Durham, Montgomery, and Bowling Green hope for lengthy playoff runs

There was only one game on the schedule Tuesday, and Hudson Valley was unable to clinch a playoff berth. The Renegades would clinch with an Aberdeen loss, but as a write this at 11 pm, Aberdeen hasn’t even begun yet due to inclement weather.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (0-0)

Durham begins its quest for its fifth International League championship Wednesday with a five-game series against Indianapolis (Pittsburgh), champion of the West division. The Bulls won the season series, 6-4.

In the opposite semifinal, it will be a be a battle of Pennsylvania between North division champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) and wild card Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia).

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-0)

After finishing its regular season opposing them, Montgomery battles the Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) in the best-of-five North division semifinal. Chattanooga owned the Southern League and finished 15 games ahead of the Biscuits. The Lookouts dominated the season series, 20-5, including 14 of the last 15 games spread over three series.

In the South division semifinal, it’ll be the two Florida teams battling: Jacksonville (Miami) and Pensacola (Cincinnati).

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

Bowling Green enters the postseason for the fifth time, still looking for its first series win, including two prior attempts against Fort Wayne. In fact, the Hot Rods have only won one game in four prior best-of-three sprints. The Hot Rods won this season series, 10-8.

The winner of this series will move on to another best-of-three series in a semifinal against West Michigan (Detroit) or Dayton (Cincinnati).

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (43-31)

Hudson Valley failed to secure a playoff berth with a 3-2 loss to Lowell. Bill Pujols scored a pair of runs that put the Renegades ahead, but they were unable to hang on to the lead in each instance. Starter Resly Linares was charged with an unearned run in 4 2/3 innings, and Alex Valverde allowed two runs — one earned — in 3 13 frames.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Resly Linares: 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
RHP Alex Valverde: 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 4 K

The preceding stories were not generated by the Associated Press computer using data from, and in cooperation with, MLBAM.

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

Durham v. Indianapolis 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (13-6, 3.43) v. Clay Holmes (10-5, 3.36)

Best-of-five series (0-0)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (13-8, 3.03) v. TBA

Best-of-five series (0-0)

Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Best-of-three series (0-0)

Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
0-0
Offense: 647 R (2nd) .736 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.48 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (1), RHP Tyler Glasnow (3), SS Kevin Newman (5), LHP Steven Brault (7), RHP Nick Kingham (11), RHP Clay Holmes (19), RHP Tyler Eppler (20)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
0-0
Offense: 659 R (1st) .726 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (1st) 1.25 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), RHP Fernando Romero (4), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), LHP Randy Rosario (31), RHP Zack Littell

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
0-0
Offense: 629 R (7th) .717 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (12th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Adrian Morejon (5), OF Jorge Ona (12), 3B Hudson Potts (14), RHP Mason Thompson (26), RHP Reggie Lawson (31)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
40-33 (3rd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 318 R (3rd) .679 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.15 ERA (5th) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Zach Muckenhirn (28), LHP Zac Lowther, RHP Michael Baumann, pitching coach Mark Hendrickson


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