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AAA Durham Bulls (40-45)
Three big early innings powered Durham to a 12-6 win over Buffalo. All 12 runs were scored between the 3rd and 5th innings, and even though the pitching staff wasn't sharp, they were able to hang on. Only one of Durham's 12 hits went for extra bases, and that was Henry Wrigley's 5th inning double that scored two. Wrigley had three hits and three RBI for the game. Tim Beckham was another key player Sunday with three RBI while reaching base three times. Matt Torra allowed three runs in six innings, but Ryan Reid allowed at least a run for his 4th straight outing. After a collision at home plate early in the game, Stephen Vogt was removed for Chris Jimenez.
AA Montgomery Biscuits (7-4)
Montgomery fell behind early and couldn't catch up in their 7-2 loss at Jackson. Alex Colome had his second forgettable start, allowing five runs on 10 hits in five innings. Colome has allowed 11 runs over his last two starts in just eight innings. Down 7-0 in the 8th inning, Montgomery first got on the board when a Hak-Ju Lee triple was followed by an RBI single by Ty Morrison. Morrison now has an 11 game hitting streak, and he has 10 hits in the last four games alone. In 44 games with Montgomery, Morrison is batting .294 with a .368 OBP and .422 SLG and 10 stolen bases.
High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-6)
Charlotte dominated the first game of the doubleheader in an 8-0 rout of Bradenton. Enny Romero threw six scoreless innings with mixed results. He struck out five batters an outing after he struck out none against Brevard County, but he did allow four hits and walked four. Luke Bailey's three hit game continued what's been a bit of a hot stretch as the calendar flips from June to July. In nine games since the All-Star break, he's batting .333 with a .894 OPS and only three strikeouts in 30 at bats. Mikie Mahtook and Derek Dietrich each had two hit games.
After falling behind 5-0, Charlotte's comeback attempt fell short in a 5-4 game two loss. With three runs already in and two outs, runners were left on the corners when Steven Tinoco struck out to end the game. Mikie Mahtook had an RBI double in the 9th, and earlier in the game he stole two bases to reach 16 on the season.Mahtook now has a 1.034 OPS in his last 10 games. Eliazer Suero made the spot start and struggled again, allowing all five runs (four earned), in three innings. In his second appearance of the season with Charlotte, Chris Andujar struck out four in four scoreless innings.
Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-4)
With temperatures topping 100 degrees, it was hitting season in Bowling Green's 20-10 win over Dayton. The Hot Rods used three innings of five runs or more and two grand slams in the explosion, and only Drew Vettleson and Josh Sale did not reach base in the slugfest. The grand slams belonged to Alejandro Segovia and Jeff Malm. With his current hot streak, the 22 year old Segovia now has a .922 OPS on the season. Todd Glaesmann also homered for his third in his last three games as part of a four hit, four run, four RBI game. Ryan Brett set the table for the lineup all game, collecting four base hits and stealing three bases. Starter Jake Floethe hung in there long enough to win, allowing five runs, four earned, in five innings with five strikeouts.
Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (9-5)
For the second time in a week, the Reneades were shut out by Brooklyn 3-0. Hudson Valley fell at the hands of Luis Mateo, once a top Dominican prospect who had two previous contracts offered were voided by an injury and identity fraud investigation. Despite only striking out two in six innings, Hudson Valley starter Matt Spann was solid, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. Brandon Henderson relieved him and struck out three in three no hit innings. The Renegades could only muster six singles, three of which came off the bat of Thomas Coyle.
Rookie Princeton Rays (9-4)
After going down 3-0 in the top of the 1st, Princeton rebounded to earn a 6-4 win against Elizabethton. Kevin James was charged with those runs, but all three were unearned due to a Brandon Martin error. James finished with the three runs allowed in 4.2 innings on five hits and three walks and no strikeouts. John Alexander's two run homer in the 4th inning began the comeback in earnest and tied the game, and it was the first of four consecutive run scoring innings for the P-Rays. Oscar Hernandez's hot start continued with two more doubles Sunday, and 2011 top picks Brandon Martin and Granden Goetzman each had two hits. Martin has 10 hits in his current five game hitting streak, and Goetzman has eight in his four gamer.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (6-4)
The GCL Rays were off.
Star of the day- Todd Glaesmann continues to have a solid year at the plate for Bowling Green.
Goat of the day- With another poor start, Alex Colome now owns a 5.45 ERA, but he is striking out more than a batter per inning.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Buffalo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
TBA v. Garrett Olson (3-4, 4.74)
Montgomery @ Jackson 8:05 PM
Kyle Lobstein* (3-3, 4.68) v. Forrest Snow* (0-2, 4.02)
Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM
Albert Suarez (4-4, 3.93) v. Jameson Taillon (5-6, 4.18)
Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM
Ryan Carpenter (7-4, 4.01) v. Jacob Johnson (0-1, 3.60)
Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7 PM
Sean Bierman* (0-1, 4.50) v. Hansel Robles* (1-1, 0.84)
Princeton v. Elizabethton 7:05 PM
Jake Faria* (1-0, 3.27) v. Angel Mata (1-0, 1.86)
GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM
TBA v. TBA
Scouting the opposition
Buffalo Bisons (Mets)
41-43 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 376 R (5th) .742 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.03 ERA (8th) 1.40 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Matt Harvey (2), RHP Jeurys Familia (4), RHP Jenrry Mejia (6), OF Jordany Valdespin (11), OF Matt den Dekker (12), 3B Zach Lutz (16), LHP Josh Edgin (23), 3B Josh Satin (29)
Jackson Generals (Seattle)
6-5 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 339 R (5th) .724 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.12 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (1), LHP James Paxton (3), 3B Francisco Martinez (6), RHP Carter Capps (16), RHP Forrest Snow (19), RHP Brandon Maurer (21), LHP Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), 1B Rich Poythress (29)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
6-5 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 343 R (5th) .667 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (10th) 1.29 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jameson Taillon (2), 1B Alex Dickerson (11), LHP Colton Cain (13), OF Mel Rojas (29)
Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
2-8 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 335 R (13th) .673 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.35 ERA (15th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Waldrop (22), 2B Ryan Wright (23), 3B Sean Buckley (24)
Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
10-4 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 57 R (9th) .697 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.25 ERA (1st) 0.94 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brandon Nimmo (3), LHP Juan Urbina (18), SS Phillip Evans (21)
8-5 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 95 R (1st) .877 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.30 ERA (1st) 1.20 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Travis Harrison (11), RHP Hudson Boyd (18), SS Niko Goodrum (19), OF Max Kepler (20), SS Jorge Polanco (28), RHP Angel Mata (29)
5-5 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 37 R (10th) .680 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.40 ERA (8th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton