Richie Shaffer had a pretty big game for Charlotte too.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (83-52)
Mike Montgomery pitched an okay game, but he came up short against Kevin Gausman in Durham's 2-0 loss to Norfolk. Montgomery didn't allow a run until his final inning of work when a two out single in the sixth scored Wilson Betemit to give the Tides a 1-0 lead. Montgomery finished with the run in six innings on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In relief, Adam Liberatore allowed an unearned run in 1.2 innings with three strikeouts. Durham only had five hits, including just one off Gausman in three innings. Tim Beckham had two of the hits.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-33)
It wasn't a no-hitter, but Montgomery shut out Jacksonville again in a 3-0 win. Three Biscuits combined on the shutout, starting with starter Jake Thompson who struck out a batter and allowed five hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. The win went to Braulio Lara though with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings while the offense provided the only runs of the game. All three came on one swing of the bat, an eighth inning three run home run by Ryan Brett, one of two hits for him in the game. Juan Sandoval allowed the tying run to come to the plate in the ninth, but he preserved the shutout and got the save. Delmon Young was 0/3 with a strikeout and a walk, believed to be the first of his career.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-23)
Charlotte blew a lead late, but they bounced back to beat Jupiter 7-6 in 11 innings. Through three innings, the Stone Crabs had a 5-1 lead, in part due to a two run double by Richie Shaffer and solo home run by Jeff Malm. In the sixth, Kes Carter hit a solo home run to extend Charlotte's lead back to 6-3. Dylan Floro pitched the first seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Lenny Linsky came on in relief and allowed Jupiter to tie the game with the assistance of poor defense. Chris Coghlan reached base on a Jeff Malm error, and this led to three unearned runs being scored. That inning included a run scoring double by Casey Kotchman. With two outs in the 11th, Drew Vettleson and Shaffer hit back to back doubles to walk off with a win. Both Vettleson and Shaffer had four hits, and Shaffer drove in four runs. Shay Crawford got the win with 2.2 scoreless innings.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (39-24)
A two run inning against Padres prospect Max Fried was enough in Bowling Green's 2-1 win over Ft. Wayne. With two outs in the third inning, Brandon Martin extended the inning with a single. After a Fried throwing error moved him up to second, Joey Rickard doubled him home, and he came around to score on a single by Leonardo Reginatto. Fried was good only allowing two runs in six innings, but Hot Rods starter Kevin Brandt was better. He tied a career high with seven innings pitched, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Martin had two of Bowling Green's five hits.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (32-33)
A five run eighth inning boosted Hudson Valley to a back and forth 11-9 win over Lowell. Both teams scored three runs in the first inning, and Hudson Valley's included Julian Ridings putting a ball in play and coming around to score on a two error play by Lowell's left fielder. Between the first and eighth innings, there were three lead changes, and the Spinners led 8-6 entering the Renegades' big inning. The first six batters of the inning reached base before Lowell could even record an out, and three runs had scored before Pat Blair grounded out. One batter later, John Alexander singled home two runs to give Hudson Valley just enough insurance. Hudson Valley hammered Lowell for 18 hits, and seven batters had multi-hit games. Every Renegade reached base two or more times. Ariel Soriano had two of Hudson Valley's five extra base hits. James Harris reached base four times and stole two bases. All four Renegades pitchers allowed at least one run, including Rick Teasley who got the win with two runs allowed in two innings. Starter Chris Kirsch allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings.
Rookie Princeton (23-40)
Jake Faria dominated and led Princeton to a 2-0 win over Elizabethton. In six scoreless innings, Faria struck out a career high nine and only allowed two hits and one walk. The nine strikeouts were matched by Twins' fourth rounder Stephen Gonsalves, but Gonsalves allowed a second inning run on a wild pitch. Luis Cabrera relieved Faria and pitched just as well, striking out five and only allowing a hit and a walk in the final three innings. Princeton got their second run in the sixth inning on a two out double by David Garcia. Garcia had two of Princeton's six hits and reached base a third time.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-32)
The GCL Rays were off.
Star of the day- Faria seems more and more likely to be a top 30 prospect in the organization this off-season.
Goat of the day- Durham's offense let the pitching staff down Sunday.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Merrill Kelly (8-3, 3.07) v. (3-3, 3.83)
Montgomery v. Jacksoville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (7-6, 4.63) v. Domingo Tapia (2-9, 5.24)
Bowling Green v. Ft. Wayne 11:35 AM
Reinaldo Lopez (7-4, 2.56) v. Colin Rea (0-1, 1.97)
Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7:05 PM
Aaron Griffin* (3-2, 2.21) v. Chase Edwards* (0-0, 1.82)
Princeton v. Elizabethton 7:05 PM
Jorge Rodriguez (0-5, 3.91) v. Hein Robb (3-4, 2.48)
GCL Rays v. GCL
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
61-74 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 551 R (11th) .698 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (12th) 1.39 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Carlos Sanchez (3), RHP Erik Johnson (4), LHP Charlie Leesman (11), 1B Andy Wilkins (12), RHP Jhan Martinez (13), SS Marcus Semien (14), RHP Simon Castro (20), LHP Santos Rodriguez (21), OF Blake Tekotte
Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
35-27 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 518 R (6th) .687 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (3rd) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Andrew Heaney (3), LHP Justin Nicolino (6), C J.T. Realmuto (9), LHP Adam Conley (10), 2B (12), 3B (15), LHP Raudel Lazo (22), LHP Grant Dayton (25), SS Danny Black (28), C (29)
St. Lucie Mets
29-29 (T-3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 529 R (4th) .684 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.66 ERA (4th) 1.33 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luis Mateo (4), RHP Michael Fulmer (7), RHP Domingo Tapia (9), RHP Hansel Robles (12), 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (19), C Kevin Plawecki (21), SS Matt Reynolds (23), C Cam Maron (30)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
25-37 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 598 R (5th) .705 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (3rd) 1.39 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Max Fried (2), RHP Walker Weickel (12), RHP Joe Ross (14), RHP Zach Eflin (16), OF Mallex Smith (28), OF Hunter Renfroe
30-35 (3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 234 R (9th) .612 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (9th) 1.32 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Schotts (5), LHP Kevin Ziomek, 1B Dominic Ficociello
33-40 (4th in APP West)
Offense: 264 R (6th) .667 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.07 ERA (1st) 1.33 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luke Bard (12), RHP Felix Jorge (24), RHP Kohl Stewart, LHP Stephen Gonsalves, C Stuart Turner
27-29 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 229 R (10th) .651 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.83 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: None