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Down On The Farm: May 31

Jake Partridge has been excelling in a relief role for Bowling Green, credit <a href="">Jim Donten</a>
Jake Partridge has been excelling in a relief role for Bowling Green, credit Jim Donten

Despite the loss, it was another nice game for the hitters in the middle of Bowling Green's lineup.

AAA Durham Bulls (23-31)

Jeff Salazar homered for the second straight game in Durham's 10 inning 5-4 win over Indianapolis. His extra innings blast came off Evan Meek, the former Devil Rays farmhand. Meek has had trouble trying to replicate his All-Star season of 2010. The game got off to an ugly start for Durham when Shane Dyer allowed four runs in the 1st inning, including a bases clearing triple by Jeff Larish. This spelled trouble against Indians starter Justin Wilson who threw a no hitter against the Bulls almost a month ago to the day. Juan Miranda singled off him in the second for Durham's first baserunner. In the 6th, Durham had a four run inning of their own, punctuated by Juan Miranda's two run dinger, his second of the year. After the first inning, Dyer mostly settled in, pitching through the 5th inning without allowing another run. Romulo Sanchez, Brandon Gomes and Dane De La Rosa combined to pitch five scoreless innings.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (27-25)

Montgomery was rained out.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (23-27)

Although they had a furious rally in the 9th that got the tying and winning runs in scoring position, Charlotte fell to Jupiter 5-4. Robby Price walked to lead off the inning, but they were down to their last out after back-to-back Derek Dietrich and Brandon Allen strikeouts. After Mikie Mahtook singled to keep the game alive, Philip Wunderlich blasted a three run home run to pull the Stone Crabs within one. Brett Nommensen doubled, and Kevin Kiermaier singled and stole second. Alejandro Torres then struck out to end the game. Mahtook and Wunderlich each had three hit games, and Allen was 1/4 with a run, walk and pair of strikeouts as Charlotte's left fielder. Grayson Garvin pitched an ugly outing, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out only one.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-25)

Despite a late rally to tie in the 9th inning, Bowling Green fell in 10 innings to Lansing, 6-4. Down two in the 9th, Todd Glaesmann and Josh Sale opened the inning with back to back solo home runs. For Glaesmann, it was his second of the game, and he sets a career high in homers with six. For Sale, it was a continuation of an encouraging hot streak. After the game was tied, Trevor Shull couldn't keep it tied in the 10th. With runners on second and third, Bowling Green elected to issue an intentional walk to load the bases, and Kenny Wilson capitalized on the opportunity by tripling home two runs. Jeff Malm smacked two doubles to keep his hot streak going. Parker Markel struggled again in his third start off the DL, allowing a pair of runs, one earned, in 2.2 innings. Jake Partridge had an outstanding relief appearance, striking out six in 4.1 scoreless innings.


Star of the day- Jeff Salazar's extra innings home run prevented the organization from being swept.

Goat of the day- Parker Markel was expected to have a breakout season, and it's not happening so far.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Indianapolis 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Torra (4-5, 5.01) v. TBA

Montgomery @ Mississippi 6 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Jake Thompson (2-4, 5.40) v. Luis Avilan (1-3, 2.22)
Alex Colome* (1-1, 6.00) v. Sean Gilmartin* (2-5, 3.48)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM
Albert Suarez* (3-2, 4.50) v. Robert Morey (1-0, 3.00)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 8:05 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (5-2, 3.86) v. Justin Nicolino* (2-0, 1.03)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
30-22 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 206 R (9th) .659 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.89 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Starling Marte (4), LHP Jeff Locke (10), RHP Bryan Morris (12), LHP Rudy Owens (16), LHP Justin Wilson (17)

Mississippi Braves
23-28 (4th in SL South)
Offense: 192 R (9th) .660 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (1nd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Andrelton Simmons (4), LHP Sean Gilmartin (5), C Christian Bethancourt (8), RHP Zeke Spruill (9), OF Todd Cunningham (16), RHP David Hale (21), RHP Billy Bullock (24), C Evan Gattis (27), 2B Phil Gosselin (30)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
25-27 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 215 R (5th) .692 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (6th) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Christian Yelich (1), OF Marcell Ozuna (2), C J.T. Realmuto (5), LHP Chad James (6), LHP Rob Rasmussen (7), 2B Noah Perio (8), 3B Ryan Fisher (13), LHP Grant Dayton (17), RHP Mike Brady (18), 1B Mark Canha (22)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
38-14 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 267 R (3rd) .734 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.67 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)