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Down On The Farm: May 10

Durham's pitching staff had a rough night, via <a href=""></a>
Durham's pitching staff had a rough night, via

Montgomery and Charlotte combined to only allow one run, but Durham and Bowling Green were able to pick up the slack with 22 between them.

AAA Durham Bulls (12-22)

After Alex Cobb put the Bulls in a 7-1 hole, Durham eventually pulled within two runs, but the bullpen promptly imploded in a 15-8 Syracuse win. Matt Mangini's two 1st inning errors allowed the Chiefs to take a 2-1 lead. Syracuse then posted the first of their five run innings of the night in the 2nd. The big blow was a bases clearing double by Brett Carroll, and after striking out the next batter, Cobb's night was over. After the rehabbing Chien-Ming Wang was removed, Durham's offense really went to work in the 8th. Mangini made a bid for redemption by hitting a grand slam with no outs, and they tacked on two more runs to make it a 10-8 game. Syracuse responded right away in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five more against Jhonny Nunez, four of which came with two outs. Four of the five outs Cobb recorded were strikeouts, but he allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (16-18)

Everything came together in Montgomery's 9-0 morning win at Chattanooga. All nine runs were scored in the first four innings and charged to Dodgers prospect Allen Webster. The Biscuits scored a single run in each of the first three innings and exploded for six in the 4th while sending 10 batters to the plate. Greg Sexton led off the inning by reaching base on an error, and he was followed by three consecutive singles and a hit by pitch. Webster induced a groundout from Kyeong Kang, but at that point three runs had already scored. Henry Wrigley's RBI double kept the train moving, and reliever Red Patterson couldn't stop the bleeding, allowing consecutive singles that scored two more runs. Kyle Lobstein struck out seven in five scoreless innings, but he also walked five. Scott Shuman made the end of the game interesting as only he can, walking four in two innings but ultimately not allowing any runs.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (15-18)

Enny Romero was what some may call effectively wild in Charlotte's 5-1 win over Daytona. His 6.1 inning start was the longest for any Stone Crab starter this season and only allowed two hits, but he walked four and only struck out three. C.J. Riefenhauser was sharp in 2.2 innings of relief, allowing an unearned run and striking out three. Charlotte's three run 3rd inning was more than enough offense. Ty Morrison and Robby Price reached to start the inning on a single and walk respectively, and they both came around to score when Derek Dietrich and Mikie Mahtook followed them up with singles. After two outs were recorded, Mayo Acosta singled home Dietrich for the third run. Morrison, Mahtook, Acosta and Riccio Torrez each had two hit games. Torrez's 8th inning solo home run was his third of the season.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-16)

A four run 5th inning propelled Lansing to a 7-3 win over Bowling Green. A lot of the damage came from self-inflicted wounds by the battery of Trevor Shull and Matt Rice with four walks in 4.1 innings for Shull, three stolen bases against the pair and two passed balls by Rice. Already down 2-0, Jacob Partridge entered to replace Shull with two on and one out. After a walk to load the bases, Partridge appeared to be on his way to limiting the damage, but they couldn't turn a double play which allowed a third run to score. One of the passed balls allowed the 4th run to score on a strikeout, and Carlos Perez delivered a big blow with a two out, two run double. Drew Vettleson reached base three times with a hit and two walks, and Taylor Motter left very early which might suggest an injury.


Star of the day- Henry Wrigley has continued to show that wiggly feel.

Goat of the day- Durham's pitching staff combined for a WHIP over 3.00 with Romulo Sanchez being the only pitcher that didn't get charged with a run.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Syracuse 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Alex Cobb (1-3, 3.38) v. Tanner Roark (1-5, 5.70)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM
Joe Cruz (2-4, 6.41) v. Ethan Martin (3-0, 3.12)

Charlotte v. Daytona 6:30 PM
Albert Suarez (0-2, 5.72) v.Frank Del Valle (2-0, 3.71)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM
Ryan Carpenter (4-1, 2.57) v. Justin Nicolino (1-0, 0.00)

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
12-21, (6th in IL North)
Offense: 134 R (8th) .677 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.88 ERA (12th) 1.47 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
14-20 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 156 R (3rd) .693 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (9th) 1.44 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Allen Webster (2), RHP Nate Eovaldi (3), RHP Chris Withrow (7), RHP Shawn Tolleson (15), LHP Aaron Miller (12), RHP Ethan Martin (17), OF Kyle Russell (20), SS Jake Lemmerman (27), C Gorman Erickson (28) OF Blake Smith (30)

Daytona Cubs
12-21 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 162 R (2nd) .713 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.32 ERA (12th) 1.44 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Matt Szczur (3), RHP Tony Zych (15), RHP Hayden Simpson (29), 2B Ronald Torreyes

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
22-10 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 136 R (12th) .681 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.45 ERA (1st) 1.18 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justin Nicolino (5), RHP Aaron Sanchez (6), RHP Noah Syndergaard (7), C Carlos Perez (14), 3B Kellen Sweeney (13), OF Chris Hawkins (25)