Triple-A Durham Bulls (38-27)
Nathan Karns' recent run of good starts ended abruptly in Durham's 9-2 loss to Norfolk. After a quick 1-2-3 first, Karns would give up five runs over the next two innings. including a pair in the third inning that came on three consecutive singles with two outs. He would be done after those three innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Only 59% of his pitches (39 for 66) were strikes.
Unfortunately, Braulio Lara was worse. In the fourth, the Tides blew the game wide open with four more runs. Lara recorded two outs without yet allowing a run, but after walking the bases loaded, he walked in a run and was lifted from the game. Doug Mathis allowed all three inherited runners to score, and the rout was on. Hak-Ju Lee's two out double in the fifth scored Durham's first run, and Jayson Nix later hit a solo home run to put a second run on the board. Nix had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-32)
Montgomery was postponed.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-31)
One big inning sunk Charlotte in their 5-4 loss to Bradenton. With the Stone Crabs holding an early 2-1 lead in the third, the Marauders mounted a two out rally to take a lead they would never lose. Bruedlin Suero walked a batter, allowed two singles to tie the game, walked another batter and allowed a two run single to put Charlotte behind. Suero allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings with two strikeouts. Marcus Jensen later allowed a solo home run that added to the Bradenton lead.
After Kes Carter's two run double in the first, the Stone Crabs offense was silent for just about the rest of the game. Maxx Tissenbaum singled home a run in the sixth to make a 4-3 lead, and Justin O'Conner made it a 5-4 game in the eighth with a tw out RBI double. They had the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth but couldn't capitalize. Leonardo Reginatto had two hits.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-33)
Ryne Stanek was solid again in Bowling Green's 7-1 win over Fort Wayne. The only run that came against him was unearned in the fourth inning when a Juniel Querecuto error allowed a runner to reach base that eventually came around to score. He did walk three batters, but for the most part, Stanek shut down the TinCap offense, allowing just the unearned run on five hits and three walks in six inning with five strikeouts. Eight of Stanek's 10 walks this season came in just two starts.
That Fort Wayne run was actually the first scored in the game, but Bowling Green stormed ahead with a four run fifth. Thanks to a leadoff error and four hits, including three for extra bases, the Hot Rods went ahead for good. Ty Young's triple delivered the tying and go-ahead runs. More extra base hits helped them tack on a run an inning later, and Yoel Araujo's two run homer in the eighth completed the scoring. Young and Granden Goetzman each had two hits, and Alexander Simon reached base three times.
Star of the day- Young has been hitting better for the Hot Rods lately.
Goat of the day- I don't think the move to the bullpen for Lara is going to help him reach his potential.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Both games will be seven innings
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
27-37 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 321 R (1st) .742 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.74 ERA (12th) 1.45 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kevin Gausman (2), DH Henry Urrutia (7), RHP Mike Wright (8), LHP Chris Jones (27), RHP Josh Stinson (28)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
27-36 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 254 R (10th) .702 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (3rd) 1.34 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)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
32-30 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 224 R (11th) .632 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (3), OF Josh Bell (7), C (24)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
28-34 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 343 R (1st) .723 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 5.04 ERA (16th) 1.59 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Walker Weickel (19), Dustin Peterson (22)