Rays down on the farm April 9: Hit Nothing Win Nothing

Leon Halip

Rays affiliates are being blamed for dozens of fans being bored to death Tuesday

Maybe today will be a little better.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-3)

Nathan Karns was a bit more in control, but he struggled again in his second start for Durham, an 8-2 loss to Charlotte. Although he did strike out nine in 4.2 innings, he allowed six Charlotte runs on eight hits while still walking three. The Knights got the scoring started in the top of the third on a Jordan Danks solo home run, but the Bulls responded right away in the bottom half of the inning with a two run double by Justin Christian, although both runs were unearned because of a two out error.

Unfortunately, Charlotte piled on five more runs against Karns the next two innings to put the game out of reach. In solidarity with their parent club, Durham only had four hits, but they did manage to draw three walks too. Pitching on his second straight day, Juan Carlos Oviedo struck out two in a perfect inning of relief.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-2)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-3)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-3)

Also in solidarity with their parent club, Bowling Green only had two hits in their 3-0 loss to Burlington. Those hits were off the bats of Granden Goetzman and Kean Wong, both singles. Goetzman also drew one of the team's two walks and was hit by a pitch.

Blake Snell was Snellian in his first start of 2014. He struck out seven in 4.1 innings but allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. Ian Kendall recorded four outs in relief, three of which were strikeouts.

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Star of the day- Montgomery and Charlotte were probably the best two affiliates Tuesday.

Goat of the day- Everyone

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

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enny Romero (0-1, 9.00) v. Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00)

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 PM (Radio stream)
Victor Mateo (0-1, 11.57) v. Chase Anderson (1-0, 0.00)

Charlotte @ Ft. Myers 5:05 PM (Radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Leonel Santiago (0-0, ---) v. Mason Melotakis (0-0, 18.00)
Roberto Gomez (0-0, 3.60) v. Jason Wheeler (1-0, 1.59)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ Burlington 7:30 PM (Radio stream)
German Marquez (0-0, 2.08) v. Ryan Etsell (0-0, ---)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
4-2 (T-1st in IL South)
Offense: 19 R (T-8th) .658 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.25 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Matt Davidson (4), 2B Carlos Sanchez (12), OF Jared Mitchell (13), RHP Jake Petricka (21)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
3-2 (T-2nd in SL South)
Offense: 17 R (T-5th) .604 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.08 ERA (3rd) 1.03 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Matt Stites (9), RHP Jake Barrett (11), 3B Jake Lamb (12), RHP Chase Anderson (23), LHP Andrew Chafin (24)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
3-1 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 29 R (1st) .664 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.00 ERA (7th) 1.19 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.O. Berrios (5), 2B Jorge Polanco (10), OF Max Kepler (11), OF Adam Brett Walker (16), LHP Mason Melotakis (18), 3B Travis Harrison (25), SS Niko Goodrum (26)

Burlington Bees (Anaheim)
3-2 (T-1st in MWL West)
Offense: 18 R (9th) .701 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.06 ERA (2nd) 1.04 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Victor Alcantara (15), RHP Mike Clevinger (17), OF Mike Fish (18), RHP Joe Krehbiel (23), SS Erick Salcedo (27)

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