Fans that have a free afternoon near Viera, Florida could see a lot of baseball today if they want. Charlotte will be playing three games there starting at 11.
AAA Durham Bulls (37-43)
Durham lost a tight one to Syracuse Tuesday in a 3-2 12 inning contest. Syracuse plated a run in the 11th against Bryan Augenstein thanks to a couple bunts and a single, but Durham kept the game alive with a run scoring squeeze bunt by Jeff Salazar to score Reid Brignac. Unfortunately, Ryan Reid yielded another run to Syracuse in the 12th on a bases loaded infield single deflected by Reid with two outs. Luke Scott went 1/5 with a strikeout as their DH, and Kyle Farnsworth struck out two and allowed a hit in an inning of work. With seven hits and nine walks issued by Syracuse, the Bulls had plenty of chances but went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position. In relief of Farnsworth, Matt Torra struck out six and allowed a run in 6.2 innings.
AA Montgomery Biscuits (4-2)
Montgomery scored early and late to win a 7-6 game over Jacksonville. After taking a 3-1 lead against the Suns' bullpen after starter Omar Poveda left with an injury, Alex Colome coughed up five 2nd inning runs to spot Jacksonville a 6-3 lead. Colome would only throw one more inning, finishing with six runs allowed on eight hits and four walks in three innings while only striking out one. Three Biscuits relievers would combine to throw scoreless frames for the remainder of the game. Ryan Garko and Kyeong Kang led the Biscuits offense with three hits apiece, two of which went for doubles for Kang. Garko is now 9 for his last 14. Hak-Ju Lee had a couple hits and now has a .773 OPS in June.
High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-1)
The second game of their doubleheader was postponed after the first game was suspended halfway through.
Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-2)
After a six run 8th gave Bowling Green a lead in a remarkable comeback, they quickly gave up four of their own in an 11-9 loss to West Michigan. Austin Hubbard was charged with the loss after allowing two inherited runners to score and being charged with two of his own. It was a rough day for the Hot Rods entire staff, as all four pitchers, Jake Floethe, Jacob Partridge, Andrew Bellatti and Hubbard were charged with runs. On the plus side, nearly the entire Bowling Green lineup contributed nicely, no one more than Drew Vettleson. Vettleson had four hits, reached base another time on a walk, drove in four runs and stole a base. Tyler Goeddel reached base four times, and Todd Glaesmann drove in three runs.
Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (6-3)
A late offensive surge gave Hudson Valley a 4-2 win over Brooklyn. They only needed one hit to score three runs in the 7th thanks to two throwing errors on the same play scored a run and put two more in scoring position. That was followed by a wild pitch and sac fly to score the two go-ahead runs. Leadoff man Thomas Coyle had what may be the best game of his brief pro career so far with three hits including a double, a pair of runs and a steal. Matt Spann struggled for four innings, but three relievers got him off the hook by combining for five no-hit innings. Dylan Floro was credited with the win.
Rookie Princeton Rays (5-3)
Princeton scored the final three runs of the game, but their comeback came up short in their 8-7 loss at Greeneville. Kevin James put them behind early by yielding four runs in the 1st inning, but he settled in his next three innings and faced the minimum. The offense got him off the hook for the loss, but Hugo Duarte promptly allowed four runs in his first inning of work. Five P-Rays had multi-hit games, including Brandon Martin who reached base four times and stole a couple bases. Backup catcher Omar Narvaez stepped in for Oscar Hernandez and smacked two doubles.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-3)
It's still pretty wet in Florida, and their doubleheader was postponed.
Star of the day- Drew Vettleson had a nice offensive outburst to raise his average over .300.
Goat of the day- Austin Hubbard soured what would've been a great win for the Hot Rods.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
TBA v. Tanner Roark* (4-9, 5.37)
Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM
Kyle Lobstein* (3-3, 4.75) v. Jose Alvarez* (2-4, 4.15)
Charlotte @ Brevard County 12 PM TRIPLEHEADER
Completion of suspended game
Enny Romero (2-3, 3.08) v. Taylor Jungmann (5-4, 3.83)
Albert Suarez (4-3, 3.64) v. Brooks Hall (2-3, 4.23)
Both full games will be seven innings
Bowling Green @ West Michigan 7 PM
Ryan Carpenter (7-3, 3.92) v. Wilsen Palacios (8-4, 3.68)
Hudson Valley @ Brookly 7 PM
Sean Biermann* (0-0, 0.00) v. Julian Hilario* (0-0, 1.50)
Princeton @ Greeneville 7 PM
Jacob Faria (0-0, 1.50) v. Christopher Lee (0-0, 10.80)
GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM
TBA v. TBA
Scouting the opposition
Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
41-37 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 366 R (2nd) .724 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (12th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Chris Marrero (12)
Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
3-3 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 304 R (7th) .665 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Jensen (19), RHP A.J. Ramos (20), C Kyle Skipworth (21), RHP Joey O'Gara (25)
Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
3-0 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 288 R (9th) .676 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taylor Jungmann (2), LHP Jed Bradley (3), RHP Brooks Hall (25)
West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
3-2 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 341 R (7th) .699 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.47 ERA (3rd) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ramon Lebron (11), 1B Aaron Westlake (14), SS Brandon Loy (19), SS Eugenio Suarez (28)
Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
6-3 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 37 R (9th) .690 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.51 ERA (1st) 0.99 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brandon Nimmo (3), LHP Juan Urbina (18), SS Phillip Evans (21)
6-2 (1st in APP West)
Offense: 55 R (2nd) .798 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.11 ERA (6th) 1.44 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Adrian Houser (11), OF Ariel Ovando (14), RHP Tanner Bushue (24)
3-3 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 26 R (9th) .657 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (7th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton