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Durham got a boost with Austin Meadows’ return to the lineup from a hand injury.

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Hudson Valley’s Kaleo Johnson has emerged as one of the minors’ premier hit-by-pitch stars. In 245 plate appearances (including the postseason), he’s been hit 17 times, or once every 14.4 pate appearances. When Hughie Jennings set the major league record with 51 in 1896, he was hit once every 11.8 plate appearances, so Johnson is going to have to lean into a few more to reach that pace.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (1-1)

Durham held on for a 6-5 win over Toledo, evening its semifinal series at one game apiece. The game was tied at three through five innings, but the Bulls went ahead with three in the eighth. Micah Johnson drove in two with a triple and scored on Roberto Pena’s sacrifice fly. Ian Gibaut entered the game in the ninth to close the game, but he was unable to retire any of the four batters he faced. After a sacrifice fly cut the lead to one, Jake Cronenworth turned a double play to end the game. Austin Pruitt struck out six and allowed three runs in 5 13 innings.

LF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 K
CF Austin Meadows: 0-for-4, 1 BB
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R
DH Micah Johnson: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI

RHP Austin Pruitt: 5 13 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
LHP Colin Poche: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 4 BF, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-1)

Brock Burke pitched Montgomery to an 8-3 win over Jackson, evening its semifinal series at one game apiece. The lefty held the Generals off the board in the first six innings and finished with just a run allowed in 6 13 innings with eight strikeouts. The Biscuits scored three in the fourth and went up 5-0 in the sixth on Jesus Sanchez’s two-run double. In the seventh, Michael Brosseau’s two-run home run capped a three-run inning.

2B Nick Solak: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Michael Brosseau: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

LHP Brock Burke: 6 13 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
LHP Matt Krook: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-0)

Moises Gomez’s home run helped Bowling Green to a 4-3 win over Lansing, sending the Hot Rods to the Midwest League semifinals. Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Bowling Green went up on the two-run homer. Gomez singled in Vidal Brujan in the sixth, and the Hot Rods scored again in the eighth on a fielder’s choice. Tommy Romero struck out six and allowed a run in seven innings.

The semifinal against West Michigan begins Saturday.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 1 RBI
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-3, 1 BB
LF Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

RHP Tommy Romero: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (2-0)

Hudson Valley advanced to its third straight New York-Penn League Championship with a 7-3 win over Auburn. The Renegades’ offense was relentless, scoring in six of its eight at-bats, but it took until the sixth inning for Hudson Valley to go ahead for good when Ford Proctor doubled in two runs. Easton McGee was charged with three runs — two earned — in 5 13 innings.

The championship against Tri-City begins Saturday.

DH Tanner Dodson: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
SS Ford Proctor: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
1B Jacson McGowan: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
3B Kaleo Johnson: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP

RHP Easton McGee: 5 13 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (41-25)

Princeton’s season is over.

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

Durham vs. Toledo 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (5-7, 4.66) vs. Spencer Turnbull (1-1, 2.03)

Best-of-five semifinal (Series tied, 1-1)

Montgomery vs. Jackson 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (8-5, 2.75) vs. TBA

Best-of-five semifinal (Series tied, 1-1)

Bowling Green is off.

Hudson Valley is off.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
1-1
Offense: 577 R (8th) .707 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.05 ERA (10th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Daz Cameron (6), OF Christin Stewart (9), RHP Kyle Funkhouser (11), RHP Spencer Turnbull (12), OF Mike Gerber (14), RHP Bryan Garcia (16), LHP Ryan Carpenter

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
1-1
Offense: 627 R (3rd) .719 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (4th) 1.25 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Jon Duplantier (1), IF Domingo Leyba (11), LHP Jared Miller (17)

Daily news and links

At FanGraphs, Kiley McDaniel wonders if we need to evaluate pitching prospects differently than we have been.

Baseball America continued its deep dive into where pro players come from in the U.S., and it’s not a surprise that the Tampa/St. Petersburg area is high on the list.

MiLB named Nick Solak as the Southern League Player of the Month for August.