I don't cover these here since 99% of the players on the roster are going to be forgotten by tomorrow, but last summer's big signings, pitchers Jose Castillo and Jose Mujica and catcher David Rodriguez are listed on the roster.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-12) ***Featured game of the day***
Taylor Guerrieri easily eclipsed his career high in strikeouts with 10 in Bowling Green's 8-0 win over Lake County. Going by game score, it was the best start of his career. As usual, he only pitched five innings, but they were all scoreless, and he only allowed one hit while walking two. Captains starter Luis DeJesus was up to the task of equaling Guerrieri until the fifth inning. Already up 1-0, Bowling Green scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to blow the game open. All the runs in the fifth were unearned thanks to an error by Dorssys Paulino that kept the inning going. After a run scoring double by Joey Rickard, Tyler Goeddel hit his first home run of the season. It was just one of two extra base hits on the game for Goeddel who also hit his fourth double. Andrew Toles had two hits and stole three bases.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (22-15)
A late rally wasn't enough for Durham in their 6-4 loss to Lehigh Valley. Down 6-0 in the eighth with IronPigs starter B.J. Rosenberg finally out of the game, the Bulls got to work against the bullpen. Jason Bourgeois drove in two with a bases loaded double, his second double of the game, and that was followed by a Mike Fontenot single that scored another. A balk with two outs scored a third run and moved the tying one into scoring position, but Leslie Anderson flew out to end the inning. Alex Torres struck out eight in 5.2 innings, but he certainly wasn't at his best. He was charged with all six IronPigs runs, only four of which were earned. He walked three and allowed seven hits. Cole Figueroa had two hits and now has four in his last three games.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-18)
A late Birmingham rally downed Montgomery in their 7-3 loss to the Barons. Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh, the Biscuits tried stretching Jake Thompson through another inning, but Birmingham got to him. He allowed one run and left two inherited runners when he departed with two outs in the inning, just one out after manager Billy Gardner was ejected. Braulio Lara relieved him, and that's when the game really unraveled. He walked the first two batters he faced which scored an additional run, another would score on a wild pitch, and Trayce Thompson would drive in two more with a single. For the Biscuits, Kevin Kiermaier and Mark Thomas had three hits, two of which were doubles for Thomas.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (12-23)
Charlotte was off.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Moving to the bullpen has not improved the results for Braulio Lara.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Lehigh Valley 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Montgomery @ Birmingham 12:30 PM
Matt Buschmann (4-1, 3.10) v. Erik Johnson (2-1, 2.52)
Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM
Parker Markel* (1-4, 8.91) v. Yeiper Castillo (0-0, 2.70)
Bowling Green v. Lake County 11:35 AM
Jeff Ames (4-0, 1.45) v. Ryan Merritt (1-2, 3.19)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
16-20 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 168 R (5th) .722 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.76 ERA (13th) 1.48 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Adam Morgan (2), C Tommy Joseph (4), 3B Cody Asche (6), 2B Cesar Hernandez (9), RHP Ethan Martin (10), RHP Justin De Fratus (12), 1B Darin Ruf (17), OF Leandro Castro (29)
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
25-11 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 203 R (1st) .772 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (3rd) 1.20 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Trayce Thompson (2), RHP Erik Johnson (4), OF Keenyn Walker (5), LHP Scott Snodgress (6), OF Jared Mitchell (9), 1B Andy Wilkins (12), SS Marcus Semien (14), RHP Jake Petricka (16), RHP Kevin Vance (19), LHP Santos Rodriguez (21), 2B Tyler Saladino (26), Nestor Molina (28), C Mike Blanke (33)
17-16 (T-3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 167 R (4th) .738 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.68 ERA (11th) 1.45 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Javier Baez (1), OF Jorge Soler (3)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
12-21 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 142 R (14th) .648 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.34 ERA (13th) 1.33 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dorssys Paulino (2), RHP Mitch Brown (5), OF Anthony Santander (13), RHP Dylan Baker (16), OF LeVon Washington