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Down on the farm April 29: Goetzman makes full-season debut

The 2011 second rounder finally reaches Bowling Green, hoping persistent back injuries are behind him

Full-season ball could be a grind for Granden Goetzman
Full-season ball could be a grind for Granden Goetzman
Jim Donten

Meanwhile, Tyler Goeddel still hasn't appeared since April 24th with his hamstring injury.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-6) ***Featured game of the day***

Bowling Green used three multi-run innings to get past Peoria 9-4. After striking out in his first plate appearance of the season, Granden Goetzman delivered what would prove to be the game-winning run with a bases clearing triple in the third inning. It was a group effort for the Bowling Green offense Sunday picking up nine hits and seven walks. Five players reached base multiple times, including leadoff man Thomas Coyle, picking up a double and walking twice to set the table for the rest of the lineup. Marty Gantt's two run homer in the sixth provided additional insurance. Eduar Quinonez picked up the win, allowing three runs in five innings.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (16-8)

Durham battered Syracuse's bullpen and took advantage of some poor defense to beat the Chiefs 13-3. Vince Belnome gave the Bulls a 3-2 fourth inning lead with a three run homer, but J.D. Martin failed to secure the shutdown inning. The game stood in a 3-3 tie until the seventh when Durham plated six runs on just four hits thanks to plenty of walks and two errors by shortstop Zach Walters. Fresh off his 19 game on-base streak ending Saturday, Wil Myers delivered a two-RBI single in that seventh to begin a new streak. Belnome had four hits to raise his average up to .364 and drove in four runs. Martin, Will Inman and Kirby Yates combined to strikeout out 10 batters and walk none.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-11)

Montgomery and Birmingham combined for 22 runs and 32 hits Sunday, but the Biscuits dropped a 14-8 decision to the Barons. Birmingham piled up four multi-run innings, but the two biggest blows to Montgomery were the fifth and sixth innings when they allowed nine runs to put the game out of reach. Starter Enny Romero was already out of the game after allowing four runs in three innings on three hits and four walks while striking out three, and it was Andrew Bellatti and Zach Quate that combined to allow nine runs in 2.1 combined innings. Montgomery's middle of the order did all they could but weren't able to keep up with the Barons. Mikie Mahtook, Cameron Seitzer, Todd Glaesmann and Riccio Torrez combined for 11 hits including six for extra bases. Glaesmann himself drove in five runs with a double and home run, his fourth of the year.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-15)

After taking a 3-0 lead, Charlotte coughed up 11 straight runs in their 11-4 loss to Lakeland. Jesse Hahn started the game by throwing three scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for Jake Floethe. Floethe allowed runs in his fourth straight appearance, this time a season high five runs in a season low three innings. Entering the eighth, Charlotte still only trailed by one, but Nate Garcia allowed six runs over the next 2.2 inings, resulting in outfielder Steven Tinoco recording the last out of the inning on the mound. In another rehab appearance, Luke Scott appeared as Charlotte's designated hitter and picked up two hits including a double. Drew Vettleson also collected two hits, and Curt Casali walked three times.


Star of the day- He definitely wasn't the best player on the field Sunday, but it was nice for Goetzman to pick up a big hit in his first game.

Goat of the day- Jake Floethe really struggled again, but I really want to see Hahn pitch more than three innings at some point.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Syracuse 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 4.09) v. Chris Young (0-0, 12.46)

Montgomery v. Birmingham 11:35 AM (MiLB.TV)
Victor Mateo (1-2, 7.20) v. Stephen McCray (3-1, 2.57)

Charlotte v. Lakeland 6:30 PM
Roberto Gomez* (0-3, 5.68) v. Kyle Ryan (2-1, 3.51)

Bowling Green v. Peoria 8:05 PM
Taylor Guerrieri (1-0, 1.50) v. Kyle Helisek (1-1, 5.94)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
9-14 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 108 R (4th) .746 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 5.06 ERA (12th) 1.49 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eury Perez (7), SS Zach Walters (10), OF Corey Brown (20), 2B Jeff Kobernus (21), LHP Danny Rosenbaum (22), 1B Chris Marrero (23), 3B Carlos Rivero (24)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
14-10 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 117 R (2nd) .709 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.42 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
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)

Lakeland Flying Tigers
9-14 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 90 R (8th) .672 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Eugenio Suarez (9), RHP Melvin Mercedes (13), RHP Drew VerHagen (14), OF Steven Moya (15), 1B Dean Green (33)

Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis)
10-10 (3rd in MWL West)
Offense: 94 R (8th) .707 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (9th) 1.40 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Carson Kelly (9), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (8), 3B Patrick Wisdom (11), OF C.J. McElroy (17), OF Charlie Tilson (19)