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DOTF 4/9: Brendan McKay makes first start of season

McKay sharp, Bulls walk their way to a victory

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Brendan McKay was sharp in his first start for the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Offensively there wasn’t a lot of offense on the day, but a four walk inning by the Durham Bulls prevented the Tampa Bay Rays minor league affiliates from a winless day.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (2-2)

The Durham Bulls rallied in the late innings for a 4-2 victory over the Gwinnett Stripes. Vidal Nuno put together a solid start allowing a solo homer as his only hit in 4.2 innings. After falling behind 2-0 in the seventh inning the Bulls rallied in the bottom of the frame. Brandon Snyder led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Keon Wong drove him in with a sacrifice fly. In the eighth inning Stripes pitcher Evan Phillips had trouble finding the zone as he started the inning walking Jake Bauers, Willy Adames, and Christian Arroyo. Bauers was caught stealing. Jason Coats singled to load the bases with one out down a run. Justin Williams followed with an RBI single to tie the game and leave the bases loaded. After a Snyder strikeout Wong walked to force in the go ahead run. Coats scored on a wild pitch to put the Bulls up 4-2. Hunter Wood entered to pick up the save. He struck out the first two he faced before inducing a groundball to first to end the game.

1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-3, BB, CS
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, K, SB (1)
3B Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, R, BB
RF Justin Williams: 2-for-3, RBI, BB
2B Kean Wong: 0-for-2, RBI, BB, 2 K

LHP Vidal Nuno: 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HRA
RHP Ryne Stanek: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB
RHP Cody Hall (W, 1-0): 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB
RHP Hunter Wood (1 S): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-4)

The Montgomery Biscuits fell to the Biloxi Shuckers 5-3. Eduar Lopez allowed five runs in five innings for the Biscuits. Nick Solak led the offense with a three hit night including his third double of the young season and two RBI. Tommy Milone and MIchael Brosseau added a double each.

DH Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-5, 2 K
1B Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 K, 2 BB
2B Nick Solak: 3-for-5, 2B (3), 2 RBI
C Brett Sullivan: 1-for-4, RBI
RF Nathan Lukes: 1-for-3, 2 K, BB
LF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-3, BB

RHP Eduar Lopez (L, 0-1): 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 3 BB
RHP Mike Franco: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB
LHP Kyle Bird: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB

Class A-Advanced Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-3)

The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs lost 2-1 to the Daytona Tortugas in a rain shortened six inning game. Josh Lowe continued his hot start to the season with a single, hit by pitch, and his third stolen base in three plate appearances. David Olmedo-Barrera tied the game in the top of the sixth with a solo homer. Unfortunately the Tortugas scored a run in the bottom of the frame for the walk off victory.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-2, HBP, SB (3)
3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-2, K
DH Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-2, K
C Rene Pinto: 0-for-2
RF David Olmedo-Barrera: 1-for-2, HR (1), R, RBI

RHP Willy Ortiz: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 5 K, 3 BB
RHP JD Busfield (L, 0-1): 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 0 BB

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to the South Bend Cubs 9-4 to spoil Brendan McKay’s first start of the year. McKay was sharp in a short outing. He picked up four strikeouts in two innings while not allowing a hit or walk. To say Jhonleider Salinas had trouble finding the strike zone would be an understatement. He walked seven and hit one in 2.1 innings on the way to allowing eight runs, seven earned. Vidal Brujan continued to run wild as he picked up two more steals putting him at five on the year. The Hot Rods picked up 10 hits (all singles), but struck out 11 times.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5, R, K, 2 SB (5)
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, K, BB, CS (1)
1B Devin Davis: 1-for-4, K
DH-C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, R
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-4, 3 K
CF Carl Chester: 3-for-4, 3 RBI, K

LHP Brendan McKay: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 K, 0 BB
RHP Jhonleider Salinas (L, 0-1): 2.1 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 7 BB, 1 HBP
RHP Riley O’Brien: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 5 K, 1 BB