP David Hale (16)
Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
12-6 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 367 R (3rd) .685 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.12 ERA (1st) 1.24 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP (3), LHP (6), LHP (9), SS (11), RHP (13), OF Keon Broxton (15), RHP Jake Barrett (19)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
6-9 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 328 R (8th) .696 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (10th) 1.37 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS (5), OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24), Zack Von Rosenberg (31)
Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
2-14 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 340 R (15th) .653 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.28 ERA (14th) 1.50 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP (4), LHP Daniel Norris (8), C (14), OF Dwight Smith Jr. (16), 2B (23), OF Chris Hawkins (30)
Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
8-11 (3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 62 R (12th) .596 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.12 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF B.J. Boyd (12), RHP Dylan Covey, 3B Chad Pinder
7-7 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 61 R (5th) .705 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (3rd) 1.14 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (12), 3B Joe DeCarlo (13), RHP Edwin Diaz (19)