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Jose De Leon’s took another step forward in his trek back to the majors Saturday.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (14-14)

Durham lost to Gwinnett, 10-0. The game was called in the sixth due to rain.

SS Andrew Velazquez: 0-for-2, 2 K (.842)
DH Nick Solak: 0-for-2, 1 K (.737)

RHP Arturo Reyes: 2 23 IP, 8 H, 8 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K (3.38)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-9)

Brendan McKay dominated again in Montgomery’s 7-2 win over Mobile. The BayBears scored a rare run off him, but he lasted a season-long six innings and struck out seven batters. The Biscuits got most of their scoring done early in the game. Lucius Fox led off the game with a home run, and he tripled in two runs in the four-run second.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI (.783)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.874)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 RBI (.797)
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS (.765)

LHP Brendan McKay: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (2.19)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (14-15)

Jose De Leon returned to the mound in Charlotte’s 9-4 win over Jupiter. For the first time since Aug. 9, 2017, the righty pitched in the game, and although the results weren’t great, he took a step toward returning to the majors. In 1 23 innings, he allowed three runs — two earned — on two hits and two walks. Trailing 3-0, the Stone Crabs stormed ahead with seven runs in the fourth. Seaver Whalen hit a grand slam, and Vidal Brujan hit a two-run homer.

SS Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (.787)
RF Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K (.740)
LF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.810)
1B Seaver Whalen: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI (.486)
2B Jonathan Aranda: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB (.551)

RHP Jose De Leon: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K (10.80)
RHP Tobias Myers: 4 13 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (3.76)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-12)

Shane McClanahan was sharp in Bowling Green’s 3-0 win over Peoria. After a couple rough outings, the lefty was much more effective. He struck out seven in five innings, and his two walks were his fewest since his first start of the season. Wander Franco’s sacrifice fly in the third opened the scoring, and Jake Palomaki drove in the other two runs.

DH Wander Franco: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB (.896)
3B Jake Palomaki: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.687)

LHP Shane McClanahan: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (3.81)

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

Durham vs. Gwinnett 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Bryse Wilson (0-2, 5.06)

Montgomery vs. Mobile 3:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. Jupiter 12:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tommy Romero (1-0, 1.93) vs. Jordan Holloway (1-1, 3.07)

Bowling Green @ Peoria 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Alan Strong (1-1, 2.14) vs. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
17-12 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 142 R (4th) .850 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.52 ERA (4th) 1.29 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)

Mobile BayBears (Angels)
11-16 (4th in SL South)
Offense: 69 R (10th) .581 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Jo Adell (1), OF Brandon Marsh (3), 2B Jahmai Jones (5), LHP Patrick Sandoval (12), C Jack Kruger (17), RHP Jeremy Beasley (20)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
8-19 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 66 R (12th) .544 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (7th) 1.34 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (1), OF Victor Victor Mesa (2), RHP Edward Cabrera (8), SS Jose Devers (11), LHP Trevor Rogers (12), LHP Braxton Garrett (13), RHP Jordan Holloway (16), 3B James Nelson (20), LHP Will Stewart (21), 2B Riley Mahan (30)

Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis)
12-14 (5th in MWL West)
Offense: 107 R (9th) .753 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.70 ERA (14th) 1.40 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Nolan Gorman (4), C Ivan Herrera (21), OF Leandro Cedeno (28)

Daily news and links

MiLB.com covered Caleb Sampen’s strong start on Friday.