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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bowling Green title defense ends

Bowling Green lost a ninth-inning lead, and its season is over.

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Thursday’s results were not as favorable as Wednesday’s, but Joe Ryan on the mound for Montgomery Friday gives the Biscuits a great chance to retake the series lead.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (1-0)

Durham’s game was postponed.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-1)

Montgomery was crushed by Jackson, 9-1, which evens the series at one game each. The Generals scored four runs in the third, but Lucius Fox’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning kept the game in reach. However, Jackson scored five times over the final three innings to pull away. Kenny Rosenberg pitched seven innings and was charged with five unearned runs.

SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 1 K (.125)
2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-4, 2 K (.000)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K (.453)
DH Lucius Fox: 1-for-2, 1 RBI (.933)
LF Carl Chester: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K (1.000)

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 7 IP, 5 H, 5 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K (0.00)

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

Bowling Green’s season ended with a 7-4 loss to South Bend. The teams traded runs early, and the Hot Rods took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an error. That lead held until the ninth inning. With one out, the Cubs tied the game with three straight hits and then added three more runs. Alan Strong allowed three runs — two earned — in five innings.

RF Ruben Cardenas: 1-for-4, 1 R (.393)
CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-0 (.000 — entered as defensive replacement)

RHP Alan Strong: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K (3.60)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (1-1)

A ringer cost Hudson Valley in its Game 2, 1-0 loss to Brooklyn, forcing a decisive Game 3. The game was decided by Jed Lowrie’s solo home run off Evan McKendry, who pitched six innings. However, the Renegades also only had one hit, a Hill Alexander single in the seventh.

SS Greg Jones: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K (1.333)

RHP Evan McKendry: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (1.50)

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

Durham vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Josh Fleming (1-3, 5.14) vs. Brady Koerner (4-6, 5.63)

Best-of-five semifinal (Durham leads, 1-0)

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Joe Ryan (0-0, 3.38) vs. TBA

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

Bowling Green’s season is over.

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

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

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
0-1
Offense: 745 R (T-4th) .831 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.87 ERA (8th) 1.40 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Deivi Garcia (1), RHP Michael King (13), C Erik Kratz

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
1-1
Offense: 604 R (3rd) .714 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (5th) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: C Daulton Varsho (3), RHP J.B. Bukauskas (6), 1B Seth Beer (11), RHP Josh Green (19)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
1-1
Offense: 304 R (6th) .650 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (5th) 1.15 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Brett Baty (3), RHP Matt Allan (5), RHP Michel Otanez (26)

Daily news and links

At Baseball America, Wander Franco was chosen as the Rays’ minor league player of the year.