Charlotte still had little trouble winning their doubleheader and remaining hot.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (27-18) ***Featured game of the day***
After a rough start in which he walked four his last time out, Chris Archer rebounded in Durham's 3-2 win over Norfolk. The only blemish on his line came in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Brandon Wood that cut Durham's lead to 2-1 and ended Archer's no-hit bid. He would allow two more singles in the inning, but he got former Bull Russ Canzler to ground out with two runners on to end the inning. Archer finished with one run allowed on three hits and just one walk in six innings with six strikeouts. The Bulls scored first in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Wil Myers hit a sac fly to put them on the board, and Shelley Duncan followed that up with a run-scoring single. Jason Bourgeois and Vince Belnome each reached base three times with two hits and a walk.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-23)
Montgomery fell behind early and continued to cough up insurance runs in their 11-7 loss to Huntsville. A two out double in the first inning by Cameron Seitzer gave the Biscuits a 1-0 lead, but that would be the last time they were in front Tuesday. The Stars scored two in the bottom half of the inning against Victor Mateo and added another run in the second. They did not score in the third, but unfortunately for Montgomery, that would be the only inning they kept Huntsville off the board. Mateo would exit after the fifth inning with five runs, four earned, charged against him. Montgomery was able to make the game closer with six runs scored over the last four innings, but four runs allowed in the eighth inning, including a three run homer hit off Braulio Lara, wouldn't allow them to complete the comeback. Seitzer had three of Montgomery's nine hits, including two doubles.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-25)
Charlotte scored a pair of runs late to top Clearwater 4-2 in game one. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Hector Guevara delivered a two out, two run single to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead. It was short lived though, as Clearwater scored twice in the sixth to tie it up. In the bottom half of the inning, three two out hits, including doubles by Guevara and Willie Argo, gave Charlotte the two final runs of the game. Guevara and Argo each drove in a pair of runs. Jesse Hahn dominated yet again, striking out four and walking none in four more scoreless innings.
After allowing a first inning run, Charlotte rebounded quickly in game two to win 3-1. Kes Carter came up with the big hit of the game in the second inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Carter cleared them with a triple, and the scoring would be done for the game. Despite only allowing one run, Jake Floethe struggled in his first start of the season. He only lasted 4.2 innings and walked four while only striking out three. Making his first appearance of 2012, Christopher Kirsch picked up the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-16)
Bowling Green was off.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Montgomery's pitching staff had a brutal day.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery is off
Charlotte v. Clearwater 6:30 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (3-3, 3.33) v. Nick Hernandez* (3-1, 3.64)
Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 6:30 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Blake Snell (1-4, 3.16) v. Lindsey Caughel (0-3, 2.00)
TBA v. TBA
Both games will be seven innings
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
30-15 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 239 R (3rd) .798 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.89 ERA (8th) 1.35 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Jonathan Schoop (3), OF L.J. Hoes (6), RHP Steve Johnson (16), LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (21), LHP Michael Belfiore (24)
Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
22-22 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 230 R (2nd) .755 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.03 ERA (9th) 1.49 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Maikel Franco (5), RHP Kenny Giles (19), OF Kelly Dugan (22), OF Aaron Altherr (30)
Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
14-29 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 164 R (15th) .646 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.52 ERA (15th) 1.45 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Corey Seager (3), SS Jesmuel Valentin (14), RHP Scott Griggs (18), RHP Zach Bird (19), OF James Baldwin (22), RHP Angel Sanchez (25), OF Jeremy Rathjen (29)