Triple-A Durham Bulls (66-39)
Mike Montgomery outdueled Brandon Beachy in Durham's 3-1 win over Gwinnett. While Beachy struggled with his control with four walks in six innings, Montgomery pitched very well. He only lasted 5.2 innings, but they were all scoreless with six strikeouts and only one walk. The Bulls only had four hits, two each by the number one and two hitters, Cole Figueroa and Brandon Guyer. Figueroa scored two of Durham's three runs, and Guyer drew one of six Bulls walks and also stole three more bases. Ramon Ramirez allowed his first run in a Durham uniform, and Josh Lueke struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-17)
Montgomery's doubleheader was postponed.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-13)
Felipe Rivero ran into trouble late in his outing in Charlotte's 8-5 loss. Through the first five innings, Rivero had only allowed one run, and the Stone Crabs enjoyed a 2-1 lead. After Rivero got the first out of the sixth, two batters reached on a walk and Richie Shaffer error, and K.C. Hobson followed that up with a go-ahead three run homer. He got through the inning, but he was sent out for the seventh too and his struggles continued. With two runners in scoring position and one out after a sac bunt, Charlotte issued an intentional walk to set up a double play, but instead a double scored two runs. Matt Ramsey replaced Rivero and allowed two inherited runners to score. Rivero was charged with eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and three walks and a strikeout in 6.1 innings. In his first game with Charlotte, Jonathan Quinonez drove in a pair of runs.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-11)
A dormant offense and ineffective Blake Snell led to a 5-1 Bowling Green loss. After a Joey Rickard double in the fifth inning tied the game at one, Snell was unable to build momentum over his last time out when he pitched a career high seven innings. He recorded two outs on a sac bunt and Justin O'Conner pickoff throw to empty the bases, but they were quickly filled again before James Baldwin cleared them with a double that gave the Loons a 4-1 lead. Snell was done after five innings, allowing the four runs on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts. O'Conner had two hits, including his 13th double of the year.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (21-16)
A four run fifth inning was more than enough for Tri-City in Hudson Valley's 4-0 loss. Only one of Hudson Valley's six hits went for extra bases, and they struck out 10 times while only drawing two walks. Chris Kirsch was tagged with all four runs in 4.2 innings, but unfortunately all were unearned. After a leadoff single, back to back errors by Ariel Soriano and Ty Young allowed extra runners to reach base. Kirsch got the next two batters out, but the ValleyCats picked up three two out runs to add insurance. Johnny Field reached base twice for Hudson Valley.
Princeton pitching was ineffective again in a 7-2 loss to Pulaski. It was Nolan Gannon who struggled this time. In 3.2 innings, Gannon allowed six Pulaski runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Edgar Gomez relieved Gannon and settled the game down with three 4.1 scoreless innings of work, but the offense couldn't climb out of that large hole. Johnny Eierman singled home their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Enmanuel Paulino did the same in the seventh for their second run. Jesus Ariaza, batting .302 on the season, 73 points higher than anyone else in Princeton's lineup last night, had tow hits.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-16)
A pitchers' duel turned wild late in a 9-6 GCL Rays win. The GCL Red Sox led 1-0 through five innings, but the Rays finally got on the board in the sixth with three runs. In the eighth, that lead was 4-2 before the Red Sox picked up a four run inning that included a two out, bases clearing double. Down but not out, the Rays answered in the ninth with five runs. The tying run would score on a balk. With two outs and the bases loaded, an error allowed the go-ahead run to score and continue the inning. Erick Vasquez made them pay further with a two run single. Geisel De La Cruz took the brunt of the damage with four runs allowed in two innings, and Jose Mujica and Jose Castillo each allowed a run in three innings. Jose Paez and Riley Unroe combined to reach base six times as the top two hitters in the lineup.
Star of the day-
Goat of the day- There were a number of poor performances from the other starters though.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
(4-1, 2.57) v.
Charlotte @ Tampa 7 PM
v. (0-2, 7.13)
Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Dylan Floro (7-2, 1.80) v. Miguel Sulbaran (6-2, 2.30)
Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 7:05 PM
Aaron Griffin (2-0, 3.06) v. (1-1, 1.33)
Princeton @ Pulaski 7:05 PM
Jake Faria* (0-1, 1.80) v. Jose Flores (2-0, 4.09)
GCL Rays v. GCL
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
45-60 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 421 R (13th) .699 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (8th) 1.48 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP (4), LHP (7), OF (12), RHP (13), RHP (16)
Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
16-13 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 406 R (5th) .701 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (6th) 1.20 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Marcell Ozuna (5), LHP (6), C J.T. Realmuto (9), LHP (10), 2B (12), 3B (15), LHP Raudel Lazo (22), LHP (25), SS (28), 2B Noah Perio (34)
14-15 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 400 R (6th) .692 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.88 ERA (7th) 1.34 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Mason Williams (1), C Gary Sanchez (3), RHP Rafael De Paula (10), RHP Bryan Mitchell (13), RHP Corey Black (25), RHP Nick Goody (32)
Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
21-11 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 439 R (11th) .671 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (7th) 1.37 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS (3), RHP Scott Griggs (18), OF James Baldwin (22), OF (29), LHP Julio Urias, LHP Tom Windle
Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
25-12 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 166 R (3rd) .678 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.58 ERA (1st) 1.03 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Adrian Houser (16), RHP Andrew Thurman, 2B Tony Kemp
18-13 (2nd in APP East)
Offense: 156 R (2nd) .760 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (4th) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (12), 3B Joe DeCarlo (13), RHP Edwin Diaz (19)
GCL Red Sox
17-12 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 111 R (14th) .673 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.16 ERA (3rd) 1.22 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball, C Jon Denney