Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-25)
Alex Colome was outstanding in Durham's 2-0 win over Pawtucket. In a tight game, he threw strikes, was never in trouble, and he only faced two batters over the minimum in eight innings of work. He allowed just four hits and one walk, and he struck out seven. No runner reached scoring position against him, and 64 of his 96 pitches were strikes.
In the eighth, the Bulls finally broke the scoreless tie. Cole Figueroa popping up a bunt after Hak-Ju Lee led off with a single could have short-circuited the inning, but poor control from the Pawtucket reliever, resulting in a walk and wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position, got things going. After Wilson Betemit was intentionally walked, Justin Christian singled home lee, and Vince Belnome's sac fly added an insurance run. A leadoff triple and walk in the ninth for the could've come back to haunt Kirby Yates, but he retired the next three batters to end the game.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-31)
Montgomery got crushed in their 13-2 loss to Pensacola. After allowing two runs in the second inning, Grayson Garvin allowed a leadoff single to start the third before being lifted in favor of Jared Mortensen. After two quick outs, the Blue Wahoos put together a four run rally, but they weren't done scoring for the night. Mortensen would allow eight runs (seven earned) before his night was over, and he allowed two of four Pensacola home runs.
Once they were down 11-0, the Biscuits offense finally woke up a bit. Jake Hager doubled in the sixth inning, and Alejandro Segovia's double drove him in to end the shutout. An inning later, Jeremy Moore hit a solo home run, his fourth of the year. Segovia and Moore each had two hits.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-29)
Blake Snell was very good, and he was backed by some late run support in Charlotte's 5-0 win over Tampa. In his second Florida State League start, Snell only allowed one runner to reach scoring position, and that was due to Justin O'Conner committing catcher's interference. He finished with four hits and a walk in six scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Luis Cabrera struck out three in three scoreless innings to finish the game.
The Stone Crabs scored their first run of the game in the sixth inning, just before Snell left the game. After a Kes Carter single, Marty Gantt tripled home what proved to be the winning run. An inning later, Patrick Leonard's two run homer extended the lead, and they scored a run each in the eighth and ninth innings thanks to Yankee errors. Leonard led the way with three hits as one of five Stone Crabs with multi-hit games. Gantt hit two triples, and O'Conner hit two doubles.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-31)
Bowling Green picked up a couple late runs to win the suspended game 4-3. Pat Blair led off the eighth with a double and came around to score the tying run, and they won the game with a walkoff sac fly from Ty Young. After Jaime Schultz was only able to pitch two innings because of the rain Wednesday, Jorge Rodriguez allowed three runs in five innings of work with three strikeouts.
After being no-hit through five innings, Bowling Green failed to complete a comeback in their game two 7-4 loss to Dayton. All four Hot Rod runs scored with two outs in the sixth inning. Armando Araiza singled home a pair of runs, and Johnny Field and Blair each had RBI singles. Unfortunately, this immediately followed a four run Dragon inning that put the game out of reach. All four runs Ian Kendall allowed were unearned. Starter Ben Griset allowed three runs in five innings. Alexander Simon had two hits.
Star of the day- Colome and Snell both turned in nice performances
Goat of the day- I was intrigued by Mortensen last year making his affiliated baseball debut out of indy ball. I'm becoming less intrigued.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
29-33 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 231 R (14th) .665 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (5th) 1.35 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)
26-35 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 250 R (10th) .707 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (3rd) 1.35 WHIP (5th)
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)
29-31 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 237 R (7th) .685 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (6th) 1.31 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)
30-28 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 267 R (11th) .688 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (4th) 1.26 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)