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Down on the farm May 8: Torres back on track

With the major league staff showing uncharacteristic struggles, they may find some answers in Durham

Alex Torres is clearly beyond whatever issues he had in 2012
Alex Torres is clearly beyond whatever issues he had in 2012
Al Bello

Meanwhile, Charlotte won their first game since they relocated from Vero Beach.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-22) ***Featured game of the day***

Charlotte snapped their 11 game losing streak Tuesday as they knocked off Brevard County 5-3. The Stone Crabs got a quality start from Parker Markel who was aided by some early runs, and the bullpen managed to avoid trouble at the end of the game. Charlotte went up just three batters into the game, thanks to a leadoff triple by Kes Carter that was eventually followed by a Jake Hager sac fly. They tacked on two more runs in both the third and sixth innings, but that's when the Manatees were able to finally get to Markel. Using three extra base hits, Brevard County answered with three runs of their own, and that would be it for Markel. He finished with three runs allowed in six innings but with five strikeouts and only one walk. Austin Hubbard retired the final seven batters of the game, five of which were recorded via strikeout.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-12)

After going up 2-0 early, Durham failed to tack on any more runs in their 3-2 loss to Syracuse. Leslie Anderson belted his fifth homer of the year in the first inning, a two run shot that would prove to be Durham's only offense on the night. Backed by the early run support, Alex Torres got back on track with another really good start. He threw six scoreless innings, striking out seven and only allowing four hits and two walks. Syracuse was able to strike as soon as he was out of the game though. Frank De Los Santos allowed three runs in the seventh inning, including a two run home run by #9 hitter Chris Rahl. After the Wil Myers single and Anderson home run in the first, Durham would only pick up four more hits the rest of the game, three of which were off the bat of Shelley Duncan.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-14)

Montgomery will probably want to forget their 19-2 loss to Mississippi. Already being blown out 11-2, Zach Quate and Juan Sandoval combined to allow eight runs in an eighth inning that saw four hits go to extra bases and 13 men come to the plate. Starter Jake Thompson allowed eight runs of his own in four innings, starting in the second with a grand slam hit by Jaime Pedroza. Kyeong Kang picked up two hits, and Mikie Mahtook hit his ninth double of the season.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-10)

Bowling Green was off.


Star of the day- Alex Torres was a major positive Tuesday.

Goat of the day- Montgomery, on the other hand, was not.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Syracuse 11:05 AM (MiLB.TV)
Alex Colome (1-4, 2.84) v. Danny Rosenbaum (2-2, 2.51)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann (3-1, 2.94) v. J.R. Graham (1-2, 3.45)

Charlotte @ Brevard County 10:35 AM
Felipe Rivero (1-3, 4.50) v. David Goforth (1-4, 4.28)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM
Blake Snell (1-2, 2.75) v. Jordan John (0-2, 4.91)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
12-19 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 135 R (6th) .699 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.89 ERA (14th) 1.46 WHIP (11th)
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)

Mississippi Braves
20-11 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 145 R (3rd) .706 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.91 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
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)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
17-15 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 117 R (11th) .645 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jed Bradley (12), RHP Drew Gagnon (18), RHP David Goforth (19), SS Yadiel Rivera (25)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
13-16 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 142 R (6th) .712 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (9th) 1.41 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Schotts (5), OF Danry Vasquez (6), RHP Montreal Robertson (18), RHP Endrys Briceno (22), RHP Edgar De La Rosa (29)