While Bowling Green picks up play after their All-Star break, Charlotte is still looking for their first round since theirs.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (46-27)
Three runs proved to be enough as Durham hung on for a 3-2 win over Louisville. The Bulls scored the first three runs of the game, the first coming on an RBI single by Jesus Flores in the fourth. An inning later, after a leadoff double by Tim Beckham, Vince Belnome hit a two run homer, his sixth of the season. With the run support, Merrill Kelly worked an effective seven scoreless innings, allowing only five hits and three walks while striking out four. The Bats were able to get to Jeff Beliveau one inning later though, opening the inning with three straight singles to score one run. After a lineout, Beliveau issued a walk to load the bases before being removed for Kirby Yates. Yates allowed one inherited run to score, and he would also survive the ninth inning despite Billy Hamilton stealing two bases as a pinch runner. Cole Figueroa had two hits for Durham.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-1)
Montgomery's offense couldn't get much going in their 4-2 loss to Pensacola. Only seven Biscuits would reach base the entire game, and it wasn't enough to match the pair of two run innings from the Blue Wahoos. Starter Jake Thompson struck out seven and only walked two in seven innings, but four of his seven hits allowed were for extra bases, and he was charged with all four Pensacola runs (three earned). Mikie Mahtook and Riccio Torrez both reached base twice for the Biscuits.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-38)
A five run St. Lucie inning was too much to overcome in Charlotte's 5-4 loss to the Mets. A two run home run by Richie Shaffer gave the Stone Crabs a first inning two run lead, but St. Lucie would bat around a few innings later in the fourth. Robbie Shields led off the inning with a solo home run to cut the lead in half, and starter Ryan Carpenter would be singled to death the rest of the inning. Four hits and a sacrifice fly later, Charlotte found themselves down 5-2. Kes Carter would later drive in two more runs with an RBI single and solo home run, but they couldn't take advantage of opportunities to push the tying run across. Carpenter only lasted four innings, allowing all five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jake Partridge relieved him with four scoreless innings. Carter had a four hit game, and Alejandro Segovia was hitless with four strikeouts.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-30)
Bowling Green enjoyed the last day of their All-Star break.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (3-0)
The Renegades got some more great pitching and scored some late runs to sweep Aberdeen with a 6-2 win. 2013 draftee John Farrell struck out two in a perfect 1.2 innings to start the game, and Kevin Brandt relieved him with 4.1 scoreless innings of work with four strikeouts. Already leading 1-0 in the seventh inning, Ariel Soriano hit a two run homer, one of three hits on the game, to extend the lead to 3-0. Oscar Hernandez would double that lead in the ninth with a three home run for his first hit of the season. Patience and speed paid off for the Renegades again. In addition to their 10 hits, they drew seven walks, and five different players stole a base.
Star of the day- Kelly's second start filling in at Durham went much better than his first.
Goat of the day- Carpenter had a rough start, and Charlotte couldn't keep up the momentum gained before the All-Star break.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Louisville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann (1-0, 2.04) v. Armando Galarraga (5-4, 3.06)
Montgomery v. Pensacola 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Colla (1-0, 5.06) v. Ryan Dennick (3-7, 3.13)
Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM
TBA v. Robby Rowland (3-4, 4.34)
Bowling Green v. Lansing 8:05 PM
TBA v. TBA
Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition- In leagues split into two halves, second half standings will be displayed, but the stats will cover the whole season
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
36-37 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 300 R (13th) .704 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.88 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF BIlly Hamilton (1), LHP Tony Cingrani (3), RHP Daniel Corcino (4), 1B Neftali Soto (26), C Nevin Ashley
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
1-0 (T-1st in SL South)
Offense: 210 R (10th) .627 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.90 ERA (8th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Ryan LaMarre (21), C Tucker Barnhart (23), SS Devin Lohman (25), RHP Chad Rogers (28), RHP Josh Ravin (31)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
26-42 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 276 R (6th) .700 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.19 ERA (10th) 1.34 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Alen Hanson (5), OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24), Zack Von Rosenberg (31)
Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
32-37 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 289 R (13th) .655 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (6th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Roberto Osuna (4), LHP Daniel Norris (8), C Santiago Nessy (14), OF Dwight Smith Jr. (16), 2B Christian Lopes (23), OF Chris Hawkins (30)
Staten Island Yankees
2-0 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 7 R (9th) .632 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 1.50 ERA (5th) 0.89 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: N/A