Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-37)
Durham's losing streak stretched to eight games in their 2-1 loss to Indianapolis. Good pitching has been rare for the Bulls over the past week, but they kind of got it from Enny Romero. He allowed back to back runs in the second and third innings, but the third inning run was unearned due to a Hak-Ju Lee error. He finished with the two runs (one earned) allowed on four hits and four walks in six innings with six strikeouts. 61 of his 103 pitches were strikes.
The Durham offense was once again pretty punchless. They had two runners on base with one out in the fourth but couldn't come through, and their only run of the game was unearned thanks to a two out error. Mike Fontenot, Justin Christian and Mikie Mahtook had Durham's three hits. C.J. Riefenhauser and Jeff Beliveau combined to strike out five in three innings.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-2)
Montgomery made a late comeback, lost their lead but came back to win 5-4 in 10 innings. Down 2-1 in the ninth, the Biscuits scored three runs in a rain delayed half an inning, including one on a squeeze bunt by Jake DePew. Matt Lollis' struggles continued in the bottom half of the inning though, and he allowed the tying runs, including one that scored after a potential tying run was thrown out at the plate. In the 10th, Taylor Motter led off with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Jim Patterson recorded a 1-2-3 inning to end the game.
Dylan Floro was not as sharp as usual. After allowing a first inning run, he settled in for a little bit, but he didn't throw a good percentage of strikes and later allowed a home run. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings with two strikeouts, and 52 of his 87 pitches were strikes. Motter, Ryan Brett, Cameron Seitzer and Jeff Malm had two hit games.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-6)
Charlotte's second half woes dragged on in their 10 inning 7-6 loss to Fort Myers. After falling behind by one in the top of the ninth, Ariel Soriano's two out double tied the game. In the top of the 10th, Jose Alberto Molina allowed his second run in as many innings, but he at least got out of further trouble with two men in scoring position and only one out. The Stone Crabs got the tying run into scoring position with one out in the bottom half of the inning, but they couldn't capitalize.
Patrick Leonard's two run homer in the first gave Charlotte a 2-0 lead, but their only lead of the game did not last long. The Miracle got to Austin Pruitt for three runs in the second inning, and after Charlotte responded with another one of their own, they kept the pressure on in the third and scored twice to make it a 5-3 game. Pruitt allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings with five strikeouts. Maxx Tissenbaum and Soriano each hit two doubles in four and three hit games respectively. Tommy Coyle reached base four times and stole two bases.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-2)
Bowling Green was postponed.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (8-4)
Enderson Franco was finally charged with a run, but he got plenty of offensive support in Hudson Valley's 6-3 win. After being handed a 2-0 first inning lead, the Cyclones finally got to Franco for the first time this season, tying the game with the help of two errors. Franco would later give up a solo home run and finish with three runs (two earned) allowed on six hits in five innings with five strikeouts. He now has 14 strikeouts and no walks in 15 innings.
The third inning was when the Renegades broke out and put the game away. Casey Gillaspie singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Daniel Miles double, and Clayton Henning doubled home two more with two outs. Miles had three hits including two doubles, and Gillaspie did not strike out. Chris Pike struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief.
Princeton took a 4-0 lead and managed to hang on for a 5-3 win over Greeneville. In the fifth inning, already holding a 1-0 lead, Nic Wilson hit his first professional home run, a two run shot that extended the lead to 3-0. Brock Dykxhoom's wild pitch an inning later gave the Rays their four run lead. Nick Ciuffo had a three hit game and scored a late insurance run, and Hec Montes also had three hits.
Jose Alonzo pitched well again in his second start of the season. In his five scoreless innings, he rarely got into trouble, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out four. Two successful pickoffs helped limit Astro scoring opportunities. With the tying run on base in the ninth, Justin McCalvin was summoned to make his pro debut, and he induced a flyout to end the game and get credited with a save.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-2)
A GCL Rays late rally wasn't enough in their 5-3 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Down 5-1 in the seventh, Matt Ford and Isias Alcantar each singled home runs to cut the lead to two runs, but James Harris and Jonathan Freemyer made outs to end the inning. They would get the tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but they couldn't come through.
After Patrick Grady doubled home Chris Knott in the second inning to put the Rays up 1-0, thegot to work against Angel Yepez. A one out double tied the game, and a two out homer gave them a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Yepez allowed those three runs on five hits and a walk in four innings with five strikeouts, and Mario Adames gave up the other two runs. Nick Sawyer struck out three and walked two in two innings.
Star of the day- Franco is making quite an impression in his Rays debut.
Goat of the day- Durham and Charlotte players who did not have good individual performances.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Both games will be seven innings
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
46-32 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 360 R (4th) .721 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Kingham (5), C (15), 1B (21), OF Jaff Decker (22)
Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
3-3 (T-3rd in SL North)
Offense: 363 R (2nd) .716 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mitch Haniger (3), RHP David Goforth (8), LHP Jed Bradley (18), 1B (20), RHP Drew Gagnon (25), OF D'Vontrey Richardson (30)
5-1 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 340 R (4th) .697 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.15 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Charlie Tilson (12), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (17)
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)
7-5 (3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 43 R (9th) .622 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.39 ERA (3rd) 1.22 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Thairo Estrada (28)
3-3 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 28 R (5th) .732 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.33 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: None
GCL Red Sox
3-1 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 19 R (10th) .641 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (7th) 1.28 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Javier Guerra (27)