Besides Odorizzi's start, the farm was a bit short on good results, but there were a couple of very good individual performances.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (47-30)
Durham's pitchers went toe to toe with Buffalo's on Sunday's and came up short in a 14 inning, 1-0 loss. Only 10 Bulls reached base in the 14 innings, and although three of their seven hits were for extra bases, they couldn't get a key hit to plate a run. Jake Odorizzi started for Durham and was outstanding, throwing eight scoreless innings, striking out six and only allowing two hits and a walk. 63 of his 94 pitches were for strikes. In the bottom of the 14th, the Bisons would score the winning run in Juan Sandoval's second inning of work. After Mike Nickeas led off the inning with a double, Sandoval committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt that allowed the run to score. Vince Belnome, Mike Fontenot and Cole Figueroa each reached base twice.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (2-3)
After erasing an early game 3-0 Pensacola lead, Montgomery's offense fizzled in a 14 inning, 4-3 loss. In the 14th, Ryan LaMarre led off with a double, and he would score on a sac bunt thanks to a Neil Schenk throwing error. In the bottom half of the inning, Montgomery was unable to capitalize with the tying run in scoring position with two outs. Before Pensacola scored the eventual winning run, four Biscuit relievers combined to fire nine scoreless innings, including three each by Marquis Fleming and Austin Hubbard. This was in support of Jake Floethe who was not sharp at all, allowing three runs in four innings on three hits and five walks while striking out three. Robby Price and Todd Glaesmann each reached base three times. Glaesmann drove in two of their three runs.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-2)
A three run sixth inning helped Charlotte edge Jupiter in a 5-4 win. With two outs in the inning and the Stone Crabs down 4-2, Alejandro Segovia, Jeff Malm and Ben Kline strung together three straight hits to drive in a run each. It was the second RBI on the day for Segovia who hit his eighth home run of the season two innings earlier. Roberto Gomez worked five innings, allowing all five Hammerhead runs on eight hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. Lenny Linsky got credited with the win thanks to a scoreless inning, but it was Jake Partridge's three scoreless to close the game that secured the win. Every Stone Crab besides Segovia had a single hit, including Jake Hager in his second game back after separating his shoulder.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1)
A persistent Lake County offense slipped by Bowling Green in a 4-3 Hot Rods loss. Bowling Green would twice pull within one run, but four separate run scoring innings for the Captains kept the game out of reach. Reinaldo Lopez picked up the loss despite pitching solid baseball in 4.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Errors by Leonardo Reginatto and Patrick Leonard with two outs in the third and fourth innings led to Lake County's first two runs. Bowling Green piled up 11 hits, but only one came with a runner in scoring position, and only one was for extra bases. That was a double belonging to Marty Gantt, part of a two hit game. Andrew Toles, Tommy Coyle and Justin O'Conner also had two hits.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-1)
It took 13 innings, but the Renegades finally dropped their first game of the season, a 4-3 loss to Brooklyn. With two outs and two runners on in the 13th, Kevin Brandt, in his second inning of work, allowed a walkoff single to James Roche. Hudson Valley had previously been leading 3-1, but Andrew Hanse allowed a run in both the eighth and ninth innings to send it to extras. This overshadowed another solid start by Chris Kirsch who allowed one run in five innings on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. While Ariel Soriano hit two doubles, Oscar Hernandez provided most of Hudson Valley's offense, driving in two runs on three hits, including a double. He also walked and stole a pair of bases.
Rookie Princeton Rays (0-3)
Princeton couldn't protect a one run lead to win their first game of the season and lost to Burlington 3-2. After throwing a scoreless eighth inning in a 2-1 game, Luis Cabrera came out for a second inning of work. With a runner on and one out, his throwing error allowed the batter to reach, and an RBI double tied the game. After the double, a sac fly scored what would be the winning run. Despite allowing an unearned first inning run, Jake Faria was outstanding in his 2013 debut, his second season with Princeton. He struck out eight in five innings, walked none and only allowed five hits. Like Cabrera, it was Faria's own error that led to the run. David Garcia and Yoel Araujo each had two hits, and Travis Flores hit his second home run of the season.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-1)
GCL Rays were off.
Star of the day- Odorizzi couldn't have been much better today.
Goat of the day- Six errors by Rays minor league pitching helped contribute to three of the losses today.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Buffalo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Montgomery (3-1, 4.50) v. Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.69)
Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Thompson* (6-7, 4.92) v. Zach Lee* (5-5, 3.23)
Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM
Parker Markel* (3-4, 6.28) v. Andrew Heaney* (1-1, 1.07)
Bowling Green v. Lake County 8:05 PM
Jeff Ames (6-1, 2.47) v. Ryan Merritt (3-7, 4.21)
Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7:05 PM
John Farrell* (0-0, 0.00) v. Miller Diaz* (0-1, 3.86)
Princeton v. Burlington 7:05 PM
German Marquez (0-0, -.--) v. Luis Santos (0-0, -.--)
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
39-36 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 366 R (4th) .780 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.70 ERA (12th) 1.47 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP John Stilson (7), RHP Chad Jenkins (18)
Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
3-2 (T-1st in SL North)
Offense: 300 R (6th) .698 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Joc Pederson (4), RHP Zach Lee (5), LHP Chris Reed (6), LHP Onelki Garcia (7), RHP Ross Stripling (10), OF Bobby Coyle (15), OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez (26), OF Blake Smith (28)
Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
1-3 (T-5th in FSL South)
Offense: 270 R (11th) .666 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.08 ERA (1st) 1.24 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Andrew Heaney (3), LHP Justin Nicolino (6), RHP Jose Urena (8), RHP Jake Esch (23), C Austin Barnes (29), OF Brent Keys (30), 2B Noah Perio (34)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
3-1 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 307 R (13th) .680 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (13th) 1.39 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dorssys Paulino (2), OF Anthony Santander (13), RHP Dylan Baker (16), OF LeVon Washington
Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
3-3 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 18 R (12th) .621 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 1.74 ERA (1st) 1.12 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Cecchini (2), 2B L.J. Mazzilli
4-0 (1st in APP East)
Offense: 11 R (8th) .574 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 0.90 ERA (1st) 0.78 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Ramon Torres (22)
1-1 (T-1st in GCL South)
Offense: 10 R (4th) .637 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.33 ERA (5th) 1.34 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart, LHP Stephen Gonsalves