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Marc Topkin reported that Brendan McKay is back on the disabled list with an oblique injury.

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With the news that Brendan McKay is back on the disabled list with an oblique injury, his season is almost certainly over. Last time, he missed just about a month between his last game before going on the DL and beginning his rehab assignment. In his first full season, he batted 242 times and pitched 78 13 innings.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (75-59)

Durham couldn’t muster enough offense in a 5-3 loss to Charlotte. In the third, Joe McCarthy hit an RBI double, and Brandon Snyder’s RBI groundout tied the game. However, the Bulls only had one hit over the final seven innings. Austin Pruitt struck out six and allowed three runs in five innings.

CF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB
3B Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, 1 R

RHP Austin Pruitt: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (39-27)

Montgomery came back and held on for a 10-inning, 8-7 win over Mobile. In the ninth, Brett Sullivan singled in two runs to tie the game. In the 10th, David Rodriguez’s three-run homer gave the Biscuits some breathing room, but the BayBears’ two-run home run got them back in the game. With two outs, a single put the tying run on base, but Riley Unroe was retired to end the game. J.D. Martin allowed five runs — four earned — in six innings.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
2B Nick Solak: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
DH David Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI

RHP J.D. Martin: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 1 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (37-28)

Charlotte was shut out by Daytona, 2-0, in Game 1 of their doubleheader. The Stone Crabs had three consecutive hits in the first inning but were unable to score. They only had two hits over the final six innings. Josh Fleming allowed both Tortugas runs in seven innings.

The Stone Crabs were swept in the doubleheader with a 4-2 loss in Game 2. Daytona scored two runs in each of the first two innings, and Charlotte didn’t get on the board Thursday until Jake Fraley’s two-run homer in the sixth. J.D. Busfield allowed four runs — two earned — in two innings.

2B Vidal Brujan (1): 1-for-3, 1 2B
2B Vidal Brujan (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe (1): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
SS Jermaine Palacios (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
SS Jermaine Palacios (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
LF Jake Fraley (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

LHP Josh Fleming (1): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
RHP J.D. Busfield (2): 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-26)

Mikey York pitched Bowling Green to a 4-2 win over South Bend. In five innings, he allowed just an unearned run on three hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks. In the eighth, the Hot Rods added two valuable insurance runs on an RBI single from Moises Gomez and run-scoring double from Jim Haley. Drew Smyly made his 2018 debut and struck out the side in his only inning of work for South Bend.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 K

RHP Mikey York: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (42-29)

Hudson Valley clinched a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over Brooklyn. With the comeback win, the Renegades reduced their magic number to clinch the division to one. The Cyclones took an early 2-0 lead, but the Renegades closed the game with four unanswered runs, including three in the sixth when Jacson McGowan and Kaleo Johnson hit back-to-back RBI doubles. Easton McGee allowed two runs in five innings, and Alan Strong struck out seven in four scoreless innings of relief.

CF Tanner Dodson: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB
SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Jacson McGowan: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Easton McGee: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Alan Strong: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (44-22)

Princeton was off.

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

Durham vs. Norfolk 5:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. TBA
TBA vs. John Means (6-4, 3.42)

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

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brock Burke (6-1, 1.79) vs. Joe Gatto (3-4, 5.96)

Charlotte vs. Florida 4 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. Tanner Allison (0-0, -.--)
TBA vs. Tucker Davidson (7-10, 4.18)

Both games will be seven innings.

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Ryan Williams (0-2, 4.72)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 p.m. ET
TBA vs. Kyle Wilson (4-3, 3.42)

Princeton @ Bluefield 5:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Best-of-three semifinal (Series tied, 0-0)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
68-67
Offense: 578 R (5th) .700 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (13th)
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

Mobile BayBears (Angels)
28-35
Offense: 627 R (2nd) .735 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.34 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Jo Adell (2), 2B Jahmai Jones (3), RHP Jesus Castillo (12), OF Brennon Lund (18), RHP Joe Gatto (28), 2B Riley Unroe

Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta)
21-40
Offense: 441 R (11th) .647 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.89 ERA (9th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Joey Wentz (11), LHP Tucker Davidson (13), OF Drew Waters (17), C William Contreras (18), RHP Huascar Ynoa (23), OF Isranel Wilson (27), OF Greyson Jenista

South Bend Cubs
29-37
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)
38-33 (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

Bluefield Blue Jays
42-26
Offense: 395 R (3rd) .772 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.60 ERA (5th) 1.38 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Eric Pardinho (6), C Hagen Danner (28), SS Jordan Groshans

Daily news and links

MiLB.com wrote about Austin Meadows and Durham’s division-clinching win Wednesday.

Kean Wong was named to the International League postseason All-Star team.

Nick Solak was named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team.

Jesus Sanchez was named to the Florida State League postseason All-Star team.