No one hit any home runs, and the GCL Rays provided the only win.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (83-53)
A fifth inning error by Tim Beckham proved costly in Durham's 4-3 loss to Charlotte. A half inning before that, Ryan Roberts cleared the bases with a double to erase an early 2-0 deficit, and Merrill Kelly was an out away from recording the shutdown inning. After the two out fielding error, the Knights hit back to back doubles to score two runs and retake the lead. In five innings of work, Kelly was charged with all four runs, but only two were earned. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out six. Roberts and Kevin Kiermaier each had two of Durham's six hits, and that gives Kiermaier four multi-hit games out of his last six. C.J. Riefenhauser struck out three in two innings of work.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-34)
After being shut out in consecutive games, Jacksonville struck back in a big way in Montgomery's 9-0 loss to the Suns. The Biscuits were limited to two hits, a Curt Casali double and Shawn O'Malley single, that both led off an inning but obviously produced no runs. Already up 4-0 in the seventh inning, former Biscuit Derek Dietrich delivered a three run homer, his second of the series against Montgomery. Although he's had a solid season, Enny Romero turned in an absolute disaster of a start, walking a career high seven and allowing four runs in three innings. Erik Hamren relieved him and struck out six in three perfect innings, but the offense never took that opportunity to get back into the game. Newcomers Carlos Fisher and Joe Van Meter allowed three and two runs respectively.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-24)
A late three run inning sunk Charlotte in their 5-2 loss to St. Lucie. The Mets got the game off to a fast start with a two run home run two batters into the game, but the Stone Crabs immediately answered with a two run top of the second with a run scoring groundout by Willie Argo and two out single by Drew Vettleson. Unfortunately, the offense went flat, and only four batters would reach base the rest of the game. Starter Ryan Carpenter only pitched three innings, allowing the two runs on three hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. In his fifth inning of work, Andrew Bellatti allowed all three eighth inning runs and took the loss. Kes Carter had two of Charlotte's four hits.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (39-25)
Fort Wayne rocked Reinaldo Lopez in Bowling Green's 7-4 loss to the TinCaps. The Hot Rods got off to a fast start when Andrew Toles led off the game with a double, stole third base and scored on a Leonardo Reginatto single, but Fort Wayne pulled away when they scored all seven of their runs in the next four innings. Their fourth inning included a two run homer to extend the lead to 4-1, and their three run fifth included an RBI double from first rounder Hunter Renfroe. Lopez was charged with all seven runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings with three strikeouts. In the loss, Toles had another big game, hitting two doubles and stealing three bases to put his season total at 61. Reginatto reached base three times.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (32-34)
Hudson Valley's offense was shut down in a 4-1 loss to Connecticut. The Renegades collected just three hits, and only seven batters reached base the entire game while the Tigers scored a run in four different innings. Their only run of the game came when they were down 2-0 in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Ty Young drew a bases loaded walk to cut the lead in half, but Connecticut would get that run right back in the bottom half of the inning and continued on to their win. Starter Aaron Griffin allowed an unearned run in three innings on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Julian Ridings had two of their three hits, but getting picked off in the third inning short-circuited an early run scoring opportunity.
Rookie Princeton Rays (23-41)
Elizabethton batted around twice in Princeton's 11-3 loss to the Twins. Thanks to a second inning single by Bralin Jackson and fourth inning double from Leopoldo Correa, the Rays held two separate two run leads, but Elizabethton scored the final 10 runs of the game with six and four run innings. The damage throughout the game was spread evenly to three Rays pitchers, with starter Jorge Rodriguez allowing three runs in five innings and relievers Oscar Armenta and Josh Kimborowicz each being charged with four runs. Both relievers would only be charged one earned run each though because four of Princeton's five errors were committed during the two big innings. Princeton matched Elizabethton with 13 hits, and four Rays had multi-hit games, including Correa and Hunter Lockwood each hitting two doubles.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (25-32)
A four run third inning helped the GCL Rays to an 8-2 win over the GCL Twins. The Twins got a first inning unearned run against the rehabbing Jesse Hahn, but it wouldn't be long until the Rays pulled ahead. Kean Wong executed a bunt single to plate the first run, and Nick Ciuffo drove in a pair with a single later in the inning. The fourth run was scored on a passed ball. Two more runs scored in the fifth, and Clayton Henning hit a two run double in the eighth. Hahn allowed the unearned run on four hits and no walks in two innings with four strikeouts. Jose Alonzo also allowed an unearned run, but he pitched five innings and was credited with the win. Wilking Rodriguez struck out a batter in a perfect inning of relief. Wong had three hits and reached base four times and is now batting .321.
Star of the day- Wong has been consistent in the GCL with a .761 OPS.
Goat of the day- Romero's control has been a bit better in 2013, but that wasn't the case last night.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann (7-1, 2.83) v. Nick McCully (2-3, 6.32)
Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Marquis Fleming (4-6, 4.98) v. Justin Nicolino (3-2, 4.46)
Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM
Grayson Garvin* (0-0, 2.00) v. Angel Cuan (7-3, 3.72)
Bowling Green is off
Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7:05 PM
Ben Griset (2-3, 3.38) v. Chase Edwards (0-0, 1.82)
Princeton v. Elizabethton 7:05 PM
German Marquez (2-4, 3.31) v. Kohl Stewart (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM
TBA v. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
62-74 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 555 R (10th) .698 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (12th) 1.39 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), OF Blake Tekotte
Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
36-27 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 527 R (6th) .688 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (3rd) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Andrew Heaney (3), LHP Justin Nicolino (6), C J.T. Realmuto (9), LHP Adam Conley (10), 2B Derek Dietrich (12), 3B Zack Cox (15), LHP Raudel Lazo (22), LHP Grant Dayton (25), SS Danny Black (28), C Austin Barnes (29)
St. Lucie Mets
30-29 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 534 R (4th) .683 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (4th) 1.32 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luis Mateo (4), RHP Michael Fulmer (7), RHP Domingo Tapia (9), RHP Hansel Robles (12), 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (19), C Kevin Plawecki (21), SS Matt Reynolds (23), C Cam Maron (30)
31-35 (3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 238 R (9th) .612 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Schotts (5), LHP Kevin Ziomek, 1B Dominic Ficociello
34-30 (4th in APP West)
Offense: 275 R (6th) .670 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.07 ERA (1st) 1.33 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luke Bard (12), RHP Felix Jorge (24), RHP Kohl Stewart, LHP Stephen Gonsalves, C Stuart Turner
27-30 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 231 R (10th) .647 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.90 ERA (3rd) 1.24 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None