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Vidal Brujan has four two-hit games out of five since his promotion to Charlotte.

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Tobias Myers’ 2018 season didn’t start the way he wanted. Through two months, opponents had a .906 OPS against him. In his first June start, he pitched six innings for the first time, and he’s been a lot better since that start. In his 11 outings starting with that appearance, he has a 2.32 ERA, 20.2 percent strikeout rate, and 4.9 percent walk rate.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (64-50)

Durham battled for a 10-inning, 4-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bulls scored in the seventh to tie the game, and the RailRiders plated their free baserunner in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, Rob Refsnyder drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, and Nick Ciuffo won the game with a sacrifice fly. Chih-Wei Hu allowed two solo home runs in five innings.

1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-4, 1 RBI
PH Austin Meadows: 0-for-1
SS Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
3B Brandon Snyder: 4-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
CF Rob Refsnyder: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (27-20)

Montgomery couldn’t keep Birmingham in the ballpark in an 18-2 loss to the Barons. Birmingham socked seven dingers, including a pair of grand slams in the 10-run ninth inning. The Biscuits had three hits. Blake Bivens allowed three runs in five innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 2 K
2B Nick Solak: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Michael Brosseau: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB

RHP Blake Bivens: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
LHP Matt Krook: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Daniel De La Calle: one-third IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-17)

Kevin Padlo’s big hit gave Charlotte a 7-6 win over Dunedin. After the Stone Crabs erased a 6-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth and seventh innings, they rallied with two outs in the ninth. Jake Fraley singled, and after two walks, the bases were loaded for Padlo, who delivered a walk-off single. Jose Mujica was charged with six runs — five earned — in three-plus innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 CS
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-4
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB
1B Robbie Tenerowicz: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Jake Fraley: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI

RHP Jose Mujica: 3+ IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Orlando Romero: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-19)

Bowling Green wasted a great Tobias Myers start in a 2-0 loss to West Michigan. In seven scoreless innings, Myers struck out six and gave up just four singles and two walks. However, the Hot Rods had just one hit. Despite that, they had at least one batter reach base in each of the first six innings, but they couldn’t take advantage of any of their chances.

SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Tobias Myers: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (32-21)

Miller Hogan pitched well in Hudson Valley’s 10-3 win over Tri-City. In his best professional outing yet, the sixth-round pick struck out five in four one-hit, scoreless innings. He was supported by some early offense. Erik Ostberg hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Jordan Qsar went deep later as the Renegades tacked on insurance runs.

2B Tyler Frank: 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
CF Tanner Dodson: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Erik Ostberg: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
RF Jordan Qsar: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Miller Hogan: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (29-17)

Princeton’s game was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-20)

The GCL Rays fell to the GCL Orioles by a 10-5 score. They pulled within one in the top of the sixth, but the GCL Orioles responded with five runs off Bryan Herrera in the bottom half of the inning. The GCL Rays’ three runs in the ninth were too little, too late. Starter Christian Fernandez allowed three runs in three innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 2-for-4, 1 K
C Kevin Melendez: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 HBP

RHP Christian Fernandez: 3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

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

Durham vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Michael King (0-0, 1.29)

Montgomery vs. Birmingham 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Kodi Medeiros (7-6, 3.41)

Charlotte vs. Dunedin 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Brian Shaffer (0-0, 4.66) vs. Connor Eller (6-4, 2.92)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Graham Spraker (3-2, 2.89)

Hudson Valley vs. Aberdeen 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton @ Johnson City 5:30 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. Colin Schmid (2-0, 4.96)
TBA vs. Kyle Leahy (2-1, 4.26)

Both games will be seven innings.

GCL Rays vs. GCL Orioles 10 a.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
60-55 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 481 R (7th) .733 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (5th) 1.24 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (3), SS Thairo Estrada (8), IF Tyler Wade (15), RHP Domingo German (16), RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (25)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
24-24 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 486 R (6th) .714 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Dane Dunning (5), C Zack Collins (6), RHP Dylan Cease (10), RHP A.J. Puckett (15), OF Alex Call (21), LHP Ian Clarkin (22), LHP Bernardo Flores (26), OF Tito Polo (27)

Dunedin Blue Jays
29-19 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 506 R (4th) .713 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Nate Pearson (4), SS Logan Warmoth (8), C Riley Adams (21), IF Kevin Smith (26), RHP Yennsy Diaz (30)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
27-20 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 606 R (1st) .733 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.21 ERA (14th) 1.38 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Ryan Noda (13), SS Kevin Vicuna (25), RHP Emerson Jimenez (31)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
22-30 (4th in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 180 R (12th) .643 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.88 ERA (13th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Adam Hall (18), RHP Gray Fenter (26), RHP Blaine Knight, pitching coach Mark Hendrickson

Johnson City Cardinals
21-25 (4th in AL West)
Offense: 277 R (4th) .813 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 5.56 ERA (8th) 1.56 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Orioles
12-32 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 145 R (18th) .585 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.43 ERA (14th) 1.51 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

Daily news and links

Willy Adames ranked 10th on MLB.com’s list of the top prospects traded over the past five trade deadlines.

Minor League Ball had a couple posts on the Rays — first, some thoughts on Brendan McKay’s future, and also on the different Lowes in the organization.