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For the fourth straight season, Montgomery is going to the postseason.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays-Media Day
Brett Sullivan helped Montgomery earn another postseason appearance
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Coming off his successful offseason in Australia, Jake Fraley has been great for Charlotte. He’s batting .338 with a .404 on-base percentage, and half of his career extra-base hits have come in this season’s 60 games. It’s fair to point out that he’s repeating the level he played at last year, although due to injuries, he only played in 26 games. At 23, he’s also older than the league average. Most importantly moving forward, he just has to stay healthy.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (74-58)

Home runs from Jason Coats and Joe McCarthy lifted Durham to a 4-3 win over Charlotte. After Nick Ciuffo led off the third with a single, Coats’ two-run homer gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead. With two outs in the same inning, McCarthy’s second home run since returning from the disabled list extended the lead to 3-0. Rob Refsnyder’s RBI single in the sixth provided what proved to be the winning run. Zach Lee allowed two runs — one earned — in 4 23 innings.

SS Christian Arroyo: 0-for-5, 2 K
DH Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
CF Austin Meadows: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS
1B Nate Lowe: 3-for-4, 1 2B
C Nick Ciuffo: 2-for-4, 1 R
LF Jason Coats: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Zach Lee: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 13+ IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (38-27)

Montgomery scored early and often in a 9-5 win over Tennessee. Brett Sullivan stole home on a double steal to tie the game in the second, and Thomas Milone’s RBI single gave the Biscuits a 2-1 lead. A half inning after the Smokies went back in front, Sullivan’s two-run homer gave Montgomery a 4-3 edge. Tennessee again scored twice to retake the lead, but Montgomery’s four-run fourth gave it the lead for good. Dalton Moats opened and allowed an unearned run, and Forrest Snow gave up four runs in four innings.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4
LF Nathan Lukes: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
DH Brett Sullivan: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Forrest Snow: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
LHP Matt Krook: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Travis Ott: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (37-26)

A pair of home runs downed Charlotte in a 5-3 loss to Daytona. Reds minor leaguer Ibandel Isabel hit his 34th and 34th home runs of the season, setting a new Florida State League record. He gave the Tortugas a 2-0 lead in the first and after the Stone Crabs tied the game, hit a solo shot in the fourth that gave Daytona the lead for good. Brian Shaffer allowed three runs in five innings.

CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-5, 1 CS
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
PH Vidal Brujan: 0-for-1
DH Jake Fraley: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

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

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (39-25)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (41-28)

Hudson Valley couldn’t hold off Staten Island in an 8-4 loss. Ford Proctor’s RBI single gave the Renegades a 1-0 lead in the third, and Jordan Qsar’s homer led off a two-run fourth. After Joe Ryan struck out nine in five scoreless innings, Staten Island scored all eight of its runs over the final three innings to pull ahead.

SS Ford Proctor: 4-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
CF Michael Smith: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS

RHP Joe Ryan: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
RHP Tanner Dodson: 2 13 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (43-22)

Princeton dominated Greeneville in a 12-1 win. Offensively, VIncent Byrd’s two-run homer helped Princeton jump out to an 8-0 lead through 2 12 innings. On the mound, Princeton pitching struck out 15 Greeneville hitters. Shane McClanahan fanned two of the three batters he faced, and Wanderson Linares, Heath Renz, and Michael Costanzo had four, five, and four strikeouts, respectively.

SS Wander Franco: 2-for-6, 1 K
2B Luis Leon: 1-for-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Connor Hollis: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
CF Grant Witherspoon: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Tony Pena: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Vincent Byrd: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

LHP Shane McClanahan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R< 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Heath Renz: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
LHP Michael Costanzo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

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

Durham @ Charlotte 7:04 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Weber (8-6, 2.73) vs. Jordan Stephens (3-6, 4.58)

Montgomery is off.

Charlotte vs. Daytona 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Josh Fleming (3-2, 4.36) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Brendon Little (4-11, 5.42)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 p.m. ET
TBA vs. Briam Campusano (3-6, 5.29)

Princeton @ Greeneville 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Jacob Heatherly (1-4, 5.97)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
61-72
Offense: 510 R (13th) .703 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (12th) 1.37 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (1), RHP Zack Burdi (11), RHP Spencer Adams (12), RHP Carson Fulmer (13), RHP Jordan Stephens (16), RHP Ian Hamilton (23), LHP Jordan Guerrero (25), C Seby Zavala (29), IF Jake Elmore, 1B Casey Gillaspie, 3B Patrick Leonard

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
29-35
Offense: 562 R (5th) .711 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.08 ERA (10th) 1.36 WHIP 9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (3), C Tyler Stephenson (10), LHP Scott Moss (29)

South Bend Cubs
28-36
Offense: 556 R (8th) .688 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (9th) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Brendon Little (7), C Miguel Amaya (22), RHP Javier Assad (23), SS Nico Hoerner, OF Jimmy Herron

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
36-32 (2nd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 334 R (1st) .712 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Christian James (30), IF Carlos Cortes

Greeneville Reds
28-39
Offense: 342 R (7th) .735 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 5.57 ERA (8th) 1.64 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Jacob Heatherly (15), RHP Lyon Richardson, RHP Josiah Gray

Daily news and links

Baseball America’s newest Hot Sheet featured Moises Gomez, Jake Fraley, Vidal Brujan, and presumably a handful of players from other organizations.

Brujan was also on MLB.com’s prospect team of the week.