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Charlotte’s league-leading offense scored 13 more runs Tuesday.

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I admit I was skeptical of Tristan Gray starting the season with Charlotte, but the versatile hitter acquired in the Corey Dickerson trade turned his season around after a slow start. He leads the Florida State League with 35 doubles, and he had his second three-double game of the season Tuesday. Josh Lowe is tied for second in the league with 25.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (66-52)

Durham held on for a 6-5 win over Lehigh Valley. In the sixth, Adam Moore hit an RBI double, and Micah Johnson drove in two to give the Bulls a 6-1 lead, but the IronPigs scored three in the eighth. In the ninth, they got the tying run into scoring position, but Ian Gibaut retired the last two batters to end the game. Andrew Moore allowed three runs in five innings.

CF Austin Meadows: 1-for-5, 1 K
1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
DH Nick Ciuffo: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB

RHP Andrew Moore: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-20)

Brock Burke had another strong start in Montgomery’s 6-1 win over Jackson. After throwing 7 23 scoreless innings his last time out, the lefty threw seven more scoreless frames Tuesday, striking out eight. Michael Brosseau hit a two-run homer in the Biscuits’ five-run third, and Jake Cronenworth later added a solo home run.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
LF Nick Solak: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
2B Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
3B Michael Brosseau: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 CS, 1 HBP
1B Dalton Kelly: 3-for-4

LHP Brock Burke: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-19)

Charlotte earned a wild 13-12 win over Fort Myers. Vidal Brujan led off with a double in the four-run first, but the Miracle responded with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Brujan tripled before Brendan McKay’s two-run homer in the second, but the Stone Crabs eventually fell behind, 11-8. In the seventh, they went ahead again with five runs. Starter Kenny Rosenberg allowed eight runs in 2 23 innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 3-for-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
LF Robbie Tenerowicz: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
3B Tristan Gray: 3-for-4, 3 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 2 23 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-21)

A bad inning cost Bowling Green in its 7-4 loss to Lansing. A half inning after a sacrifice fly and wild pitch gave the Hot Rods a 3-2 lead, the Lugnuts scored five runs to take the lead for good. The tying run scored on a groundout, and the rest of the runs scored with two outs. Tommy Romero was charged with seven runs in 4 23 innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

RHP Tommy Romero: 4 23 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (33-22)

The New-York Penn League North All-Stars lost, 7-1.

C Chris Betts: 0-for-3
DH Erik Ostberg: 0-for-1
1B Jacson McGowan: 0-for-1
SS Tyler Frank: 1-for-4, 1 K

RHP Jack Labosky: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (32-17)

Princeton staged a late comeback for a 9-8 win over Burlington. After falling behind 4-0 and then 8-6, Princeton scored three in the ninth to win. After Burlington conceded a run to record the second out in the inning, Jonathan Aranda walked to set up Carlos Vargas, who hit a two-run, walk-off double. Starter Edisson Gonzalez allowed four runs in 3 13 innings.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB
1B Carlos Vargas: 4-for-5, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI
C Roberto Alvarez: 3-for-5, 2 R
CF Grant Witherspoon: 3-for-5, 2 K

RHP Edisson Gonzalez: 3 13 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (26-20)

Matthew Liberatore held another team off the scoreboard in the GCL Rays’ 4-2 win over the GCL Red Sox. Although he walked a career-high four batters in 4 23 innings, he also struck out four and didn’t allow an earned run for the fifth time in seven pro starts. Already leading 2-1, the GCL Rays plated two insurance runs in the eighth when Russ Olive hit an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly.

DH Joe McCarthy: 1-for-5, 2 K
SS Jelfry Marte: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1B Russ Olive: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Matthew Liberatore: 4 23 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (3-7, 4.75) vs. Drew Anderson (8-3, 3.95)

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Sam McWilliams (4-6, 5.13) vs. Bo Takahashi (2-3, 6.31)

Completion of suspended game followed by seven-inning game.

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (rehab) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Shawn Semple (2-3, 2.70)

Princeton is off.

GCL Rays vs. GCL Red Sox 10 a.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
73-48 (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

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
Offense: 561 R (3rd) .726 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Jon Duplantier (1), IF Domingo Leyba (11), RHP Yoan Lopez (17)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
30-21 (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)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
24-27 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 461 R (16th) .684 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.88 ERA (11th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Starling Heredia (17)

Staten Island Yankees
27-26 (3rd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 180 R (14th) .620 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.38 ERA (1st) 1.11 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Matt Sauer (11), RHP Clarke Schmidt (14), RHP Juan De Paula (21), C Josh Breaux

GCL Red Sox
27-19 (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

Wander Franco was on the latest Baseball America Hot Sheet.

He was also on’s prospect team of the week.

Charlotte’s Tristan Gray rebounded from a slow start to the season.