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DOTF 8/20: Wander Franco hits game winning homer. Matthew Liberatore with another dominant start.

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Wander Franco hit his 10th homer of the season. Matthew Liberatore lowered his ERA to 0.98.

Bill Mitchell

Wander Franco continued tearing up the Appalachian League with his 10th homer of the season as part of a three hit day and was intentionally walked for the Princeton Rays.

First round pick Matthew Liberatore threw five scoreless inning for the GCL Rays and set a career high with eight strikeouts and walked none.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-52)

The Durham Bulls had a scheduled off day.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (70-57)

The Montgomery Biscuits fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts 6-2. Michael Russell hit a homer. Jake Cronenworth, Brett Sullivan, and Miles Mastrobuoni collected two hits a piece.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-3, K, BB
DH Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 3 K
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 2 K, CS (1)
3B Michael Russell: 1-for-4, HR (3), R, RBI, 2 K

RHP Curtis Taylor (L, 3-4): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HRA
RHP Sam McWilliams: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 8 K, 1 BB, 1 HRA
LHP Matt Krook: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB

Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (65-53)

The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs had a scheduled day off.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (80-46)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-2. After falling behind 2-0 in the third, Ronaldo Hernandez’s three-run homer put the Hot Rods up for good. It was Hernandez’s 19th homerun of the season and added his 20th double of the season. Taylor Walls collected three hits and stole his 28th base.

SS Taylor Walls: 3-for-4, R, SB (28)
RF-LF Moises Gomez: 0-for-3, R, 3 K, BB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-4, 2B (20), HR (19), 2 R, 3 RBI
DH Trey Hair: 2-for-4, 3B (1), RBI, K, CS (2)

RHP Tommy Romero (W, 10-4): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HRA
RHP Tyler Day (H, 3): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
RHP Matt Seelinger (S, 1): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB

Rookie Hudson Valley Renegades (35-26)

The Hudson Valley Renegades rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Connecticut Tigers. The Tigers got on the board first in the sixth inning off starter Michael Mercado. The Renegades answered with two runs in the seventh and added an insurance run in the ninth. Tanner Dodson got on base five times with three singles and two walks. Ford Proctor’s double was the only extra base hit.

DH Tanner Dodson: 3-for-3, R, 2 BB, CS (3)
SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 2B (9), R, RBI, K
3B Tyler Frank: 0-for-2, RBI, K, 2 BB
C Erik Ostberg: 1-for-5
1B Jacson McGowan: 0-for-2, 2 BB
RF Jordan Qsar: 1-for-3, 2 K, BB
CF Michael Smith: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, SB (11)

RHP Michael Mercado: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 4 BB
RHP Alan Strong (W, 1-1): 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB

Rookie Princeton Rays (37-20)

The Princeton Rays defeated the Bluefield Blue Jays 8-7. Each team got most of their runs in one inning trading five run frames. With the game tied at seven in the bottom of the eighth Wander Franco hit a homer that would hold on to be the game winning run. Franco ended the night with three hits and was intentionally walked.

Prospect Note: Wander Franco’s 17 year old season has been truly remarkable.

This was before last night’s game where Franco hit his 10th homer. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. spent the whole season in the Appalachian League and received 276 plate appearances. Franco currently sits at 236 plate appearances.

LF Pedro Diaz: 3-for-5, 2 K, SB (4)
DH Connor Hollis: 2-for-5, K, CS (2)
SS Wander Franco: 3-for-4, HR (10), 2 R, RBI, IBB
1B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-5, HR (3), R, 2 RBI
CF Grant Witherspoon: 1-for-3, 2B (7), 2 R, K, BB
2B Jonathan Aranda: 3-for-4, 2B (8), 3B (3), 2 R, 3 RBI

RHP Edisson Gonzalez: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 3 K, 4 BB, 1 HRA
RHP Francisco German: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB
RHP Juan Carlos Arias (W, 3-1): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB
RHP MIchael Constanzo (S, 6): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB

GCL Rays (30-22)

The GCL Rays shutout the GCL Twins 6-0. Matthew Liberatore put together another impressive start going five shutout innings allowing three hits while striking out eight and walking none. Kaleo Johnson led the offense with a double and triple on his way to scoring two runs and driving in one.

CF Aldenis Sanchez: 1-for-5, R, 2 K
1B Russ Olive: 2-for-3, R, BB
3B Kaleo Johnson: 2-for-3, 2B (13), 3B (2), 2 R, RBI, BB
SS Jelfry Marte: 2-for-4, RBI, K, SB (7), CS (4)
2B Cristhian Pedroza: 2-for-3, 2B (5), RBI, BB

LHP Matthew Liberatore (W, 1-2): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 0 BB
RHP Angel Rodriguez (H, 1): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
RHP Daiveyon Whittle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB

DSL Rays 1 (46-20)

The DSL Rays 1 lost to the DSL Royals 1 2-1. In the top of the third the Rays 1 struck first, but weren’t able to make the one run hold. Stir Candelario collected two hits.

DH Julio Meza: 1-for-2
3B Angel Lopez: 1-for-4
RF Stir Candelario: 2-for-4, 2 K
1B Jose Del Palacio: 1-for-4
C Nigel Calmes: 1-for-3, K, BB
CF Reissel Silvestre: 1-for-3, R, K

RHP Janick Lopez (L, 0-3): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
RHP Carlos Gomez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
RHP Joaquin Genao: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP
RHP Wilfry Urena: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB

RHP Franklin Dacosta: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 3 BB
RHP Henry Torres (W, 3-1): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 2 BB
RHP Shuruendy Valeriano: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB

DSL Rays 2 (42-24)

The DSL Rays 2 defeated the DSL Cubs 1 4-2. The Rays 2 established a 4-0 run through the fifth and were able to hold on for the victory. Alberto Figuereo and Abiezel Ramirez each collected two hits.

2B Alberto Figuereo: 2-for-4, R, SB (35)
3B Amador Arias: 1-for-4, R, RBI, SB (16)
SS Abiezel Ramirez: 2-for-4, 3B (4), R, 2 RBI, 2 SB (26)
1B Bryan Santos: 1-for-4
C Angel Nelo: 1-for-4, K, CS (4)

RHP Dauris Lopez (W, 3-3): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 5 BB
RHP Marquito Casilla: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 1 K, 3 BB
RHP Leonardo Sanchez (H, 1): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 1 BB
RHP Igor Kimura (S, 1); 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB

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