The Rays were rained out yesterday, but the minor league teams saw plenty of action with a total of six games played among the four full-season affiliated clubs.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-2)
With Mike Montgomery sidelined with a forearm issue, the Bulls gave the start to JD Martin. However, his weak performance in the spot start cost the Bulls the game as they lost for only the second time this year by the score of 7-5. The Norfolk Tides were led by the middle of their lineup, with the one through four hitters collecting 10 hits. Trailing the entire game, the Bulls' offense did their best to stay in the game, scoring a run in the first, two in the third, and two in the sixth. Hak-Ju Lee was the offensive star for the Bulls, collecting three hits, one of them a double. Wil Myers, who went 1-3 with a walk, and Leslie Anderson, who went 2-5 with a home run, drove two and one runs in respectively.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-2)
In their first of two games, the Montgomery Biscuits barely held off Jackson by a score of 5-4. All five runs for Montgomery came in the first two innings, with Mikie Mahtook and Robi Estrada both driving in two runs apiece. Albert Suarez, the starter, only lasted 1.1 innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. The win, however, went to Marquis Fleming, whose 3.1 scoreless innings of relief proved vital. After scoring two runs off Braulio Lara in the sixth inning, Jackson came up just short against Juan Sandoval in the ninth, scoring one run.
The Biscuits were not quite as lucky in the second game, losing. Merrill Kelly recieved the start for the Bulls and pitched four innings while allowing three runs. Neil Schenk came in relief, pitching two innings and allowing a run. After going scoreless in the first six innings, the Biscuits rallied in the seventh. However, after scoring two runs and with the bases loaded and two outs, Mikie Mahtook couldn't come up clutch, striking out to end the game.
Class-A Advanced Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-4)
Jake Floethe's poor work in relief doomed the Charlotte Stone Crabs as they lost to the Forty Myers Miracle 6-4. Jesse Hahn, under the Rays strict innings limit, only went three innings. Though he allowed five hits and a walk, he limited the Miracle to one run. Jake Floethe was not quite as fortunate, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings. Kyeong Kang, who is off to a hot start, reached base all four times he stepped up to the plate, drawing two walks and hitting a single and a double.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (7-2)
Due to Thursday's rainout, the Hot Rods played two games yesterday. In the first, they ousted West Michigan 4-3. Dylan Floro allowed no runs in his five innings, continuing his season scoreless streak. Even though Jose Molina allowed three runs in his two innings and blew the save, he earned the win when Andrew Toles singled Geoff Rowan in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game. The Hot Rods had seven players with at least one hit.
The Hot Rods also won the second game, this time 3-2. Andrew Toles hit a double and a triple, leading to two runs batted in. Luke Maile, who also had two hits, drove in the other runner. Meanwhile, the pitching was excellent, allowing one earned run (two total) on six hits and a walk while also striking out nine batters.
Star of the Day: Dylan Floro's pitching performance helped the Hot Rods win their first game, while Hak-Ju Lee led the Bulls offensively.
Goat of the Day: After a great debut, Jake Floethe struggled mightily yesterday.
DRaysBay Community Top 50 Prospects Stat Lines:
Hak-Ju Lee: 3-5, 2B, K
Wil Myers: 1-3, BB, K
Brandon Guyer: 1-5, 2 Ks
Cole Figueroa: 2-4
Ty Morrison: 0-8, 4 Ks
Mikie Mahtook: 2-7, 2B, BB, K
Cameron Seitzer: 1-7, 3 Ks
Todd Glaesmann: 1-6, 3B, BB, 2 Ks
Mark Thomas: 0-3
Jake Hager: 1-5, 2B
Drew Vettleson: 1-4, 3B
Richie Shaffer: 1-3
Jeff Malm: 0-3
Alejandro Segovia: 0-3, BB
Jesse Hahn: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Jake Floethe: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 Ks
Tyler Goeddel: 2-6, 2B, BB
Andrew Toles: 3-7, 2B, 3B
Patrick Leonard: 1-6, K