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Ryan Yarbrough continued a string of nice outings Friday

Ryan Yarbrough closed out June on a high note
Ryan Yarbrough closed out June on a high note
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On Monday, I'll try and have the Player/Pitcher of the month surveys ready to go. I will be adding in short-season players even if the GCL team has hardly played.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-31)

It took 10 innings, but Mike Marjama finally broke the ice in Durham's 3-0 win over Norfolk. It looked like the Bulls would go scoreless in the 10th too, but Willy Adames extended the inning with a walk. After Jake Bauers also walked, Marjama's three-run home run decided the game. Ryne Stanek secured the game by striking out the side in the Tides' half of the inning. Ryan Yarbrough struck out four in seven scoreless innings, and Andrew Kittredge's two scoreless frames were the bridge between Yarbrough and Stanek.

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
C Mike Marjama: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-4)

Montgomery lost a late lead in its 5-4 loss to Pensacola in Game 1 of its doubleheader. Dalton Kelly tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth, and the Biscuits added two more runs later in the inning to go ahead. However, the Blue Wahoos struck back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning, including getting a two-out, two-run go-ahead single. Edwin Fierro allowed two runs -- one earned -- in four innings with four strikeouts.

Tyler Goeddel burned his old team in the Biscuits' 9-4 loss in Game 2. Joe McCarthy led off the game with a double and then scored the first run of the game, but it was all downhill from there. In the third, Goeddel's two-run homer highlighted a four-run inning. The Blue Wahoos scored nine straight runs until the Biscuits tallied three in the ninth on doubles from Grant Kay and Justin O'Conner. Jose Mujica allowed seven runs -- six earned -- in 4 1/3 innings.

OF Joe McCarthy (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB
OF Joe McCarthy (2): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Justin Williams (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB
OF Justin Williams (2): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo (2): 0-for-4, 1 K
IF Michael Russell (2): 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Edwin Fierro (1): 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Jose Mujica (2): 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Ian Gibaut (1): 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-3)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-5)

Bowling Green was postponed.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-4)

After going up 2-0 early, Hudson Valley allowed eight straight runs in its 8-3 loss to Lowell. Against the rehabbing Brian Johnson, the Renegades got a pair of runs in the first inning, aided by a pair of errors. In the third, the Spinners scored three runs off Hector Lopez. He allowed those runs on four hits and four walks in five innings with four strikeouts.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB
C Zacrey Law: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB

RHP Hector Lopez: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
RHP Jose Disla: one-third IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (2-7)

Trey Hair had a memorable night in Princeton's 4-3 win over Bristol. In the fourth inning, his first pro home run gave Princeton a 3-0 lead. After Bristol tied the game in the ninth, his walkoff double won the game. In his first professional start, Riley O'Brien struck out five in four scoreless innings.

2B Trey Hair: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Riley O'Brien: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-4)

The GCL Rays held on for a 3-2 win over the GCL Orioles, their first of the season. They got a strong performance from starter Wanderson Linares, making his U.S. debut. In five scoreless innings, he struck out seven and only allowed two hits and a pair of walks. The GCL Rays broke the scoreless tie in the sixth when David Parrett scored on a wild pitch, and Jonathan Aranda later followed with a sacrifice fly. Alexander Alvarez's RBI double in the seventh provided the eventual winning run.

C Alexander Alvarez: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI

RHP Wanderson Linares: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

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


Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Franco (0-0, 0.00) v. Jayson Aquino (2-7, 4.50)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jose Lopez
(2-1, 3.57)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 4 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Roel Ramirez (2-2, 5.31) v. Jake Woodford (5-3, 2.89)
TBA v. Derian Gonzlez (3-7, 4.46)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ Lake County 5 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Kenny Rosenberg (2-5, 5.37) v. Tanner Tully (3-5, 3.39)
J.D. Busfield (4-4, 2.85) v. Micah Miniard (2-6, 5.11)

Both games will be seven innings

Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Nick Gruener (0-2, 14.40)

Princeton v. Burlington 7 PM (radio stream)
Joel Peguero (0-0, 5.00) v. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
34-47 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 347 R (7th) .712 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.46 ERA (12th) 1.46 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Chance Sisco (1), LHP Chris Lee (10), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (22), LHP Andrew Faulkner (24), LHP Jayson Aquino (30), RHP Gabriel Ynoa, OF Adam Walker

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
Offense: 252 R (9th) .648 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Nick Senzel (1), OF Aristides Aquino (9), 2B Shed Long (16), RHP Keury Mella (19), SS Blake Trahan (28), LHP Ismael Guillon (29), OF Tyler Goeddel

Palm Beach Cardinals
Offense: 298 R (6th) .664 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.33 ERA (5th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jake Woodford (17), RHP Connor Jones (18), RHP Junior Fernandez (21)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
5-3 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 312 R (14th) .686 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (11th) 1.40 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Micah Miniard (28)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
5-5 (3rd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 34 R (11th) .625 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (11th) 1.23 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: Pitching coach Mark Hendrickson

Burlington Royals
2-5 (4th in AL East)
Offense: 31 R (10th) .610 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 5.52 ERA (8th) 1.53 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Seuly Matias (11), C Sebastian Rivero (26), SS Jeison Guzman (27)

GCL Orioles
1-4 (T-3rd in GCL South)
Offense: Will update next series
Pitching: Will update next series
Top 30 Prospects: Will update next series