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Rays down on the farm August 16: Biscuits move into 1st-place tie

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With an ongoing seven-game winning streak, Montgomery has tied rival Birmingham for first place

Daniel Robertson's single helped Montgomery win its seventh game in a row
Daniel Robertson's single helped Montgomery win its seventh game in a row
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Since returning to the Biscuits, Daniel Robertson has reached base in all seven games he's played in and has a four-game hitting streak.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (58-64)

A three-run fourth cost Durham in its 3-2 loss to Indianapolis. The Bulls led 1-0 after 3 1/2 innings, and Bradin Hagens had two outs with just a runner on base when the fourth got out of control. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, and Josh Bell and John Bowker each hit singles to put Durham in a 3-1 hole. Hagens allowed three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings with five strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (28-19)

Singles from Daniel Robertson and Johnny Field in the 12th gave Montgomery a 7-6 win over Birmingham. The Barons chose to intentionally walk Jake Bauers with two outs in the 12th and face Robertson with the bases loaded, and he made them pay with a hit to right field to put the Biscuits in front. Field followed with another hit to score another run. Patrick Leonard and Dayron Varona homered, and Taylor Guerrieri allowed a run in five innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-28)

German Marquez was solid in Charlotte's 3-2 win over Bradenton. Although he only struck out two, Marquez issued no free passes and allowed just a run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. Justin Williams singled in the first run in the second inning, and two more scored on the third when the Marauders were unable to turn a double play on a ground ball off the bat of Maxx Tissenbaum.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-24)

Jose Mujica turned in his best start with Bowling Green in the Hot Rods' 5-4 win over Peoria. Other than a solo home run from former Gators star Harrison Bader, Mujica limited the Chiefs, allowing just the run on five hits in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Coty Blanchard tripled in the game's first run in the third, and Bowling Green went on to score four in the inning. Cristian Toribio added a solo homer an inning later.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (26-28)

After falling behind 1-0, Hudson Valley scored seven unanswered runs in its 7-1 win over Brooklyn. Starter Michael Velasquez was sharp, allowing just a run in his final inning of work when he uncorked a wild pitch after a triple. He allowed just a run on two hits and three walks in five innings with seven strikeouts. The Renegades answered immediately when Michael Russell doubled in a pair and scored himself on a Hec Montes double. Montes doubled home two more runs in the seventh.

Rookie Princeton Rays (30-22)

Peter Maris' walkoff single lifted Princeton to a 4-3 win over Bluefield. After losing a 3-1 lead, Princeton was an out away from going to extra innings when Maris' infield hit plated Angel Perez to win the game. Princeton scored its first run in the sixth on a passed ball in the sixth and later added two more on a David Rodriguez single. Starter Brock Burke allowed a run in five innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (11-36)

The GCL Rays tied the game at two before immediately falling behind again in their 5-2 loss to the GCL Orioles. A half inning after falling behind 2-0, Ryan Caldwell led off the fifth with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly, and later in the frame, Blake Grant-Parks tied the game with a single. However, Sandy Brito walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth and allowed two runs. Starter Jose Disla struck out five and allowed two runs in five innings.

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Notable performances

AAA IF Nick Franklin: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
AA SS Daniel Robertson: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA OF Johnny Field: 3-for-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
A OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
A- 1B Hec Montes: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
R+ SS Peter Maris: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
R OF Ryan Caldwell: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
AA RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A RHP Jose Mujica: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
A- LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
A- RHP Reece Karalus: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
R+ LHP Brock Burke: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
R RHP Justin Marsden: 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

AAA OF Joey Butler: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-6, 2 K
A IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-5, 3 K
R+ 2B Jonathan Popadics: 0-for-4, 2 K
R 1B Gilbert Marrero: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA RHP Ryne Stanek: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
R RHP Sandy Brito: one-third IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Indianapolis 1:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 1.69)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 4 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (1-2, 4.97) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 1 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Mat Batts (6-3, 2.38)

Bowling Green v. Peoria 3:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-5, 4.48) v. Austin Gomber (13-3, 2.93)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 5 PM (radio stream)
Travis Ott (5-3, 3.83) v. TBA

Princeton @ Kingsport 4 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Gabriel Llanes (1-0, 3.86)

GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh) (updated through 8/12)
72-50 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 474 R (7th) .692 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.14 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1), 1B Josh Bell (4), RHP Nick Kingham (6), IF Alen Hanson (7), C Elias Diaz (11), OF Willy Garcia (12), RHP John Holdzkom (16), RHP Casey Sadler (17)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox) (updated through 8/11)
28-19 (T-1st in SL North)
Offense: 466 R (6th) .707 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (4th) 1.35 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Tim Anderson (2), RHP Frank Montas (5), RHP Tyler Danish (7), OF Courtney Hawkins (9), OF Jacob May (10)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 8/14)
27-23 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 424 R (7th) .634 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.68 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), LHP Stephen Golsalves (14), RHP Jake Reed (19), SS Engelb Vielma (22), RHP Zach Jones (25), LHP Tyler Jay

Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis) (updated through 8/12)
31-17 (2nd in MWL West)
Offense: 464 R (7th) .678 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jack Flaherty (6), C Steve Bean (23)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 8/13)
25-29 (4th in McNamara)
Offense: 187 R (12th) .617 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.96 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Kingsport Mets (updated through 8/14)
27-24 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 267 R (2nd) .706 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.70 ERA (9th) 1.43 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Milton Ramos (25)