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Down On The Farm: July 9

July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World pitcher Felipe Rivero throws a pitch during the fourth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World pitcher Felipe Rivero throws a pitch during the fourth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Taylor Guerrieri returned to Hudson Valley Sunday, but Josh Sale was placed on the DL. Felipe Rivero and Enny Romero could've had better appearances in the Futures Game, but it was still nice to see them on TV.

Futures Game

The U.S. obliterated the World team 17-5 in Sunday's Futures Game. Felipe Rivero was charged with the loss, allowing one earned run in his innings on a hit and three walks. Enny Romero threw a scoreless innings, but he allowed two hits and didn't strike out any batters. Angels prospect Ariel Pena was charged with eight runs with just one out recorded. Considering that prior to 2012 only two Futures Games teams have even scored eight or more runs in a game, there's reason to believe it was the worst appearance in the game's history. Detroit's Nick Castellanos won MVP with a three hit game that included a three run homer to dead center.

AAA Durham Bulls (43-49)

Durham got in a slugfest with Gwinnett but came up short in an 11-9 loss. Lance Pendelton was rocked as Durham's starter, , allowing eight runs in just 2.2 innings. Unbelievably, Josh Lueke was the one Bulls pitcher with success, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The offense battled back and eventually pulled within one run at 8-7, but two other Bulls relievers yielded some insurance runs to Gwinett. Durham tagged top Braves prospect Julio Teheran for four home runs and seven runs in five innings of work. They were hit by Rich Thompson, Henry Wrigley, Chris Gimenez and Reid Brignac. It was one of two extra base hits for Brignac and Wrigley, and Gimenez had four hits total.

AA Montgomery Biscuits (11-7)

Hak-Ju Lee's hitting streak ended at 18 games, but he did walk three times to extend his on-base streak to 22 in Montgomery's 8-3 loss to Jackson. Jackson starter James Paxton allowed just one run while striking out eight in 4.1 innings, and the Biscuits offense did most of their damage against reliever Mauricio Robles. After throwing seven scoreless innings last week against this Jackson team, starter Jake Thompson allowed five runs in five innings to take his 6th loss of the season. Omar Luna and Tyler Bortnick each had three hit games for Montgomery, and Bortnick had the team's only extra base hit with a double.

LATE EDIT: Official scoring has been changed, and Hak-Ju Lee's hitting streak has been extended as a result!

High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-11)

A late rally wasn't enough for Charlotte as they fell 5-3 to Palm Beach Sunday. Victor Mateo was okay, allowing two runs in five innings which kept the Stone Crabs in it for most of the game. Unfortunately in his last inning of work, George Jensen allowed three insurance runs to the Cardinals, and his problems were exacerbated by back to back errors by Jensen and Philip Wunderlich. In the 9th, Mikie Mahtook led off the inning with his 4th home run of the season. With two outs and two more runs in, the tying run came to the plate, but Robby Price grounded out to end the game.

Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-7)

Early offense for Bowling Green was enough as they hung on to beat Lake County 7-5. After the game, it was confirmed that Josh Sale was placed on the DL with an ankle injury, but it's believed to be minor. The Hot Rods needed only six hits, and those hits were supplemented by the generous pitching by Lake County's Yoel Araujo who walked seven batters in four innings. Ryan Brett set the table for the offense again, walking twice and stealing a pair of bases to give him 31 on the season. Jake Hager drove in a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit, and Cameron Seitzer's hot July continued with two more hits. Parker Markel made his second straight positive start, allowing just one run in five innings with five strikeouts.

Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (11-10)

A three run 1st inning gave the Renegades a quick lead, and a three run 9th gave them insurance in a 7-1 win over Auburn. Doubles machine Justin O'Conner hit his 13th to drive in Marty Gantt to get the scoring starter just two batters into the game. Along with Thomas Coyle, the top three hitters in Hudson Valley's lineup combined for seven hits and two doubles in Sunday's win. To the relief of everyone, Taylor Guerrieri was back for Hudson Valley. He threw three scoreless innings, struck out three and only allowed one hit. Jose Molina relieved him and got the win for three scoreless innings of his own.

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-10)

Princeton fell behind early Sunday and couldn't catch up in their 9-4 loss to Danville. Bruedlin Suero served up three first inning runs and eventually gave up a 4th run to put Princeton down 4-0. In the 6th inning, Princeton battled back with three runs thanks to a double by Brandon Martin and two RBI single by Andrew Toles. Unfortunately just an inning later, Joan Guerrero and Zach Butler combined to allow five runs to put the game out of reach. Toles had two hits to raise his average to .333 in six games.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-9)

GCL Rays were off Sunday.


Star of the day- The official scorer that extended Hak-Ju Lee's hitting streak had the performance of the day.

Goat of the day- Durham hit four homers against Julio Teheran, but the pitching staff didn't back them up.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham is at the All-Star break

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM
Matt Buschmann (3-3, 3.65) v. Anthony Fernandez (3-0, 1.08)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:35 PM
C.J. Riefenhauser* (7-4, 3.75) v. Ryan Sherriff (5-0, 2.74)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 8:05 PM
Roberto Gomez (8-2, 2.93) v. Joseph Colon (7-8, 3.01)

Hudson Valley @ Auburn 7:05 PM
Jeff Ames (1-0, 0.95) v. Blake Monar (1-1, 3.65)

Princeton v. Danville 7:05 PM
Blake Snell (2-0, 0.51) v. Mauricio Cabrera (0-1, 2.45)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
10-8 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 369 R (5th) .720 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.14 ERA (1st) 1.27 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)

Palm Beach Cardinals
8-10 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 319 R (14th) .663 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (3rd) 1.26 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Cody Stanley (24)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
8-9 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 380 R (11th) .685 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Francisco Lindor (1), OF Luigi Rodriguez (5), LHP Elvis Araujo (11), RHP Felix Sterling (20), C Jake Lowery (27), OF Bryson Myles (28), 3B Jordan Smith (30)

Auburn Doubledays (Washington)
14-6 (1st in Pinckney)
Offense: 120 R (1st) .740 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (10th) 1.43 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Danville Braves
14-6 (1st in APP East)
Offense: 132 R (2nd) .777 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (6th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Carlos Perez (25)

GCL Twins
9-8 (1st in GCL North)
Offense: 61 R (11th) .661 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.63 ERA (2nd) 1.20 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton