AAA Durham Bulls W 13-8
Consistency is not the word to describe Aneury Rodriguez's fist four AAA starts. After 14+ shutout innings, Rodriguez has put up two consecutive stinkers. Aneury allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in just 2.1 innings while striking out one. Only 38 of Rodriguez's 70 pitches were strikes but seven came on the swing and miss variety. Heath Rollins and Brian Baker got roughed up in relief, but Mike Ekstrom and Winston Abreu slammed the door on the Yanks with a combined three innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.
As for the offense, who says the Rays don't have catching depth? Alvin Colina went 2-4 with his fourth double and third home run, while the other catcher Jose Lobaton put up the same line with his first home run and fourth double serving in the designated hitter role. Other notable lines include:
AA Montgomery Biscuits L 9-3
Alex Torres also had a rough night lasting just threeinnings allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. I suppose the consolation is that five of the nine outs he did record came by way of strikeout, though he generated just five whiffs on 76 pitches. Chris Nowak was 1-2 with a pair of walks for the Biscuits, and Greg Sexton was 1-3 with a walk and his seventh double.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs W 8-1
Nick Barnese took control tonight issuing just one run on three hits, while walking none and striking out five in 7.2 innings. Josh Satow sealed the deal retiring all four batters he faced. All the Stone Crabs but three has multiple hit games, sadly two of the three were Tim Beckham and Matt Sweeney who both went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Beckham did manage to walk once and steal his third base of the year. Isaias Velasquez was 2-4 with a pair of doubles (6) and a walk while stealing three more bases bringing he season total to 16. Henry Wrigley was 2-3 with his fifth home run of the year and a walk. His out of nowhere season recently received some press on milb.com that is worth a read.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods W 1-0
Shane Dyer is becoming quite the baller. Tonight's outing featured seven no-hit innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. Additionally 9 of 12 batted outs came on the ground. That makes a 22:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past 25 innings. Kirby Yates allowed a single with two outs in the ninth to break up the no-hitter. As a consolation Yates struck out all six of his outs. There was not a whole lot of Hot Rod offensive goodness so I'll make mention that Dustin Biell hit his second double of the year.