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After missing some time with a broken thumb, Hunter Wood looks to finish the season on a high note

Jim Donten

Speaking of quality pitching, Princeton shut out Pulaski for 17 innings over the course of two games Sunday. In those games, five Princeton pitchers struck out 20 batters, walked two and allowed just nine hits.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (56-73)

Jake Hager's first Triple-A home run lifted Durham to a 10-inning, 5-4 win over Norfolk. The Bulls had just blown a three-run lead over the last two innings when Hager's third homer of the season returned the lead to them immediately in extra innings. While Ryne Stanek and Tyler Sturdevant had trouble holding onto the lead, Neil Wagner struck out both batters he faced to secure the win. Eddie Gamboa delivered a nice start against his former organization, allowing just a run in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. J.P. Arencibia homered.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-25)

Hunter Wood's second start since returning to Montgomery's rotation was much better than his first in the Biscuits' 2-0 win over Chattanooga. After allowing four runs in three innings last time out, he was in midseason form Sunday, allowing just a hit and a walk in five scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Yonny Chirinos and Jaye Chapman combined to finish the shut out of the Lookouts. They only had two hits while five Biscuits had two-hit games.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (28-27)

Charlotte scored first and checked out in a 7-1 loss to Bradenton. Joe McCarthy's sacrifice fly in the first plated an unearned run, and the Stone Crabs had just four hits over the final eight innings. Benton Moss allowed a run in six innings, and the Marauders blew it open late against Ian Gibaut.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (35-20)

David Olmedo-Barrera's home run was not nearly enough in Bowling Green's 7-1 loss to Great Lakes in Game 1 of their doubleheader. His sixth dinger of the season gave the Hot Rods a quick 1-0 lead in the first, but it wasn't long until the Loons went in front. They used three extra base hits to post a five-run third inning against Michael Velasquez, who allowed five runs on 10 hits in three innings.

The Hot Rods turned the tables with a 2-1 win in Game 2. This time, it was Great Lakes going ahead early with a home run before Bowling Green responded. With runners on the corners and no outs, Kevin Padlo tied the game with a single. The go-ahead run would promptly score on Olmedo-Barrera's sacrifice fly. Roel Ramirez allowed just a run on four hits in six innings with no walks.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (36-22)

Hudson Valley was postponed.

Rookie Princeton Rays (31-24)

Eleardo Cabrera's home run and a pair of nice performances on the mound led Princeton to a 2-0 win over Pulaski in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Cabrera's sixth homer of the year gave Princeton a 1-0 lead in the first, and it scored again in the second on Emilio Gustave's RBI double. Starter Willy Ortiz struck out five and allowed a run in five innings, and Reimin Ramos struck out four over the final two innings.

It took some extra chances, but Princeton finally broke through for a 10-inning, 1-0 win over Pulaski in Game 2. Princeton only had one hit through the first nine innings before Rene Pinto's leadoff double in the 10th gave the P-Rays an opportunity. Pinto moved up to third on a groundout, and after Adrian Rondon drew a walk, Joshua Lowe delivered a go-ahead single. Jose Disla struck out eight in five scoreless innings, and Sandy Brito and Dalton Moats combined for five scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-26)

The GCL Rays were off.

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

2B Jake Hager: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
SS Daniel Robertson: 0-for-3, 2 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-5, 1 K
UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-5
C J.P. Arencibia: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Eddie Gamboa: 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
RHP Tyler Sturdevant: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Double-A

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

RHP Hunter Wood: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Class A-Advanced

2B Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 1 SB
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-0
OF Nathan Lukes: 0-for-3

RHP Benton Moss: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: two-thirds IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A

3B Kevin Padlo (1): 0-for-3, 2 K
3B Kevin Padlo (2): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

LHP Michael Velasquez (1): 3 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Roel Ramirez (2): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Adrian Rondon (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
SS Adrian Rondon (2): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Joshua Lowe (1): 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB
3B Joshua Lowe (2): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez (1): 2-for-3, 1 RBI
OF Jesus Sanchez (2): 0-for-3, 1 BB

RHP Willy Ortiz (1): 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Jose Disla (2): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
RHP Reimin Ramos (1): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Sandy Brito (2): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Dalton Moats (2): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Alex Cobb v. David Hale (3-7, 5.65)

Montgomery v. Birmingham 8:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Chase Whitley (1-0, 1.50) v. Nolan Sanburn
(1-4, 3.48)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM ET (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (6-4, 2.75) v. Micah Miniard (0-1, 4.88)

Hudson Valley @ Tri-City 5 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. Sebastian Kessay (3-1, 4.12)
TBA v. Makay Nelson (2-0, 5.22)

Both games will be seven innings

Princeton @ Pulaski 5 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
56-73, T-3rd in IL South
Offense: 462 R (13th) .687 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (8th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Trey Mancini (8), RHP Mike Wright (10), OF Dariel Alvarez (13), 1B/OF Christian Walker (14), RHP Oliver Drake (21), RHP Parker Bridwell (22), OF Mike Yastrzemski (25)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
18-37
Offense: 515 R (4th) .681 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.64 ERA (10th) 1.43 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Spencer Adams (4), 3B Trey Michalczewski (6), LHP Jordan Guerrero (11), OF Courtney Hawkins (12), LHP Brian Clark (14), RHP Brandon Brennan (25), C Alfredo Gonzalez (26), 1B Keon Barnum (31)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
26-29, 4th in MWL East
Offense: 518 R (7th) .692 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (15th) 1.24 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Triston McKenzie (8), IF Willi Castro (26)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
32-28, 3rd in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 310 R (1st) .747 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.23 ERA (13th) 1.34 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Daz Cameron (5), SS Miguelangel Sierra (25), OF Ronnie Dawson

Pulaski Yankees
23-32, 5th in AL East
Offense: 237 R (9th) .725 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.69 ERA (8th) 1.42 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Wilkerman Garcia (9), LHP Jeff Degano (23), SS Dermis Garcia (31), OF Blake Rutherford

GCL Red Sox
27-22, 2nd in GCL South
Offense: 176 R (14th) .611 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (10th) 1.28 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jason Groome, RHP Shaun Anderson