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Willy Adames has hit in six straight games

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I know most read this for prospect news and not necessarily minor league minutiae, but what’s going on in the Appalachian League this year is interesting. Entering Tuesday’s games, the league had a .762 OPS, and teams were combining for 1.7 home runs per game. In the five prior seasons, the league OPS has fluctuated between .683 and .713. Maybe offense will settle down in the final month and a half, but if it feels like Princeton is playing in a lot of high-scoring games so far, you’re right.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (63-39)

Durham used five pitchers to shut down Buffalo in its 3-1 win Tuesday. After Johnny Field doubled in two in the top of the first, Diego Castillo threw a scoreless inning before turning the game over to Chih-Wei Hu, who threw three hitless frames. Jose Alvarado, Hunter Wood and Ryne Stanek combined to finish the game, with only Wood allowing a run.

SS Willy Adames: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-5, 3 K, 1 SB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3
OF Johnny Field: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB

RHP Diego Castillo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
LHP Jose Alvarado: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Hunter Wood: 2 23 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-13)

Jake Cronenworth drove in a couple runs in Montgomery’s 4-3 win over Tennessee. Since last week’s promotion to Double A, Cronenworth has picked up at least a hit in all five games he’s played. On the mound, Genesis Cabrera was just good enough to get credited with a win. He limited the Smokies to two runs in 5 1/3 innings despite allowing 10 hits and four walks.

OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 K
IF Grant Kay: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 5 13 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
RHP Drew Smith: 1 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Greg Harris: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-15)

Diego Moreno made his return to the mound in Charlotte’s 5-2 win over Dunedin. After missing two months with a shoulder injury, Moreno gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning. After Moreno was done, Eduar Lopez allowed two runs in six innings. Kevin Padlo hit his second home run since returning from the DL.

OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-3, 1 BB
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
OF Angel Moreno: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Diego Moreno: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Eduar Lopez: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-13)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (15-19)

Hudson Valley made a pair of late comebacks but still came up short in its 11-inning, 7-6 loss to Connecticut. Down 4-1, the Renegades scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth. In the 10th, they found themselves down two but managed to tie the game again. They loaded the bases with two outs in the 11th, but Matt Eureste grounded out to end the game. Starter Drew Strotman allowed three runs — two earned — in 5 1/3 innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Angel Perez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Oscar Rojas: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
1B Matt Eureste: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
SS Deion Tansel: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B

RHP Drew Strotman: 5 13 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Zack Mozingo: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-18)

Princeton was flattened by a 10-run inning in its 15-2 loss to Greeneville. The game was tied until it quickly wasn’t when Greeneville sent 14 batters to the plate. Josh Fleming started with three hitless innings, but Phoenix Sanders, Juan Carlos Arias and Jeffrey Rosa were not as effective.

2B Trey Hair: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Devin Davis: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Mac Seibert: 0-for-4, 1 K

LHP Josh Fleming: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Phoenix Sanders: 2+ IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
RHP Juan Carlos Arias: 5 BF, 2 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Jeffrey Rosa: 2 23 IP, 3 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Mac Seibert: one-third IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-17)

The GCL Rays fell apart late in an 8-7 loss to the GCL Red Sox. After falling behind 2-0, the GCL Rays built an impressive 7-2 lead with three multi-run innings, but Chris Carden allowed three inherited runners to score in the seventh, plus two runs of his own. In the eighth, the go-ahead run scored on Trevor Charpie’s wild pitch. All four GCL Rays pitchers were charged with runs in the game.

OF Pedro Diaz: 0-for-4, 2 K
3B Cristhian Pedroza: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Wanderson Linares: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
LHP Ivan Pelaez: 3 23 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

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

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

Durham @ Buffalo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (10-4, 3.52) v. Brett Oberholtzer (2-7, 4.53)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Edwin Fierro* (5-2, 2.81) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Tyler Brashears (6-7, 4.44) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
J.D. Busfield (4-6, 3.53) v. TBA

Hudson Valley is off

Princeton @ Greeneville 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Leovanny Rodriguez (3-0, 2.08)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
43-60 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 395 R (12th) .681 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Rowdy Tellez (7), LHP Matt Darmody (29), IF Jake Elmore

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
17-14 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 404 R (4th) .701 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Clifton (8), RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (15), 2B David Bote (26)

Dunedin Blue Jays
18-14 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 421 R (2nd) .677 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.39 ERA (7th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), SS Bo Bichette (9), RHP T.J. Zeuch (8), C Max Pentecost (12), LHP Angel Perdomo (18), RHP Zach Jackson (21), RHP Jordan Romano (24), 2B Cavan Biggio (25)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
13-18 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 418 R (11th) .665 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.72 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Lux (9), RHP Jordan Sheffield (12), RHP Dustin May (13), IF Oneil Cruz (27), OF Mitch Hansen (28), OF Cody Thomas (29)

Greeneville Astros
17-14 (2nd in AL West)
Offense: 173 R (5th) .739 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.86 ERA (6th) 1.48 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gilberto Celestino (19)

GCL Red Sox
12-12 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 107 R (9th) .672 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Cole Brannen