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Down on the farm May 21: Josh Sale day

Days after Ryan Brett's return, Charlotte is about to make another addition to their lineup

Josh Sale will be looking for a healthy season in 2013
Josh Sale will be looking for a healthy season in 2013
Jim Donten

The 50th game on his suspension was completed in the morning. Had their game not been rained out, I wonder if Charlotte would have been able to activate him later that day.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (26-18)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-22)

A day after shutting out Huntsville 3-0, the tables were turned on Montgomery as they fell 3-0 to the Stars. Enny Romero was mostly effective, getting out of any trouble he got himself into without allowing a run. He finished with six strikeouts in six innings, allowing four hits and walking three with 61% of his pitches being strikes. After throwing a scoreless seventh, Marquis Fleming ran into trouble in the eighth, the inning in which Huntsville scored all three runs. The first two batters reached via hit, and both runners would come in to score after Fleming was replaced by Matt Nevarez. Rene Tosoni's two out run scoring double left Nevarez with a run charged to his line too. Montgomery only totaled five hits, two off the bat of Shawn O'Malley.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (17-25)

Charlotte was rained out.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-16)

While it was being announced that Jeff Ames won Midwest League pitcher of the week, Jeff Ames struggled in Bowling Green's 11 inning, 7-6 loss. Ames had not allowed a run in his prior three starts, but the Whitecaps scored five against him in 5.1 innings of work. Four of those were scored on just two swings of the bat, a pair of two run homers by DH Lance Durham, who would also hit a walkoff double in extra innings. Bowling Green had gotten off to a fast start thanks to a leadoff home run by Joey Rickard, but they struggled to maintain a lead all game long. The Hot Rods were outhit 16-9, but they also drew nine walks and stole five bases. Rickard reached base five times.

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Star of the day- Joey Rickard had a pretty fine game that included his first home run of the season.

Goat of the day- Jeff Ames had an uncharacteristic off day.

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Norfolk 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV)
Chris Archer (4-2, 4.38) v.Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 6.75)

Montgomery @ Huntsville 7:43 PM
Victor Mateo* (2-4, 6.86) v. Arcenio Leon* (0-3, 5.96)

Charlotte v. Clearwater 5 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Jesse Hahn (0-0, 1.13) v. Perci Garner (3-0, 2.27)
Roberto Gomez* (2-5, 7.58) v. Gabriel Arias* (5-1, 1.69)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green is off

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
30-14 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 237 R (1st) .801 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Jonathan Schoop (3), OF L.J. Hoes (6), RHP Steve Johnson (16), LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (21), LHP Michael Belfiore (24)

Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
19-25 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 163 R (9th) .669 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.13 ERA (8th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taylor Jungmann (3), RHP Jimmy Nelson (5), RHP Ariel Pena (22), RHP Santo Manzanillo (26), OF Kentrail Davis (28)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
22-20 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 227 R (2nd) .760 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (7th) 1.49 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Maikel Franco (5), RHP Kenny Giles (19), OF Kelly Dugan (22), OF Aaron Altherr (30)