According to #StoneCrabs manager Reinaldo Ruiz, #Rays No. 11 prospect Josh Lowe was removed from tonight’s game with an ankle injury after awkwardly sliding to 3B. Ruiz says it’s a minor injury but expects Lowe to sit tomorrow.— Bryan Levine (@Bryan_Levine) April 19, 2018
In more positive news, be sure to read about Resly Linares’ start for Bowling Green. It’s a pretty significant rebound from his first outing of the season.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-8)
Durham was edged by Toledo by a 4-3 score in 11 innings. Neither team scored in the 10th despite the free baserunner, and after the Bulls went up by one in the top of the 11th, Diego Castillo’s control failed him. He walked two batters, and the winning run scored on a wild pitch. Jose Mujica struck out four and allowed two runs in five innings.
SS Willy Adames: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
1B Joe McCarthy: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 2 K
3B Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3, 1 BB
CF Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 SB
LF Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-for-5, 1 R, 4 K
DH Jason Coats: 0-for-5, 2 K
RHP Jose Mujica: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Jonny Venters: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Diego Castillo: two-thirds IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-10)
Montgomery’s offense stumbled again in a 4-2 loss to Tennessee. In the first three games against the Smokies, the Biscuits have just five runs, and they’ve been held to two or fewer runs in four of their last five games. Starter J.D. Martin allowed three runs on four hits and five walks in five innings, but Travis Ott was tremendous in relief, striking out five in three scoreless frames.
LF Nick Solak: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 SB
DH Brett Sullivan: 0-for-5
C Mac James: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
RHP J.D. Martin: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
LHP Travis Ott: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-9)
Charlotte used a late rally to hammer Clearwater by an 18-6 score. The Threshers tied the game at four in the top of the seventh, but the Stone Crabs scored 14 runs over their next two at-bats, batting around twice. Most importantly, no player made more than one out in either inning. The eight-run seventh included a two-run homer from Jesus Sanchez, his third of the season. Starter Brandon Lawson was charged with four runs — three earned — in 6 1⁄3 innings. Brad Miller reached base twice and played second base.
2B Brad Miller: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-2, 1 K
RF/CF Jesus Sanchez: 4-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
LF Robbie Tenerowicz: 3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
DH Kevin Padlo: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Brandon Lawson: 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 1 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-7)
Bowling Green wasted an outstanding Resly Linares start in its eight-inning, 2-1 loss to West Michigan in Game 1 of their doubleheader. The lefty threw seven no-hit innings, but the scoreless game went to extras. The Hot Rods scored one in the top of the eighth, but Nick Padilla allowed hits to all three Whitecaps he faced in the bottom half of the inning.
The Hot Rods’ offense woke up in a 6-2 win in Game 2. Vidal Brujan led off the game with a triple and started a three-run inning. In the seventh, Zacrey Law’s two-run homer extended the lead to four runs. Drew Strotman turned in his best start of the season so far, allowing just two runs — one earned — in six innings.
2B Vidal Brujan (1): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Vidal Brujan (2): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
DH Brendan McKay (1): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez (1): 1-for-2
SS Taylor Walls (2): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Zacrey Law (2): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
LHP Resly Linares (1): 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
RHP Drew Strotman (2): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Thursday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham is off.
Montgomery vs. Tennessee 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (1-1, 6.30) vs. Oscar De La Cruz (0-2, 16.50)
Charlotte vs. Clearwater 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (0-0, 8.22) vs. Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63)
Bowling Green @ West Michigan 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Franklin* (1-1, 4.66) vs. TBA
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
Offense: 35 R (5th) .650 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.96 ERA (10th) 1.46 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Adbert Alzolay (2), RHP Oscar De La Cruz (6), RHP Thomas Hatch (8), RHP Trevor Clifton (17), RHP Dakota Mekkes (21), OF Charcer Burks (24), 3B Jason Vosler (25), RHP Michael Rucker (26), RHP Jake Stinnett (30)
Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
Offense: 45 R (6th) .701 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 5.12 ERA (11th) 1.56 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (2), RHP Adonis Medina (4), OF Adam Haseley (5), OF Mickey Moniak (9), SS Arquimedes Gamboa (19), RHP Mauricio Llovera (30)
West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
Offense: 41 R (6th) .672 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.19 ERA (3rd) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Matt Manning (3), RHP Wladimir Pinto (21), C Joey Morgan (31)
Daily news and links
FanGraphs updated its 2018 MLB draft rankings. If every team outsources its draft scouting to Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel, the Rays will be drafting Stetson righty Logan Gilbert with the No. 16 pick. I believe a mock draft is scheduled to post Thursday.
Charlotte set a franchise record for runs Wednesday.
Bowling Green came up short of a no-hitter, but Syracuse completed one against Indianapolis.
Rochester’s Jermaine Curtis executed the hidden-ball trick on Tuesday: