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Down On The Farm: May 9

Chris Archer: Turning a corner? credit <a href="">Jim Donten</a>
Chris Archer: Turning a corner? credit Jim Donten

While Chris Archer had his second straight encouraging start, Grayson Garvin ended his own streak of encouraging starts.

AAA Durham Bulls (12-21)

A three-run 2nd inning by Syracuse was all the offense the Chiefs needed in a 4-2 win over Durham. Xavier Paul led off the inning by hitting a solo home run off Jim Paduch and was followed by a single and double. After a groundout, shortstop Josh Johnson's single extended the lead to 3-0. Durham tried rallying in the following inning with two of their three hits for the game. Juan Miranda and Cole Figueroa reached to start the inning, and after a Shawn O'Malley bunt moved them to scoring position, they came around to score on a Kyle Hudson single and Jeff Salazar groundout. Hudson had two of Durham's three hits. Paduch allowed all four runs in five innings of work. ML veteran Zach Duke threw a complete game for Syracuse with five strikeouts.

Chris Archer turned in his best performance of the season in Durham's 2-1 win in the nightcap. Syracuse's lone run came in the first inning after consecutive singles were followed by a groundout. The inning ended when Mark Teahen tried scoring on another single, but Jesus Feliciano cut him down at the plate. Syracuse would only get one more hit in the game, a leadoff single in the 2nd inning. Both of Durham's runs came in the 5th when Craig Albernaz made Syracuse pay for intentionally walking Leslie Anderson to load the bases. His single brought home Stephen Vogt and Reid Brignac, and Brignac's run proved to be the winner. Archer struck out five in six innings and only walked one. Archer only has three walks over his last two starts, totaling 12 innings.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (15-18)

Shane Dyer's solid season continued in a 6-1 Montgomery win over Chattanooga. He got early run support in the first after a Nate Eovaldi throwing error extended the inning, and Henry Wrigley's RBI single drove in Tyler Bortnick. Montgomery returned the favor in the third when consecutive errors by Hak-Ju Lee and Dyer allowed Jake Lemmerman to come around to score after his leadoff walk. Montgomery scored five unanswered runs in the next three innings thanks to run scoring hits by Kyeong Kang and Wrigley. Emeel Salem's 6th inning triple scored two and provided Dyer and the bullpen nice insurance. Dyer struck out three while allowing one unearned run in six innings, and Frank De Los Santos and Alex Koronis combined for three scoreless innings to secure the win.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (14-18)

After showing progress in his previous two starts, Grayson Garvin got tagged early and often in Charlotte's 12-4 loss. With one out in the second inning, eight consecutive Cubs reached base, not including Greg Rohan who made two outs in the inning. The Daytona hit parade included a bases loaded error by Cody Rogers that allowed two runs to score when the sac fly would've only scored one. Rubi Silva greeted Nate Garcia with a three run home run to cap the eight run inning. All told, Garvin struck out none in 1.1 innings while allowing seven runs, six of which were earned. Hector Guevara reached base three times, and Daytona's Hayden Simpson earned his first career save by pitching the final four innings, but not before allowing three more runs in his nightmare season.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-15)

After a solid start by Felipe Rivero, Jason McEachern blew an 8th inning two run lead in their 4-3 loss to Lake County. A 7th inning Jeff Malm triple drove in Drew Vettleson to extend Bowling Green's lead to 3-1, but the advantage was erased in a matter of minutes. Working his second inning of the game, McEachern allowed two doubles, hit a batter and one more double without recording an out. Austin Hubbard was summoned to preserve the tie, but Francisco Lindor's single gave Lake County their first lead of the game. Vettleson hit a 9th inning two-out single, but a Malm flyout ended the game. Jake Hager had a two hit game, his first hits since April 28th, but he also committed two errors.


Star of the day- Chris Archer only walked one for Durham, and that always deserves recognition.

Goat of the day- Grayson Garvin wasn't helped by his defense, but he failed to strike out a batter in less than two innings of work.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Syracuse 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Chris Archer (1-4, 6.30) v. Mitch Atkins (2-2, 4.18)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 11:15 AM
Kyle Lobstein (1-2, 7.52) v. Allen Webster (1-4, 6.23)

Charlotte v. Daytona 6:30 PM
Enny Romero* (0-2, 3.71) v. Zach Cates (0-4, 11.57)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM
Trevor Shull* (0-0, 4.50) v.Marcus Walding* (1-1, 3.04)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
11-21, (6th in IL North)
Offense: 119 R (11th) .663 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.77 ERA (12th) 1.45 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
14-19 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 156 R (2nd) .697 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.01 ERA (8th) 1.43 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
12-20 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 161 R (2nd) .723 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.28 ERA (12th) 1.43 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Matt Szczur (3), RHP Tony Zych (15), RHP Hayden Simpson (29), 2B Ronald Torreyes

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
21-10 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 129 R (12th) .681 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.44 ERA (1st) 1.17 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)