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Chase Whitley threw five innings rehabbing in the Biscuits' win

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Oswaldo Arcia and Logan Morrison rehabbed last night with the Stone Crabs, both going hitless in Charlotte's loss.

Hudson Valley was stuck in another rain delay with Williamsport, and they decided to kill time with a high-octane game of rock-paper-scissors. The teams suffered through a three-and-a-half hour delay and still managed to play a doubleheader, wrapping up well past one in the morning.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-66)

Durham blew a late two-run lead in their 6-5 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Jacob Faria allowed two runs - one earned - on two hits and two walks in six innings. Faria ended up with a no-decision after the Bulls put four on the board between the sixth and seventh innings, including a two-run home run from Taylor Motter. Ryne Stanek continued his rough stretch out of the bullpen, allowing four runs and putting the Red Sox up 6-4. Curt Casali walked with the bases loaded, bringing the Bulls within one and giving them a golden opportunity to take a sizable lead. Instead, Johnny Field struck out to end the game.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (26-20)

Montgomery's offense went on a tear Thursday night, jumping all over the Mobile BayBears in a 12-1 win. Chase Whitley made his fifth rehab appearance and third with Montgomery, giving up just one hit - a solo home run - in five innings. Whitley cruised to a win as the Biscuits put seven runs on the board by the time he left the game. Taylor Guerrieri collected the first save of his minor-league career with four one-hit innings of relief. Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, Patrick Leonard, and Alec Sole all hit two-run home runs, but Justin Williams led the team in RBI with three as he notched a double, triple, and sacrifice fly.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-21)

Charlotte wound up on the short side of a pitcher's duel, falling 1-0 to the Fort Myers Miracle. Mike Franco made his first start since 2014, giving up just two hits and two walks in four shutout innings. Steve Ascher allowed the lone run of the game in the seventh on a double play. The Stone Crabs managed just four hits, with Andrew Velazquez contributing three of them. Velazquez led off the game with a double, providing one of the few chances for Charlotte to score, as the Stone Crabs went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

On the rehab front, Oswaldo Arcia went 0-for-3 playing right field, while Logan Morrison went 0-for-2 with two walks as the designated hitter.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-14)

A big second inning was all Bowling Green needed to secure a 7-2 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Peter Maris hit a two-run double and came around to score on a groundout in the second to set the pace for the Hot Rods. The three-run lead was all Genesis Cabrera needed, as he limited the TinCaps to two runs for his ninth win, but walked four in five innings. Fernando Baez struck out five batters in his two innings of relief. Manny Sanchez and Kewby Meyer, drove in a run each, and Bowling Green plated two runs on a Fort Wayne error in the eighth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (30-22)

Hudson Valley lost Game One of their doubleheader, 1-0, and the second game was suspended.

Rookie Princeton Rays (24-22)

Errors and poor hitting doomed Princeton they lost handily to the Burlington Royals, 10-0. The Rays committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs for the Royals. Peter Bayer took the first loss of his professional career, allowing a lone unearned run in 2.2 innings. Trek Stemp was the only batter to register a hit for Princeton, collecting a hit and a walk. Stemp hit a leadoff single to start the game, reached second on a hit-by-pitch, then stole third to give the Rays their lone runner in scoring position for the game. Obviously he never came in to score, and I'm surprised I wrote this much about a landslide loss.

Rookie GCL Rays (18-23)

Pitching preserved the GCL Rays' lead until their offense came alive late in a 7-0 win over the GCL Red Sox. Gilbert Marrero hit a RBI single in the second to open up the scoring. Greg Maisto and V.J. Collins each threw two scoreless innings, with Jesus Ortiz taking home the win with four one-hit innings. The Rays managed to shut out the opposition despite recording just two strikeouts. The Rays scored six runs from the eighth inning on and Jesus Sanchez led the way with two RBI from a solo home run and a sacrifice fly.

