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Princeton wasted no time in utilizing the recently promoted Shane McClanahan.

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Brendan McKay is the scheduled pitcher for Charlotte Saturday night, so fans in the area have a chance to check him out in Clearwater.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (72-57)

Austin Pruitt was sharp again in Durham’s 6-0 win over Norfolk. After throwing four scoreless innings in his last appearance, Pruitt threw six more against the Tides, striking out seven and giving up just two hits with no walks. In the seventh, Austin Meadows singled in two to break the scoreless tie, and Jason Coats hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

CF Austin Meadows: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Christian Arroyo: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Kean Wong: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
LF Jason Coats: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI

RHP Austin Pruitt: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
LHP Colin Poche: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (35-26)

Montgomery rolled to a 10-2 win over Tennessee. Already leading 2-1, the Biscuits scored four two-out runs in the sixth. Jesus Sanchez doubled in the first run, and two more scored on Miles Mastrobuoni’s single. In the eighth, David Rodriguez doubled in a pair of runs, and Jake Cronenworth drove in two with a triple. After Spencer Jones opened, J.D. Martin allowed two runs in 5 13 innings.

3B Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 1 RBI
2B Nick Solak: 1-for-5, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
CF Nathan Lukes: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP J.D. Martin: 5 13 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
LHP Matt Krook: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-24)

Charlotte limited Clearwater to four singles but ultimately fell to the Threshers, 3-1. Clearwater made its hits count, totaling three of them in its three-run fifth inning. All seven of the Stone Crabs’ hits were singles, and they left six runners on base. Brandon Lawson allowed three runs — one earned — in five innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
DH Brendan McKay: 0-for-4, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-3

RHP Brandon Lawson: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-24)

Bowling Green edged Lake County by a 3-2 score. Taylor Walls led off the game with a double and scored, and the Hot Rods extended their lead to 3-0 with two in the fifth. J.D. Busfield allowed two runs in six innings, and Tyler Day and Simon Rosenblum-Larson combined to throw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

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

RHP J.D. Busfield: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Tyler Day: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (38-27)

Hudson Valley pitching shut down Tri-City in a 4-0 Renegades win. In six innings, Easton McGee struck out five and yielded just two hits and two walks. Jack Labosky finished the game with three strikeouts over the final three frames. Chris Betts doubled in the first two runs of the game in the third, and Hudson Valley added two more in the fourth.

SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
CF Tanner Dodson: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB

RHP Easton McGee: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Jack Labosky: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (40-21)

Shane McClanahan quickly adjusted to the Appalachian League in Princeton’s 4-0 win over Danville. In three scoreless innings, the lefty struck out five and gave up just two hits and a walk. Rodolfo Sanchez was even better, striking out seven in five no-hit innings. In the third, Beau Brundage tripled and scored the first run of the game.

DH Wander Franco: 2-for-4, 1 2B
1B Carlos Vargas: 0-for-3

LHP Shane McClanahan: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Rodolfo Sanchez: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (32-23)

The GCL Rays earned a rain-shortened, 5-2 win over the GCL Orioles. After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, the GCL Rays immediately responded with four in the top of the second. Jelfry Marte doubled in two runs and scored himself on an error. Starter Francisco Sanchez was only able to record two outs, but Jose Roca and Jhoanbert Cedeno held the GCL Orioles scoreless over 6 13 innings out of the bullpen.

SS Jelfry Marte: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI

LHP Francisco Sanchez: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Jose Roca: 4 13 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Jhoanbert Cedeno: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K


Saturay’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Matt Wotherspoon (2-8, 4.64)

Montgomery vs. Tennessee 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brock Burke (5-1, 1.91) vs. Justin Steele (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 6:15 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Brendan McKay (3-2, 3.30) vs. Maurico Llovera (6-7, 3.92)

Bowling Green vs. Lake County 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Jean Carlos Mejia (4-7, 2.56)

Hudson Valley vs. Tri-City 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Nivaldo Rodriguez (3-1, 2.54)

Princeton vs. Danville 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)

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

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
67-63 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 557 R (T-4th) .704 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.90 ERA (9th) 1.37 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: C Chance Sisco (3), OF DJ Stewart (16), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (23), IF Steve Wilkerson (30), C Armando Araiza, OF Joey Rickard

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
28-31 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 529 R (7th) .686 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (4th) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Oscar De La Cruz (6), RHP Thomas Hatch (8), RHP Keegan Thompson (14), LHP Justin Steele (18), OF Charcer Burks (24), RHP Michael Rucker (26), RHP Jake Stinnett (30)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
39-21 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 545 R (7th) .700 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (8th) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (2), RHP Adonis Medina (4), OF Mickey Moniak (9), SS Arquimedes Gamboa (19), 2B Daniel Brito (20), RHP JD Hammer (26), RHP Mauricio Llovera (30)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
25-35 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 511 R (14th) .688 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.07 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Will Benson (10), OF Oscar Gonzalez (20), RHP Luis Oviedo (22), LHP Brady Aiken (28)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
37-28 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 279 R (5th) .708 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: None

Danville Braves
Offense: 282 R (9th) .694 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (2nd) 1.38 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Orioles
Offense: 170 R (18th) .583 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.07 ERA (11th) 1.48 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

Daily news and links

It had been a couple weeks since we featured independent manager Butch Hobson.

Here’s a link to a video of Brendan McKay hitting a double. If I could embed it, I would.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans held a Deaf Awareness Night.