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Down On The Farm: June 28

PLAYING NOW IN THE SMALL SAMPLE SIZE THEATER: Brandon Martin has a .836 OPS in eight games for Princeton, credit <a href="">Jim Donten</a>
PLAYING NOW IN THE SMALL SAMPLE SIZE THEATER: Brandon Martin has a .836 OPS in eight games for Princeton, credit Jim Donten

In a day where nothing notable really happened, Charlotte won one out of three games, and Hak-Ju Lee had three more hits. His OPS in the last 10 games is now .818.

AAA Durham Bulls (38-43)

A three run 6th inning gave Durham a 4-3 win over Syracuse Wednesday. With two outs, Cole Figueroa drew a walk to load the bases, and Rich Thompson and Jesus Feliciano followed with back to back singles to score three runs and give Durham the lead. Thompson and Feliciano created problems for Syracuse all night, combining to reach base eight times, and Thompson stole a pair of bases. Alex Torres started and only went 1+ innings, being charged with three runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. After Jhonny Nunez came in to finish the second inning, Kyle Farnsworth struck out two and allowed a hit in a scoreless third inning. Lance Pendelton, the game's "starter", finally came in after that and pitched 4.2 scoreless innings.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (4-3)

Despite outhitting Jacksonville 11-6, Montgomery fell to the Suns 5-2 in 10 innings. Kirby Yates got roughed up in his two innings of work, taking the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. The biggest blow in the 10th was Curt Smith's two run homer that immediately followed a run scoring double. Starter Kyle Lobstein was okay in five innings of work, allowing two runs in five innings on two hits and four walks while striking out six. Hak-Ju Lee had three more hits to raise his average to .258, and he also stole a base. Brad Coon hit two doubles. Montgomery went just 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base.

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-3)

A couple late runs by Charlotte gave them the win in the resumption of the suspended game 5-3. A Mikie Mahtook triple in the 8th inning was the biggest blow and scored the final run. Enny Romero started the game originally and struggled, allowing three runs in four innings and perhaps more concerning, walking five and striking out none. Chris Andujar and Jim Patterson combined to throw four scoreless innings to finish the game. Mahtook had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Derek Dietrich reached base twice and stole one base.

The middle game of the day did not go as well, and Charlotte dropped an 8-1 decision to Brevard County. Albert Suarez allowed six runs in the first inning, and obviously the Stone Crabs wouldn't come close to erasing the deficit. Suarez settled in the next three innings and didn't allow any more runs, but the Manatees tacked on a couple more late when George Jensen walked four batters in 1.1 innings. Derek Dietrich and David Wendt each reached base twice, and Wendt had one of two extra base hits for the Stone Crabs.

The third game didn't go much better, and Charlotte lost the rubber game of the day 8-5. A five run 3rd inning by Brevard County did the Stone Crabs in as the Manatees pounded four extra base hits off Eliazer Suero who was knocked out after the first three innings with six runs allowed. Lenny Linsky made his first appearance of the season outside of the GCL and allowed two more runs in an inning. Chris Murrill had a pair of hits and RBI and raised his average over .300 for the season. Derek Dietrich hit a solo home run, just his second in the month of June.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-3)

After five scoreless innings for both teams, West Michigan finally broke through for seven runs in the 6th and 7th in Bowling Green's 7-0 loss. Starter Ryan Carpenter was charged with three runs in 5+ innings, two of which scored against Trevor Stull who came on in relief. Shull allowed four runs of his own in two innings on four hits and two walks. It was a slow night for the Hot Rods offense, and Taylor Motter was the only player to reach base multiple times with three hits including a double.

Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (6-4)

Hudson Valley's offense was also quiet in their 4-1 loss to Brooklyn. Starter Sean Bierman was charged with three runs in 2+ innings, allowing six hits while walking and striking out none. Ian Kendall relieved him and walked four in three innings of work and allowed Brooklyn's final run. Justin O'Conner's tear to start the season continued with two hits including a double. He also finally drew his first walk of the season and struck out in his 8th straight game. Joel Caminero also had two hits.

Rookie Princeton Rays (6-3)

John Alexander's first homer of the season helped guide Princeton to a 6-3 win over Greeneville. His two run home run provided insurance in the 6th inning a batter after Oscar Hernandez hit a double to score the go-ahead run. Seven of Princeton's nine hits went for extra bases, including Brandon Martin's double and triple as the leadoff hitter. Martin now has five hits over his last two games and has reached base seven times. Jake Faria was okay, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-3)

The GCL Rays were postponed again.


Star of the day- I'm the internet's biggest Brandon Martin shill, and on a day with across the board mediocre performances, I'll go with him.

Goat of the day- The collective bullpen in the organization seemed to allow just about every inherited runner to score.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jim Paduch* (4-5, 4.18) v. Yunesky Maya* (5-5, 3.55)

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM
Jake Thompson* (4-5, 5.26) v. Bryan Evans* (2-5, 3.48)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 6:30 PM
TBA (1-4, 7.13) v. Cole Nelson (3-2, 3.86)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 8:05 PM
Parker Markel* (2-4, 4.89) v. Noah Syndergaard* (3-2, 3.51)

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM
Jeff Ames* (1-0, 2.00) v. Taylor Morton* (0-1, 1.64)

Princeton @ Bristol 7 PM
TBA v. Todd Kibby* (0-1, 9.00)


Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
41-38 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 369 R (2nd) .723 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (12th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Chris Marrero (12)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
4-3 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 309 R (6th) .667 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.70 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)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
3-4 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 303 R (9th) .677 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (11th) 1.42 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Levi Michael (6), RHP Madison Boer (12), RHP Adrian Salcedo (16), RHP Manuel Soilman (23), RHP Tom Stuifbergen (24)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
3-3 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 359 R (3rd) .705 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (1st) 1.23 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justin Nicolino (5), RHP Aaron Sanchez (6), RHP Noah Syndergaard (7), C Carlos Perez (14), OF Chris Hawkins (25)

Staten Island Yankees
4-6 (3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 38 R (12th) .617 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (5th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Ravel Santana (7), SS Claudio Custodio (25)

Bristol White Sox
2-7 (4th in APP West)
Offense: 29 R (9th) .615 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 7.30 ERA (10th) 1.99 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jefferson Olacio (15), OF Courtney Hawkins, 1B Keon Barnum

GCL Twins
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