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Down on the farm May 2: Vogelbach beats Bowling Green

Although all the runs he was charged with were unearned, Blake Snell struggled Wednesday

Jake Thompson was okay Wednesday
Jake Thompson was okay Wednesday
Jim Donten

Charlotte was rained out, and the Hot Rods faced a former Rays pick.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-8)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (14-12)

Jake Thompson battled through some shaky control in Montgomery's 2-1 win at Pensacola. Although he got through six innings, only 45 of Thompson's 81 pitches were strikes, and he had more walks (four) than strikeouts (three). Offense was impossible to come by through the first five innings until Montgomery broke through in the sixth. Mikie Mahtook drove in the game's first run with a run-scoring single, but with the bases loaded and one out that same inning, they were unable to capitalize and score more runs. Shawn O'Malley drove in the eventual winning run the very next inning with a run-scoring groundout. In for the save, Juan Sandoval allowed a solo home run to lead off the inning by Tucker Barnhart but retired the next three to preserve the win.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-17)

Charlotte was rained out.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-7)

A ninth inning rally went all for naught in Bowling Green's 10 inning, 5-4 loss to Kane County. Down 4-1 in the ninth, the Hot Rods mounted a one out rally, capped off by a two run single from Joey Rickard that tied the game. With a runner still in scoring position, Thomas Coyle popped out, and after a double steal to put two players in scoring position, Tyler Goeddel struck out to end the inning. In the bottom of the 10th, Pin-Chieh Chen led off with a double. After a bunt moved him to third base, Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach hit a walkoff single for his second RBI of the game. Blake Snell was charged with three runs in only 3.1 innings, but all three were unearned due to a pair of errors by Goeddel. Snell allowed five hits and walked three while striking out five. Pierce Johnson, a 15th round pick by the Rays in 2009, allowed one run in a career high 6.2 innings.


Star of the day- Dan Vogelbach

Goat of the day- Blake Snell still has a lot to work on.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 6:15 PM (MiLB.TV)
Alex Torres (2-0, 1.29) v. Alfredo Aceves (0-0, ---)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 8 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann (2-1, 3.51) v. Ryan Dennick (1-1, 2.74)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM
Parker Markel (0-3, 8.61) v. Jose Urena (2-1, 3.42)

Bowling Green @ Kane County 7:30 PM
Dylan Floro (2-0, 1.35) v. Tayler Scott (1-1, 4.05)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
15-11 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 140 R (3rd) .751 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (9th) 1.48 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (2), RHP Allen Webster (4), OF Bryce Brentz (8), SS Jose Iglesias (9), 2B Brock Holt (22)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
10-14 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 71 R (10th) .597 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.40 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Lotzkar (12), OF Ryan LaMarre (21), C Tucker Barnhart (23), SS Devin Lohman (25), RHP Chad Rogers (28), RHP Josh Ravin (31)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
9-16 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 84 R (11th) .650 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (2nd) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justin Nicolino (6), RHP Jose Urena (8), RHP Jake Esch (23), C Austin Barnes (29), 2B Noah Perio (34)

Kane County Cougars (Cubs)
10-13 (6th in MWL West)
Offense: 118 R (8th) .766 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.85 ERA (15th) 1.46 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Pierce Johnson (6), 1B Dan Vogelbach (7), 3B Jeimer Candelario (8), SS Marco Hernandez (20), 2B Gioskar Amaya (21), RHP Lendy Castillo (28), OF Trey Martin (30)