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Bowling Green's outfielder homered in his fifth straight game

Manny Sanchez has swung a hot bat in July
Manny Sanchez has swung a hot bat in July
Jim Donten

Entering Friday's game (not including, because apparently it's difficult for MiLB.com to have updated player pages within several hours after the game was completed), Sanchez had a 1.223 OPS in nine July games. His line for the season still doesn't look great because he was atrocious in May, but he's just 20 years old.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-56)

Casey Gillaspie hit his first Triple-A home run, but Durham fell to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-5, in 10 innings. The Bulls were down 3-1 when Gillaspie led off the sixth with a solo shot, and they went on to score four total in the inning. Johnny Field doubled in a run, and a wild pitch and balk helped them add two more. After starter Jaime Schultz left having allowed three runs -- two earned -- in four innings with six walks, Ryne Stanek was later charged with a blown save due to an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings, and the RailRiders won the game off Danny Farquhar in the 10th.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-12)

Brent Honeywell picked up his first Double-A win in Montgomery's 8-2 win over Birmingham. Honeywell only faced one over the minimum through the first four innings and got out of a jam in the fifth. He struck out six in six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks. The Biscuits expanded their edge from 1-0 to 4-0 in the sixth when Kean Wong hit an RBI double, scored on Willy Adames' single, and Jake Bauers hit a sacrifice fly. Justin Williams' three-run homer contributed to a four-run eighth.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-13)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-10)

Despite Manny Sanchez's home run, Bowling Green saw its nine-game winning streak come to a close with an 8-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Down 7-0 in the seventh, Brett Sullivan led off the inning with his 11th dinger, and Sanchez immediately followed with his 10th and fifth in five games. Genesis Cabrera had what is likely the worst start of his career, getting hammered for seven runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (18-15)

Hudson Valley's game was suspended.

Rookie Princeton Rays (17-10)

Adrian Rondon's four-hit game led Princeton to an 11-2 win over Danville. Against the highly touted Joey Wentz, Rondon's RBI double was key in a four-run first inning. He drove in two more with another double in the third, and he scored insurance runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, finishing with three extra-base hits, three runs and three RBI. Starter Edrick Agosto, who entered the game with eight strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings, struck out a career-best eight in six innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (11-14)

The GCL Rays were not too close to winning in their 5-1 loss to the GCL Orioles. Starter Austin Franklin allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Joshua Lowe drove in their only run of the game, but they were already down 4-0.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

SS Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Taylor Motter: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-4, 1 R< 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Jake Goebbert: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Johnny Field: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
IF Jake Hager: 1-for-4, 1 R

RHP Jaime Schultz: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 6 BB, 5 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

Double-A

SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
RHP Jared Mortensen: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Class-A

3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4
C Brett Sullivan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
OF Manny Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
IF Michael Russell: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 4 1/3 IP, 7 H , 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Rookie (Princeton)

1B Bobby Melley: 3-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
SS Adrian Rondon: 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI

RHP Edrick Agosto: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 8 K
RHP Brian McAfee: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie (Gulf Coast League Rays)

3B Joshua Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Juan Carlos Arias: 0-for-4, 2 K
CF Jose Tonton: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Austin Franklin: 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

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

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (7-5, 2.82) v. Dietrich Enns (3-1, 1.17)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 7:30 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (4-4, 3.95) v. Tyler Barnette (1-2, 4.71)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 5 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 7 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jose Hernandez (3-2, 2.66)

Hudson Valley @ Vermont 6:05 PM ET DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. Heath Bowers (2-4, 3.24)

Completion of a suspended game followed by an apparent seven-inning game

Princeton @ Danville 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Luis Mora (0-5, 9.35)

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
62-38, 1st in IL North
Offense: 464 R (1st) .740 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.98 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Gary Sanchez (2), OF Aaron Judge (3), RHP Luis Cessa (18), OF Mason Williams (19), OF Ben Gamel (21), LHP James Pazos (29), RHP Kirby Yates

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
13-15, 4th in SL North
Offense: 429 R (3rd) .698 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.54 ERA (10th) 1.44 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Trey Michalczewski (6), LHP Jordan Guerrero (11), OF Courtney Hawkins (12), LHP Brian Clark (14), RHP Brandon Brennan (25), C Alfredo Gonzalez (26), SS Eddy Alvarez (28), 1B Keon Barnum (31), OF Michael Jordan, RHP Zack Burdi

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
10-17, 5th in FSL North
Offense: 316 R (12th) .609 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.92 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kodi Medeiros (6), OF Clint Coulter (8), RHP Cody Ponce (9), RHP Bubba Derby (12), RHP Freddy Peralta (15), RHP Marcos Diplan (18), OF Corey Ray, 2B Wendell Rijo

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
15-13, T-3rd in MWL West
Offense: 358 R (12th) .664 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (14th) 1.32 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Tucker (4), RHP Albert Abreu (12), RHP Franklin Perez (21)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
16-17, 4th in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 120 R (11th) .648 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.01 ERA (5th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Dakota Chalmers (16), OF Jhonny Rodriguez (30), LHP A.J. Puk, C Sean Murphy

Danville Braves
14-14, 3rd in AL East
Offense: 122 R (T-9th) .693 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.07 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Koby Allard (3), LHP Joey Wentz, C Brett Cumberland, LHP Drew Harrington

GCL Orioles
15-10, 1st in GCL South
Offense: 111 R (6th) .652 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.21 ERA (1st) 1.04 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None