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Nick Solak had a couple extra-base hits in a game for the first time since May.

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In the second game of Princeton’s doubleheader Thursday, Wander Franco was a home run shy of the cycle. He did hit for the cycle on July 14. Thursday was the third game this season he finished one hit short of the cycle and the second time this month.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-53)

Durham allowed six first-inning runs in an 8-2 loss to Pawtucket. After striking out the first batter of the game, Zach Lee allowed the next six batters to reach base, culminating in a grand slam. He was charged with eight runs in 5 13 innings.

CF Austin Meadows: 1-for-4, 2 K
1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP
DH Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Zach Lee: 5 13 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (32-21)

Montgomery scored four unanswered runs in its 10-inning, 7-6 win over Jackson. After the Biscuits scored twice in the seventh, Nick Solak tied the game in the eighth with a solo home run. In the 10th, Nathan Lukes drove in the go-ahead run with a single. Spencer Jones opened, and Blake Bivens allowed five runs in 4 23 innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-5, 1 R
LF Nick Solak: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
2B Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R
3B Michael Brosseau: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Blake Bivens: 4 23 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-21)

Charlotte’s offense was quiet in a 2-1 loss to Fort Myers. Jake Fraley led off the second with a double and scored on Rene Pinto’s sacrifice fly. Miles Mastrobuoni followed with a double, but the Stone Crabs only had one hit the rest of the game. Starter Brian Shaffer allowed both Miracle runs in six innings.

1B Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3, 1 K
2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-4
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP Brian Shaffer: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-22)

Moises Gomez hit a home run late, but it wasn’t enough in Bowling Green’s 10-inning, 3-2 loss to Great Lakes. His two-run homer tied the game in the eighth, but in the 10th, the go-ahead run was thrown out at home. Tobias Myers had another fine outing, striking out five and allowing a run in five innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 SB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS
LF Moises Gomez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K

RHP Tobias Myers: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (33-24)

Despite only allowing two hits, Hudson Valley fell to Staten Island by a 3-2 score in 10 innings. Nick Sprengel struck out the first two batters in the 10th, but a two-out single scored Staten Island’s free baserunner. All three Renegades struck out in the bottom half of the inning. Starter Joe Ryan struck out seven and was charged with two runs in three-plus innings.

2B Tyler Frank: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Tanner Dodson: 2-for-4, 1 2B
RF Marvin Malone: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP

RHP Joe Ryan: 3+ IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (34-18)

Princeton’s comeback came up short in its Game 1, 3-2 loss to Johnson City. Through the first five innings, Princeton was losing 3-0 and had just one hit. It scored in the eighth and another in the ninth, but with the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base, Jonathan Aranda grounded out to end the game. Starter Wanderson Linares struck out seven and allowed three runs — two earned — in five innings.

The Princeton offense was more effective in an 8-3 win in Game 2. Princeton had three multi-run innings, including the bottom of the sixth, a half inning after Johnson City scored twice to make it a 5-3 game. Connor Hollis his a two-run homer, and Wander Franco tripled and scored. Starter Miguel Lara allowed a run in five innings and struck out six.

SS Wander Franco (1): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Wander Franco (2): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Carlos Vargas (1): 1-for-2, 1 BB
DH Jake Palomaki (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
3B Connor Hollis (2): 4-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI

RHP Wanderson Linares (1): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
RHP Miguel Lara (2): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (26-22)

The GCL Rays were edged by the GCL Red Sox, 3-2. After Luis Arcendo’s RBI double in the top of the second tied the game, the GCL Red Sox went back ahead a half inning later, and they scored the eventual winning run with two outs in the fourth. Starter Taj Bradley was charged with two unearned runs in 2 13 innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

RHP Taj Bradley: 2 13 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Jhoanbert Cedeno: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Forrest Snow (5-7, 4.53) vs. Josh A. Smith (4-6, 4.33)

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (6-4, 3.13) vs. Jon Duplantier (4-1, 2.09)

Charlotte vs. Palm Beach 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Paul Campbell (3-0, 2.91) vs. TBA

Hudson Valley vs. Brooklyn 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Brian Campusano (3-5, 4.98)

Princeton vs. Johnson City 5 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. Kyle Leahy (2-2, 5.23)
TBA vs. Cole Aker (4-1, 4.17)

Both games will be seven innings.

GCL Rays vs. GCL Orioles 10 a.m. DOUBLEHEADER

Both games will be seven innings.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
58-63 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 463 R (12th) .689 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (1st) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Sam Travis (7), RHP Mike Shawaryn (8), 1B Josh Ockimey (12), IF Tzu-Wei Lin (21), RHP Travis Lakins (22), C Oscar Hernandez

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)

Palm Beach Cardinals
Offense: 514 R (7th) .691 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Dylan Carlson (24), OF Scott Hurst (25)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
25-28 (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)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
32-25 (2nd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 263 R (3rd) .704 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Christian James (30), IF Carlos Cortes

Johnson City Cardinals
24-28 (4th in AL West)
Offense: 302 R (4th) .805 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 5.60 ERA (8th) 1.56 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Orioles
Offense: 161 R (18th) .594 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.08 ERA (10th) 1.47 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

Daily news and links

ESPN subscribers can read Keith Law’s thoughts on the addition of Shane Baz to the Chris Archer trade.

At Baseball America, Ben Badler reported on rule changes governing teams’ contact with international prospects.