Former Biscuits catcher Iker Franco and the Quintana Roo Tigers trail 3-2 to Saltillo in the best-of-7 Mexican League championship series. Game 6 is tonight at Saltillo.
TRIPLE-A, DURHAM BULLS
International League South
(76-58, tied for first place)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson reached 10 strikeouts for the second straight start Tuesday. He allowed three hits and three runs in seven innings. Hellickson is 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA.
LHP Jason Cromer gave up one run in seven innings of a no-decision Thursday. He’s 6-3 with a 2.47 ERA.
CF Desmond Jennings has reached base 40 times and scored 15 runs in 25 games.
RF Matt Joyce was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs Friday, giving him a .274 average, 15 homers and 62 RBIs this season. He hit a first-inning grand slam Monday.
HIGH-CLASS A, CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
Florida State League South
(30-29, second place, 3 GB)
RHP Alex Cobb has won his last two starts and is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last nine starts. He’s 8-5 with a 3.14 ERA this season.
LHP Jake McGee hasn’t allowed a run in his last three appearances, covering eight innings.
RHP Jeremy Hall threw five shutout innings Wednesday in a no-decision after losing his previous three starts. He’s 13-7 with a 3.79 ERA.
CF John Matulia is hitting .277 with 27 runs scored and 26 RBIs.
LHP David Newmann is 7-6 with a 3.85 ERA and 102 hits allowed in 117 innings.
LOW-CLASS A, BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS
South Atlantic League Southern
(28-30, tied for third, 8.5 GB)
RHP Frank De Los Santos threw five no-hit innings in a no-decision Thursday. He’s 4-9 with a 3.87 ERA.
SS Tim Beckham is hitting .316 in August, giving him a .283 average for the season. He’s 20-for-45 in his current 11-game hitting streak.
OF K.D. Kang, by going 14-for-30 in his last nine games, has pushed his season average to .301. He’s hitting .385 in August.
LHP Matt Moore gave up a season-high eight hits and six runs in 3.2 innings last Sunday. He gave up a home run and hit a batter for the first time in more than two months.
SHORT-SEASON A, HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES
New York-Penn League McNamara
(32-35, third place, 10.5 GB)
RF Brett Nommensen is 17-for-39 in his last 10 games and has a .263 average this year.
RHP Alex Colome allowed four unearned runs in a loss Wednesday and is 6-3 with a 1.97 ERA.
LHP Kyle Lobstein allowed two hits and struck out eight in seven shutout innings Tuesday.
RHP Jason McEachern threw a seven-inning, three-hit shutout last Sunday for his first win.
ROOKIE, PRINCETON RAYS
Appalachian League East
(33-29, second place, 11 GB)
3B Julio Cedeno was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs Thursday. He’s hitting .265.
LHP Joey Dettrich gave up one hit in seven shutout innings to win last Sunday. He’s 4-5 with a 3.18 ERA.
RHP Deivis Mavares threw five shutout innings Tuesday.
ROOKIE, GCL RAYS
Gulf Coast League South
(18-35, fifth place, 14.5 GB)
LHP Jacob Partridge took a complete-game loss Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits in six innings. He has a 1.85 ERA and has allowed 23 hits in 34 innings.
RHP Andrew Bellatti gave up one hit in four shutout innings Monday.
Those who strayed from the Rays
RHP Chris Mason threw seven shutout innings Tuesday in his debut at Triple-A Buffalo (Mets). He allowed five hits and walked one.
RF Elijah Dukes knocked in five runs Tuesday for the Washington Nationals and was 3-for-4 with two doubles Friday. He’s hitting .244 with 51 RBIs.
CF Joey Gathright ranks third in the Triple-A International League with a .329 average for Norfolk (Orioles).
RHP Tim Corcoran picked up his first win for Triple-A Albuquerque (Dodgers) on Wednesday. He has a 6.32 ERA in four games.
1B Rhyne Hughes hit his first home run for Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles) against Durham on Wednesday. He’s hitting .194 in 10 games.
IF Johnny Raburn has a .299 average in 32 games with Triple-A Nashville (Brewers).
2B Josh Asanovich is hitting .287 with 55 runs scored at independent Winnipeg.