Rays down on the farm July 30: Affiliates struggle

Brandon Gomes has allowed runs in two of his last three rehab appearances - Christopher Pasatieri

Only Charlotte came away with a win Monday

Bowling Green catcher Luke Maile got hurt early on, and he's been a huge part of their second half success so far.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (69-41)

Durham hit a pair of solo home runs early in the game but eventually fell 5-4 to Columbus. Vince Belnome and Mike Fontenot's home runs in the first couple innings gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead, but Mike Montgomery allowed two second inning runs himself. Fontenot drove in two more runs in the fourth with a single, but a two run home run by Juan Diaz in the bottom half of the inning tied the game again. Montgomery would stay in the game long enough to be charged with their fifth run too, but that run was scored against Frank De Los Santos who made a throwing error that allowed the run to score. Montgomery allowed the five runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 6.2 innings with only two strikeouts. Despite the four early runs, Columbus starter Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted eight innings and earned the win.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-21)

Montgomery couldn't come back after allowing four third inning runs in a 4-2 loss to Mississippi. Marquis Fleming started the third by allowing four consecutive singles that scored the first run of the game, and Robby Hefflinger cleared the bases with a double. Fleming lasted six innings, allowing the four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. The Biscuits finally got on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run from Mikie Mahtook, his first home run since May 26th. Mahtook, Robby Price and Robi Estrada each had two hits, and Estrada drove in their second run in the ninth inning.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-15)

Three ninth inning runs broke a 3-3 tie in a 6-3 win for Charlotte. With the bases loaded in the inning, Drew Vettleson singled home a pair of runs, and Richie Shaffer followed him with a single that scored another run. The Stone Crabs received two solo home runs earlier in the game, first from Alejandro Segovia to start the scoring in the second, and Ryan Brett's seventh inning shot tied the game at three. Brandon Gomes allowed two runs in 1.2 innings with three strikeouts on his rehab appearance, and Felipe Rivero came out of the bullpen ready to pitch. He threw the remaining 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Segovia was a single shy of the cycle, and Jake Hager also reached base three times.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-13)

Bowling Green quickly lost a 3-0 first inning lead and eventually fell 6-5 to Lansing. The Lugnuts couldn't even get an out before the Hot Rods jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Andrew Toles and Tyler Goeddel singled to open the game, executed a double steal and scored on a Luke Maile single. Lansing almost immediately answered with a three run inning of their own in a second, and Bowling Green would eventually blow two more leads. Up 5-4 in the eighth, Jose Molina allowed the tying run with two outs, and he remained in for the ninth inning game and took the loss without even recording an out. Starter Matt Spann wasn't much better, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings on eight hits with three strikeouts. Marty Gantt had another pair of hits and drove in two runs, and catcher Luke Maile left early with an injury.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (23-19)

Ford the third time in six games, Hudson Valley was shut out in a 4-0 loss to Brooklyn. Chris Kirsch took the loss and struggled, allowing all four runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Anthony Tzamtzis settled the game down in relief with four strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings, but the run support never came. Ty Young had two hits, and Darryl George walked twice.

Rookie Princeton Rays (7-30)

Princeton at least scored a run in their 2-1 loss to Johnson City. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, Enmanuel Paulino singled home Jesus Ariaza, but they couldn't make it a rally when he was thrown out trying to get the extra base on a single by Yoel Araujo. Overall, it was a good game for Paulino though with three hits and a steal. Luis Cabrera allowed a solo home run in the eighth to put the Cardinals ahead. German Marquez started and only allowed one run in five innings with a pair of strikeouts and no walks.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-17)

The GCL Rays couldn't hold an early 3-0 lead in a 5-3 loss to the GCL Red Sox. With two outs in the first, Nick Ciuffo knocked out number seven overall pick Trey Ball in his pro debut with a two run double, and a Jose Paez single an inning later put the Rays up 3-0. With the early run support, starter Jose Alonzo pitched pretty well, allowing three hits and two walks in five scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Roel Ramirez came in and promptly lost the lead though, allowing four runs in one plus innings. The eventual winning run came home in the seventh when Ramirez hit rehabbing prospect Sean Coyle, and Jhefferson Hurtado couldn't prevent the inherited runner from scoring.

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Star of the day- Rivero was pretty solid in his lengthy relief appearance.

Goat of the day- Princeton Rays

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

Durham @ Toledo 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Merrill Kelly (5-1, 2.63) v. Jose Alvarez (7-4, 2.64)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Colla (4-1, 3.16) v. Mitch Atkins (2-1, 2.54)

Charlotte @ Lakeland 6:30 PM
Roberto Gomez* (5-8, 4.53) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Dylan Floro* (8-2, 1.68) v. Nick Travieso (5-3, 5.24)

Hudson Valley v. Vermont 7:05 PM
Aaron Griffin* (2-0, 2.61) v. Jose Torres (3-2, 3.04)

Princeton @ Johnson City 7 PM
D.J. Slaton (0-2, 3.38) v. Luis Perdomo (1-3, 4.74)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM
TBA v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
48-63 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 477 R (8th) .711 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (4th) 1.34 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Nick Castellanos (1), OF Avisail Garcia (2), LHP Casey Crosby (8), RHP Jose Ortega (16), LHP Kyle Lobstein (19), C Bryan Holaday (24), 1B Jordan Lennerton (31), RHP Luis Marte (32)

Mississippi Braves
18-17 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 427 R (6th) .673 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (2), C Christian Bethancourt (3), 3B Edward Salcedo (17), RHP Juan Jaime (20), OF Robby Hefflinger (29), RHP Aaron Northcraft (30)

Lakeland Flying Tigers
15-17 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 385 R (11th) .669 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Steven Moya (15), SS Dixon Machado (27)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
21-16 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 487 R (5th) .694 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.61 ERA (15th) 1.44 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (2), RHP Nick Travieso (6), OF Jesse Winker (7), LHP Ismael Guillon (9), OF Jeff Gelalich (14), LHP Amir Garrett (15), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (19), 3B Tanner Rahier (20), RHP Sal Romano (30)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
22-20 (3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 151 R (9th) .641 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.99 ERA (6th) 1.23 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF B.J. Boyd (12), RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Chad Pinder

Johnson City Cardinals
17-19 (4th in APP West)
Offense: 169 R (3rd) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (6th) 1.48 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Steve Bean (20)

GCL Red Sox
19-13 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 126 R (14th) .683 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball, C Jon Denney

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