In the early going, we've seen the return of all-or-nothing Justin O'Conner at the plate. He has three home runs, but he has not taken a walk and has struck out 12 times.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-7)
Dylan Floro threw a complete game, but it was not enough in Durham's 3-2 loss to Norfolk. Holding a 2-0 lead entering the sixth, the Tides scored three runs, but two were unearned due to an error by Taylor Motter. Floro allowed three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and a walk in eight innings with three strikeouts. Joey Butler drove in both Bulls runs.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-6)
Drew Smyly took his rehab to the Southern League in Montgomery's 2-0 win over Jacksonville. He struck out four and only allowed a hit in 3 2/3 innings, but he walked three and only 40 of his 68 pitches were strikes. Bradin Hagens was solid in relief of the rehabbing big leaguer with three strikeouts in four scoreless frames. Justin O'Conner's third home run opened the scoring in the second inning, and singled home a run an inning later.
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-4)
A six-run eighth inning put Charlotte over the top in its 7-6 win over Palm Beach. Trailing 6-1, the Stone Crabs sent 10 batters to the plate. Jake Bauers' triple started the scoring with two runs, Marty Gantt and Armando Araiza drew bases-loaded walks, and Braxton Lee capped the inning with a two-run single. German Marquez struck out six and walked none in five innings, but he allowed four runs on seven hits. The win was credited to Jeff Ames despite allowing two runs in two innings.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-6)
Bowling Green's game was suspended.
AAA OF Joey Butler: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
A+ IF Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-5, 2 R
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 8 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP Brad Schreiber: 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 0-for-4, 3 K
A+ RHP Jeff Ames: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Everett Teaford (0-1, 6.00) v.
Montgomery v. Mobile 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz* (0-0, 3.12) v. Aaron Blair (1-0, 4.50)
Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Felipe Gonzalez (0-1, 3.27)
Bowling Green v. Lake County 11:35 AM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
Enderson Franco (0-1, 3.60) v. Sean Brady (1-0, 1.50)
Upon completion of the suspended game, a seven-inning game will be played
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 4/18)
7-3 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 54 R (2nd) .774 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (13th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Carlos Rodon (1), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19)
Mobile BayBears (Arizona) (updated through 4/18)
6-4 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 36 R (4th) .687 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.50 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Aaron Blair (3), 3B Brandon Drury (7), RHP Jimmy Sherfy (16), OF Socrates Brito (19), OF Mitch Haniger (22), RHP Enrique Burgos (29), OF Todd Glaesmann
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 4/18)
5-6 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 51 R (2nd) .827 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (3), C Reese McGuire (5), SS JaCoby Jones (13), LHP Steven Brault (18), 3B Wyatt Mathisen (22), LHP Cody Dickson (24)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland) (updated through 4/16)
4-6 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 14 R (16th) .517 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.61 ERA (6th) 1.03 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (4), C Francisco Mejia (7), IF Yu-Cheng Chang (13), RHP Dace Kime (20), OF Dorssys Paulino (26)