It was an ugly game, but Durham threw their first no-hitter since 2006 when Jason Hammel and Juan Salas combined for one.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-10) ***Featured game of the day***
Despite throwing a no-hitter, Durham barely held on to defeat Pawtucket 2-1 Sunday. After two walks to start the bottom of the ninth, a sac bunt moved the tying runs into scoring position. A hit could have tied the game, but a sac fly led to their only run of the game. Jeff Beliveau struck out Jeremy Hazelbaker to end the game and preserve the no-hitter. Jake Odorizzi started the game and pitched seven scoreless innings, but with four walks and six strikeouts, it's clear he wasn't at his best. Frank De Los Santos and Kirby Yates also contributed. Durham scored a run in both the first and second innings, the first scoring thanks to an error and the second a passed ball. Wil Myers' fifth double of the year was their only extra base hit.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-13)
Montgomery fell behind 7-0 after three innings and never got back into it in their 8-2 loss at Pensacola. Starter Victor Mateo was hit hard, allowing the first seven runs with three of them being scored on a pair of home runs. Mateo struck out two, walked one and allowed eight hits. Pensacola's last run of the game came two innings later on another home run, this time a solo shot off Andrew Bellatti. Shawn O'Malley delivered the bulk of whatever offense the Biscuits had Sunday, reaching base three times and hitting his second home run of the season. No one else on Montgomery reached base more than once.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-21)
Charlotte extended their losing streak to 10 with their 10-2 loss at Brevard County. Like Montgomery, the Stone Crabs fell behind big early, putting themselves in a 10-0 hole before Alejandro Segovia's seventh inning two run home run provided their only offense. In taking his fifth loss of the season, Robert Gomez took another one on the chin. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks in just four innings to raise his ERA to 7.67. Gomez hasn't lasted longer than four innings in four of his six starts so far, and he's allowed five or more runs in three of his starts. Eliazer Suero relieved him and gave up five runs of his own in two innings. Jake Hager collected two hits and also reached base via walk.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-10)
Bowling Green struck first, but their offense sputtered soon after in their 5-2 loss at Clinton. Marty Gantt's two out single in the fourth scored Luke Maile, but the lead was short lived. An inning later in Taylor Guerrieri's final inning of the day, Jabari Henry hit a two run homer to give the LumberKings a lead they wouldn't lose. One inning later, the pitching Jose Molina allowed three two out hits, including two doubles, and Clinton's lead was extended to 5-1 before a late Bowling Green run made the game a little closer. Guerrieri struck out four and walked none. Andrew Toles was 1/4 with a strikeout before being removed from the game early.
Star of the day- Durham's pitching staff I guess, especially compared to the rest of the system Sunday.
Goat of the day- Roberto Gomez has lost five of his six starts and hasn't shown much, if any, promise in 2013.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Chris Archer (4-1, 4.06) v. Yunesky Maya (0-3, 7.45)
Montgomery is off
Charlotte @ Brevard County 6:35 PM
Ryan Carpenter (2-1, 2.48) v. Drew Gagnon (2-2, 5.59)
Bowling Green @ Clinton 1:30 PM
Jeff Ames* (3-0, 1.80) v. Victor Sanchez (0-0, 2.25)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
10-19 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 127 R (7th) .705 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 5.17 ERA (14th) 1.50 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eury Perez (7), SS Zach Walters (10), OF Corey Brown (20), 2B Jeff Kobernus (21), LHP Danny Rosenbaum (22), 1B Chris Marrero (23), 3B Carlos Rivero (24)
Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
16-14 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 110 R (11th) .651 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (7th) 1.36 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jed Bradley (12), RHP Drew Gagnon (18), RHP David Goforth (19), SS Yadiel Rivera (25)
Clinton LumberKings (Seattle)
13-14 (6th in MWL West)
Offense: 129 R (10th) .691 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (3rd) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Victor Sanchez (10), LHP Tyler Pike (14), OF Gabriel Guerrero (15), 3B Patrick Kivlehan (18), 2B Timmy Lopes (25)