After a rough outing to close out July, Matt Andriese has been very good in his first two starts in August. In 11 innings, he has 17 strikeouts and has allowed just two runs on 10 hits and four walks.
New York-Penn League All-Star selections are in, and the players representing Hudson Valley and the Rays are pitchers Roel Ramirez and Angel Yepez, infielder Jake Cronenworth and outfielder Joe McCarthy and Cade Gotta.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (55-59)
A great effort by Matt Andriese went to waste in Durham's 3-1 loss to Louisville. Andriese struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed just a solo home run in six innings, scattering five hits overall and a pair of walks. Enny Romero allowed a pair of runs in the seventh, and the Bulls were unable to get back on the board after Ryan Brett's RBI single in the second. Desmond Jennings was 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-19)
Tyler Goeddel's home run jumpstarted a six-run sixth inning in Montgomery's 8-3 win over Jacksonville. Trailing 2-0, Goeddel's eighth homer of the season cut the Biscuits' deficit in half, but they were not done. Patrick Leonard followed with his 30th double and scored on a Cameron Seitzer single, and they went ahead on a two-run double by Jake DePew and two-run single from Juniel Querecuto. Starter Austin Pruitt allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings.
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-23)
Charlotte's offense was shut down in its 2-1 loss to Bradenton. Greg Harris allowed a solo home run in the first and another run in the third and finished with two runs allowed on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Josh Kimborowicz kept the Stone Crabs in the game when he struck out five in three perfect innings of relief, but they could only get one run on Marty Gantt's seventh-inning RBI single.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-22)
Jose Mujica took a while to settle in, and Cedar Rapids blew open the game late in Bowling Green's 8-2 loss to the Kernels. Mujica allowed a run in each of the first three innings, but he settled in and finished with those three runs allowed on three hits and a walk in six innings with three strikeouts. After Cristian Toribio drove in a run and another scored on an error in the seventh, Edgar Gomez allowed five runs -- three earned -- in two innings of work.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (22-25)
Hudson Valley scored first but then got blown out in its 10-1 loss to Staten Island. Staten Island tied the game in the fourth and then blew it open an inning later with five unearned runs, taking advantage of an error by Nic Wilson. Starter Cameron Varga was charged with six runs -- one earned -- on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Tomas Michelson allowed three runs in one inning of relief.
A late-game rally cost Princeton in its 6-2 loss to Burlington. David Olmedo-Barrera's solo home run in the fifth and Zacrey Law's RBI single in the eighth put Princeton up 2-1, but Burlington responded with a five-run eighth. David Rodriguez dropped a pop-up in foul territory with one out, and Noel Rodriguez proceeded to allow a single and a pair of walks before hitting a batter. With two outs, Armando Bastardo allowed a bases-clearing single. Starter Blake Bivens struck out five and only allowed a run in six innings.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-31)
A one-plus hour rain delay only pushed back the inevitable in the GCL Rays' 6-3 loss to the GCL Orioles. John Williams was unable to compose himself early, allowing a pair of three-run innings early as the GCL Orioles took a 6-1 lead. Blake Grant-Parks doubled in a run in the sixth before the GCL Orioles conceded another run on a groundout, but the GCL Rays could not get closer.
AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A- 3B Hec Montes: 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
R 1B Devin Davis: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AAA RHP Matt Andriese: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
A+ RHP Josh Kimborowicz: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
R+ RHP Blake Bivens: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 0-for-3, 3 K
A OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- OF Manny Sanchez: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- 1B Nic Wilson: 0-for-4, 2 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
R RHP John Williams: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Louisville 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (1-2, 1.93) v. (0-0, 3.38)
Montgomery v. Jacksonville 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (0-1, 4.50) v. Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.11)
Charlotte v. Bradenton 1 PM (radio stream)
German Marquez (5-10, 3.33) v. TBA
Bowling Green @ Cedar Rapids 3:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-4, 4.66) v. Randy LeBlanc (7-4, 2.48)
Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 5:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA
Princeton @ Burlington 6 PM (radio stream)
Brock Burke (2-1, 4.26) v. Igol Feliz (2-3, 5.40)
GCL Rays are off
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) (updated through 8/5)
58-58 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 429 R (10th) .694 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.99 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
Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 8/5)
15-27 (5th i SL South)
Offense: 389 R (6th) .666 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29), RHP Jake Esch (31)
Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 8/5)
26-15 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 470 R (1st) .705 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (11th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (3), C Reese McGuire (5), OF Harold Martinez (10), RHP Clay Holmes (20), 3B Wyatt Mathisen (22), LHP Cody Dickson (24), RHP Luis Heredia (26)
Cedar Rapids Kernels (Minnesota) (updated through 8/5)
24-18 (4th in MWL West)
Offense: 480 R (4th) .662 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (3rd) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (6), RHP Michael Cederoth (23), RHP Felix Jorge (28)
Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore) (updated through 8/7)
22-25 (T-3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 162 R (14th) .599 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (9th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Travis Seabrooke (31), OF D.J. Stewart
Burlington Royals (updated through 8/5)
21-23 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 212 R (3rd) .719 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.93 ERA (9th) 1.50 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ashe Russell