All four teams in Hudson Valley's division are within 3 1/2 games of first place. It sure seems to be the weakest division in the league, but a playoff spot is there for the taking despite the inconsistent season so far.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (58-65)
Star prospect Tyler Glasnow was much better in his second start against Durham in the Bulls' 4-1 loss to Indianapolis. After allowing four runs and walking six in an earlier start in August against Durham, Glasnow limited the running game in five scoreless innings. Bulls starter Scott Diamond was nearly as good, allowing just an unearned run in five innings, but Indianapolis tacked on runs against Dylan Floro and Robert Zarate late.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (29-19)
Montgomery kept adding on in its 10-6 win over Birmingham. Daniel Robertson and Johnny Field had RBI hits in the second to give the Biscuits a 2-1 lead, and after the Barons tied it up, Montgomery scored five straight runs to open up a lead. Field scored in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Jake Bauers stole home on a double steal in the three-run sixth. Starter Chris Kirsch struck out five and allowed three runs in six innings.
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-29)
Charlotte's offense was shut down in its 5-1 loss to Fort Myers. The Stone Crabs had just six hits, and their only run came on Mike Marjama's solo homer when they were already losing by five. Starter Hunter Wood allowed five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and a walk in five innings with five strikeouts.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-24)
Alec Sole's four hits helped Bowling Green to a 7-3 win over Peoria. Sole's second-inning single set up Hunter Lockwood's RBI hit, and he drove in a run in a three-run sixth that put the Hot Rods up for good. In the eighth, he drove in two insurance runs. Starter Hyrum Formo allowed a run in five innings, but the win went to Edgar Gomez, who allowed a run in three innings of relief.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-28)
Hudson Valley made a late comeback to enter the All-Star break with a 3-2 win over Brooklyn in 11 innings. Down 2-0 in the seventh, the Renegades got on the board on a passed ball, and Michael Russell tripled home the tying run in the ninth. Russell then scored the go-ahead run in the 11th on Matt Dacey's double. Starter Travis Ott was bounced early, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings, but the bullpen picked him up. Brandon Koch and Justin McCalvin struck out 10 over the final five innings.
Princeton fell behind 5-0 after an inning and never came back in its 8-5 loss to Kingsport. After two nice starts since being acquired from the Angels, Eduar Lopez had a rough outing. He exited after pitching just three innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Brett Sullivan's two-run homer led a four-run third, but the Princeton offense did not get much traction after that.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (11-36)
The GCL Rays were off.
AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 K
AA 2B Tommy Coyle: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
A OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
A SS Alec Sole: 4-for-4, 3 RBI
A- SS Michael Russell: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
A- 3B Matt Dacey: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
R+ OF Landon Cray: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
R+ 3B Brett Sullivan: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
A RHP Hyrum Formo: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
A- RHP Brandon Koch: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
A- RHP Justin McCalvin: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-5, 2 K
A- 3B Alex Schmidt: 0-for-5, 3 K
R+ SS Peter Maris: 0-for-5, 1 R, 2 K
A+ RHP Hunter Wood: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Eduar Lopez: 3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Montgomery @ Birmingham 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (3-3, 3.28) v.
Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Stephen Gonsalves (5-1, 2.34)
Bowling Green is off
Hudson Valley is at the All-Star break
Princeton @ Kingsport 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Nabil Crismatt (4-1, 2.28)
GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) (updated through 8/15)
59-64 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 438 R (13th) .676 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.98 ERA (12th) 1.42 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), OF Yorman Rodriguez (10), OF Kyle Waldrop (13), RHP Carlos Contreras (30), LHP Brandon Finnegan, 1B Adam Duvall
Birmingham Barons (White Sox) (updated through 8/11)
28-20 (2nd 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)
28-23 (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
Kingsport Mets (updated through 8/14)
28-24 (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)
GCL Red Sox (updated through 8/15)
33-15 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 217 R (2nd) .668 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.28 ERA (1st) 1.23 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)