Chandler Shepherd (Lawrence Co., UK) pitched three shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out two, to earn the victory in short-season Class A Lowell’s 3-2 defeat of State College on Thursday.
Shepherd, a Boston Red Sox prospect, improved to 3-2 with a 4.03 ERA in 12 appearances for the Spinners. He has 23 strikeouts and six walks in 22 1/3 innings.
■ Max Kuhn (UK) hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, in short-season Class A Vermont’s 9-1 win at Aberdeen.
Kuhn is batting .255 with 12 RBI for the Oakland A’s affiliate.
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■ Grant Kay (U of L) continued his stellar start to his minor league career, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in short-season Class A Hudson Valley’s 5-2 win against Williamsport.
Through 21 games, Kay’s batting average is still well above .400. He’s 34-for-79 (.430) with two home runs, 12 doubles and 13 RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays farm club.
■ Luke Maile (Covington Catholic, UK) hit an RBI double in Double-A Montgomery’s 8-2 loss to Chattanooga.
Maile is batting .261 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 79 games for the Tampa Bay affiliate.
■ Josh Lueke (Scott, NKU) earned his eighth save in Triple-A Durham’s 1-0 win at Buffalo.
The Rays minor leaguer pitched one inning and gave up one hit with one strikeout. He has a 3.28 ERA.