EDIT: The FSL Championship starts tonight with no day off.
They'll have a tough opponent though. Daytona was two outs away from no-hitting Dunedin for the third time this season.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (1-0)
Indianapolis blinked first, and Durham came out on top in a pitcher's duel with a 2-0 game one win. Jake Odorizzi didn't last long enough to get credited with a win, but he was fantastic, throwing seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and only allowing a single hit and three walks. 72 of his 106 pitches were strikes. Jeff Beilveau struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief. In the eighth, Tim Beckham broke the tie with a single to score Kevin Kiermaier, and Vince Belnome would later hit a two out single to score Beckham to extend the lead. After getting two outs in the ninth, Kirby Yates loaded up the bases, but he got a flyout to end the game. Beckham had three of Durham's seven hits and stole a base.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-0)
Fort Myers finally scored their first run in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Charlotte scored two in the top half to sweep the Miracle with a 2-1 win. Obviously the game was dominated by pitching, and the two offenses combined for only 10 hits. Miracle starter Taylor Rogers was impressive with nine innings, but Dylan Floro was good too, throwing eight scoreless innings with three strikeouts and only five hits and a walk allowed. The Stone Crabs had one hit in the 10th inning, but they were able to score two runs thanks to two run-scoring wild pitches by reliever Zach Jones. Jake Partridge threw a scoreless ninth, and Nate Garcia got the save despite allowing a run. The tying run never reached base though. Charlotte will face the Daytona Cubs in the FSL Championship starting Friday.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (0-1)
Bowling Green only got one hit on their way to a 6-1 game one loss to Fort Wayne. That hit was a two out infield single by Marty Gantt in the second inning, and it did not lead to their only run of the game. That came in the bottom of the ninth, already down six innings. The TinCaps walked four batters, and an error that extended the inning was mixed in. Jeff Ames struck out six and walked none in five innings, but he got hit for five runs (four earned) on six hits and five innings. Meanwhile, Padres prospect Joe Ross pitched six scoreless innings for Fort Wayne. Tommy Coyle and Tyler Goeddel each walked twice.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (38-37)
Hudson Valley ended their season on a high note (and above .500) with a 4-1 win over Connecticut. The Renegades jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two out, bases loaded single by Ben Kline, and they made it a three run lead in the sixth with a Thomas Milone single. Milone would score their fourth run in the bottom of the eighth, a half inning after the Tigers scored their only run. Chris Kirsch pitched five scoreless innings, striking out three and only allowing two hits and a walk. Milone and Kline each had three hit games.
Star of the day- Odorizzi was big in Durham's return to the playoffs.
Goat of the day- Where did Bowling Green's offense go?
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Indianapolis 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Odorizzi (16-4, 2.75) v. Graham Godfrey (11-8, 3.92)
Game two in a best of five series (Durham leads 1-0)
Charlotte is off
Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 8:05 PM
Reinaldo Lopez (7-5, 2.95) v. Zach Eflin (7-6, 2.73)
Game two in a best of three series (Fort Wayne leads 1-0)
Hudson Valley's season is over
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
Offense: 622 R (5th) .725 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (2nd) 1.27 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jameson Taillon (2), OF Gregory Polanco (4), LHP Andy Oliver (13), RHP Brandon Cumpton (25), RHP Duke Welker (26)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
Offense: 632 R (5th) .704 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (3rd) 1.38 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Max Fried (2), RHP Adys Portillo (9), RHP Walker Weickel (12), RHP Joe Ross (14), RHP Zach Eflin (16), OF Mallex Smith (28), OF Hunter Renfroe