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After hitting a walk-off single in Game 1, Wander Franco reached base four times in Game 2.

Adam Sanford

Rays second-round pick and two-way player Tanner Dodson has had a really nice start to his career with Hudson Valley. As a hitter, he’s batting .285/.351/.387 with a couple home runs and six steals in eight attempts. That .738 OPS is significantly above the league average of .669.

As a pitcher, Dodson lowered his ERA to 0.46 Sunday. His strikeout rate is 25 percent, and his walk rate is 5.6 percent. I hope the Rays start drafting one of these guys every year.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (65-51)

Durham’s two home runs were too little, too late in its 6-3 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Rob Refsnyder led off the seventh with a home run, but the RailRiders already led 6-0. Jason Coats doubled and scored later in the inning, and Andrew Velazquez’s homer cut it to 6-3 in the ninth. Forrest Snow allowed all six runs in six innings.

LF Austin Meadows: 1-for-4, 1 2B
1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 BB
DH Rob Refsnyder: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K

RHP Forrest Snow: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (29-20)

Montgomery hit three home runs in a 7-3 win over Birmingham. The Barons took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Daniel De La Calle gave the Biscuits a 2-1 lead with a home run in the third. An inning later, Nick Solak and David Rodriguez both went deep to extend the lead to three runs, and Montgomery added three more for insurance in the seventh. Starter J.D. Martin allowed a run in three no-hit innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
2B Nick Solak: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
CF Thomas Milone: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 3B
1B Daniel De La Calle: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP J.D. Martin: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
LHP Matt Krook: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-18)

The seven-run second inning cost Charlotte in its 11-4 loss to Dunedin. In that inning, five of the first six batters had hits, and the sixth reached on an error. Dunedin later got a three-run home run. Josh Fleming allowed seven runs — six earned — in 1 23 innings.

DH Vidal Brujan: 1-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 SB
2B Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-4

LHP Josh Fleming: 1 23 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-20)

A big inning wasn’t enough in Bowling Green’s 6-4 loss to Lansing. After being held scoreless over the first five innings, the Hot Rods went ahead 4-2 in the sixth, and they did it with just one hit. Runs scored on a walk, a balk, a sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch. However, the Lugnuts scored two in the bottom of the sixth to tie and two in the seventh to go back in front. Starter J.D. Busfield allowed two runs — one earned — in three innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-5, 1 SB
2B Jim Haley: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 HBP
RF Emilio Gustave: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP J.D. Busfield: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (33-22)

A first-inning run helped Hudson Valley edge Aberdeen, 1-0, in Game 1 of their doubleheader. With two outs, Jordan Qsar doubled in Tyler Frank for the only run of the game. Easton McGee threw six scoreless innings, and B.J. Myers finished off the last inning.

The Renegades couldn’t secure a doubleheader sweep with a 4-2 loss in Game 2. The IronBirds scored one in the first, two in the second, and one in the third to go up by four early in the game. Michael Mercado allowed four runs — three earned — in two innings.

SS Ford Proctor (1): 0-for-2, 2 K, 1 HBP
SS Ford Proctor (2): 2-for-4
2B Tyler Frank (1): 1-for-3, 1 R
LF Jordan Qsar (1): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI

RHP Easton McGee (1): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Michael Mercado (2): 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Tanner Dodson (2): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (31-17)

Wander Franco was the hero again in Princeton’s 3-2 win over Burlington in Game 1 of their doubleheader. After Pedro Diaz’s two-run homer in the fifth tied the game, Franco delivered the clutch hit in the seventh with a walk-off single to score Beau Brundage. Starter Cristopher Sanchez allowed two runs in six innings.

Princeton swept its doubleheader with a 13-4 win in Game 2. With six runs in the first — capped by Vincent Byrd’s two-run home run — the game was hardly in doubt. Byrd homered again in the five-run third, and Jordyn Muffley immediately followed with the first home run of his professional career. Luis Moncada struck out six and allowed a run in six innings.

SS Wander Franco (1): 1-for-4, 1 RBI
DH Wander Franco (2): 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
1B Carlos Vargas (1): 1-for-3, 1 K
LF Pedro Diaz (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Jake Palomaki (2): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
3B Connor Hollis (2): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
1B Vincent Byrd (2): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
C Jordyn Muffley (2): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

LHP Cristopher Sanchez (1): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
LHP Luis Moncada (2): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-20)

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

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Weber (7-4, 2.15) vs. Drew Anderson (8-3, 3.95)

Montgomery is off.

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Brendan McKay (3-2, 3.06) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Mikey York (1-0, 2.39) vs. Matt Gunter (4-4, 5.12)

Hudson Valley is at the All-Star break.

Princeton vs. Burlington 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

GCL Rays vs. GCL Red Sox 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
72-47 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 527 R (4th) .731 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Enyel De Los Santos (10), LHP Ranger Suarez (11), RHP Tom Eshelman (27), OF Dylan Cozens (31), RHP Steve Geltz

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
29-20 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 504 R (6th) .689 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (3rd) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Royce Lewis (1), OF Alex Kirilloff (3), RHP Brusdal Graterol (5), OF Aaron Whitefield (19), 1B Lewin Diaz (26), 2B Travis Blankenhorn (29)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
28-21 (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)

Burlington Royals
16-35 (5th in AL East)
Offense: 198 R (10th) .656 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 5.28 ERA (7th) 1.51 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Red Sox
27-17 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 201 R (12th) .705 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.07 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: None

Daily news and links

Here’s Austin Meadows’ walk-off home run from Saturday. Thanks to Duhbear for sharing the link:

MiLB.com wrote about Meadows’ big game Saturday, and you can watch the home run again embedded in the article.