Incredibly uneventful day down on the farm. All positive accomplishments will be noted above the fold.
High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-39) ***Featured game of the day***
Charlotte took a page out of their parent club's book as they were victims of a perfect game in their 8-0 loss to Palm Beach. Chris Corrigan was the pitcher locked in tonight, striking out nine batters while setting down 27 straight Stone Crabs. It was the first time in Corrigan's career that he's pitched longer than six innings, and it's just his 26th start in 103 career appearances. It was the 18th no-hitter in the minors this season, and the 2nd against a Rays affiliate this year after Durham was no-hit by Indianapolis in April.
AAA Durham Bulls (65-74)
Durham was shut down by Jake Arrieta in their 1-0 game one loss to Norfolk. Arrieta struck out six and only allowed two hits and a walk in seven innings, but the real notable pitching note came from the Durham staff. Chris Archer was pulled after one inning of work after walking two and hitting a batter, and no explanation has been given as I write this. Alex Torres took the loss in relief of Archer, but he didn't pitch poorly. He struck out four and allowed one run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Adam Liberatore struck out five in three scoreless innings.
Durham's offense remained asleep in game two, losing 3-0 to Norfolk. Norfolk starter Richard Zagone did walk five batters in five innings, but the Bulls did not record a hit with a runner in scoring position. Lance Pendelton will be credited with a complete game, albeit one that's only six innings as the road team in a doubleheader. He struck out seven and allowed five hits and a walk. Rich Thompson reached base in all three of his plate appearances, collecting two hits and walking once.
AA Montgomery Biscuits (35-30)
Montgomery was off.
Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-25)
What started out as a pitcher's duel resulted in a lopsided Bowling Green 7-2 loss to Lake County. Ryan Carpenter was charged with the loss, but he pitched very well. In six innings, he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Jason Williams was hit hard in his 3rd relief appearance for the Hot Rods, allowing five runs in two innings. Drew Vettleson hit his 15th home run of the season, and Cameron Seitzer and Juniel Querecuto had two hit games.
Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (46-23)
A late meltdown cost Hudson Valley a chance to end their losing streak in a 7-4 loss to Brooklyn. The Renegades held a 2-1 lead after the 3rd inning thanks to a Luke Maile run-scoring groundout and Richie Shaffer single, and Taylor Guerrieri did a good job holding the lead. Guerrieri was sharp again as he as been all season, striking out four and walking none while allowing a run on one hit in five innings. The wheels came off for Hudson Valley in the 7th and 8th when Jordan Harrison and Rob Finneran combined to allow six runs, putting them in a hole they couldn't climb out of. Leonardo Reginatto and Thomas Coyle each had two hit games that included a double.
Star of the day- Anybody who is lucky enough to not see the results of yesterday's games.
Goat of the day- Everyone
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Norfolk 5:15 PM DOUBLEHEADER (MiLB.TV)
TBA v. TBA
Montgomery v. Huntsville 8:05 PM
Merrill Kelly* (7-3, 3.50) v. Johnnie Lowe* (4-3, 4.56)
Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7:05 PM
Enny Romero* (5-7, 3.72) v.TBA
Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM
Sean Bierman (1-0, 1.80) v. Shawn Morimando (6-6, 3.76)
Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 PM
Eduar Quinonez (7-2, 3.78) v. Luis Mateo (4-5, 2.58)
*Listed as TBA on MiLB.com
Scouting the opposition
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
70-69 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 569 R (11th) .702 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF L.J. Hoes (5), 3B Ryan Flaherty (7), OF Xavier Avery (9), 1B Joe Mahoney (13), 2B Ryan Adams (23), 1B Brandon Waring (25)
Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
29-36 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 539 R (8th) .710 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (6th) 1.42 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Scooter Gennett (5), RHP Jimmy Nelson (10), 1B Hunter Morris (14), OF Kentrail Davis (16), RHP Kyle Heckathorn (26), RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Ariel Pena
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
30-34 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 582 R (5th) .702 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.25 ERA (11th) 1.44 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Levi Michael (6), RHP Madison Boer (12), RHP Adrian Salcedo (16), RHP Matt Summers (21), RHP Manuel Soilman (23), RHP Tom Stuifbergen (24)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
36-29 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 617 R (6th) .709 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (10th) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Francisco Lindor (1), OF Luigi Rodriguez (5), LHP Elvis Araujo (11), OF LeVon Washington (19), C Jake Lowery (27), 3B Jordan Smith (30)
Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
42-27 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 271 R (9th) .663 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.63 ERA (1st) 1.06 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brandon Nimmo (3), SS Phillip Evans (21), C Kevin Plawecki