Meanwhile in the Appalachian League, despite their struggles, Princeton does not have the worst record thanks to the Bristol White Sox.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (80-50)
A solo home run allowed by Jake Odorizzi proved to be decisive in Durham's 1-0 loss to Charlotte. In the second inning, Knights first baseman Andy Wilkins took Odorizzi deep, and that would end up being the winning run. Odorizzi took the loss despite only allowing the run in seven innings on four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. The Bulls were shut down by White Sox prospect Erik Johnson who was outstanding through eight innings before turning the ball over to Deunte Heath. Early in the game, Durham had a pair of opportunities with a runner on third and less than one out, but they couldn't cash in on either chance. Cole Figueroa, Vince Belnome and Mike Fontenot had two hit games.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-32)
Back to back ninth inning singles allowed Montgomery to walk off with a 5-4 game one win over Mississippi. With two outs and runners on the corners, Shawn O'Malley tied the game at four, and Mikie Mahtook followed that with a single to win the game. Prior to the ninth, the game was tied at three with all three Biscuits runs coming in the first two innings, including a two run home run by Mayo Acosta in the second. Victor Mateo started and only allowed a pair of unearned runs due to a two out fifth inning error by O'Malley that extended the inning before a Christian Bethancourt two run double. Juan Sandoval blew the save in the seventh, and Braulio Lara picked up the win despite allowing a run in his only inning of work. Mahtook had three hits, and Robby Price also reached base three times.
Montgomery's offense never came back out in game two in a 4-0 loss to the Braves. Mississippi scored a run in each of the first three innings, including a pair of solo home runs, against starter Joe Van Meter, and the Biscuits never responded. They only had two hits for the game, and even though both came to lead off an inning, Montgomery could not get them home. Van Meter allowed the three runs in just three innings of work. Another recent addition, Carlos Fisher, allowed an unearned run in one inning in his Montgomery debut.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-22)
Charlotte was off.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (34-23)
Bowling Green opened the game with seven straight runs in four innings in their 7-2 win over South Bend. The Hot Rods jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a first inning that included another RBI double by Marty Gantt. They scored again in the second inning, and Luke Maile's solo homer in the third made it a 5-0 game. RBI doubles by Joey Rickard and Leonardo Reginatto in the fourth inning capped off Bowling Green's early scoring. With the early run support, Kevin Brandt had a solid start, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings with seven strikeouts. He was relieved by Jose Molina who shut down the Silver Hawks with three strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Maile and Ryan Dunn had two hit games.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-32)
A half inning after tying the game late, Hudson Valley couldn't get the shutdown inning in a 5-3 loss to Aberdeen. After John Alexander bunted a pair of runners into scoring position in the seventh, Ariel Soriano delivered a two run single to tie the game at three. Colton Reavis promptly allowed the IronBirds to respond with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. He struck out three and allowed three runs and a walk in 3.2 innings in relief of Jaime Schultz who allowed three runs (two earned) in his customary three innings of work. Omar Narvaez and James Harris both had two hits and reached base three times, and Harris had Hudson Valley's only extra base hit out of 11 total.
Rookie Princeton Rays (18-40)
They needed 11 innings, but Princeton eventually topped Danville by a 2-1 score. With one out in the 11th, David Garcia reached on an error, moved up to second on a wild pitch and came home to score o a Coty Blanchard single. Isaac Gil got the win with one scoreless inning, but the heavy lifting was done by two other Rays pitchers. Jake Faria started and allowed the Braves run in six innings on two hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Mario Fernandez was the bridge between Faria and Gil, striking out three and only allowing two hits and no walks in four scoreless innings. Elias Torres had Princeton's only two hit game. Torres scored their first run of the game on a bases loaded walk by Hunter Lockwood.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (22-29)
A ninth inning run was not enough in the GCL Rays' 2-1 loss to the GCL Twins. With one out, Kean Wong reached via error, and he would come in to score two batters later on a Nick Ciuffo single. Alexander Simon reached third, but Cristian Toribio grounded into a double play to end the game. Trevor Shull started the game and did well, striking out three and walking one in two no hit, no run innings in his rehab appearance. Christopher Crisostomo would give up both Twins runs; the first was unearned, but the second was a solo home run that proved to be the game winner. He struck out four and allowed four hits and a walk in four innings. Riley Unroe had a pair of extra base hits.
Star of the day- Tough one for Odorizzi.
Goat of the day- It's a good thing Montgomery played two games because upper level offense was not producing yesterday.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Montgomery (7-6, 4.65) v. Jason Berken (10-11, 3.93)
Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
TBA v. Aaron Northcraft (7-8, 3.64)
Charlotte @ South Bend 7:05 PM
Lenny Linsky* (6-5, 3.68) v. Taylor Rogers* (10-5, 2.88)
Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM
Reinaldo Lopez (7-4, 2.65) v. Braden Shipley (0-1, 1.80)
Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Chris Kirsch* (1-3, 3.18) v. Janser Severino* (1-4, 4.56)
Princeton v. Danville 7:05 PM
Jorge Rodriguez (0-5, 4.37) v. Michael Flores (2-3, 4.33)
GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
59-70 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 531 R (10th) .700 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.17 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
32-24 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 520 R (3rd) .690 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)
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
26-27 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 603 R (1st) .757 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton (2), SS Levi Michael (16), RHP Tyler Jones (23), LHP Jason Wheeler (25), RHP Adrian Salcedo (27), LHP Chad Rodgers (28), 1B Kennys Vargas (29), OF Nate Roberts (32), RHP Zack Jones (33)
South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona)
33-24 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 566 R (7th) .726 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
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)
30-26 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 241 R (5th) .659 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (11th) 1.28 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mike Yastrzemski
24-31 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 209 R (8th) .663 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Luis Merejo (22), C Bryan De La Rosa (23)
25-26 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 213 R (9th) .656 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.89 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None