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Down On The Farm: June 21

Taylor Guerrieri showed why he's so highly touted, via <a href="">Jim Donten</a>
Taylor Guerrieri showed why he's so highly touted, via Jim Donten

If you tuned into MiLB.TV last night, you could've seen Taylor Guerrieri pitch well from a camera that appeared to be in a different zip code from the field.

AAA Durham Bulls (32-42)

Durham took a 9th inning 6-5 lead but gave it right back in a 7-6 loss. Brandon Gomes came on for the save but could only record one out on a sac bunt. Two batters after Tsuyoshi Nishioka led off the inning with a double, Wilkin Ramirez hit a two run homer to send the Rochester fans home happy. In the top half of the inning, Chris Gimenez hit his first home run of the season to tie the game at five, and a Shawn O'Malley single later plated the go-ahead run. The bottom five hitters in the Durham lineup, Henry Wrigley, Matt Mangini, Reid Brignac, Chris Gimenez and Cole Figueroa, combined for 12 of Durham's 15 hits and scored all six runs. Shane Dyer allowed four runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (0-0)

Montgomery is enjoying the All-Star break.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-0)

Charlotte's early offense was enough to survive a late rally in their 7-5 win over Palm Beach. They held a 6-0 lead at one point in the game, and they got the scoring started in the 2nd when the Cardinals issued two bases loaded walks. Wild pitches and errors hurt the Palm Beach cause all night, and three of Charlotte's runs were unearned. Victor Mateo and George Jensen's control wasn't much better, and the teams combined to walk 15 batters. Jensen's nightmare June continued, and he's now allowed 20 runs in nine June innings. Mikie Mahtook recorded a couple extra base hits, and Steven Tinoco reached base three times.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (0-0)

Bowling Green is enjoying the All-Star break.

Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (2-1)

Taylor Guerrieri was sharp in his pro debut as some late offense gave Hudson Valley a 5-3 win. On the same night Chris Archer took an inning to settle in before impressing, Guerrieri had a similar outing. His allowed his first two batters to reach via single and hit by pitch, but he ended up pitching five scoreless innings, striking out six and only allowing two hits and a walk. Going into the 9th inning in a 3-3 tie, Joel Caminero hit a two run double to give the Renegades the lead back. Caminero had two doubles and four RBI in the game, and Justin O'Conner's hot start continued with three hits including a pair of doubles.

Rookie Princeton Rays (2-0)

Princeton used three multi-run innings to win their second straight against Kingsport by a 10-7 score. It was another nice game for a handful of 2011 draftees with Brandon Martin hitting his second professional home run. Granden Goetzman reached base twice, and James Harris did three teams while also stealing a base. Starter Eli Echarry was knocked out after 1.2 innings, allowing five runs, four of which were earned. Joan Guerrero relieved him and fired 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out four and only allowing a hit and two walks. Third baseman Julian Morillo had two hits but also committed two of Princeton's errors.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-1)

A big 3rd inning for the Twins doomed the GCL Rays in their 6-2 loss. Despite only having three singles in the inning, the Twins took advantage of two Rays errors to score four in the inning. The Rays made three errors in the game, and that led to only one of the six runs allowed to be earned. Starter Jorge Rodriguez was charged with five of them in three innings on five hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Johnny Eierman reached base three teams including a double, and Cesar Perez had his second straight two hit game.


Star of the day- Taylor Guerrieri's debut was what everyone was waiting for, and he didn't disappoint.

Goat of the day- Charlotte ended up winning, but it's hard to believe how poor George Jensen's June has been.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Rochester 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Torra (6-6, 4.33) v. Matt Maloney (0-3, 8.06)

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 PM

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM
Braulio Lara (4-5, 6.32) v. Tyler Waldron (4-3, 5.32)

Bowling Green is at the All-Star break

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Spann (0-0, 0.00) v. TBA

Princeton v. Kingsport 7:05 PM
Kevin James (0-0) v. TBA

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
33-39 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 239 R (14th) .663 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (11th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Deolis Guerra (15), RHP Carlos Gutierrez (17), RHP Lester Oliveros (26)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
Offense: 290 R (5th) .699 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (6th) 1.37 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Tyler Skaggs (3), 3B Matt Davidson (4), LHP David Holmberg (6), RHP Brett Marshall (15), OF Marc Krauss (16), RHP Kevin Munson (19), RHP Yonata Ortega (20), 2B David Nick (23), RHP Brett Lorin (28)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 295 R (6th) .666 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jameson Taillon (2), 1B Alex Dickerson (11), LHP Colton Cain (13), OF Mel Rojas (29)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
1-2 (3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 14 R (9th) .662 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.50 ERA (9th) 1.65 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Roderick Bernadina (22)

Kingsport Mets
0-2 (5th in APP West)
Offense: 11 R (4th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.50 ERA (6th) 1.75 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bradley Marquez (25), SS Gavin Cecchini

GCL Twins
2-1 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 14 R (6th) .664 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (5th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton