Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-16)
The Durham Bulls just couldn't muster enough offense in their 3-2 loss as they continue to slide after a hot start. Merrill Kelly, the latest fringe starting pitcher to have fans clamoring for his promotion, allowed all three runs in 5.1 innings of work. Adam Liberatore and Kirby Yates finished out the game. Kevin Kiermaier continues to show last year wasn't a fluke, nabbing two hits to bump his average up to .314. Curt Casali only reached base once (a single), as the Bulls managed only seven hits and two walks.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (19-15)
Game was postponed.
Advanced Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (17-18)
After scoring in each of the first four innings, the Stone Crabs held on to defeat Bradenton 6-5 on Friday. Jeff Ames had one of his best outings of the year, working five innings and allowing only one run. Leonel Santiago allowed a run in two innings of relief while Marcus Jensen surrendered three runs in his two innings. Justin O'Conner had a monster game, collecting three hits including his 3rd home run of the year. Josh Sale laced a double while Thomas Coyle picked up two hits.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-19)
Teams don't lose many games in which they score ten runs. And teams rarely are in a position to win a game where they commit six errors. All that happened in the Hot Rods' 11-10 loss in 11 innings on Friday night. Bowling Green hit five home runs, two of them by Araiza. Granden Goetzman continued his scorching start by picking up two more hits, including his fourth home run of the year. The team combined for eleven hits and eight walks. However, both the pitching and the fielding struggled mightily. The Hot Rods committed six errors, three of them in a sixth inning in which Lake County scored only once. Hunter Wood and German Marquez each allowed five runs while Stone Speer allowed the losing run (charged to Ian Kendall).
Star of the Day: Justin O'Conner had a nice offensive showing.
Goat of the Day: The Hot Rods defense was a mess.