In today’s minor league action, Greg Harris (AA) and Brock Burke (A) turned in polar opposite performances while Charlotte turned in a victory.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-7)
Game was postponed
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-12)
The Biscuits fell to the Biloxi Shuckers in a shortened seven inning game by the score of eight to four. It started well for the Biscuits with a four-run second, which included home runs for Nick Ciuffo and Cade Gotta. It was all downhill from there, as the pitching faltered. Greg Harris allowed three runs into the third until the Johnny Davis grand slam blew the game open, giving the Shuckers a 7-4 lead. Jacob Nottingham would single in another run to make the score 8-4. It held there until the seventh. Greg Harris turned in a disappointing line of 2 2⁄3 IP 7 H 7 ER 4 BB 2 K. On the other side, Taylor Jungmann pitched five innings, allowed four runs and picked up the victory.
Class A Advanced Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-14)
The Stone Crabs grabbed an early lead and held onto it, defeating the Lakeland Flying Tigers by a score of five to three. Jake Cronenworth and Dalton Kelly opened the game up with singles, and would eventually score on ground balls from Brett Sullivan and Ryan Boldt. Three more runs would come in the second inning, headlined by Brandon Lowe’s RBI double. Charlotte failed to score the rest of the night, but the pitching staff did a solid job of holding the lead, only letting up two runs over nine innings. Roel Ramirez received the win after a stellar four inning performance from Alexis Tapia. Brandon Lawson saved the game, albeit with a shaky ninth inning where he would give up a run. The win helped extend the Stone Crabs streak of stellar play, with their fourth straight victory.
Class A Bowling Green (11-14)
Brock Burke continued his fast start to 2017, but Bowling Green couldn’t make his start stand as they lost five to four at the hands of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Joshua Lowe opened the scoring with a second-inning sacrifice fly, bringing Eleadro Cabrera home. Mario Feliciano doubled in a run in the bottom of the third, but that was the only run let up by Burke. He struck out seven in five innings on 79 pitches. Jose Cuas gave the Timber Rattlers the lead after a bases clearing double to center field in the bottom of the eight. Bowling Green showed fight in the top of the ninth, rallying for three runs and tying the game after back-to-back bases loaded walks. Wisconsin walked off in the bottom of the tenth with a single from Joantgel Segovia. Spencer Jones let up the walk-off and took the loss, while Aaron Myers picked up his second win of the season.
Notable Organizational Performances
Joe McCarthy 2-for-4 3B K
Nick Ciuffo 1-3 HR RBI R K
Nathan Lukes 1-for-2 R BB
Alexis Tapia 4 IP 2 H 7 K BB
Dalton Kelly 2-for-4 2 R SB
Brandon Lowe 1-for-3 2B RBI K BB
Brock Burke 5 IP 4 H ER 7 K 3 BB
Eleardo Cabrera 2-for-4 R 2 K
Adrian Rondon 1-for-4 R RBI 2 K
Lucius Fox 1-for-3 RBI K BB