Rays down on the farm July 24: Groundhog day

I think I've heard this one before - Jim Donten

Another Rays minor leaguer receives a 50 game suspension, this time catcher Mark Thomas at Montgomery

Who will return first: Mark Thomas or Josh Sale?

Triple-A Durham Bulls (65-39)

Jake Odorizzi struggled while the offense provided no run support in Durham's 4-1 loss to Gwinnett. Odorizzi didn't last long in his second straight starts, lasting just 4+ innings. He allowed all four Braves runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. In the fourth, Durham tied the game at one with a single, error and pair of groundouts, but Gwinnett got two back in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good. Cole Figueroa had two of Durham's six hits.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-17)

Montgomery was postponed.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-12)

Charlotte made a furious ninth inning comeback to top Dunedin 6-5. Down 5-2 with only three outs remaining, Richie Shaffer led off the inning with a home run to pull within two. After Jeff Malm struck out, the Blue Jays were unable to record another out. Willie Argo walked after Alejandro Segovia doubled, and they both came home to score on a double by Jake DePew who was then able to move up to third base on a throwing error. Dunedin made a pitching change, but Kes Carter hit a sac fly to win the game. Both rehabbing Rays did not have good results. Alex Cobb left with a blister problem two pitches into the game, and Brandon Gomes allowed two home runs and three runs while only recording two outs. Between them, Jake Partridge allowed two runs in five innings. Drew Vettleson had two hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-10)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (21-15)

A pair of late insurance runs proved to be vital in Hudson Valley's 4-3 win over Tri-City. A ValleyCats run in the eighth inning cut the Renegades' lead to 2-1, but Omar Narvaez answered right back with a two run single in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the ninth, Justin Choate allowed two more runs in his third inning of work, but he was able to get the last out with the tying run on base. Choate's save meant Kevin Brandt was able to record the win with six scoreless innings. He struck out six and only allowed four hits and walked two. Narvaez was one of three Renegades to reach base twice.

Rookie Princeton Rays (7-24)

Princeton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the offense then checked out in a 6-1 loss to Pulaski. With two outs in the opening frame, Elias Torres doubled home Jesus Ariaza, but they wouldn't even threaten again with only six more Rays reaching base the rest of the game. After Darren Fischer replaced German Marquez after five innings, he promptly allowed a solo home run to tie the game and would later surrender a three run home run in the four run Mariners inning. Marquez struck out two in five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. Hunter Lockwood had two hits.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-16)

A three run inning helped the GCL Rays win a 3-1 game against the GCL Twins. To lead off the fifth in a 0-0 tie, Taylor Hawkins hit his first professional home run to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning with two outs and a pair of runners in scoring position, Alexander Simon hit a two run single to extend the lead to 3-0. Jose Alonzo couldn't get the shutdown inning and allowed the Twins' only run in the sixth inning. He still got the win though, allowing just that run in four innings on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Charlotte's Bruedlin Suero made a rehab appearance and pitched two scoreless frames to start the game. Simon, Clayton Henning and Nick Ciuffo all had tow hit games.

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Star of the day- It took a while, but the power hitting Hawkins finally hit his first home run.

Goat of the day- Hopefully Odorizzi can turn it around in his next start.

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

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Montgomery (4-4, 4.52) v. Brandon Beachy (1-3, 3.38)

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV) DOUBLEHEADER
Mike Colla* (3-1, 3.38) v. Robert Morey* (4-6, 4.43)
Jake Thompson* (7-9, 4.96) v. Anthony DeSclafani* (2-1, 5.01)

Both games will be seven innings

Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:30 PM
TBA v. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (6-3, 2.61)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Blake Snell (3-6, 3.91) v. Tom Windle (1-0, 1.89)

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 7:05 PM
Chris Kirsch (1-1, 4.00) v. Chris Cotton (2-1, 0.73)

Princeton v. Pulaski 7:05 PM
Nolan Gannon (0-2, 3.97) v. Edwin Diaz (3-0, 0.84)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 6:30 PM
TBA v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
45-59 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 420 R (13th) .702 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.16 ERA (8th) 1.48 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Gilmartin (4), LHP Alex Wood (7), OF Todd Cunningham (12), RHP Cody Martin (13), RHP David Hale (16)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
16-13 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 406 R (5th) .701 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (5th) 1.20 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Marcell Ozuna (5), LHP Justin Nicolino (6), C J.T. Realmuto (9), LHP Adam Conley (10), 2B Derek Dietrich (12), 3B Zack Cox (15), LHP Raudel Lazo (22), LHP Grant Dayton (25), SS Danny Black (28), 2B Noah Perio (34)

Dunedin Blue Jays
10-19 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 378 R (9th) .680 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Sanchez (1), LHP Tyler Ybarra (31)

Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
20-11 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 434 R (10th) .668 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (7th) 1.38 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Corey Seager (3), RHP Scott Griggs (18), OF James Baldwin (22), OF Jeremy Rathjen (29), LHP Julio Urias, LHP Tom Windle

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
24-12 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 162 R (3rd) .682 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.65 ERA (2nd) 1.03 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Adrian Houser (16), RHP Andrew Thurman, 2B Tony Kemp

Pulaski Mariners
17-13 (2nd in APP East)
Offense: 149 R (3rd) .764 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (4th) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (12), 3B Joe DeCarlo (13), RHP Edwin Diaz (19)

GCL Red Sox
17-11 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 105 R (15th) .677 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball, C Jon Denney

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