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Wander Franco’s tremendous season continued Sunday.

Adam Sanford

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-45)

Durham fell in an early hole and couldn’t get out in a 7-3 loss to Syracuse. The game was scoreless until the Chiefs scored four in the top of the fourth. Brandon Snyder hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning, and the Bulls pulled within one an inning later. However, Syracuse added three insurance runs over the final two innings. Andrew Moore allowed four runs in five innings.

DH Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 3 K
3B Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, 1 K, 1 HBP
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Brandon Snyder: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K

RHP Andrew Moore: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-17)

Montgomery came up short in a 3-2 loss to Jackson. Despite being outhit 13-5, the Biscuits took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Nathan Lukes’ fifth home run of the season. However, four straight singles to start the top of the sixth helped the Generals tie the game, and they went ahead for good against Curtis Taylor in the seventh. Dalton Moats opened with a run in one inning, and Brandon Lawson allowed a run in 4 13 innings.

DH Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 SB
1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB

RHP Brandon Lawson: 4 13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (20-14)

Charlotte hammered St. Lucie by a 10-2 score. The Stone Crabs scored three times in the third to go up 3-1, and they added four more in the fourth. In the fifth, they got even more insurance on Kevin Padlo’s three-run home run. Jose Mujica allowed a leadoff home run and two runs total in four innings. Jose Disla and Ivan Pelaez combined to throw five scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-5, 3 K, 1 CS
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (entered as pinch hitter)
3B Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
1B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
2B Tristan Gray: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Kevin Padlo: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-15)

A day after being shut out, Bowling Green turned the tables in a 4-0 win over Fort Wayne. After starter Paul Campbell threw six scoreless innings, Jhonleider Salinas was impressive, striking out five in three hitless innings to finish the game. In the third, the Hot Rods scored three runs on a Moises Gomez groundout and RBI singles by Zach Rutherford and Jim Haley. Haley doubled and scored in the eighth.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB, 2 SB
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
1B Jim Haley: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI

RHP Paul Campbell: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K
RHP Jhonleider Salinas: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-14)

A big inning cost Hudson Valley in its 6-2 loss to Williamsport. The game was tied at one going into the seventh, but the Crosscutters broke out for five runs in the bottom half of the inning. All five runs scored with two outs, and they were aided by a pair of errors and a wild pitch. Starter Nick Lee allowed a run in 2 13 innings, and Tanner Dodson threw 2 23 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

SS Tyler Frank: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Nick Lee: 2 13 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Tanner Dodson: 2 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Alan Strong: 1 23 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (25-12)

Princeton edged Bluefield by a 6-5 score in the resumption of Saturday’s suspended game. Jake Palomaki hit a two-run homer in the first, and Tony Pena doubled in a pair later in the inning. Bluefield immediately responded with four in the top of the second. Bluefield then tied the game at five in the top of the sixth, but Princeton scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning. Starter Luis Moncada allowed four runs in two-plus innings.

Wander Franco homered again in Princeton’s Game 2, 8-5 win over Bluefield. In the first inning, Franco singled in the first of two runs for Princeton, and his seventh home run of the season gave it a 3-0 lead in the third. Bluefield scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, but Princeton immediately responded with multi-run innings of its own. Zack Trageton allowed four runs in five innings.

1B Carlos Vargas (1): 0-for-4
SS Wander Franco (2): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
3B Jake Palomaki (1): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
SS Osmy Gregorio (1): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RF Jordan Qsar (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 SB
DH Pedro Diaz (2): 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 BB

LHP Luis Moncada (1): 2+ IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Zack Trageton (2): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (19-15)

The GCL Rays were off.

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

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Forrest Snow (5-5, 3.92) vs. TBA

Montgomery vs. Jackson 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (3-4, 4.30) vs. TBA

Charlotte is off.

Bowling Green vs. Fort Wayne 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
J.D. Busfield (0-0, -.--) vs. Ben Sheckler (1-2, 3.53)

Hudson Valley vs. Lowell 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. James MacArthur (1-0 1.38)

Princeton is off.

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
49-57 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 439 R (7th) .695 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (2), 3B Austin Riley (6), LHP Kolby Allard (7), C Alex Jackson (10), RHP Patrick Weigel (16), OF Dustin Peterson (24), RHP Chase Whitley

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
19-18
Offense: 514 R (2nd) .739 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: IF Domingo Leyba (11), RHP Yoan Lopez (17), RHP Tommy Eveld (25)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
16-19 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 428 R (9th) .666 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (5th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP MacKenzie Gore (2), SS Gabriel Arias (10), 2B Esteury Ruiz (15), C Luis Campusano (20), OF Jeisson Rosario (22), IF Luis Almanzar (24), RHP Mason Thompson (25), OF Tirso Ornelas (31)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
21-21 (T-2nd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 179 R (6th) .687 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cole Brannen (5), OF Tyler Esplin (28), 3B Triston Casas

GCL Red Sox
20-14 (T-1st in GCL South)
Offense: 145 R (T-14th) .695 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.89 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Nick Decker

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