With two rainouts, Thursday ended up being a light schedule. The two affiliates that did play did not have their best pitching.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (24-17)
Durham was postponed.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-19)
The Generals were due in Montgomery's 8-2 loss to Jackson. In the second inning, Jackson loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, and it looked like Jared Mortensen might get out of the inning unscathed when he got the next two batters out. He then walked a run in and allowed a double and single that each scored two runs to spot the Generals a 5-0 lead. Two innings later, Jackson got to him again, using three extra base hits, a passed ball and a walk to score three more runs. Mortensen allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings with a strikeout.
With two outs a half inning later, the Biscuits scored their only two runs of the game. Riccio Torrez doubled home Luke Maile to break up the shutout, and he came home to score on a Joey Rickard single. They would get runners on base every inning after that, but they couldn't actually cut into Jackson's big lead. Torrez, Rickard and Taylor Motter each had two hit games. Ryan Brett was not back in the lineup.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-20)
Charlotte was rained out, and this game was canceled.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-21)
German Marquez wasn't sharp in Bowling Green's 6-2 loss to Great Lakes. The Hot Rods provided him some run support two batters into the game after Juniel Querecuto led the game off with a double and scored on a Kean Wong single, and even though Wong advanced to third on an error, they weren't able to bring him home. Marquez gave that run back in the bottom of the inning, and the Loons got to him for a big third inning, scoring three runs on four hits, including two for extra bases. He finished with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks in 3.1 innings with three strikeouts.
In the subsequent few innings, Bowling Green had opportunities to answer, including the fifth when they scored their second run. Alexander Simon led off the inning with a double and eventually came home to score on a groundout. After that point, they would only get two more runners in scoring position while Great Lakes tacked on some insurance. Querecuto reached base three times.
Star of the day- Rain saved Charlotte from having to face the wrath of Dan Vogelbach.
Goat of the day- Mortensen had a nice ERA entering Thursday's start, but he was always working out of trouble.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Both games will be seven innings
Charlotte v. Clearwater 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Jeff Ames (1-3, 5.14) v. Ethan Stewart (2-3, 4.50)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Charlotte Knights (
13-26 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 137 R (14th) .653 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (11th) 1.48 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Erik Johnson (2), 3B (4), 2B (12), OF Jared Mitchell (13)
Jackson Generals (Seattle)
17-23 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 158 R (9th) .652 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.90 ERA (6th) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Victor Sanchez (7), 3B (12), SS Ketel Marte (20), C (23)
Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
8-29 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 121 R (12th) .602 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.91 ERA (12th) 1.55 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Andrew Knapp (19)
Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
18-21 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 222 R (1st) .729 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.50 ERA (13th) 1.40 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jacob Scavuzzo (15), RHP Zach Bird (21), SS Jesmuel Valentin (22), RHP Victor Arano (29)