A large Bowling Green contingent will participate in tonight's Midwest League All-Star Game. If you have MiLB.TV, you can check it out at 7 PM.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-26)
Durham proved that Wil Myers was actually bringing their lineup down in their 16-3 win over Louisville. The Bulls piled up four multi-run innings including three with four or more runs. After the Bats tied the game in the top of the second with two runs, Durham batted around and scored six runs, all with two outs. Jason Bourgeois' groundout was the second out of the inning, but it also scored the sixth run of the frame. The Bulls picked up four straight hits after that, capped off by a three run home run by Shelley Duncan. Duncan would go on to hit a second three run blast later in the game, as did Mike Fontenot. Alex Colome had another brief outing. He allowed two runs in 2.1 innings on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts, throwing 38 of his 57 pitches for strikes. The top five batters in the lineup, Bourgeois, Beckham, Brandon Guyer, Leslie Anderson and Duncan, reached base 17 times and had four of the team's five extra base hits.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (37-33)
A seven run fifth inning proved to be enough in Montgomery's 11-8 win over Jacksonville. The first six batters reached base before the Suns were able to get an out, a Mark Thomas sac fly that scored the fifth run of the inning. Right after that, Robi Estrada hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot that capped off the huge inning. This tremendous run support proved to be necessary since Jacksonville would score six runs over the next two innings. Starter Jake Floethe finished with three runs allowed (two earned) in six innings on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Braulio Lara struggled once again, getting charged with four runs while only recording one out, walking three batters. Kyeong Kang hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, part of a two extra base hit day. Riccio Torrez drove in four runs on two hits, and Kevin Kiermaier reached base three more times.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-36)
Charlotte's offense was still enjoying the All-Star break in a 3-0 loss to St. Lucie. Only eight Stone Crabs would reach base, and they were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base. All six Charlotte hits were singles with two each belonging to Drew Vettleson and Jeff Malm. Roberto Gomez could only go 4.1 innings, allowing all three Mets runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-30)
Bowling Green is at their All-Star break.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (1-0)
Hudson Valley shut down Aberdeen for a 5-0 Opening Day win. Despite 13.1 really good innings for Bowling Green this year, Jordan Harrison found himself on the Renegades' roster, but he made the most of it. He fired six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Three Renegades each had two hits, starting with leadoff man Jonathan Quinonez hitting two doubles. Two 2011 draftees still straggling behind in short-season ball, Granden Goetzman and James Harris, combined to knock in three of the five runs. Andrew Hanse and Jaime Schultz combined to strike out four in three relief innings.
Star of the day- It's a small sample, but Harrison probably pitched well enough with Bowling Green to stay there this season.
Goat of the day- Am I the only one who thought Josh Sale's indefinite suspension would be over by now?
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Louisville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Montgomery* (3-0, 4.20) v. Chad Reineke* (5-3, 3.76)
Montgomery is off
Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM
TBA v. Alex Panteliodis (2-2, 3.03)
Midwest League All-Star Game 7 PM
Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
35-36 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 293 R (13th) .703 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF BIlly Hamilton (1), LHP Tony Cingrani (3), RHP Daniel Corcino (4), 1B Neftali Soto (26), C Nevin Ashley
St. Lucie Mets
35-30 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 292 R (4th) .687 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3), RHP Luis Mateo (4), RHP Domingo Tapia (9), RHP Hansel Robles (12), 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (19), SS Matt Reynolds (23), C Cam Maron (30)
Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
0-1 (T-3rd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 0 R (12th) .285 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.00 ERA (12th) 1.00 WHIP
Top 30 Prospects: Will have when roster is available