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Nick Solak has been on a tear in August.

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Nick Solak slumped in June and July, but through 16 games in August, he’s been a lot like the hitter he was in the first couple months. He’s batting .350 with a .431 on-base percentage and .600 slugging percentage, and he has as many walks as strikeouts.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (68-54)

Ryan Weber was sharp in Durham’s 3-0 win over Pawtucket. In seven innings, he struck out five and gave up just four hits with no walks. Colin Poche and Ian Gibaut each pitched an inning to finish the game. In the sixth, Brandon Snyder broke the scoreless tie with a two-run home run.

DH Austin Meadows: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
3B Brandon Snyder: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Ryan Weber: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
LHP Colin Poche: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (32-23)

Despite Nick Solak’s two home runs, Montgomery fell to Jackson, 4-3. His first-inning homer gave the Biscuits a 1-0 lead, but the Generals scored the next three runs over the first two innings. He homered again in the eighth, giving him 18 for the season. J.D. Martin allowed three runs in three innings.

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

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

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (33-21)

After losing a 7-4 lead, Charlotte rebounded for an 8-7 win over Palm Beach in 10 innings. The Stone Crabs scored four in the first — including three off Michael Wacha — and three in the fourth, but Palm Beach scored in the sixth, seventh, and ninth to tie the game. In the bottom of the 10th, Palm Beach was unable to record an out, and Eleardo Cabrera won the game with a walk-off single. Starter Brandon Lawson allowed three runs in two innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
3B Jermaine Palacios: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
SS Tristan Gray: 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
RF Eleardo Cabrera: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS

RHP Brandon Lawson: 2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-24)

Moises Gomez’s home run was not enough in Bowling Green’s 3-1 loss to Dayton. His 14th homer of the season was just one of two Hot Rods hits. A two-run home run for the Dragons capped their three-run first inning off J.D. Busfield, who pitched six innings.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-3
LF Moises Gomez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K

RHP J.D. Busfield: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (34-25)

Hudson Valley fell to Brooklyn in the resumption of the suspended game, 9-2. Garrett Giovannelli tripled and scored in the third to pull the Renegades within 2-1, but the Cyclones scored the next seven runs to put the game out of reach. Starter Miller Hogan allowed two runs in three innings.

Despite only collecting two hits, the Renegades erased a 3-0 deficit in their eight-inning, 4-3 win in Game 2. Only one of those hits contributed to a run, and Tyler Frank had both of them. A bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly tied the game in the seventh, and with two outs in the eighth, a hit batter followed by another bases-loaded walk won it. Easton McGee allowed three runs in five innings.

CF Tanner Dodson (1): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Tyler Frank (1): 1-for-4
SS Tyler Frank (2): 2-for-4, 1 R
SS Ford Proctor (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
2B Ford Proctor (2): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Miller Hogan (1): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Easton McGee (1): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
LHP Trey Cumbie (2): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (36-19)

Princeton piled up double-digit runs again, this time in a 13-5 win over Johnson City. A half inning after Johnson City took a 3-2 lead, Princeton scored four times to go ahead for good, and it really opened the floodgates in the five-run eighth that included Wander Franco’s ninth home run. Starter Cristopher Sanchez allowed two runs — one earned — in four innings.

SS Wander Franco: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
1B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 3 K
3B Connor Hollis: 5-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI
C Roberto Alvarez: 3-for-5, 1 RBI
CF Grant Witherspoon: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Pedro Diaz: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
RF Beau Brundage: 1-for-2, 3 R, 2 BB

LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (29-22)

Rodolfo Sanchez pitched the GCL Rays to a 4-2 win over the GCL Orioles. For the second straight start, the righty didn’t allow an earned run. He struck out five and was charged with an unearned run on five hits and a walk. Russ Olive drove in the opening run in the first inning.

SS Jelfry Marte: 3-for-4, 1 R

RHP Rodolfo Sanchez: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

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

Durham @ Pawtucket 1:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Andrew Moore (6-6, 4.48) vs. Mike Shawaryn (2-0, 2.95)

Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brock Burke (4-1, 1.72) vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. Palm Beach 9:05 a.m. ET (radio stream)
Brendan McKay (3-2, 3.12) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 2 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Mac Sceroler (2-5, 5.67)

Hudson Valley vs. Brooklyn 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Kyle Wilson (2-3, 3.38)

Princeton @ Bluefield 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

The GCL Rays are off.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
59-64 (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

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
21-32 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 544 R (4th) .718 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (5th) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Brent Rooker (7), LHP Tyler Jay (10), RHP Felix Jorge (12), 2B Luis Arraez (15)

Palm Beach Cardinals
27-28
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)
23-32 (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)
33-26 (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

Bluefield Blue Jays
35-22 (2nd in AL East)
Offense: 321 R (3rd) .766 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.67 ERA (5th) 1.40 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Eric Pardinho (6), C Hagen Danner (28), SS Jordan Groshans

Daily news and links

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Bowling Green’s Craig Albernaz won Midwest League manager of the year, and Vidal Brujan, Moises Gomez, Ronaldo Hernadnez, and Tommy Romero were named postseason All-Stars.