Triple-A Durham Bulls (36-25)
A wild comeback was for naught in Durham's 11 inning 8-7 loss to Pawtucket. Down 4-1 in the seventh, the Bulls broke out with a huge six run inning. After Mike Fontenot struck out to lead things off, the eight following batters all reached base before Fontenot made the second out of the inning. With five hits including two doubles, a walk, a hit batter and an error, Durham stormed ahead by three runs. The biggest hit of the inning was Vince Belnome's two run single. Unfortunately, a combination of Jeff Beliveau and Jake Thompson in the ninth could not secure the win. With two outs, former Bull Ryan Roberts doubled home a pair of runs to tie the game, and two innings later, a solo home run by Mookie Betts gave the the lead.
Mike Montgomery certainly didn't have his best start, but at the very least, he didn't issue any free passes. Roberts hit a solo home run against him in the fourth to start the scoring, and he eventually allowed three runs (four earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings with four strikeouts. Durham enjoyed solid production from the bottom of their lineup with Curt Casali, Robby Price and Ray Olmedo combining to reach base seven times with three hits. Brandon Gomes struck out two batters in 1.2 innings.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-30)
More struggles from Mike Colla hurt Montgomery in their 8-5 loss to Mississippi. Working with a 3-1 lead thanks to an RBI double by Richie Shaffer and Cameron Seitzer dinger, Colla's solid start blew up in the sixth. After a one out single cut the lead to one run, Seth Loman hit a three run homer that proved to give the the lead for good. The bullpen allowing some insurance runs certainly didn't help, but Colla finished with five runs allowed on seven hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts.
Although they scored two more runs, offense was hard to come by for the Biscuits after the third inning. Two double plays short-circuited opportunities in two innings, but they did get a solo home run from Alejandro Segovia in the eighth, his third of the season. Shaffer reached base three times, and Jake Hager hit a pair of singles.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (28-29)
A 5-2 lead quickly evaporated late in Charlotte's 7-6 loss to Tampa. Entering the eighth with two outs, Jose Alberto Molina quickly got to work losing that lead. Three consecutive hits scored two Yankee runs before he finally got out of the inning, and a two out rally burned him again an inning later, even after the Stone Crabs provided an insurance run. A single with two runners already on base made it a one run game again, and one time puzzling first round pick Cito Culver drove in two runs with a walk-off double.
After allowing two first inning runs, Leonel Santiago settled in and shut down the. After allowing the second run, he retired 14 of 15 batters, with the only runner reaching doing so on an error. Santiago finished with two runs (one earned) allowed on three hits and two walks in 7.2 innings with six strikeouts. Marty Gantt's solo home run in the second inning, his second in two days, got Charlotte's scoring started, and the Stone Crabs added on with a pair of two run innings that included a two run single from newcomer Julian Ridings. Ridings was one of five Stone Crabs with two hits.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-30)
Bowling Green was suspended.
Because of rain, not persistent recreational drug use.
Star of the day- Apparently it didn't take very long for Stanek to make an impression on MWL managers.
Goat of the day- Everyone
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Seven inning game will follow completion of last night's suspended game
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
29-32 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 231 R (14th) .668 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (5th) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Allen Webster (4), RHP Matt Barnes (9), RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11), C (12), OF Bryce Brentz (16), LHP Drake Britton (17), C (25), 1B (26), RHP Alex Wilson (29)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
25-35 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 237 R (10th) .697 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (3rd) 1.36 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), OF Yorman Rodriguez (5), RHP Michael Lorenzen (6), RHP Carlos Contreras (7), RHP Daniel Corcino (13), RHP Jon Moscot (23)
29-30 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 237 R (7th) .687 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.33 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Eric Jagielo (5), 1B Greg Bird (8), RHP Rafael De Paula (15), OF Jake Cave (22), 2B Angelo Gumbs (25)
Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
29-27 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 257 R (11th) .686 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Phil Ervin (3), RHP Nick Travieso (8), LHP Ismael Guillon (12), LHP Amir Garrett (18), RHP Sal Romano (25), OF Sebastian Elizalde (26), 3B (27), RHP Dan Langfield (30)