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Down On The Farm: May 24

Joe Cruz had one of his best career outings Wednesday, credit <a href="">Jim Donten</a>
Joe Cruz had one of his best career outings Wednesday, credit Jim Donten

Montgomery was the only winner down on the farm Wednesday thanks to a strong start by Joe Cruz and solid effort from the bullpen.

AAA Durham Bulls (19-28)

Durham enjoyed an off day.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (24-22)

Michael Sheridan's 12th inning walkoff home run ended a great pitcher's duel in a 2-1 Montgomery win. Zach Quate picked up the win in his first appearance of the year by pitching two hairy but scoreless innings. Danny Hultzen pitched like a #2 pick, striking out a career high 12 and only allowing one run in six innings on five hits and a walk. Joe Cruz was even better, striking out eight in six scoreless innings, only allowing one hit and two walks. Ryan Garko's RBI double scored Omar Luna in the 4th for Montgomery's first run. Luna had two hits, walked and also stole two bases as Montgomery's most productive hitter in the game. After Marquis Fleming allowed Jackson's only run in the 7th, Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates and Quate finished the game with five scoreless innings.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-23)

As John Gregg put it on Twitter, C.J. Riefenhauser proved he's human in Charlotte's 12-1 loss. Brevard County scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, and they really put the game out of reach with a six run 4th. Riefenhauser was charged with eight runs in 3.2 innings, allowing 10 hits. In that 4th inning, Riefenhauser actually recorded two outs without allowing a run before the wheels came off. Two errors and an infield single helped prolong the problematic inning, and it was punctuated by a Shawn Zarraga home run against George Jensen that allowed a couple inherited runners to score. Charlotte scored their lone run of the game in the 2nd when a passed ball allowed Derek Dietrich to score. Brandon Allen went 0/4 with two strikeouts as Charlotte's left fielder. Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson struck out seven in seven innings, only allowing the unearned run.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-22)

Shoddy defense led to Bowling Green's demise in their 6-5 loss to Great Lakes. In the bottom of the 9th, a Loons batter reached second base after a single and error by Joel Caminero. He then came around to score the winning run when Austin Hubbard threw the ball away trying to get the out at third on a sac bunt. Those were two of their seven errors on the game, and only half of Great Lakes' runs were earned. Jake Floethe pitched a solid seven innings, striking out six and allowing four runs, two of which were earned. Before the Loons scored three unanswered runs to end the game, Bowling Green built a 5-3 lead, thanks to Tyler Goeddel's 4th home run of the season and first in over a month. Jake Hager is working on a three game hitting streak with a three hit game, and Cameron Seitzer also piled up three hits.


Star of the day- Joe Cruz had his best start of the season by far for Montgomery.

Goat of the day- C.J. Riefenhauser finally had a rough outing, but it shouldn't take away from the season he's having so far.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Chris Archer* (3-4, 5.01) v. Jason Berken (0-1, 2.50)

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM
Matt Buschmann* (1-2, 5.45) v. Steve Garrison* (2-1, 2.25)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 6:30 PM
Grayson Garvin (2-3, 4.31) v. Brandon Williamson (1-2, 3.68)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jacob Partridge* (4-0, 1.11) v. Jose Dominguez* (2-1, 3.00)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
19-26 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 167 R (11th) .670 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Joe Mahoney (13), 2B Ryan Adams (23), 1B Brandon Waring (25)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
27-19 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 194 R (4th) .712 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (1st) 1.22 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (1), LHP Danny Hultzen (2), LHP James Paxton (3), SS Nick Franklin (4), 3B Francisco Martinez (6), RHP Carter Capps (16), RHP Brandon Maurer (21), LHP Mauricio Robles (26), 3B Steve Proscia (27), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), 1B Rich Poythress (29)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
19-26 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 172 R (11th) .656 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.07 ERA (1st) 1.18 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taylor Jungmann (2), LHP Jed Bradley (3), RHP Jimmy Nelson (10), RHP Brooks Hall (25)

Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
24-22 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 196 R (9th) .657 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (7th) 1.32 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF James Baldwin (11), RHP Ryan O'Sullivan (23), C Pratt Maynard (25), 1B O'Koyea Dickson (29)