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Remaining in the Appalachian League following his trade to the Rays, Shane Baz made his debut with his new organization Friday.

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Vincent Byrd has had an interesting season for Princeton. He’s now tied for second on the team with eight home runs, and six of them have come in multi-home run games. The 20-year-old first baseman was the team’s 14th-round pick in 2017.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-54)

Austin Meadows’ home run was not enough in Durham’s 5-3 loss to Pawtucket. Meadows’ two-run homer cut the Bulls’ deficit to 4-3 in the top of the sixth, but Pawtucket got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. Only one Bull reached base over the final three innings. Forrest Snow allowed all five runs in six innings.

CF Austin Meadows: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-4
3B Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, 1 CS
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-3, 2 K
SS Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Forrest Snow: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (32-22)

Montgomery was shut out by Jackson, 2-0. The Biscuits had eight hits, but they were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base. Benton Moss struck out eight and allowed two runs in seven innings.

2B Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 2 K
DH Nick Solak: 0-for-2, 3 BB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 3 K
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Benton Moss: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (32-21)

Charlotte scored four in the fifth to earn a 5-4 win over Palm Beach. The Stone Crabs fell behind 4-1 through three innings, but they broke out in that big inning without even getting a hit. The first batter was hit by a pitch, and the next three walked. After an out and two more bases-loaded walks, Rene Pinto drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. Vidal Nuno began his rehab assignment by allowing three runs in 1 23 innings, but Josh Fleming was sharp in his piggyback appearance, striking out seven and only allowing a run in 7 13 innings.

LF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS
1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

LHP Vidal Nuno: 1 23 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Josh Fleming: 7 13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-23)

Bowling Green couldn’t keep up in an 8-2 loss to Great Lakes. The Hot Rods scored first with back-to-back singles to open the game, but the Loons tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. After Bowling Green scored in the seventh to pull within 4-2, Great Lakes again immediately responded with four of its own. Paul Campbell allowed three runs in five innings.

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

RHP Paul Campbell: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (33-24)

Hudson Valley’s game was suspended.

Rookie Princeton Rays (35-19)

Princeton fell to Johnson City in Game 1 of their doubleheader by a 6-4 score. Johnson City scored once in the first and twice in the second off Shane Baz — making his organizational debut. He allowed four runs — three earned — in three innings. Home runs from Roberto Alvarez and Carlos Vargas weren’t enough in the comeback.

Princeton crushed Johnson City, 12-1, to split the doubleheader. Vincent Byrd, Tony Pena, and Grant Witherspoon each bashed two home runs. As the second batter of the game, Witherspoon hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run. Starter Stephen Yancey threw five scoreless innings.

SS Wander Franco (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB
DH Wander Franco (2): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
1B Carlos Vargas (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
C Roberto Alvarez (1): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
CF Grant Witherspoon (2): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RF Tony Pena (2): 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
1B Vincent Byrd (2): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI

RHP Shane Baz (1): 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Joe Peguero (1): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Stephen Yancey (2): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (28-22)

The GCL Rays scored six unanswered runs in their Game 1, 8-4 win over the GCL Orioles. After allowing four runs in the third, the GCL Rays went back in front with five in the fifth. Michael Berglund and Diego Infante each his RBI doubles in the inning. In his second pro outing, Shane McClanahan struck out the last four batters he faced in two perfect innings.

It took eight innings for the GCL Rays to earn a 3-2 win in Game 2. They hadn’t scored since the third inning, but Yunior Martinez’s leadoff bunt single put runners on the corners with no outs. After K.V. Edwards was intentionally walked, Russ Olive hit a walk-off sacrifice fly. Starter Christian Fernandez allowed two runs in 4 13 innings, and Aldor Rodriguez struck out five in 2 23 scoreless frames.

SS Jelfry Marte (1): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Russ Olive (1): 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 K
1B Russ Olive (2): 2-for-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
3B Kaleo Johnson (1): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB
DH Michael Berglund (1): 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB

LHP Shane McClanahan (1): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
LHP Stanly Sabino (1): 4 13 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Christian Fernandez (2): 4 13 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Aldor Rodriguez (2): 2 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

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

Durham @ Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Weber (7-5, 2.61) vs. Justin Haley (5-7, 3.90)

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
J.D. Martin (7-9, 4.34) vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. Palm Beach 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Austin Orewiler (4-4, 3.54)

Hudson Valley vs. Brooklyn 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. Christian James (3-1, 2.05)
TBA vs. TBA

Completion of suspended game will be followed by a seven-inning game.

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

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 a.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
59-63 (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)
26-28
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
27-27
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)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
22-31 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 504 R (9th) .692 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.74 ERA (16th) 1.49 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Hunter Greene (2), SS Jeter Downs (11), SS Jose Garcia (12), OF Miles Gordon (26), LHP Packy Naughton (28), 3B Jonathan India

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
25-29 (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
13-37
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

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