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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hot Rods clinch playoff spot

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Bowling Green has been the best team in the Midwest League so far this season.

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For the next four games, Charlotte will be in Dunedin, so local fans will have a chance to check out the Stone Crabs. Then the Florida State League All-Star Game is in Tampa on Saturday.

According to the game log, Jesus Sanchez left Sunday’s game with a leg injury.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (36-25)

Chih-Wei Hu pitched a good game against his old organization in Durham’s 6-1 win over Rochester. After a couple poor outings in a row, including one against the Red Wings, he got back on track Sunday, allowing just a run in five innings. Already leading 1-0, the Bulls got three more in the fourth on Andrew Velazquez’s bases-clearing double.

LF Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 BB
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-5, 1 K
DH Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-5, 2 R
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
C Adam Moore: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
3B Micah Johnson: 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
LHP Colin Poche: 2 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-30)

Sam McWilliams was sharp again in Montgomery’s 2-1 win over Chattanooga. After a rough start in his first two Southern League outings, McWilliams has been much better in his recent two. He allowed a solo homer to the second batter of the game, but he settled in and struck out eight in seven strong innings. Jake Cronenworth doubled in both of the Biscuits’ runs in the fifth inning.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
LF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4
2B Nick Solak: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

RHP Sam McWilliams: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (28-31)

Charlotte again came from behind in a 5-3 win over Clearwater. The Threshers opened the scoring with a run in the top of the fifth, and the Stone Crabs responded with all five of their runs in the bottom half of the inning. Tristan Gray’s two-run double broke the 1-1 tie, and the final run came when Robbie Tenerowicz stole home on a double steal. Brock Burke struck out six and was charged with three runs in 6 23 innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-2 (left game early)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K
2B Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

LHP Brock Burke: 6 23 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-21)

Bowling Green clinched a playoff spot with an 8-4 win over Dayton. Vidal Brujan led off the game with a triple and scored, and the Hot Rods put it away early with a five-run second. Chris Betts singled in two runs, and Carl Chester delivered the biggest blow with a three-run homer. Tobias Myers allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings, and Orlando Romero struck out five in three perfect innings of relief.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
CF Carl Chester: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
LF Moises Gomez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
DH Devin Davis: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Tobias Myers: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Orlando Romero: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

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Monday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham is off.

Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brandon Lawson (1-0, 3.60) vs. Sean Poppen (0-2, 12.38)

Charlotte @ Dunedin 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Franklin (3-2, 3.81) vs. Adrian Rodriguez (3-2, 6.00)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
34-29 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 262 R (4th) .710 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.09 ERA (7th) 1.42 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Brent Rooker (7), LHP Tyler Jay (10), RHP Felix Jorge (12), LHP Lewis Thorpe (16), OF LaMonte Wade (17), RHP Kohl Stewart (30)

Dunedin Blue Jays
26-34 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 239 R (8th) .673 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Nate Pearson (4), SS Logan Warmoth (8), C Riley Adams (21), IF Kevin Smith (26), RHP Yennsy Diaz (30)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
29-32
Offense: 271 R (5th) .723 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 5.34 ERA (16th) 1.60 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Hunter Greene (2), SS Jeter Downs (11), SS Jose Garcia (12), OF Stuart Fairchild (16), OF Miles Gordon (26), LHP Packy Naughton (28)

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