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Montgomery won the first-half division title to ensure its fifth straight playoff appearance.

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Friday night, Hudson Valley starts its season with its annual series in Aberdeen. Here’s a look at the Renegades’ roster:

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-26)

Brendan McKay homered again in Durham’s 6-3 win over Toledo. For the second time in three games, the two-way star went deep, and this time, it provided the go-ahead run in the four-run fifth. Kean Wong and Mike Brosseau also hit home runs. Jose De Leon struck out five and allowed two runs in 3 23 innings.

RF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 4 K (.776)
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP (.847)
2B Nick Solak: 0-for-3, 1 HBP (.885)
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.906)
3B Kean Wong: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (.914)
SS Mike Brosseau: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (.992)

RHP Jose De Leon: 3 23 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (0.00)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (41-25)

Riley O’Brien was sharp in Montgomery’s 4-2 win over Chattanooga. The righty had one of his best outings of the season, striking out nine and giving up just five hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. Josh Lowe’s solo homer in the first gave the Biscuits an early lead, and his run-scoring double play in the fifth proved to be the winning run.

CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (.744)
DH Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (.820)
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 1 2B (.696)
LF Brett Sullivan: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (.760)

RHP Riley O’Brien: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (4.02)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-31)

Charlotte held on for an eight-inning, 9-5 win over Bradenton. The Stone Crabs had three, three-run innings. Thomas Milone tripled in a pair in the fourth, Taylor Walls and Ronaldo Hernandez each had RBI doubles in the seventh, and Garrett Whitley doubled in a pair in the eighth. Stephen Woods Jr. was outstanding, striking out nine in six scoreless innings. The Marauders scored all of their runs in the eighth.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.810)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.761)
DH Moises Gomez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K (.656)
LF Garrett Whitley: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB (.714)
CF Carl Chester: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB (.726)

RHP Stephen Woods Jr.: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (2.56)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-29)

A big inning sunk Bowling Green in an 8-3 loss to Fort Wayne. The Hot Rods trailed 1-0 after one, but they faced a 7-0 deficit after the three-run third. The TinCaps led 8-0 before Bowling Green finally scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Easton McGee allowed seven runs in three innings.

CF Michael Smith: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI (.709)
1B Kaleo Johnson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HBP (.772)
SS Ford Proctor: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K (.716)

RHP Easton McGee: 3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (3.97)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

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

Durham vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Daniel Camarena (1-2, 5.56)

Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Sam McWilliams (4-2, 2.01) vs. Packy Naughton (2-2, 2.45)

Charlotte is at the All-Star break.

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Josh Winckowski (6-3, 2.30)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
38-26 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 367 R (3rd) .849 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (2nd) 1.32 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Michael King (5), RHP Chance Adams (15), SS Thairo Estrada (27), RHP Danny Farquhar, C Erik Kratz, 1B Logan Morrison

Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati)
35-30
Offense: 285 R (2nd) .724 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (8th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (3), RHP Tony Santillan (5), C Tyler Stephenson (6), OF Jose Siri (9), OF T.J. Friedl (12), SS Alfredo Rodriguez (22), 1B Ibandel Isabel (24), LHP Scott Moss (25), RHP Ryan Hendrix (28), RHP Joel Kuhnel (30)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
30-36
Offense: 303 R (4th) .728 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.41 ERA (13th) 1.44 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jordan Groshans (5), OF Griffin Conine (15), C Gabriel Moreno (20), RHP Sean Wymer (26)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
0-0
Offense: Will update next series
Pitching: Will update next series
Top-30 prospects: Roster not yet available

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