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Rays down on the farm September 12: Crabs take commanding 2-0 lead

Charlotte needs just one more win for its first Florida State League championship

Buddy Borden was not impressed by Daytona Friday
Buddy Borden was not impressed by Daytona Friday
Jim Donten

Montgomery was rained out. Chattanooga had some tarp problems.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-1)

Montgomery was postponed.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-0)

Charlotte moved within one game of its first championship with a 6-1 win over Daytona in Game 2. Once again, the Tortugas were baffled by a Stone Crabs starter, this time Buddy Borden. He retired the first nine in order before allowing Daytona's lone run in the fourth, but he settled back in immediately and faced the minimum over the rest of his outing. He struck out eight and scattered just two hits and a walk in seven innings.

The Stone Crabs went up 3-0 in the second with three unearned runs thanks to two errors. An inning later, Pat Blair drove in a run with a single, and he added two insurance runs with a double in the seventh.

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Notable performances

A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB
A+ OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

A+ C Armando Araiza: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria (7-3, 2.51) v. Jason Wheeler (4-3, 3.92)

Game two of a best-of-five series (Chattanooga leads, 1-0)

Charlotte v. Daytona 6 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Game three of a best-of-five championship (Charlotte leads, 2-0)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
1-0
Offense: 697 R (1st) .750 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (8th) 1.36 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Polanco (8), OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), 3B Niko Goodrum (29), OF Travis Harrison (30)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
2-2
Offense: 532 R (5th) .656 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.11 ERA (5th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Howard (5), LHP Amir Garrett (7), RHP Nick Travieso (8), SS Alex Blandino (11), OF Phil Ervin (14), RHP Jonathon Crawford (16), 3B Taylor Sparks (18), OF Junior Arias (24), OF Sebastian Elizalde (25), C Chad Wallach (27), RHP Keury Mella