With Wil Myers leading the offense, Durham dodged a complete pitching meltdown and ended up winning, just like the Rays.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (31-20) ***Featured game of the day***
Durham trounced troubled starter Ricky Romero in the first and survived a comeback to top Buffalo 11-7. Romero faced 10 batters; eight reached base, and eight came around to score. After Wil Myers blasted a two run homer, his seventh of the season, Romero retired Tim Beckham on a sac fly for the second out of the inning. He could've gotten out of the inning limiting the damage to four runs, but with a runner still on base, he issued three straight walks before being removed from the game. Five more runs would eventually score to make it a 9-0 game. Later up 10-0, Alex Torres would run into trouble of his own in the fifth. Moises Sierra cleared the bases with a double before the first out of the inning was even recorded, and with one out in the inning, Mauro Gomez hit a two run home run that cut the deficit to five runs. Steve Geltz would come in to get the last two outs of the inning but would later allow two runs of his own.
Torres finished with five runs allowed on six hits and four walks in 4.1 innings with 10 strikeouts. Brandon Guyer reached base four times as the Durham leadoff hitter including a double. Myers drove in five runs with a double in addition to his first inning home run.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-26)
A late bullpen meltdown cost Montgomery in their 9-3 loss to Jackson. In the seventh inning, Marquis Fleming replaced Braulio Lara and promptly allowed a solo home run to Denny Almonte that broke a 3-3 tie. He got one out, but then the inning unraveled. He loaded the bases and allowed another run before being replaced by Austin Hubbard, but four more runs would score before the inning was finally over. Victor Mateo was somewhat effective, pitching the bare minimum quality start on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Kyeong Kang reached base three times including a triple, and Kevin Kiermaier and Shawn O'Malley each did twice.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-28)
Charlotte was off.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-21)
Bowling Green erased an early deficit but coughed up a late run in their 5-4 loss to Ft. Wayne. The loss went to Marcus Jensen who allowed a run-scoring double in the eighth, but for the sixth straight game, the Hot Rods starter put the team in a first inning hole. On Monday it was Jeff Ames who struggled for his second straight start. He allowed three first inning runs, allowing double digit hits again. He finished with four runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks in five innings while striking out two. The Bowling Green offense battled back though, eventually tying the game at four. Justin O'Conner capped off a two run third inning with a two out run scoring single, and he tied the game in the fifth with another single. Andrew Toles hit two singles and stole three more bases, giving him 28 on the season.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Half of the runs Ames has allowed this year have come against the TinCaps.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM
Matt Buschmann (5-3, 3.02) v.
Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:35 PM
Roberto Gomez* (2-6, 7.00) v. TBA
Bowling Green @ Lake County 6:30 PM
Blake Snell (1-4, 2.97) v. Luis DeJesus (0-5, 6.40)
Both games will be seven innings
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
28-21 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 265 R (3rd) .813 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 5.05 ERA (14th) 1.57 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP John Stilson (7)
29-21 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 223 R (2nd) .706 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.90 ERA (1st) 1.21 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (2), C Christian Bethancourt (3), LHP Alex Wood (7), RHP Cody Martin (13), 3B Edward Salcedo (17), RHP Aaron Northcraft (30)
Palm Beach Cardinals
20-29 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 175 R (12th) .669 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Stephen Piscotty (10), OF James Ramsey (12), LHP Tim Cooney (25)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
15-32 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 199 R (14th) .657 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.37 ERA (15th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dorssys Paulino (2), RHP Mitch Brown (5), OF Anthony Santander (13), RHP Dylan Baker (16), OF LeVon Washington