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Injuries have sidetracked Albert Suarez, but for now, he's healthy and pitching well

After only throwing six innings in 2013, Albert Suarez has only allowed one run in his first 15 innings in 2014
After only throwing six innings in 2013, Albert Suarez has only allowed one run in his first 15 innings in 2014

If Princeton's box score from last night interests you, there's a post going up later highlighting some short-season players.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-41)

Nate Karns got hit hard in Durham's 10-0 loss to Pawtucket.  After two perfect innings to start the game, he got into trouble quickly in the third, allowing three straight baserunners to plate one run.  After that, former big leaguer Andres Torres socked a three run homer.  Torres drove in one of three runs an inning later, and after allowing a two out single in the fifth, Karns was taken out.  He was charged with eight runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.2 innings with six strikeouts.

Curt Casali's two out single in the fourth was Durham's first hit, and their best scoring opportunity of the night came an inning later.  Jeremy Moore led off with a double, but after two outs, he didn't advance.  Hak-Ju Lee's infield single extended the inning, but Mike Fontenot's groundout ended it.  Casali later doubled for his second hit.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-6)

Montgomery's bullpen came up big in their 10 inning 3-2 win over Tennessee.  A two out, three hit rally in the second inning against Grayson Garvin would end up being the only offense for the Smokies on the night.  Garvin ultimately pitched pretty well, allowing those two runs on four hits and a walk in four innings with four strikeouts, and 76% of his 59 pitches were strikes.  The Biscuits tied the game a half inning after Tennessee scored.

After Garvin came out of the game, the Montgomery relievers completed shut down the Smokies.  First Matt Lollis struck out one in three scoreless innings of relief, and then Matt Ramsey topped him with four strikeouts in three scoreless innings.  With two outs in the 10th, Kes Carter stole second base, and that ensured that he would come home to score on Joey Rickard's double.  Alejandro Segovia had two of Montgomery's five hits, and he also walked.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-9)

Marty Gantt and Albert Suarez combined to dominate Jupiter in Charlotte's 10-0 game one win.  After a bases loaded walk by Leonardo Reginatto got the scoring started in the third, Gantt socked a grand slam to punctuate a five run inning.  They would tack on three more runs an inning later to push their lead to eight.  Meanwhile, Suarez didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, and he would exit after five scoreless innings, only allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four.  Maxx Tissenbaum drove in two runs and scored three.

A walkoff home run sunk Charlotte in their 6-5 game two loss.  Newcomer Zach Cooper was called on to make his second appearance with the Stone Crabs this year and hold a two run lead, but with two outs, Viosergy Rosa's three run home run earned the Hammerheads a doubleheader split.  Starter Austin Pruitt allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings with a strikeout.  Reginatto had Josh Sale had three hit games, and Patrick Leonard hit his 12th home run of the season.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-8)

Bowling Green fell behind early and couldn't catch up in their 8-5 loss to West Michigan.  In his second start since being thrust into the rotation, Jorge Rodriguez struggled again, allowing the Whitecaps to build a 4-0 lead before the Hot Rods got on the board in the fourth.  Unfortunately, the damage didn't stop there.  Rodriguez finished with six runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in four innings with a strikeout.  Stone Speer allowed two West Michigan insurance runs.

Bowling Green's two run outburst in the fourth doubled their offensive output from the last three games combined.  Ty Young's solo home run two innings later got them a run closer, and Kean Wong and Oscar Hernandez drove in runs in the ninth.  They never got the tying run to the plate though.  Wong hit two doubles, and Juniel Querecuto had four hits.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-5)

Hudson Valley was off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (7-5)

Princeton piled on runs late to break a 1-1 tie in their 7-1 win over Pulaski.  Thomas Milone hit a solo home run in the first inning to get the Rays an early 1-0 lead, but they didn't score again until the sixth, right after Pulaski tied the game.  They scored twice in that sixth inning, and in the seventh, Riley Unroe hit a two run home run to give them some breathing room.  Unroe would drive in their final run of the game in the ninth with a single to score Cristian Toribio.  Milone and Unroe combined to reach base six times at the top of the lineup.

Freddy Alvarez was solid despite allowing a run in his final inning of work.  He found himself in trouble a few times, but he finished with just the run allowed on six hits and a walk in five innings with two strikeouts.  In relief, Tomas Michelson had the best outing of his pro career to date with four strikeouts in three perfect innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (6-3)

A six run inning propelled the GCL Rays to an 8-2 win over the GCL Twins.  In the second inning, the Rays took advantage of seven hits and a couple Twins mistakes to knock out their starter early.  No individual hit drove in more than one run, but Jeremy Hadley and Chris Knott each picked up extra bases.  Later in the game, Bill Pujols and Cade Gotta each drove in a run to put the game out of reach.  Knott had three hits and was a home run shy of the cycle, and Oscar Sanay was one of four Rays with two hit games.

Angel Yepez improved on his first start of the season, and he didn't allow the Twins to get back into the game.  The only run scored against him came in the fourth inning when he allowed a single and double with two outs.  He finished with that run allowed on just those two hits in five innings with no walks and four strikeouts.


Star of the day- Milone has been unstoppable.

Goat of the day- Karns has to be happy June is over.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 6:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (7-4, 3.53) v. Rubby De La Rosa (2-3, 3.04)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Victor Mateo* (8-5, 3.26) v. Corey Black* (3-5, 3.03)

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Reinaldo Lopez* (4-3, 3.70) v. Cory Mazzoni (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM (Radio stream)
Jake Faria (3-4, 3.82) v. Luis Lugo (5-6, 4.70)

Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Oscar Armenta* (1-0, 5.54) v. TBA

Princeton @ Bluefield 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (0-0, 2.08) v. Alberto Guzman* (0-2, 16.68)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
45-41 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 352 R (12th) .690 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Allen Webster (4), 3B Garin Cecchini (6), 2B Mookie Betts (7), RHP Matt Barnes (9), RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11), C Christian Vazquez (12), OF Bryce Brentz (16), LHP Drake Britton (17), C Dan Butler (25), 1B Travis Shaw (26), RHP Alex Wilson (29)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
8-4 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 355 R (5th) .697 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (3rd) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP C.J. Edwards (3), OF Jorge Soler (5), 3B Christian Villanueva (13), RHP Corey Black (15), RHP Ivan Pineyro (21), RHP Zach Cates (27), OF Rubi Silva (29)

St. Lucie Mets
7-3 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 395 R (2nd) .753 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (8th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Cecchini (9), RHP Michael Fulmer (14), RHP Gabriel Ynoa (15), RHP Cory Mazzoni (16), RHP Domingo Tapia (19), RHP Matt Koch (24)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
8-3 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 325 R (15th) .678 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.13 ERA (11th) 1.31 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Clint Frazier (2), SS Dorssys Paulino (6), RHP Dace Kime (16), OF Anthony Santander (20), LHP Luis Lugo (21), RHP Mitch Brown (24), 1B Nellie Rodriguez (27)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
11-6 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 64 R (11th) .631 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.42 ERA (2nd) 1.12 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (7)

Bluefield Blue Jays
4-8 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 37 R (9th) .545 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.69 ERA (8th) 1.49 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Matt Smoral (13), 1B Rowdy Tellez (18), SS Richard Urena (24)

GCL Twins
4-5 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 44 R (7th) .662 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (9th) 1.37 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Amaurys Minier (24)