If you missed it yesterday, Taylor Guerrieri and Enny Romero were named to the Futures Game rosters for next month.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (50-30)
Durham used a couple late runs to top Lehigh Valley 6-5. It was a wild game to start with all five IronPigs runs and four of Durham's coming in the first three innings. Shelley Duncan would drive in three of those four, first with an RBI single in the first. Two innings later, his two run home run would tie the game at four before Lehigh Valley scored their fifth run in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Buschmann allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings with five strikeouts, but the bullpen really settled things down. Juan Sandoval and Josh Lueke each pitched two scoreless innings, combining to strike out five. A Ryan Roberts sac fly in the seventh tied the game, and Cole Figueroa singled home Mike Fontenot an inning later to give Durham the lead. Five Bulls had multi-hit games, including Brandon Guyer hitting two doubles as part of a four hit effort.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-3)
Montgomery survived a late Chattanooga rally to defeat the Lookouts 4-3. Summoned to protect a three run lead, Erik Hamren started the ninth off by allowing the tying run to come to the plate thanks to a walk and infield single. After a strikeout and run-scoring single, the bases were re-loaded, and Chattanooga scored their second run of the inning on a groundout. With the tying run 90 feet away, Hamren induced another groundout to end the game. In the seventh inning, Riccio Torrez provided the bulk of Montgomery's offense with a three run homer, his fifth of the season. While he was announced as a Futures Game participant, Enny Romero turned in another solid outing, allowing just one run in six innings on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-3)
David Price showed the will to win his first high-A start since 2008 in Charlotte's 3-2 triumph over Bradenton. The Rays' rehabbing ace dominated in five scoreless innings, striking out eight and only allowing two hits and a walk. The Stone Crabs scored an unearned run thanks to two first inning errors, and they would score what would prove to be the winning run in the sixth after a leadoff double by Jake Hager was followed by Drew Vettleson and Richie Shaffer singles. A half inning later, Bradenton scored twice and got the potential tying run on base, but Jim Patterson recorded two strikeouts to end the threat. Ben Kline replaced Ryan Brett early in the game with an apparent neck injury.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-3)
If you throw out the top of the first, Bowling Green lost 2-1 Wednesday, but in reality, their 11 run inning counted in a 12-2 romp over South Bend. The Hot Rods were a couple batters away from batting around twice in the inning. After a leadoff triple by Joey Rickard, Tyler Goeddel singled him home, and he scored himself on a two run homer by Tommy Coyle. Justin O'Conner made the first out of the inning, but he would redeem himself later with a run-scoring single. In total, Bowling Green would have 11 hits, three walks and get hit by two pitches. With decent run support, Sean Bierman was able to cruise through five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Coyle finished the game with four hits and five RBI, and Tyler Goeddel reached base four times in front of him. Leonardo Reginatto had three hits. Jose Molina picked up a save by finishing the last four innings.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (7-3)
A four run 10th inning was too much for Hudson Valley in a 7-3 loss to Staten Island. After an Andrew Hanse wild pitch that scored what would prove to be the winning run, the biggest blow would be a three run homer by Brandon Thomas to extend the Yankees' lead to four runs. The Renegades were probably fortunate to even be in the game to begin with; their offense only picked up four hits in the entire game. One of those was a solo home run in the fourth inning by Johnny Field, the first of his pro career. They did receive very good pitching though from starter Austin Pruitt. In five scoreless innings, he only allowed two hits, walked none and struck out five. Ty Young made his professional debut for Hudson Valley, going 0/5 while playing third base.
A late rally wasn't enough in Princeton's 5-4 loss to Elizabethton. Opening Day starter Jorge Rodriguez struggled again. After a Hunter Lockwood double gave him early run support before he even took the mound, Rodriguez conceded two runs and would only last four innings. He allowed three runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Geisel De La Cruz didn't fare any better, allowing two runs in the fifth and only working one inning. In the seventh, the Rays would pull within one run on one swing of the bat but couldn't get any closer. With two outs, Elias Torres hit a bases clearing double. They would get several more chances with runners in scoring position but couldn't capitalize.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-2)
The GCL Rays were suspended yesterday afternoon.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- Rodriguez was a contributor to another Princeton loss.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
J.D. Martin (9-4, 2.97) v.
Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV)
Victor Mateo (2-7, 6.13) v.
Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM
Blake Snell (2-5, 3.65) v.
Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jordan Harrison* (2-0, 1.50) v.
Princeton @ Elizabethton 7 PM
Nolan Gannon (0-0, 0.00) v.
Completion of suspended game will be followed by seven inning game
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
41-38 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 378 R (4th) .745 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.77 ERA (14th) 1.49 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Adam Morgan (2), 3B (6), 2B (9), RHP Ethan Martin (10), 1B (17), RHP Tyler Cloyd (18), C (28), OF Leandro Castro (29)
Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
3-5 (T-3rd in SL North)
Offense: 307 R (7th) .698 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Joc Pederson (4), RHP Zach Lee (5), LHP (6), LHP Onelki Garcia (7), RHP (10), OF (15), OF (26), OF (28)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
4-3 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 297 R (7th) .698 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.06 ERA (8th) 1.33 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS (5), OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24), Zack Von Rosenberg (31)
South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona)
3-4 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 338 R (10th) .733 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.66 ERA (5th) 1.30 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Winkler (23), 2B Andrew Velasquez (24), OF Socrates Brito (29), OF Alex Glenn (31), IF
4-4 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 34 R (6th) .671 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.89 ERA (6th) 1.19 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael O'Neill
6-1 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 36 R (2nd) .736 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.25 ERA (3rd) 1.03 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Felix Jorge (24), C Stuart Turner
2-2 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 16 R (11th) .686 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.25 ERA (12th) 1.17 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball