Other than Ty Young, there were a lot of poor performances on the farm Thursday.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (50-30)
Durham was postponed.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-4)
Victor Mateo got shelled, and Montgomery couldn't recover from a five run Chatanooga first in an 8-3 loss to the Lookouts. Kevin Kiermaier hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning, but that would be the last Biscuits lead of the night. Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson answers with a two run homer of his own two batters into the bottom half of the inning, and before Mateo could even get an out, Angelo Songco hit a three run homer to extend their lead to 5-1. Robi Estrada would later hit two RBI doubles, but it wouldn't be enough. Mateo eventually worked his way through six innings, allowing the five runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Austin Hubbard would allow two home runs of his own in an inning of work, including Pederson's second of the game. Estrada and Cameron Seitzer each had three hit games.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-3)
Charlotte was postponed.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-4)
A few late runs downed Bowling Green in their 4-2 loss to South Bend. Bowling Green's two runs came in the fifth inning on a Joey Rickard two run homer to give them a 2-1 lead, but otherwise the offense was lacking. The Hot Rods only picked up four hits and five baserunners. Blake Snell only allowed one run on one hit in five innings with three strikeouts, but he also walked four. Called on to protect the narrow 2-1 lead, Matt Spann struggled. In his first inning of work, a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score. An inning later in the seventh, he served up two solo home runs to give South Bend their 4-2 lead. Leonardo Reginatto had two hits.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (8-3)
Hudson Valley came out on top in a rain-shortened, 10-8 slugfest. The star of the game was Ty Young in his second professional game. His three run homer keyed a four run first inning for the Renegades, and he would come up big again in the fourth. Before that though, after Hudson Valley extended their lead to 5-0, Staten Island scored seven straight runs, including six in the third, to take a 7-5 lead. The Renegades piled up five runs in the top of the fifth to retake the lead. In addition to a two run homer by Young, Oscar Hernandez hit a two run double. John Farrell started and struggled by allowing five runs in 2.2 innings, but the winning pitcher, Jordan Harrison, didn't fare much better. He allowed three runs in 3.1 innings on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. After a rain delay began in the middle of the seventh inning, the game was just called in Hudson Valley's favor.
After scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, Princeton fell apart in a 6-3 loss. Bralin Jackson led off the game with a solo home run, the first of his career, and Hunter Lockwood and Travis Flores would later pick up RBI's. Starter Nolan Gannon allowed a sac fly in the bottom half of the first inning, and Elizabethton would tie it up an inning later with a run-scoring double and sac fly. Princeton only had seven batters reach base after the first inning but no more than two in one inning. Gannon would last five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Coty Blanchard reached base three times, and Jackson and Lockwood each did twice.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-4)
The GCL Rays blinked first in the suspended game, dropping a 1-0 decision to the GCL Red Sox. Christopher Crisostomo, making his U.S. debut, and Roel Ramirez, making his pro debut, were great for the first six innings, yielding no runs on just a hit and two walks with five strikeouts. Red Sox starter Daniel McGrath was just as good though, striking out eight in five scoreless. The Red Sox would get the only run of the game in the seventh inning. After Yael Regalado recorded the first two outs of the inning, a hit batter and infield single kept the inning alive before Jose Colorado singled home the run. Alexander Simon had two of the Rays' four hits.
Their offense was even less productive in a game two 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. This time, the Rays only collected two hits, both singles, including one off the bat of Kean Wong making his pro debut at second base. Wong also stole a base. Mario Fernandez's great start would go to waste after striking out six in five scoreless innings and only allowing three hits. The Red Sox would score the decisive run in the sixth inning against reliever Eric Frederick. After a leadoff double and groundout to move the runner up, Wendell Rijo singled home the run that would decide the game.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- GCL teams sometimes have days like this, and it was the Rays' turn Thursday.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Floethe (1-1, 6.16) v.
Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM
Dylan Floro (6-4, 2.08) v.
Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7:05 PM
Chris Kirsch* (1-0, 0.82) v.
Princeton @ Elizabethton 7 PM
Jake Faria (0-0, 0.00) v.
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
41-38 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 378 R (6th) .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)
4-5 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 315 R (7th) .701 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.54 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 (9th) .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)
4-4 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 342 R (10th) .733 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Winkler (23), 2B Andrew Velasquez (24), OF Socrates Brito (29), OF Alex Glenn (31), IF
Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
4-6 (T-3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 31 R (12th) .580 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.28 ERA (3rd) 1.20 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Cecchini (2), 2B L.J. Mazzilli
7-1 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 42 R (2nd) .744 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.10 ERA (3rd) 1.05 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Felix Jorge (24), C Stuart Turner
3-3 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 36 R (2nd) .715 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.50 ERA (15th) 1.40 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: None