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Jake Fraley reached base four times for Hudson Valley, a career high

Jim Donten

Alex Cobb gave up just five hits and didn’t walk anyone in his most recent rehab start Saturday night. While he only struck out one batter, it was one of his better appearances in his time rehabbing in the minors.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (58-77)

Durham ended their losing streak as they secured a 5-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves. Alex Cobb made another rehab appearance with the Bulls, allowing one run over four innings. Cobb gave up a solo home run in the second, but Jake Goebbert and Jake Hager hit RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning to put Durham up 3-1. The Bulls got two more runs before Eddie Gamboa allowed a two-run double in the eighth. Gamboa came in to relieve Cobb, as the knuckleballer earned his sixth win with five innings of work.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (35-26)

Montgomery blew a ninth-inning lead to the Mobile BayBears, with a 4-3 lead turning into a 6-4 loss. The Biscuits and BayBears went back and forth throughout the game with the lead changing hands multiple times. A two-run fifth and back-to-back doubles from Kean Wong and Cade Gotta in the seventh gave Montgomery what seemed like the deciding runs. The Biscuits used five different pitchers by game’s end, as starter Hunter Wood lasted just 4.1 innings. Jaye Chapman came on in the ninth to finish off the game, but he instead gave up a walk-off three-run home run to Mobile.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-29)

Charlotte was postponed due to rain.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-22)

Despite making three errors and giving up more hits than the opponent, the Bowling Green managed a 9-3 win over the Dayton Dragons. Roel Ramirez threw 90 pitches in just five innings, surrendering three runs to the Dragons. The Hot Rods’ offense more than compensated, tallying five runs by the time Ramirez left the game. Brandon Lowe led the team with three RBI, while David Olemdo-Barrera drove in two. Tyler Brashears and Tim Ingram kept the Dragons from scoring over the last four innings, with Ingram throwing a perfect ninth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (43-22)

Hudson Valley collected 11 hits in their 7-4 win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds. In the first, Jake Fraley singled and stole two bases - his 31st and 32nd on the year - before scoring on a groundout. Nathaniel Lowe hit a RBI double later in the inning to give the Renegades an early two-run lead. Brock Burke allowed his first of three runs in the bottom of the first, but Hudson Valley scored three runs in the next inning to give them enough runs to secure a victory. Burke won his third game of the year, posting eight strikeouts over six innings. Joe Serrapica earned his eighth save since joining the Renegades, and he still hasn’t surrendered a run.

Rookie Princeton Rays (34-27)

On the back of solid pitching, Princeton cruised to a 3-0 win over the Bristol Pirates. Willy Ortiz shut out the Pirates over six innings, and Alex Estrella no-hit Bristol in three innings of relief. Rene Pinto was the entirety of Princeton’s offense, hitting two home runs in his first two at-bats for all three of the Rays’ runs. Adrian Rondon had his best game at the plate since returning from his foot injury as he went 2-for-4 with a double.

Rookie GCL Rays (26-29)

The GCL Rays were cancelled due to wet grounds.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

SS Jake Hager: 3-for-4, R, 2 2B, RBI (20)
C Curt Casali: 1-for-3, RBI (13), BB, K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, R, 3B (1), K
OF Jake Goebbert: 1-for-3, R, 2B (14), 2 RBI (35), K

RHP Eddie Gamboa: W (6-4), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Double-A

2B Kean Wong: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (20)
OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-4, R, 2B (20), RBI (32), BB
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-5, R, 3B (6), RBI (52), K
1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-2, RBI (70), 3 BB
1B/3B Patrick Leonard: 1-for-5, RBI (43), 3 K

RHP Mark Sappington: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Class-A

OF Zacrey Law: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, R, 3 RBI (40), SB (6)
3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-3, R, 2B (21), 3B (3), BB, K
OF David Olemdo-Barrera: 1-for-3, 2 RBI (39), BB, K
IF Michael Russell: 2-for-4, RBI (48)
1B Kewby Meyer: 1-for-4, 2B (8), RBI (32), K
IF Peter Maris: 1-for-2, 3 R, 2 BB, K
OF Landon Cray: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B (3), RBI (6), BB

RHP Tim Ingram: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Short-Season

OF Jake Fraley: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B (6), 2 SB (32)
3B Jim Haley: 1-for-5, 2 R, HR (1), 2 RBI (19), K, SB (10)
2B Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-4, R, 3B (3), RBI (18), BB, 2 K, SB (7)
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-5, 2B (17), RBI (34)
C Chris Betts: 1-for-4, BB, K
SS Bill Pujols: 1-for-3, R, BB

LHP Brock Burke: W (3-3), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 1-for-4, R, BB, SB (8)
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR (5), 3 RBI (13), BB
SS Adrian Rondon: 2-for-4, 2B (10)
3B Joshua Lowe: 0-for-2, 2 BB
OF Emilio Gustave: 2-for-4, 2B (11), 2 K, SB (5)

RHP Willy Ortiz: W (8-0), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
LHP Alex Estrella: S (1), 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

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

Durham v. Gwinnett 5:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (3-4, 3.83) v. Aaron Blair (5-4, 4.65)

Montgomery @ Mobile 6:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.00) v. Cole Johnson (0-5, 4.19)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 1:00 PM ET (radio stream) *DOUBLEHEADER*
Benton Moss (7-9, 3.79) v. Yeudy Garcia (6-8, 2.74)
TBA v. Buddy Borden

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. Dayton 5:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Blake Bivens (7-4, 2.67) v. Ty Boyles (6-8, 4.86)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 5:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Princeton @ Bristol 6:00 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

GCL Rays are off

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
61-73, 1st in IL South
Offense: 539 R (7th) .699 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (12th) 1.47 WHIP (14th-Last)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Blair (2), RHP Chris Ellis (13), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), RHP Jason Hursh (21), RHP Shae Simmons (22), RHP Steve Janas (30), SS Daniel Castro (31), IF Reid Brignac

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
31-29, 3rd in SL South
Offense: 539 R (4th) .704 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (4th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gabriel Guerrero (11), IF Domingo Leyba (13), RHP Taylor Clarke (14), C The Oscar (22), RHP Adam Miller (23), 2B Jamie Westbrook (30)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
29-32, 5th in FSL South
Offense: 605 R (2nd) .719 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (7th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Cole Tucker (7), 3B/OF Jordan Luplow (14), RHP Yeudy Garcia (16), LHP Stephen Tarpley (17), 2B/3B Kevin Kramer (28)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
24-38, 7th in MWL East
Offense: 463 R (14th) .631 OPS (16th-Last)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (16th) 1.43 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Tyler Stephenson (4), RHP Tony Santillan (13), RHP Tanner Rainey (17), OF Narisco Crook (28), 3B Nick Senzel, C Chris Okey

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
27-39, 4th (Last) in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 213 R (13th) .607 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (8th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Cody Sedlock (1st Round Pick), LHP Keegan Akin (2nd Round Pick), RHP Matthias Diaz (3rd Round Pick), OF Austin Hays (4th Round Pick)

Bristol Pirates
24-39, 4th in AL West
Offense: 257 R (10th-Last) .632 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.78 ERA (10th) 1.41 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: None