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The Rays make a round of September call-ups, but Blake Snell is not among them

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On Monday, Montgomery punched its postseason ticket, while Bowling Green's slim playoff chances evaporated.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (69-68)

Durham staved off elimination for a day with its 2-1 win over Gwinnett. Corey Brown led off the second with a double and scored on Jake Elmore's single, and Mayo Acosta's sacrifice fly plated what proved to be the winning run. Bradin Hagens had to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and gave up just a run in the fifth and finished with four hits and three walks allowed in 6 2/3 innings with no strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (40-24)

Taylor Guerrieri tossed five scoreless innings in Montgomery's playoff-clinching 2-0 win over Mobile. He had to get out of some jams, including when he loaded the bases with one out in the third, but he got a ground-ball double play to end the inning. He finished with five hits and a walk allowed with a pair of strikeouts. The Biscuits got both of their runs in the third when Justin O'Conner led off with a double and scored o Tyler Goeddel's double before Cameron Seitzer's single that scored Goeddel.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-38)

Charlotte stormed back for a rain-shortened 5-2 win over St. Lucie. The weather limited the teams to 5 1/2 innings out of the scheduled 14, but the Stone Crabs made them count. Back-to-back doubles by Justin Williams and Armando Araiza in the fifth tied the game at two, and an error on Braxton Lee's bunt attempt put Charlotte in front. Hector Guevara then drove in the fourth run. Buddy Borden got credit for a complete game with two runs allowed in five innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-33)

Bowling Green's playoff dreams ended with a 10-4 loss to South Bend. A five-run second inning by South Bend capped off by a grand slam put the Hot Rods in an early hole, and it did not get much better from there. Starter Brad Wallace was charged with eight runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in five innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (36-32)

Hudson Valley remained in a tie for first place with its 12-6 battering of Lowell. Joseph Astacio singled home the game's opening two runs in the first, and Angel Moreno's two-run double started a four-run second inning. The Spinners scored five in the fourth, but the Renegades responded in kind. The first two batters of the inning reached on errors, and Michael Russell tripled home two in the five-run frame. Starter Benton Moss got rocked for five runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings, but three relievers combined to limit Lowell to one run over the final 5 2/3 innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (37-30)

Princeton held on for a 3-2 win over Greeneville. Zacrey Law scored the first run of the game in the first, and his eighth homer of the season later gave Princeton a 2-1 lead. Law then scored what proved to be the decisive run in the seventh. Starter Alexis Tapia allowed a run in three innings, and Deivy Mendez had more impressive work out of the bullpen, striking out five in four hitless innings.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Corey Brown: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B
AAA OF Joey Rickard: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
AAA IF Jake Elmore: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K
A+ OF Justin Williams: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
A IF Grant Kay: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A- 1B Hec Montes: 4-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
A- 3B Joseph Astacio: 4-for-6, 2 RBI
A- 2B Oscar Sanay: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
R+ OF Zacrey Law: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
R+ DH David Olmedo-Barrera: 3-for-5
AA RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Deivy Mendez: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

AAA OF Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 2 K
R+ SS Peter Maris: 0-for-5, 1 K
R+ 3B Brett Sullivan: 0-for-5, 2 RBI
R+ OF Angel Perez: 0-for-4, 2 K
A RHP Brad Wallace: 5 IP, 8 H, 8 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
A RHP Luis Urena: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
A- RHP Benton Moss: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 4 K

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

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (10-5, 3.74) v. Victor Mateo (3-2, 5.52)

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (2-3, 5.89) v. Gabriel Arias (4-2, 2.38)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 4 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Brent Honeywell (5-2, 3.39) v. Kevin McGowan (6-10, 4.36)
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. South Bend 11:35 AM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (8-7, 3.49) v. Tommy Thorpe (4-6, 3.16)

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Cameron Varga (3-5, 2.91) v. Dioscar Romero (2-3, 3.94)

Princeton @ Greeneville 7 PM (radio stream)
Spencer Moran (3-0, 3.26) v. Salvador Montano (1-3, 5.85)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 8/29)
72-64 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 547 R (6th) .667 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jason Hursh (4), OF Mallex Smith (16), RHP Williams Perez (19), OF Todd Cunningham (23), 2B Hector Olivera, RHP Tyrell Jenkins, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Danny Burawa

Mobile BayBears (Arizona) (updated through 8/26)
32-30 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 512 R (5th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Jake Barrett (12), RHP Jimmy Sherfy (16), OF Socrates Brito (19), RHP Enrique Burgos (29), OF Gabby Guerrero, SS Jack Reinheimer

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 8/28)
31-31
Offense: 529 R (3rd) .673 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (8th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), OF Champ Stuart (23)

South Bend Cubs (updated through 8/28)
32-31 (T-3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 549 R (6th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (8), RHP Jake Stinnett (12), RHP Trevor Clifton (23), RHP James Norwood (29), OF Ian Happ

Lowell Spinners (Boston) (updated through 8/28)
34-35 (2nd in Stedler)
Offense: 290 R (5th) .651 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (7th) 1.34 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Greeneville Astros (updated through 8/28)
33-33 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 294 R (4th) .690 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Tucker, OF Daz Cameron