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Down on the farm May 23: Torres struggles in return to Bulls

2012 Alex Torres re-appeared Wednesday

Alex Torres was not sharp last night
Alex Torres was not sharp last night
Greg Fiume

Nothing really interesting happened yesterday. You can safely stop reading now, knowing you missed absolutely nothing.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (27-19)

Durham struggled to get the shutdown inning in their 4-3 loss to Norfolk. Vince Belnome gave them a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first inning, but Norfolk got to Alex Torres just as quickly. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Brandon Wood hit a bases clearing double to put the Tides on top. Torre was not sharp at all. Although he limited the damage to three runs, he lasted just four innings, allowing two hits and striking out four while walking three. Only 36 of his 70 pitches were strikes. The Bulls managed to fight back and tie the game in the fifth, but Will Inman struggled just as much as Torres. After walking a batter and then allowing a stolen base with two outs, Ryan Flaherty singled home what would prove to be the winning run. Belnome and Jason Bourgeois each reached base three times. Wil Myers did not play.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-23)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-26)

Despite a solid effort from Roberto Gomez, Charlotte fell to Clearwater last night by a 3-2 score. Although he allowed all three Threshers runs and only struck out one, he lasted seven innings and didn't walk any batters. The top two hitters in the lineup, Kes Carter and Jake Hager, reached base five times, the Stone Crabs went just one for 12 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base. Both Stone Crabs runs scored on groundouts by Drew Vettleson. Josh Sale and Ryan Brett were both not in the lineup Wednesday.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-16)

An inning and a half into game one of their doubleheader, the Hot Rods were suspended.


Star of the day- The VSL team got back to scoring runs.

Goat of the day- Everyone playing on US-based affiliates

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jim Paduch* (1-3, 7.76) v. Brett Marshall (2-2, 4.60)

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM
Matt Buschmann (5-2, 2.96) v. Anthony Fernandez (1-0, 8.84)

Charlotte v. Clearwater 6:30 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (3-3, 3.33) v. Nick Hernandez (3-1, 3.64)

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 8:05 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Dylan Floro* (3-0, 1.54) v. Ralston Cash* (2-3, 4.50)

Game one will be resumed in the second inning, game two will be a seven inning game

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
21-23 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 169 R (14th) .689 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (7th) 1.36 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Brett Marshall (6), RHP Mark Montgomery (11), OF Melky Mesa (18), 2B Corban Joseph (27), OF Thomas Neal (28)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
19-24 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 189 R (5th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (2), SS Brad Miller (9), RHP Carson Smith (16), OF Leon Landry (17), 2B Jack Marder (20), C John Hicks (21), OF Francisco Martinez (22), OF Julio Morban (24), 3B Vinnie Catricala (26), RHP Chance Ruffin (27), LHP Anthony Fernandez (30)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
23-22 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 233 R (2nd) .753 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.98 ERA (8th) 1.48 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 (14th)
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)