Triple-A Durham Bulls (44-37)
Durham finally got back on a track with a 6-3 win over Indianapolis. After losing a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth, the Bulls were able to answer quickly with a big inning. The intentionally walked Wilson Betemit to get to Curt Casali with the bases loaded, but he drew a walk of his own that brought home what proved to be the winning run. Jeremy Moore followed that up with a two run double to extend the lead to three. Casali also homered earlier in the game, and Vince Belnome picked up three extra base hits, including a home run of his own.
Nathan Karns pitched a bare minimum quality start, which was a vast improvement compared to his first start back after skipping a turn. He allowed a solo home run to Robert Andino to tie the game at one in the third inning and would finish with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks in six innings with six strikeouts. It was his first quality start since May 29th.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-2)
Three early runs proved to be enough in Montgomery's 4-2 win over Huntsville. All three were actually driven in by Jake Hager. He followed up Ryan Brett's leadoff double with a double of his own to give the Biscuits the quick 1-0 lead, and an inning later, his two run homer put them up three. Hager also drew two walks and accounted for 25% of the Montgomery baserunners for the game.
Grayson Garvin pitched a season high four innings, and they were effective. He didn't allow any hits or runs, struck out two and walked just one with 37 of his 53 pitches being strikes. Four Biscuit relievers combined to finish the game. Bryce Stowell gave up both runs (one earned) in his first outing in three weeks, but Matt Ramsey was able to strike out three in the ninth to save the game.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-7)
Charlotte was five outs away from winning, but then they didn't in their 5-2 loss to Palm Beach. With a 2-1 lead in the eighth and one out in the ninth, Parker Markel surrendered a single and then a double that tied the game, and a single after that gave the the lead. After the second out, he allowed another single and another double to score two more runs to make it a 5-2 game. The Stone Crabs got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth, but they couldn't score.
With a walk and three two out singles, Charlotte scored both of their runs in the first inning and would hardly threaten after that. It wasted a nice effort from Albert Suarez his second time out, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk in five innings with three strikeouts. Maxx Tissenbaum had three more hits, and he has 11 in his last five games. Granden Goetzman was 1/4 with three strikeouts in his Florida State League debut.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-4)
Bowling Green fell behind 5-0 and eventually lost game one to Lake County by a 7-2 score. The Captains got to Jake Faria in a four run third inning that included a three run homer by Indians prospect Clint Frazier. Faria would allow two more homers and finish with seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and a walk in 4.2 innings with four strikeouts. Johnny Field had three hits, including his 20th double.
For good measure, the Hot Rods also lost game two 7-2. This time, they fell behind 7-0 before a meager comeback attempt. Jorge Rodriguez and Andrew Hanse were both hit hard, each allowing a pair of home runs. Rodriguez didn't last long, only going two innings while allowing four runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Brad Schreiber struck out five in two hitless innings of relief. All four of Bowling Green's hits were singles.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (8-5)
Hudson Valley melted down late in their 9-0 loss to Staten Island. The first five and a half inning were scoreless, but the got to the Renegade bullpen after Nolan Gannon was lifted for allowing the first two batters to reach in the sixth. The two inherited runners scored, and Eli Echarry was charged with one of his own. Echarry would allow six runs an inning later, and the game was out of reach.
This, along with a non-existent offense, wasted another nice start for Gannon. He was charged with his first two runs (one earned) for the season, but he only allowed two hits in 5+ innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Hudson Valley batters could only manage three hits and three walks, and all of the hits were singles. Casey Gillaspie walked twice and struck out once.
Freddy Alvarez couldn't duplicate his first start of the season in Princeton's 7-4 loss to Kingsport. After striking out seven and walking one his last time out, Alvarez was hit hard early. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, but the jumped on him for seven runs over the next three innings, including a two out, three run homer in the second inning. He finished with seven runs allowed on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings with a strikeout.
Kingsport's starter left after 3.2 innings too, but Princeton had only managed four runs against him, not seven. Hec Montes' two out double in the first scored Thomas Milone, and Riley Unroe singled home one of two runs an inning later that tied the game at three. Their fourth run scored on a balk, and the offense checked out after that. Montes and Carter Burgess each had two hits
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-3)
Second rounder Cameron Varga made his debut, but the GCL Rays had an ugly result in their 7-0 loss to the GCL Red Sox. He struck out one, allowed one hit and walked one in two scoreless innings, but that's when the broke out. They scored five runs over the next two innings against Deivy Martinez, including a two out grand slam in the fourth. David Rodriguez was back in the lineup after one day off, but he went 0/3. The Rays only had four hits.
Star of the day- Hager is rebounding pretty nicely from last year.
Goat of the day- Echarry's not getting it done for Hudson Valley.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
46-33 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 363 R (4th) .721 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Kingham (5), C (15), 1B (21), OF Jaff Decker (22)
Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
3-4 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 365 R (2nd) .713 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (2nd) 1.24 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)
6-1 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 345 R (4th) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.14 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Charlie Tilson (12), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (17)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
5-1 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 293 R (15th) .675 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (11th) 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)
8-5 (T-2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 52 R (9th) .628 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.20 ERA (2nd) 1.17 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Thairo Estrada (28)
4-3 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 35 R (5th) .743 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: None
GCL Red Sox
4-1 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 26 R (8th) .667 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.80 ERA (5th) 1.16 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Javier Guerra (27)