Rays down on the farm May 12: Bulls don't back Karns

Going by game score, Nathan Karns turned in his second best start of the season Sunday - Leon Halip

Durham's slump continued with a Sunday loss despite strong pitching

It was a pretty slow day with the lower two affiliates off.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (21-17)

A Cole Figueroa solo home run was the only offense Durham could muster in their 11 inning 2-1 loss to the RailRiders.  Figueroa's third home run, matching his total from last year, came in the fifth inning and tied the game, and they couldn't take advantage of limited opportunities the remainder of the game.  Their best opportunity probably came in the seventh when Figueroa sacrificed two runners into scoring position with one out, but a Curt Casali strikeout and Hak-Ju Lee groundout ended the threat.  Wilson Betemit had two of Durham's five hits.

The offense wasted Nate Karns' strong start where he lasted a season long 7.2 innings.  His only run allowed was a solo home run early in the game, and he struck out seven batters while allowing three hits and just one walk.  After a 1-2-3 inning in the 10th, Doug Mathis lost the game in the 11th despite retiring the leadoff batter.  He wouldn't get another out, and Zoilo Almonte hit a walk-off single.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-16)

Victor Mateo pitched himself into trouble regularly, but he was able to mostly get out of it unscathed in Montgomery's 4-2 win over Mississippi.  Mateo allowed at least one baserunner in every inning, but a caught stealing here and a double play there prevented further damage.  With one out in the fourth, he allowed his only run of the game when he allowed a single with the bases loaded, but that was followed by an inning ending double play.  He allowed that run on seven hits and three walks in five innings with two strikeouts.

The Biscuits started the scoring in the top of the first when Ryan Brett led off the game with a single, stole a base and eventually scored on a groundout by Cameron Seitzer.  They scored the eventual winning run in a two run third inning with an RBI double by Willie Argo and bases loaded walk issued to Luke Bailey.  Taylor Motter's RBI double in the sixth added insurance.  The top three hitters in the lineup, Brett, Motter and Seitzer, combined to reach nine times and scored three of Montgomery's runs.

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

Charlotte was off.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-19)

Bowling Green was off.

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Star of the day- Karns could use more starts like this one.

Goat of the day- The Bulls could've used more than two players hitting though.

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

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 12:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enny Romero (2-4, 5.02) v. Brian Gordon (2-2, 4.23)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (2-3, 5.92) v. David Bromberg (1-2, 2.01)

Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-1, 5.34) v. Tayler Scott* (2-3, 4.40)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 8:05 PM (Radio stream)
Jake Faria (2-1, 1.67) v. Alberto Tirado (1-0, 2.74)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
19-16 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 148 R (10th) .703 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (7th) 1.44 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Shane Greene (16), OF Ramon Flores (20)

Mississippi Braves
18-18 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 131 R (10th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.37 ERA (3rd) 1.33 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (3), RHP Jason Hursh (4), RHP Shae Simmons (16), 3B Kyle Kubitza (22), OF Matt Lipka (24), RHP Aaron Northcraft (25), OF Robby Hefflinger (29), RHP James Hoyt (30)

Daytona Cubs
10-23 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 129 R (10th) .640 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (10th) 1.44 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Albert Almora (4), 3B Jeimer Candelario (8), 1B Dan Vogelbach (9), LHP Rob Zastryzny (20), RHP Zach Cates (27), RHP Ben Wells (28)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
17-18 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 159 R (11th) .689 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (7th) 1.47 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF D.J. Davis (3), 3B Mitch Nay (4), RHP Alberto Tirado (8), SS Dawel Lugo (9), RHP Chase De Jong (11), RHP Tom Robson (16), C Santiago Nessy (23), 1B Matt Dean (25)

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