Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-34)
An 11 run second inning was not kind to Alex Colome's ERA in Durham's 16-3 loss to Syracuse. Colome wasn't charged with all of those runs, but most of the damage certainly was against him. After the teams traded runs in the first inning, the first six batters of the Chiefs half of the second reached base, five on hits. Colome allowed two more hits on a single after the first out, and a walk after that ended his night. Doug Mathis got the first batter he faced in relief, but he allowed those inherited runners to score and then some. In the end, Colome was charged with nine runs on eight hits and two walks in 1.1 innings with two strikeouts.
The Bulls offense largely checked out after Mikie Mahtook's first inning sac fly. Only three batters reached base over the next five innings. In the seventh, Vince Belnome hit a two run home run to make it a 13-3 game. Robby Price made his second appearance of the season on the mound, and the three runs he allowed bumped his ERA up from 6.75 to 15.43. Mike Fontenot had three hits.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (2-1)
Victor Mateo was great, and he had to be in Montgomery's 1-0 win over Mobile. Against the league's best offense, Mateo threw a season high eight scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing only four hits and a walk. Only two runners reached scoring position against him, and he was obviously able to work his way out of trouble. Matt Ramsey got himself into trouble in the ninth when back to back singles put runners on the corners to start the inning, but Cameron Seitzer threw the tying run out at home before Ramsey struck out two of the final three batters to end the game.
The only Biscuits run came in the sixth inning. Jake Hager led off with a double, and he moved up to third on a wild pitch. After Seitzer struck out, Richie Shaffer's infield single brought him home for the only run of the game. Shaffer and Luke Maile were the only Biscuits to reach base twice.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-3)
For the third straight game to open the second half, Charlotte's offense was missing in action in their 2-1 loss to Palm Beach. In the sixth inning, each team would receive a leadoff homer, first from the ' Charlie Tilson, and then Charlotte's Maxx Tissenbaum. That home run broke up a Palm beach no-hitter, and he would pick up the second of their three hits later in the game.
Tilson would have another big hit for the Cardinals late in the game. In the ninth against Parker Markel, his bases loaded two out single gave them the late lead. The run was charged to Kevin Brandt. Starter Reinaldo Lopez pitched well, allowing just the Tilson home run in 6.2 innings with three strikeouts to four hits and a walk.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-1)
Bowling Green scored runs late and held on for a 4-3 win over Lansing. In the eighth, the Hot Rods broke a 1-1 tie when Lansing was unable to turn two on a Johnny Field ground ball, but the two insurance runs in the ninth proved to be vital. Yoel Araujo's two out double scored Pat Blair, and he came around to score on an Alexander Simon single. Blair, Araujo and Simon all had two hits, as did Kean Wong.
In the bottom of the ninth, Colton Reavis allowed two runs, but the tying run never reached base since the second run scored when the Hot Rods opted to record the second out of the inning. He didn't get the win, but starter Chris Kirsch pitched well, allowing just a second inning run on three hits and two walks in six innings with three strikeouts.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (5-4)
Hudson Valley was on the wrong side of a New York-Penn League slugfest in their 10-6 loss to Staten Island. It was a back and forth game, but a two run single from Jace Conrad gave the Renegades a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth. Unfortunately, that's when things went south. Eli Echarry, Hudson Valley's fourth pitcher of the game, was the grand marshal of a two out hit parade by the . With six hits plus two errors and a passed ball by Mac James, the Yankees scored five runs (three earned) against Echarry to take the lead.
Starter Oscar Armenta did not last long, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks in three innings with a strikeout. They only had six hits, but the offense did let him off the hook. In the second inning, James stole home on a successful double steal, and a Bralin Jackson run-scoring groundout tied the game. An inning later, Casey Gillaspie hit his second home run. Gillaspie drove in another run in the fifth with a sac fly. The Renegades stole six bases, including three by Blanchard.
Princeton outhit Bristol 13-4 and eventually came back to beat the Pirates 3-2. Bristol scored both of their runs in the first inning on a pair of throwing errors, and they couldn't take advantage of further opportunities later in the game. Starter Hyrum Formo pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing the two unearned runs on two hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Damion Carroll was very good in long relief action, striking out four and walking just one in 2.2 hitless innings.
Nick Ciuffo got Princeton's scoring started in the second inning when he came home to score on a Jose Paez single after reaching on his first double of the season. In the seventh, Thomas Milone's single scored Taylor Hawkins to tie the game. He moved up to second on a groundout, and a Nic Wilson single scored what proved to be the winning run. Milone and Paez each had three hit games, and Ciuffo and Manny Sanchez had two.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-1)
The GCL Rays took advantage of the Gaffe Coast League in their 10-3 win Saturday. Thanks to five errors, a wild pitch and hit batter, the Rays only needed nine hits to score those 10 runs, and only two of them were earned. Between the second and fifth innings, they scored seven of their 10 runs. Bill Pujols' two out, two run triple capped off a three run second inning, and they added on three insurance runs for good measure in the eighth, including two more that were unearned. Matt Reida reached base three times in his pro debut, and Jonathan Freemyer had two hits, including a double, in his.
While the lineup was piling up runs, the pitching shut down the Orioles. Henry Centeno struck out five in five scoreless innings, only allowing five hits and a walk. He was relieved by the rehabbing Jordan Harrison, and he continued retiring Orioles, striking out three in three scoreless innings of work. Bret Dahlson allowed the three Oriole runs in the ninth, but it wasn't nearly enough to matter. James Harris went 1/4 with a run scored and strikeout in his rehab appearance.
Star of the day- This may have been Mateo's best start of the season.
Goat of the day- Colome will look to rebound later in the week.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
45-30 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 345 R (4th) .748 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brian Goodwin (3), OF Steven Souza (10), SS Zach Walters (14), RHP Blake Treinen (23), RHP Christian Garcia (24)
Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
1-2 (T-4th in SL South)
Offense: 345 R (2nd) .739 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.06 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B (12), RHP Jimmie Sherfy (15), RHP (20)
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
1-2 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 356 R (2nd) .692 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.94 ERA (3rd) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Byron Buxton (1), RHP J.O. Berrios (5), 2B Jorge Polanco (10), OF Max Kepler (11), OF Adam Brett Walker (17), LHP Mason Melotakis (18), 3B Travis Harrison (25), SS Niko Goodrum (26), RHP Tyler Jones (27)
Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
1-2 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 339 R (6th) .701 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.19 ERA (11th) 1.48 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF D.J. Davis (3), 3B Mitch Nay (4), SS Dawel Lugo (9), RHP Chase De Jong (11), RHP Tom Robson (16), 1B Matt Dean (25)
5-4 (T-2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 32 R (9th) .597 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.81 ERA (7th) 1.40 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Thairo Estrada (28)
1-2 (T-3rd in APP West)
Offense: 13 R (6th) .628 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 5.00 ERA (8th) 1.70 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Reymin Guduan (28)