Rays down on the farm June 8: Hellickson is back

I'm assuming he did not have the benefit of an L screen throwing in Tampa - Brian Blanco

The Rays' righty started his comeback Saturday in Tampa

I'm assuming this is his first chance to throw to Ryan Hanigan, whose rehab is taking place now as well.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (38-26)

Matt Andriese did it again in Durham's 4-2 win over Norfolk.  He was in complete control, throwing 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes and walking no batters.  He allowed just one run, and it happened when the Bulls were already up 2-0.  In the fifth, he allowed a leadoff double followed by a run scoring single.  The Tides nearly scored a second run against him in the eighth, but Robby Price threw a runner out at home to end the eighth inning.  Andriese struck out five and allowed eight hits.

Curt Casali's sac fly in the first inning gave Durham a quick lead, and Wilson Betemit's solo home run in the fourth extended the lead.  After Norfolk nearly tied the game in the eighth, the Bulls scored two unearned runs with only one hit, a bunt single by Hak-Ju Lee.  They only had four hits in the game, but two Norfolk errors allowed them to add some insurance.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-32)

Pensacola got to Andrew Bellatti in the seventh inning in Montgomery's game one 4-3 loss to the Blue WahoosVictor Mateo entered the seventh holding a 3-1 lead, but after he allowed a one out single, Bellatti came in to wrap the game up.  He allowed the inherited run to score, and a Rey Navarro double later in the inning scored the tying and go-ahead runs.  Mateo was charged with two runs  on six hits and two walks in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts.  Jeff Malm had two of Montgomery's four hits and drove in two of their runs.

Taylor Motter's solo home run was enough in Montgomery's game two 1-0 win.  After Jake Hager's single in the first inning, Pensacola starter Jon Moscot retired 11 straight before Motter hit his decisive blast in the fifth inning.  Those would be the only two hits of the game for the Biscuits.  Dylan Floro was outstanding, throwing a minor league doubleheader complete game shutout, walking none, allowing just three hits and striking out six.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-30)

Charlotte got a boost from a pair of major league rehabbers in their 4-1 win over Tampa.  In his return to the mound, Jeremy Hellickson threw three scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing two hits and one walk.  His big league battery-mate made his first rehab appearance as well and made an impact.  Ryan Hanigan's two run homer in the third inning gave the Stone Crabs all the offense they needed, and he finished the game 1/4 with a strikeout.

In relief, Reinaldo Lopez struggled but somehow managed to only allow one unearned run.  He sneaked through five innings, allowing three hits and walking four while recording no strikeouts.  In the fifth inning, Tommy Coyle hit a solo home run to extend the Stone Crab lead to 3-0, and Tyler Goeddel drove in a run an inning later.  He pinch hit for Marty Gantt in the fourth inning.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-33)

After going up 5-0 early, Bowling Green gave up a few crooked numbers in their 10-6 loss to Fort Wayne.  The TinCaps four run fifth featured a hit parade, but it also featured self-inflicted damage from starter Chris Kirsch.  Four straight one out singles got Fort Wayne on the board, and after the Hot Rods conceded a second run to get an out, Kirsch walked a batter, committed a throwing error and threw a wild pitch, suddenly making it a 5-4 game.  Kirsch would lose the lead pitching into the seventh inning, finishing with six runs (four earned) allowed on seven hits and four walks in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts.

Bowling Green actually tied the game at six in the seventh, but Fort Wayne scored four in the ninth against Brad Schreiber.  Schreiber threw three wild pitches and committed his own throwing error to contribute to the big inning.  Bowling Green's three run first inning was capped off by a two run homer from Oscar Hernandez.  Granden Goetzman also homered, and Johnny Field hit two doubles.  Kean Wong reached base four times.

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Star of the day- The Rays have more than a lot of ground to make up, but maybe Hellickson could help.

Goat of the day- It looks like Bowling Green could use some more PFP sessions.

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

Durham v. Norfolk 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Nathan Karns (3-2, 4.24) v. Josh Stinson (0-3, 5.19)

Montgomery v. Pensacola 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Roberto Gomez* (1-3, 6.00) v. Mikey O'Brien (2-3, 4.43)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 5 PM (Radio stream)
Bruedlin Suero* (3-2, 4.38) v. Chad Kuhl (6-4, 3.88)

Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 3:05 PM (Radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (2-2, 2.63) v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
26-37 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 312 R (1st) .742 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.78 ERA (13th) 1.45 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kevin Gausman (2), DH Henry Urrutia (7), RHP Mike Wright (8), LHP Chris Jones (27), RHP Josh Stinson (28)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
27-36 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 254 R (10th) .702 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (3rd) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), OF Yorman Rodriguez (5), RHP Michael Lorenzen (6), RHP Carlos Contreras (7), RHP Daniel Corcino (13), RHP Jon Moscot (23)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
31-30 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 219 R (11th) .630 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (3), OF Josh Bell (7), C Jin-De Jhang (24)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
28-33 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 342 R (1st) .727 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 5.01 ERA (16th) 1.60 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Walker Weickel (19), Dustin Peterson (22)

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