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Rays down on the farm August 19: Floro throws second complete game

Floro's great start came across one of Charlotte's chief competitors for the second half division title

Dylan Floro has completed both of his starts with Charlotte
Dylan Floro has completed both of his starts with Charlotte
Jim Donten

Marty Gantt also had a big game for Bowling Green.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (80-49)

Durham used a pair of big innings to get ahead of Charlotte in their game one 8-5 win. Down 1-0 in the third, Vince Belnome drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game. With two outs, Shelley Duncan singled home two. The Knights would tie the game an inning later, but in the sixth, the Bulls would use some extra base hits and take advantage of a key error to put up a five run inning. Leslie Anderson scored on the error, and Chris Gimenez, Kevin Kiermaier and Tim Beckham all had RBI doubles. J.D. Martin picked up his minor league leading 15th win with a bare minimum quality start with seven hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

In game two, the Bulls scored three first inning runs on their way to a 5-1 win. Kiermaier led off the game by walking, and for some reason, Beckham attempted to sac bunt him to second base two batters into the game. Fortunately, Brent Morel threw it away, allowing Kiermaier to score and Beckham to move all the way up to third base. He scored on Anderson's single, and Evan Frey eventually drove in the third run. Cory Wade started and went 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out five, walking none and only allowing two hits. Josh Lueke would later be credited with the win with three strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless innings. Mike Fontenot had two hits.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-31)

Montgomery was postponed.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-22)

A pair of fifth inning runs was enough in Charlotte's rain-shortened 2-0 win over Palm Beach. Because the game only lasted six innings, Dylan Floro will get credit for his second straight complete game, and this time, a shutout. Floro struck out three, walked none and only allowed three hits. In the fifth, Jonathan Quinonez scored the first run of the game on a fielding error, and the rehabbing Desmond Jennings would eventually come around to score on a single by Drew Vettleson. Jennings was 1/3 with that run scored, a strikeout and a stolen base. Alejandro Segovia had two hits including a double.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (33-23)

Bowling Green used some late insurance to bust open their 7-1 win over South Bend. A sac fly by Leonardo Reginatto and two out single by Marty Gantt gave the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but much of the game remained close; Despite not having much control, starter Blake Snell was up to the task of protecting that lead. He allowed just one run in five innings on three hits and five walks with eight strikeouts. With the bases loaded in the eighth, the Silver Hawks conceded an insurance run to Bowling Green, but a bases clearing triple by Gantt with two outs widened the gap. For good measure, Brandon Martin hit a ninth inning solo home run. Andrew Toles had three hits, stole two more bases and scored a pair of runs.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-31)

Hudson Valley's offense was shut down after the fourth inning as they eventually fell to Lowell by a 4-3 score. Johnny Field's solo home run in the first inning got the Renegades off to a quick 1-0 lead, but the Spinners answered an inning later with three runs of their own. Darryl George and James Harris drove in runs in the third and fourth innings, but that would be all for Hudson Valley. Lowell retired 15 straight over the final five innings and was able to walk off on a ninth inning double. Eli Echarry got the loss, but he struck out six in 3.1 innings of work. Derek Loera started and allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks in five innings with four strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (17-40)

Princeton received some good pitching in their 3-1 win over Danville. A fourth inning solo home run was the only run allowed, and just one of three hits for the Braves on the game. D.J. Slaton allowed that home run, but he finished with the run allowed on three hits and two walks in six innings with seven strikeouts. Before that home run, Princeton already had two runs on the board. Hunter Lockwood singled home Spencer Edwards in the first inning, and he did so again two innings later. Johnny Eierman's seventh inning home run added insurance. Oscar Armenta struck out three and walked two in three no-hit innings of relief.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (22-28)

The GCL Rays were off.


Star of the day- It's kind of cheap, but that's two complete games in a row for Floro.

Goat of the day- Has to go to Loera in the organization's only loss.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Odorizzi (8-5, 3.70) v. Erik Johnson (2-1, 1.93)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 6:15 PM DOUBLEHEADER (MiLB.TV)
Victor Mateo* (5-9, 4.52) v. Ian Thomas (7-7, 2.62)
Joe Van Meter* (0-1, 5.40) v. Aaron Northcraft* (7-8, 3.64)

Both games will be seven innings

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM
Kevin Brandt* (0-0, 0.00) v. Blake Perry* (7-5, 4.22)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM
Jaime Schultz* (1-3, 3.26) v. Steven Brault (1-1, 1.99)

Princeton v. Danville 7:05 PM
Jake Faria (2-3, 2.58) v. Andry Ubiera (3-2, 3.88)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
58-70 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 530 R (10th) .701 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.20 ERA (12th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Carlos Sanchez (3), RHP Erik Johnson (4), LHP Charlie Leesman (11), 1B Andy Wilkins (12), RHP Jhan Martinez (13), SS Marcus Semien (14), RHP Simon Castro (20), LHP Santos Rodriguez (21), SS Leury Garcia

Mississippi Braves
31-23 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 512 R (4th) .689 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.06 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (2), C Christian Bethancourt (3), 3B Edward Salcedo (17), RHP Juan Jaime (20), OF Robby Hefflinger (29), RHP Aaron Northcraft (30)

South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona)
33-23 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 564 R (6th) .724 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Michael Perez (12), RHP Kyle Winkler (23), 2B Andrew Velasquez (24), RHP Tyler Green (27), OF Socrates Brito (29), OF Alex Glenn (31), IF Brandon Drury

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
29-26 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 236 R (5th) .657 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (11th) 1.27 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mike Yastrzemski

Danville Braves
24-30 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 208 R (8th) .668 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (7th) 1.36 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Luis Merejo (22), C Bryan De La Rosa (23)

GCL Twins
24-26 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 211 R (9th) .656 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None