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A starter and a bulk guy both pitched well for Montgomery Friday.

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Montgomery leads the Southern League in runs so far, and a large part of that is its league-leading .356 on-base percentage. And a large part of that is Lucius Fox and Josh Lowe at the top of the lineup. Fox has a .431 OBP, and Lowe has a .414 OBP. The team also has 24 steals in 30 attempts already.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-9)

Durham’s game was postponed.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-6)

Montgomery didn’t get enough offense in its Game 1, 2-1 loss to Mobile. The Biscuits didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning, already trailing 2-0. Josh Lowe’s RBI single drove in their only run. They loaded the bases in the seventh, but Dalton Kelly grounded out to end the game. Josh Fleming threw a complete game, striking out six.

The bats did wake up in time for a 10-1 win in Game 2. The BayBears issued three bases-loaded walks, and Lowe drew two of them. The Biscuits scored four in the third and blew the game open with six more in the fourth, the last of which coming on a dropped infield fly. After Tyler Zombro opened, Kenny Rosenberg struck out six and allowed a run in four innings.

SS Lucius Fox (1): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
SS Lucius Fox (2): 0-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K (.836)
CF Josh Lowe (1): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe (2): 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (.997)
RF Jesus Sanchez (1): 1-for-3, 2 K
RF Jesus Sanchez (2): 2-for-4, 3 RBI (.739)
DH Brendan McKay (1): 0-for-3, 3 K (.589)
LF Tommy Milone (1): 2-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SB (.559)
C David Rodriguez (2): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB (.833)

LHP Josh Fleming (1): 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (2.00)
LHP Kenny Rosenberg (2): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (3.86)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-11)

Riley O’Brien pitched well, but it wasn’t enough in Charlotte’s 3-1 loss to Fort Myers. In seven scoreless innings, he struck out five and gave up just four hits and three walks, and he left with a one-run lead thanks to an error in the fifth. The Miracle tied the game in the eighth, and a two-run, walk-off home run off Chandler Raiden won the game.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4 (.733)
RF Moises Gomez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.482)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 K (.373)
LF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K (.631)

RHP Riley O’Brien: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K (2.35)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-7)

Bowling Green survived a wild fifth inning to top Great Lakes, 9-6. Already leading 2-0, the Hot Rods piled up seven more runs. Ford Proctor doubled in two, and the final run scored on a wild pitch. The Loons then responded, scoring six of their own, all with two outs. Caleb Sampen was charged with all six runs and didn’t finish the inning. Great relief work by Chris Muller — seven strikeouts in three hitless innings — secured the game.

CF Grant Witherspoon: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.825)
C Roberto Alvarez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.804)

RHP Caleb Sampen: 4 23 IP, 7 H, 6 ER 6 BB, 2 K (6.75)
RHP Chris Muller: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K (1.08)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

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

Durham vs. Gwinnett 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Ryan Merritt (0-1, 14.73) vs. Kolby Allard (1-0, 0.96)
TBA vs. TBA

Both games will be seven innings.

Montgomery @ Mississippi 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Patrick Weigel (0-0, 0.00)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 6 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tommy Romero (0-0, 1.98) vs. Charlie Barnes (1-1, 7.36)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 2:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Shane McClanahan (1-1, 3.48) v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
7-7 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 65 R (9th) .767 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (3rd) 1.17 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Austin Riley (1), RHP Kyle Wright (4), RHP Bryse Wilson (6), LHP Luiz Gohara (10), LHP Kolby Allard (14), C Alex Jackson (23)

Mississippi Braves
7-6 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 56 R (4th) .700 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.77 ERA (2nd) 1.36 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Ian Anderson (2), OF Drew Waters (7), OF Cristian Pache (8), LHP Kyle Muller (11), LHP Joey Wentz (12), RHP Patrick Weigel (13), 3B CJ Alexander (18), RHP Huascar Ynoa (19), LHP Tucker Davidson (21), SS Ray-Patrick Didder (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
10-6 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 56 R (5th) .663 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.68 ERA (3rd) 1.12 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Royce Lewis (1), OF Trevor Larnach (5), RHP Jhoan Duran (7), C Ryan Jeffers (9), IF Jose Miranda (13), OF Akil Baddoo (19), C Ben Rortvedt (22), 2B Michael Helman (27), OF Aaron Whitefield (28)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
6-9 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 53 R (T-11th) .663 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Josiah Gray (19), 3B Miguel Vargas (21), SS Jacob Amaya (30)

Daily news and links

MLB Pipeline listed the top relief prospect in each organization.

Baseball America subscribers can read Ben Badler’s list of the top 20 Dominican Summer League prospects from 2018.

Cleveland prospect Will Benson homered four times in a game Thursday. He’s the first minor leaguer to do that in nearly five years.