Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-28)
Enny Romero was much better, but he didn't get any support from the lineup in Durham's 2-1 loss to Indianapolis. For just the second time since April, Romero lasted into the sixth inning, completing six with 97 pitches, although only 58 were strikes. He gave up both runs, but only one was earned due to an error by Jayson Nix. Romero allowed the two runs on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Adam Liberatore struck out two in a scoreless inning, and Josh Lueke pitched an inning in his 2014 Bulls debut.
Vince Belnome's sac fly scored Wilson Betemit in the second inning, but the offense checked out after that and couldn't take advantage of a bases loaded opportunity in the third. Mike Fontenot and Curt Casali had two hit games.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-35)
Grayson Garvin struggled in Montgomery's 4-2 loss to Birmingham. After being given a first inning run and recording a quick 1-2-3 first inning, the Barons started their hit parade with four straight to open the second inning. That scored one run, and the Biscuits conceded a second to turn a double play. Garvin got the first out in the third, but after allowing back to back hits that scored another run, his night was over. Jim Patterson allowed the inherited runner to score, but he settled in and had a nice night of long relief. Garvin was charged with four runs on six hits and no walks in 2.1 innings with one strikeout.
Montgomery's lone run after the first inning came on a Jeremy Moore solo home run, his fifth of the season. That first inning run came on a Cameron Seitzer sac fly after Ryan Brett led off the game with a double. Taylor Motter had three hits, and Moore had two.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-34)
A four run ninth inning wasn't enough in Charlotte's 7-6 loss to Fort Myers. Nick Sawyer allowed the Miracle to blow the game open in the eighth with his characteristic poor control. He walked in two runs, and after being removed for Ryan Garton, he was charged with another run on a run-scoring groundout. Austin Pruitt allowed a pair of two home runs in five innings.
Maxx Tissenbaum hit a two run home run of his own in the fourth, his first of the season. Charlotte's ninth inning rally came with two outs. The first run scored on a groundout by Josh Sale, and Tyler Goeddel singled home a pair a couple batters later. Goeddel's stolen base forced a throwing error that allowed another run to score, but Tommy Coyle's strikeout ended the game with the tying run in scoring position.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-35)
Bowling Green couldn't get anything going in their 4-0 game one loss to Dayton. The Hot Rods managed only three singles, and Dragons starter Amir Garrett only faced two batters over the minimum. Kean Wong had two of those hits. German Marquez allowed all four Dayton runs, but only two were earned due to errors from Ty Young and Yoel Araujo. Marquez allowed those runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings with two strikeouts.
Defense cost Bowling Green again in their game two 4-3 loss. Holding a 3-1 lead in the fifth, Ben Griset hurt his own cause with a throwing error that contributed to a run scoring for the second time in the game. An inning later, another Araujo error helped Dayton score the tying and winning runs, the latter eventually scoring on a wild pitch by Colton Reavis. Griset was charged with all four runs, but only one of them was earned. Bowling Green took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on a two run homer by Granden Goetzman.
Spencer Edwards was 0/3 in both games, his first two of the 2014 season.
Star of the day- I usually don't do this on sweep days, but Romero's success was notable.
Goat of the day- Everyone except those who had good individual performances.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
39-27 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 317 R (2nd) .735 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.33 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: C (15), 1B (21), OF Jaff Decker (22)
Birmingham Barons (
29-37 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 280 R (5th) .713 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.35 ERA (8th) 1.41 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Trayce Thompson (7), RHP Chris Beck (8), RHP Chris Bassitt (15), LHP Scott Snodgress (16), 1B (30)
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
38-27 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 327 R (1st) .693 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Byron Buxton (1), RHP J.O. Berrios (5), 2B (10), OF Max Kepler (11), OF Adam Brett Walker (17), LHP Mason Melotakis (18), 3B (25), SS Niko Goodrum (26), RHP Tyler Jones (27)
Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
34-30 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 284 R (11th) .687 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Phil Ervin (3), RHP Nick Travieso (8), LHP Ismael Guillon (12), LHP Amir Garrett (18), RHP Sal Romano (25), OF Sebastian Elizalde (26), 3B (27), RHP Dan Langfield (30)