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A pair of the organization’s top pitching prospects continued strong seasons Saturday.

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Shane Baz’s scoreless streak now stands at 17 innings after Saturday’s start. He only struck out two batters in five innings, but for the second time this season, he didn’t issue any walks. He has 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 30 innings with Bowling Green.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (46-28)

Durham was edged by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-3. Nick Solak’s two-run homer gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead, but it would be their last. Jason Coats hit an RBI double in the seventh to tie the game at three, but an eighth-inning homer decided the game. Although Brendan McKay tied a season high with three walks, he was charged with just an unearned run in five innings.

2B Nick Solak: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.902)
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.889)
LF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.704)

LHP Brendan McKay: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K (1.08)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (2-1)

The bottom of the lineup carried Montgomery to a 5-2 win over Tennessee. Robbie Tenerowicz, David Rodriguez, and Rene Pinto combined to reach base seven times and drive in all five Biscuits runs. Tenerowicz and Pinto each homered. Paul Campbell allowed two runs in six innings.

CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-5, 3 K, 2 SB (.734)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-5, 1 K (.784)
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4 (.699)
1B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP (.696)
C Rene Pinto: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI (.607)

RHP Paul Campbell: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.79)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-3)

A big inning sunk Charlotte in a 9-6 loss to Lakeland. The game was scoreless through three innings, but the Flying Tigers broke through for six in the fourth. The first five batters reached base, and they had five extra-base hits in the inning. All three Stone Crabs pitchers allowed runs, and they all pitched three innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5, 1 K (.756)
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 K (.756)
DH Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K (.682)
CF Thomas Milone: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.865)
1B Kaleo Johnson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K (.958)
LF Michael Smith: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (1.250)

RHP Jack Labosky: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K (3.21)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-1)

Shane Baz was great again in Bowling Green’s 2-1 win over South Bend. Although he only struck out two, Baz didn’t walk any and gave up just three hits in five scoreless innings. His third straight scoreless appearance lowered his ERA to 1.20. Tony Pena’s RBI single in the second opened the scoring, and he later scored on a throwing error.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS (.892)
2B Ford Proctor: 1-for-1, 3 BB (.733)

RHP Shane Baz: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.20)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (4-5)

Hudson Valley couldn’t slow down Aberdeen in an 11-2 loss to the IronBirds. Cristhian Pedroza’s sacrifice fly in the second gave the Renegades a 1-0 lead, but the IronBirds scored the next 11 runs, including nine over the final three innings. Christopher Gau allowed two runs in 5 13 innings.

DH Greg Jones: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 3 K (.732 — did not finish game)
RF Hill Alexander: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP (.733)

RHP Christopher Gau: 5 13 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (7.27)
RHP Luis Arcendo: one-third IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (3-2)

Princeton battled for a 4-3 win over Burlington. RBI doubles by Brett Wisely and Yunior Martinez in the second gave the Rays a 2-0 lead, but the Royals scored the next three runs. In the sixth, Martinez came through again with a game-tying single, and Jhosner Vargas followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Starter Christian Fernandez allowed two runs in three innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.549)
1B Mason Mallard: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K (.555)
LF Yunior Martinez: 3-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI (2.200)

RHP Christian Fernandez: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (6.00)

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

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Randall Delgado (1-2, 5.19)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 5:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (6-1, 2.39) vs. Thomas Hatch (4-6, 4.65)

Charlotte vs. Lakeland 12:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tommy Romero (4-2, 2.20) vs. Tom de Blok (0-4, 3.86)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 2:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Cam Sanders (3-4, 3.51)

Hudson Valley vs. Aberdeen 4:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Burlington 5 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Jayden Murray (0-0, 0.00) vs. Delvin Capellan (1-0, 0.00)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
43-29 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 392 R (4th) .841 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.47 ERA (3rd) 1.33 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Michael King (5), RHP Chance Adams (15), SS Thairo Estrada (27), C Erik Kratz, 1B Logan Morrison

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
1-2 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 283 R (6th) .669 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.03 ERA (9th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Nico Hoerner (1), RHP Cory Abbott (8), LHP Justin Steele (9), RHP Oscar De La Cruz (21), RHP Thomas Hatch (22), 1B Jared Young (24), C Jhonny Pereda (26), RHP Keegan Thompson (29)

Lakeland Flying Tigers
2-4 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 241 R (11th) .656 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (10th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Franklin Perez (4), 2B Kody Clemens (12), LHP Austin Sodders (20), OF Brock Deatherage (28), RHP Jason Foley (29)

South Bend Cubs
1-2 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 268 R (15th) .679 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Brailyn Marquez (3), OF Cole Roederer (4), OF Brennen Davis (5), OF Nelson Velazquez (13), RHP Jose Albertos (15), OF Edmond Americaan (16), RHP Riley Thompson (20)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
5-4 (2nd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 24 R (6th) .644 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.55 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jean Carmona (26)

Burlington Royals
3-2 (T-2nd in AL East)
Offense: Will update next series
Pitching: Will update next series
Top-30 prospects: LHP Rylan Kaufman (25)

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