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Rays prospects and minor leagues 9/9: Hudson Valley advances to finals

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Montgomery and Bowling Green both lost

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Garrett Whitley hit a solo home run in Hudson Valley’s win
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Hudson Valley advanced to the New York-Penn League championship as they rallied for the win. Montgomery lost a close game while Bowling Green was blown out of the water.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-2)

Montgomery fell farther behind in their series with the Jackson Generals as the Biscuits lost a 2-1 pitching duel. The long ball once again doomed Brent Honeywell, as he allowed two solo shots to the Generals. Those home runs proved decisive as a Patrick Leonard RBI single contributed the only run for Montgomery. The Biscuits are now just one game away from elimination and need to win three games to advance.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (0-1)

Bowling Green’s bullpen came apart at the hinges as the Hot Rods lost the opening game of their series with the Great Lakes Loons, 15-1. The teams resumed their suspended game from Wednesday night with Bowling Green trailing 3-0. It all went to hell from there, with Tyler Brashears and Bryan Bonnell both giving up five runs. Zacrey Law cranked a RBI single to drive in Bowling Green’s only run.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (2-0)

Hudson Valley completed the sweep of the Lowell Spinners with a 5-3 comeback win to advance to the finals. Adrian Navas gave up a solo home run in the second but Garrett Whitley evened up the score with a home run of his own. However, Brandon Lawson allowed two more runs in the sixth as the Renegades fell behind 3-1. The Renegades battled back quickly with a four-run bottom of the inning, capped off by a two-run home run from Nathaniel Lowe. Jayson McKinley shut down the Spinners in the eighth and ninth to notch the save and secure the series.

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Notable Performances

Double-A

OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-3, R, 2B (1), BB
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, BB
1B/3B Patrick Leonard: 1-for-4, RBI (1), K
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4
IF Juniel Querecuto: 2-for-4

RHP Brent Honeywell: L (0-1), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR

Class-A

3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 2B (1)
C David Rodriguez: 2-for-4, K
OF Landon Cray: 1-for-2, R, K
OF Zacrey Law: 2-for-3, 2B (1), RBI (1)

Short-Season

OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR (1), RBI (1), BB, K
2B Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-4, R, RBI (3), K, SB (1)
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 1-for-2, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (2), BB
C Chris Betts: 1-for-3, 2B (1), K

RHP Jayson McKinley: S (1), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Chrisk Kirsch (0-0, -.—) v. Paul Blackburn (0-0, -.—)

Game Three of a best-of-five series (Montgomery trails 0-2)

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (0-0, -.—) v. Jordan Sheffield (0-0, -.—)

Game Two of a best-of-three series (Bowling Green trails 0-1)

Hudson Valley is off; championship begins Saturday

Scouting the opposition

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
84-55
Offense: 625 R (3rd) .717 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyler O'Neill (4), RHP Andrew Moore (8), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), OF Dario Pizzano (26), OF Ian Miller (31), RHP Paul Blackburn

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
65-75
Offense: 537 R (10th) .659 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (4th) 1.20 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Walker Buehler (11), 2B Omar Estevez (10), IF Brendon Davis (25), RHP Jordan Sheffield