Former Biscuits catcher Iker Franco and the Quintana Roo Tigers play Game 1 of the best-of-7 Mexican League championship series tonight.
TRIPLE-A, DURHAM BULLS
International League South
(70-57, second place, 3 GB)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson struck out a season-high 10 over five innings Thursday. He allowed three hits, one earned run and two walks. Hellickson is 4-1 with a 3.31 ERA.
CF Desmond Jennings has a .387 on-base percentage and 11 runs scored in 19 games. He came within a home run of the cycle Wednesday.
LF Jon Weber has a .408 average in August and is hitting .306 with a league-high 44 doubles this season.
C John Jaso knocked in a season-high four runs Thursday. He has a .258 average and 30 RBIs.
RF Matt Joyce, 5-for-7 in his last two games, is hitting .275 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs.
HIGH-CLASS A, CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
Florida State League South
(29-26, second place, 2 GB)
LHP Jake McGee threw three shutout innings for a second straight start Wednesday.
RHP Alex Cobb is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last nine starts. He’s 8-5 this year with a 3.14 ERA.
RHP Richard De Los Santos, after allowing a run in two innings Thursday, is 1-0 with eight saves and a 1.04 ERA in 10 games.
LHP David Newmann gave up one run on three hits in six innings of a win Monday. In 111 innings, he’s allowed 96 hits and totaled 105 strikeouts.
RHP Jeremy Hall lost his third straight start Friday, giving up seven runs in 4.2 innings.
LOW-CLASS A, BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS
South Atlantic League Southern
(27-25, third place, 6 GB)
OF K.D. Kang, who homered twice Wednesday, is hitting .417 with nine walks and 13 RBIs in his last 15 games.
SS Tim Beckham, 10-for-17 in his last five games, has a .275 average, 50 runs scored and 61 RBIs. He’s also committed 37 errors.
LHP Matt Moore, who is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last four games, has held hitters to a .187 average.
SHORT-SEASON A, HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES
New York-Penn League McNamara
(28-32, third place, 10 GB)
LHP Kyle Lobstein struck out a season-high 10 in five innings Thursday. He allowed three runs on four hits and one walk in five innings.
RHP Zach Quate has a 19-inning scoreless streak and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 20 innings this year.
OF D.J. Jones is hitting .170.
ROOKIE, PRINCETON RAYS
Appalachian League East
(30-25, second place, 9 GB)
RHP Wilking Rodriguez threw five no-hit innings Tuesday, walking one.
CF Cody Rogers hit his sixth home run Friday and has a .327 average, 30 RBIs and 29 runs scored.
LHP Zac Rosscup threw five shutout innings Friday to improve to 2-3 with a 1.88 ERA.
RHP Scott Shuman has an 0.95 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings.
ROOKIE, GCL RAYS
Gulf Coast League South
(16-31, fifth place, 13.5 GB)
LHP Jacob Partridge, after a four-run, 3.1-inning loss last weekend, rebounded with five shutout innings Friday. He’s 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA, 20 hits allowed and 33 strikeouts in 28 innings.
LHP Enny Romero gave up one hit and struck out seven in four shutout innings of relief Wednesday.
LHP Shawn Smith allowed one hit in three shutout innings of a win Thursday and has a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings.
Those who strayed from the Rays
RHP Ruddy Lugo is 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last six starts at Triple-A Toledo (Tigers). He’s 11-8 with a 4.00 ERA this year.
C Iker Franco has four home runs and 16 RBIs in Quintana Roo’s 12 games in the Mexican League playoffs, helping the Tigers reach the championship series.
RHP Jason Hammel allowed one run on three hits in seven innings to win Thursday for the Colorado Rockies. He’s 8-7 with a 4.54 ERA.
IF Gabriel Martinez has a .321 average with Double-A Chattanooga (Dodgers) since returning from a broken hand.
1B Wes Bankston is 14-for-41 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last 10 games for Triple-A Louisville (Reds). He has a .260 average and 16 home runs.
1B Rhyne Hughes is 2-for-15 after four games with Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles).
RHP Tim Corcoran has a 7.27 ERA after two starts for Triple-A Albuquerque (Dodgers).
LHP Brian Henderson has a 2.49 ERA in 37 appearances for independent Somerset.
IF Vince Harrison was traded Monday to independent Winnipeg. It’s his second trade this season within the Northern League.
OF Sergio Pedroza , traded Monday to independent Calgary, has a .325 average and 15 home runs and 67 RBIs in the Golden League. His on-base percentage is .439.
C Josh Arhart is hitting .329 with 11 homers for independent Victoria.