The preceding stories were not generated by the Associated Press computer using data from and in cooperation with MLBAM.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

OF Eury Perez: 2-for-4, 2 R, K, SB (10)
IF Jake Hager: 0-for-1, RBI (14), SF
UT Taylor Motter: 3-for-4, R, 2 2B (15), HR (10), 2 RBI (32), BB
C J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-3, 2 BB, K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4. BB, 2 K
C Curt Casali: 0-for-3, 2 RBI (6), 2 BB
OF Johnny Field: 1-for-5, 2B (16), 2 K

RHP Jacob Faria: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Double-A

2B Kean Wong: 2-for-5, K
OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-5, R, 2B (12), K, SB (19)
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, R, HR (10), 2 RBI (49), BB, 2 K
1B/OF Jake Bauers: 3-for-3, 4 R, 2 2B (2), HR (12), 2 RBI (63), 2 BB
1B/3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (7), 2 RBI (34), K
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2B (4), 3B (2), 3 RBI (20), K
OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-5, R, 2B (13), K
C Jake Depew: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, K
IF Alec Sole: 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (1), 2 RBI (2)

RHP Chase Whitley: W (1-0), 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
RHP Taylor Guerrieri: S (1), 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Class-A Advanced

IF Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-4, 2B (5), K
1B/OF Logan Morrison: 0-for-2, 2 BB

RHP Mike Franco: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Class-A

OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-4, R, 2B (19), 2 K
1B Kewby Meyer: 1-for-5, 2B (7), RBI (29), 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 2 R
IF Peter Maris: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B (7), 2 RBI (30)
OF Manny Sanchez: 3-for-4, R, RBI (33)
OF Landon Cray: 1-for-4, RBI (3)

RHP Fernando Baez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Trek Stemp: 1-for-3, BB, K, SB (7)

RHP Peter Bayer: L (1-1), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie (GCL)

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, R, 2B (9)
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, R, HR (3), 2 RBI (25)
OF Jose Tonton: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B (4), 2 BB, K, SB (3)
3B Michael Brosseau: 3-for-4, R, RBI (15)
1B Jonathon Arrowood: 2-for-3, R, RBI (14), BB
SS Kevin Santiago: 1-for-5, 2B (1), RBI (5), 2 K
1B Gilbert Marrero: 1-for-4, RBI (4), 2 K

LHP Greg Maisto: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP V.J. Collins: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Jesus Ortiz: W (2-2), 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Justin Marks (5-10, 3.68) v. David Holmberg (0-2, 4.26)

Montgomery v. Mobile 8:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (4-8, 2.68) v. Billy Buckner (4-5, 2.90)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Fernando Romero (3-2, 2.79)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Emmanuel Ramirez (1-0, 4.75)

Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Alfred Gutierrez (1-3, 2.77)

Princeton @ Burlington 7:00 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Garrett Davila (4-0, 2.66)

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 12:00 PM ET

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
51-67, 3rd in IL South
Offense: 459 R (8th) .687 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (14th-Last) 1.39 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects:  OF Jacob May (7), RHP Tyler Danish (9), OF Adam Engel (10), OF Slade Heathcott (18), RHP Chris Beck (19), 2B Jake Peter (22), 1B Danny Hayes (29), 1B Jerry Sands

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
23-23, 4th in FSL South
Offense: 435 R (8th) .654 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (4), LHP Randy Rosario (22), RHP Yorman Landa (23)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
18-28, 7th in MWL East
Offense: 459 R (10th) .669 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (13th) 1.31 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Rudy Giron (4), LHP Logan Allen (8), RHP Austin Smith (9), RHP Jacob Nix (11), OF Jose Carlos Urena (24), RHP Phil Maton (26), LHP Jose Castillo (27), RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (30), 1B Brad Zunica (31), RHP Anderson Espinosa, RHP Chris Paddack

Burlington Royals
29-19, 1st in AL East
Offense: 250 R (2nd) .752 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.72 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Orioles
21-21, 3rd in GCL South
Offense: 181 R (6th) .627 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.88 ERA (4th) 1.19 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Brennan Hanifee (4th Round Pick), SS Alexis Torres (5th Round Pick)