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Down on the farm July 12: Romero, Riefenhauser tune up for Sunday

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The two Futures Game participants struggled in their final appearances before Sunday's showcase

Matt Moore is a past Futures Game participant
Matt Moore is a past Futures Game participant

I'm still disappointed that Taylor Guerrieri won't be playing, but there are plenty of other good players to see.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-35)

After blowing an early lead, Durham fought back with a walkoff 6-5 win over Charlotte. The Bulls scored three runs in the first two innings against Zach Stewart to erase a first inning 1-0 deficit, but the Knights chipped away, scoring a run each in innings five through eight. Mike Montgomery didn't have his best outing. In 5.2 innings, he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 5.2 innings with three strikeouts, and C.J. Riefenhauser allowed a pair of runs in 1.2 innings. Now down 5-3 in the eighth, Ryan Roberts led off the inning with his first home run for Durham, and Mike Fontenot scored the tying run on a wild pitch. An inning later, after Vince Belnome tripled to start the inning, Leslie Anderson singled him home to complete the comeback. Belnome reached base three more times, and Fontenot had four hits.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-13)

Montgomery couldn't handle the Southern League's worst offense in a 7-2 loss to Pensacola. Enny Romero was limited to 50 pitches before the Futures Game, and they were all scoreless despite allowing three hits and three walks while only striking out one. Jim Patterson came on in relief and immediately struggled, allowing a four run fourth inning that included a three run home run that ultimately would've been enough for the Blue Wahoos. Patterson's next two innings would be scoreless, but Pensacola would go on to score three more against the Biscuits bullpen. Both Montgomery runs came in the seventh with a Kyeong Kang groundout and Riccio Torrez sac fly. Torrez had two hits, as did Cameron Seitzer and Todd Glaesmann.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (12-9)

A three run ninth inning wasn't enough for Charlotte in a 7-6 loss to St. Lucie. Despite scoring a single run in each of the first three innings, the Stone Crabs soon found themselves behind due to a poor start by Ryan Carpenter. After holding the Mets scoreless in the first, he allowed five runs over the next three innings, finishing with five runs allowed in five innings on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts. If the Stone Crabs hadn't allowed two insurance runs to score, their rally could have won the game. With one out, Jeff Malm drove home a pair of runs with a double and scored himself on a Curt Casali double. Jake DePew and Jake Hager couldn't bring home the tying run, and St. Lucie escaped. Casali reached base five times with three hits and two walks.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-7)

Andrew Toles' 12th inning single broke a 3-3 tie in a 12 inning, 4-3 Bowling Green win. After Brandon Martin led off the inning with a double, Toles hit a single to plate the winning run. Luke Maile followed that up with a single, but the Hot Rods couldn't add any insurance before Stone Speer recorded his first professional save. In the third inning, Maile's solo home run tied the score at one. Two innings later, Maile's double scored Bowling Green's third run of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. In addition to Maile's three hits, Toles and Martin had two. Starter Dylan Floro only allowed an unearned run in five innings on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. In relief, Ryan Garton had a nightmare of an outing, walking six batters in 3.2 innings, allowing an inherited runner to score and being charged with one of his own.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (13-12)

Two ninth inning runs was too little, too late in a 5-2 loss to Jamestown. Omar Narvaez singled home their first run with the bases loaded, and Ryan McChesney drew a bases loaded walk for the second. Poor defense cost the Renegades early in the game. All three runs allowed by starter Austin Pruitt went down as unearned due to a pair of errors committed while he was on the mound, part of a three error game by Hudson Valley. Ariel Soriano's second inning error helped a pair of runs to score, and Narvaez committed a throwing error in the fourth to allow the eventual winning run to score. Pruitt allowed the three unearned runs on six hits and no walks in 5.2 innings with four strikeouts. Narvaez and Ty Young each had two hit games.

Rookie Princeton Rays (5-14)

Princeton couldn't create a winning streak and fell to Greeneville 4-1. The Rays only had two hits, and none of them came in the fifth when they scored their lone run of the game. With one out, Douglas Duran walked, advanced to third on a throwing error and came home to score on a groundout by Johnny Eierman. The Astros bookended the game with two run innings in the first and ninth innings. Jake Faria started the game and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings with two strikeouts. The two ninth inning runs against Luis Cabrera were unearned. Both Rays hits were singles hit by Hunter Lockwood and Jesus Araiza.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (7-11)

The GCL Rays received great pitching in a game one 5-0 win over the GCL Red Sox. Two pitchers combined to throw the five hit shutout, beginning with starter Jose Alonzo who struck out one and allowed four hits and a walk in five innings. Ruben Paredes followed that up by striking out three in two innings, allowing one hit and walking two. In their four run third inning, the first run scored on an error before Alexander Simon singled home a pair. With two outs, Nick Ciuffo's RBI double extended the lead to 4-0. The fifth run was also scored thanks to an error. The Rays only had five hits themselves, and Thomas Milone reached base twice.

The Red Sox turned the tables in game two as the Rays fell 7-1. Starter Jose Mujica allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in three innings with two strikeouts, but the Red Sox really piled it on against reliever Yael Regalado. He allowed five runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work. Only down 2-0 in the third, Ryan Henley doubled home Clayton Henning for the Rays' only run of the game, and the Red Sox would run away from there. Nick Ciuffo had two hits for the Rays.


Star of the day- Another nice game for Maile with the Hot Rods.

Goat of the day- Have to go with Garton here.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Merrill Kelly (3-0, 2.03) v. David Hale* (3-4, 3.42)

Montgomery v. Pensacola 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Colla (3-1, 3.29) v. Ryan Dennick (4-10, 3.77)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 6:30 PM
Felipe Rivero* (6-5, 4.06) v. Hoby Milner (8-4, 4.24)

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 8 PM
Reinaldo Lopez (3-4, 2.76) v. Chris Devenski (0-0, -.--)

Hudson Valley v. Jamestown 7:05 PM
Jordan Harrison* (4-1, 2.73) v. Jackson Lodge (2-0, 4.05)

Princeton v. Greeneville 7:05 PM
German Marquez (1-1, 3.68) v. Jordan Mills (1-1, 1.64)

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
41-54 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: 397 R (10th) .715 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.28 ERA (8th) 1.50 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Gilmartin (4), OF Todd Cunningham (12), RHP Cody Martin (13), RHP David Hale (16)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
11-11 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 289 R (10th) .629 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yorman Rodriguez (16), OF Donald Lutz (18), OF Ryan LaMarre (21), C Tucker Barnhart (23), SS Devin Lohman (25), RHP Josh Ravin (31)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
9-9 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 396 R (3rd) .730 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (7th) 1.42 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kenny Giles (19), OF Aaron Altherr (30)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
12-7 (3rd in MWL West)
Offense: 414 R (5th) .692 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Carlos Correa (1), RHP Lance McCullers (4), 3B Rio Ruiz (8), RHP Vincent Velasquez (13), RHP Chia-Jen Lo (22), OF Teoscar Hernandez (34), RHP Mark Appel

Jamestown Jammers (Pittsburgh)
16-8 (T-1st in Pinckney)
Offense: 142 R (1st) .754 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (9th) 1.21 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Jin-De Jhang (27), OF Harold Ramirez (28), IF JaCoby Jones

Greeneville Astros
11-10 (3rd in APP West)
Offense: 73 R (7th) .651 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.72 ERA (2nd) 1.16 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brett Phillips (18), OF Ariel Ovando (32), C Brian Holberton

GCL Orioles
9-8 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 79 R (5th) .674 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.09 ERA (13th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: None