Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-36)
Durham's losing streak extended another game in their 7-4 loss to Syracuse. In the eighth inning, Brandon Gomes was brought into preserve a 3-3 tie, but he did the opposite of that. Three straight hits to open the inning gave the Chiefs the lead, and after he recorded two outs, he walked two batters to bring in another run. Jake Thompson relieved him and allowed two runners to score. The Bulls scored a run in response in the bottom half of the inning on a wild pitch, but the tying run never reached base.
Mike Montgomery had a tough time finding the strike zone, but he battled. He walked three in five innings, and only 46 of his 77 pitches were strikes. It was the first time he walked more than one batter since May 18th. He worked out of trouble though, only allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts. Durham scored three of their four runs in the third inning when Cole Figueroa singled home a pair and came home to score himself on a two out single by Mike Fontenot. Fontenot and Figueroa each had two hits.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-2)
Montgomery scored two late runs to win a rain-shortened 7-5 game against Mobile. The BayBears never led, but they did erase three and two run deficits before the Biscuits scored last to win the game. In the eighth, what proved to be the last inning of the game, Ryan Brett singled home a pair of runs with two outs to break the 5-5 tie. Six of Montgomery's runs were scored with two outs, including a two run homer by Cameron Seitzer.
Three of Montgomery's four pitchers on the night allowed runs, starting with Roberto Gomez. He was charged with three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Braulio Lara probably owns the roughest performance, allowing a run on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings with no strikeouts. Four Biscuits had multi-hit games, led by Taylor Motter with three.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-5)
Blake Snell was crushed in Charlotte's 13-1 loss to Fort Myers. The Miracle scored three runs against him in the first inning, but it was the third inning that really sunk Snell and the Stone Crabs. With four hits, two walks, an error, a wild pitch, a passed ball, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly, Fort Myers added six more runs and chased Snell after 2.1 innings. He was charged with eight runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Casey Weathers was charged with three runs of his own.
For the fourth time in five second half games, Charlotte only scored one run. That came in the bottom of the third when Marty Gantt and Julian Ridings both hit triples. Gantt, Ridings and Tommy Coyle had two hit games. Their batters struck out 12 times and walked just once.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-2)
Bowling Green was off.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (7-4)
It took 10 innings, but Hudson Valley eventually scored in their 1-0 win over Brooklyn. Coty Blanchard was instrumental in getting that run home. His infield single started the two out rally, and a stolen base put him in scoring position before Clayton Henning's double. That was only the third time with a runner in scoring position. Daniel Miles had two of Hudson Valley's six hits.
Three Renegades pitchers combined to completely shut down the Cyclones. They were led by starter Hunter Wood with another strong start. He struck out five in six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and a walk. Darren Fischer struck out three in 2.2 innings, and Josh Kimborowicz was credited with the win with 1.1 innings in relief.
Trevor Lubking's pro debut wasn't ideal in Princeton's 7-1 loss to Greeneville. He allowed a leadoff double, and after back to back outs to potentially see his way out of trouble, he allowed a run scoring single followed by a two run homer that gave the a 3-1 lead. He settled in after that, but the damage was done. He finished with the three runs allowed on six hits and no walks in three innings with two strikeouts.
Princeton's only run came in the first inning. With two outs, Hec Montes hit a double to score Thomas Milone. The Rays would only get three more runners into scoring position the rest of the way, and they finished with five hits. Montes hit two doubles and stole a base.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-1)
A baserunning mistake aided the GCL Rays late in their 4-3 win over the GCL Red Sox. With one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth, the hit a fly ball to left field, a sac fly to pull within one. On that play though, the runner from first attempted to tag up, and Jeremy Hadley threw him out at second to convert the game ending double play.
The Rays scored an individual run in four innings, and the ninth inning run proved to be crucial. James Harris led off with a double, moved to third on a pickoff attempt throwing error and came home to score on a single. Harris was one of three Rays with two hit games, and he also stole a base. David Rodriguez made his 2014 debut behind the plate with a double before leaving after being hit by a pitch. Starter Junior Felix struck out a batter and allowed two unearned runs in five innings.
Star of the day- Wood is good.
Goat of the day- Snell's had a bit of a rough time adjusting to the new level.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
45-32 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 358 R (3rd) .723 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Kingham (5), C Tony Sanchez (15), 1B Andrew Lambo (21), OF Jaff Decker (22)
Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
3-2 (T-1st in SL North)
Offense: 359 R (2nd) .715 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mitch Haniger (3), RHP David Goforth (8), LHP Jed Bradley (18), 1B Jason Rogers (20), RHP Drew Gagnon (25), OF D'Vontrey Richardson (30)
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
3-2 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 372 R (2nd) .696 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.92 ERA (3rd) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Byron Buxton (1), RHP J.O. Berrios (5), 2B (10), OF Max Kepler (11), OF Adam Brett Walker (17), LHP Mason Melotakis (18), 3B (25), SS Niko Goodrum (26), RHP Tyler Jones (27)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
3-1 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 279 R (16th) .667 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (12th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Clint Frazier (2), SS Dorssys Paulino (6), RHP Dace Kime (16), OF Anthony Santander (20), LHP Luis Lugo (21), RHP Mitch Brown (24), 1B Nellie Rodriguez (27)
Brooklyn Cyclones ()
8-3 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 39 R (9th) .651 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 1.43 ERA (1st) 1.04 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (7)
3-2 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 24 R (5th) .745 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.72 ERA (5th) 1.43 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Reymin Guduan (28)
GCL Red Sox
2-0 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 14 R (8th) .600 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (10th) 1.22 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Javier Guerra (27)