Tyler Goeddel was taken out of last night's game early and is day to day with a hamstring injury.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (14-6)
Durham survived a late Toledo rally to beat the Mud Hens 9-8 yesterday afternoon. In the ninth inning, the tying run reached base, but Frank De Los Santos induced a double play to end the game. The Bulls needed absolutely all of that offense because Jake Odorizzi had a serious off day. In the first two innings, he allowed four runs on three home runs, and one inning later, he walked the bases loaded with no outs before striking out the next three batters. He finished with five innings, but only 58 of his 99 pitches were strikes. The middle five hitters in the lineup did the bulk of the damage; Wil Myers, Leslie Anderson, Vince Belnome, Cole Figueroa and Tim Beckham combined for 12 hits and reach base 16 times. Belnome hit two doubles, and Figueroa drove in three runs. Will Inman was charged with four runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (11-9)
Montgomery rallied late again to beat Tennessee 5-4. Going into the ninth in a 3-3 game, Robi Estrada and Kevin Kiermaier were sacrificed into scoring position after leading off the inning with singles, but the Biscuits wouldn't get another hit in the inning. Thanks to a throwing error by pitcher Tony Zych, both Estrada and Kiermaier would come in to score. A single in the bottom half of the inning got the tying run on base for the Smokies, but Juan Sandoval was able to finish the inning and the game. Victor Mateo allowed three runs in 4.2 innings on six hits and three walks, but the game settled down after a combined 3.1 scoreless innings from Braulio Lara and Matt Nevarez. Estrada and Kiermaier were two of three Biscuits to reach base multiple times, the other being Cameron Seitzer.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-11)
Charlotte was off.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-5)
Three runs scored against Blake Snell in the top of the first inning held up in Bowling Green's 3-2 loss to Ft. Wayne. The inning started just fine after Snell retired the first two batters of the inning, but he walked the next two batters to extend the inning. A double, passed ball and single later, the TinCaps were up 3-0. In response, the Hot Rods could only manage four hits, three of which came off the bat of Thomas Coyle, and he also stole two bases. Bowling Green also managed to walk seven times, but they went one for 12 with runners in scoring position. Snell only lasted four innings, but Reinaldo Lopez pitched four scoreless innings in relief. Unfortunately, they could never get the hit to tie the game.
Star of the day- Vince Belnome is one of a number of minor league veterans hitting well for the Bulls.
Goat of the day- Everything that could possibly go wrong for Jake Odorizzi probably did Wednesday.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Toledo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Chris Archer (3-0, 4.05) v. Pat Misch (0-3, 5.21)
Montgomery v. Birmingham 8:05 PM
Jake Thompson* (1-2, 8.36) v. Wes Whisler* (0-0, 6.35)
Charlotte v. Ft. Myers 6:30 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (2-0, 0.95) v. D.J. Baxendale (2-0, 1.04)
Bowling Green v. Burlington Bees 8:05 PM
Dylan Floro* (1-0, 1.20) v. Aaron Newcomb (0-0, ---)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
6-15 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 58 R (14th) .603 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.81 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Nick Castellanos (1), RHP Bruce Rondon (3), LHP Casey Crosby (8), RHP Jose Ortega (16), C Bryan Holaday (24), RHP Luke Putkonen (25), 1B Jordan Lennerton (31), RHP Luis Marte (32), RHP Evan Reed (33)
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
12-8 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 94 R (3rd) .697 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.98 ERA (2nd) 1.12 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Trayce Thompson (2), RHP Erik Johnson (4), OF Keenyn Walker (5), LHP Scott Snodgress (6), 1B Andy Wilkins (12), RHP Jake Petricka (16), 2B Tyler Saladino (26), Nestor Molina (28)
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
15-4 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 118 R (1st) .829 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (7th) 1.20 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Miguel Sano (1), 2B Eddie Rosario (8), RHP Madison Boer (22), LHP Jason Wheeler (25), RHP Adrian Salcedo (27), 1B Kennys Vargas (29), RHP Matt Summers (30), RHP Zack Jones (33)
Burlington Bees (Anaheim)
6-10 (8th in MWL West)
Offense: 49 R (14th) .644 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (13th) 1.43 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Reid Scroggins (15), RHP Cam Bedrosian (28)