Sure, they got a head start over a bunch of leagues with later start dates, but regardless, I think their .741 winning percentage is pretty good. With the Rays' emphasis on college picks this year, it would make sense that the Renegades are a good team, and Casey Gillaspie really hasn't gotten hot yet. Hopefully that happens at some point.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-44)
Jeremy Moore hit another big home run in Durham's 3-2 win over Buffalo. With two outs in the sixth, he broke a 1-1 tie with a two run shot against top Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez, and it proved to be just enough to earn the win. Justin Christian led off that inning with a double, and he also scored Durham's first run in the fourth. He had three hits, and Ali Solis had two.
Mike Montgomery was credited with the win, but he was far from sharp. He had just one 1-2-3 inning, and he could only go 5.1 innings before being lifted with 92 pitches. He allowed five hits and three walks, but he limited the damage to just one third inning run on a sac fly. Between Montgomery and Josh Lueke allowing a run in the ninth inning, Steve Geltz pitched 1.1 innings and struck out four.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (10-11)
Dylan Floro gave up four runs for the first time in nearly a month and a half in Montgomery's 4-2 loss to Pensacola. With 70 strikes in 97 pitches and five strikeouts to no walks, he had his usual control, but the Blue Wahoos were able to string together hits in four separate innings. He allowed those four runs on 11 hits in six innings, and three of the four runs scored with two outs. Cory Burns struck out the side in one inning of work.
The Biscuits were actually only outhit 11-10, but only one of theirs came with a runner in scoring position. Alejandro Segovia's second inning home run actually tied the game at one, but Pensacola would score in the bottom half of the inning and led the rest of the way. Segovia scored their other run in the ninth on a two out double by Kes Carter. Carter had two hits, and Willie Argo had three in addition to his 22nd steal. Former Rays farmhand Shane Dyer recorded the save.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-15)
Charlotte tied the game in the ninth and went on to beat Jupiter 5-4 in 11 innings. The Stone Crabs were able to score the tying run quickly in the ninth against their former minor league infielder Reid Redman. Julian Ridings led off with a triple, and Tommy Coyle brought him home with a sac fly. Coyle also scored the winning run in the 11th when he apparently scored from first on a Leonardo Reginatto single. Coyle and Reginatto each had three hits, and Tyler Goeddel reached base three times.
Blake Snell generally stumbled through five innings, but he managed to only allow one run in the end. That came in the third inning on a one out single by former top 10 pick Colin Moran. He finished after five innings with that run allowed on six hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Casey Weathers was charged with two runs while only recording one out, but they were both inherited runners Ryan Garton failed to strand. Jose Alberto Molina earned the win with three strikeouts in four scoreless innings of relief.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-12)
Bowling Green scored a pair of late runs to come out on top in a back and forth 5-4 win over West Michigan. After losing a 3-1 lead, the Hot Rods were eventually able to respond in the eighth. Ty Young and Juniel Querecuto led off the inning with singles, and they were eventually able to score on a two out double by Elias Torres. That was the second time in the game they both scored on a two out hit, the first being on a fourth inning single by Spencer Edwards. Querecuto, Torres and Alexander Simon had two hits.
Starter Ben Griset really only had to deal with trouble in two innings, but the Whitecaps took advantage each time. They loaded the bases with one out and scored the first run of the game in the second inning. In the sixth, he left with two outs and the bases loaded having already allowed two runs. A Stone Speer wild pitch and Armando Araiza throwing error allowed two of the inherited runners to score, and Griset was charged with four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 5.2 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Speer struck out four in 2.1 innings.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-7)
Hudson Valley received more great pitching in their 4-1 win over Mahoning Valley. For the fourth straight start, D.J. Slaton did not allow an earned run, and in six innings, he didn't even allow a hit. In his six scoreless innings with three strikeouts, the only runners that would reach base against Slaton did so on a walk, hit batter and error. Eli Echarry allowed the lone Scrappers run late in the game, but it was already 4-0 at that point.
It was the bottom part of the order that did most of the damage for the Renegades, and Wilmer Dominguez's two out single in the fourth scored the first run of the game. Number two hitter Coty Blanchard tripled home the next run and scored on a wild pitch, but it was the bottom of the order again an inning later when Alec Sole singled home Leopoldo Correa. Correa, Sole, Braxton Lee and Bralin Jackson each had two hits, and the three, four and five hitters combined to go 0/12.
Princeton fell behind 5-0 early and couldn't quite catch up in their 6-5 loss to Burlington. Chase Vallot's three run homer in the third gave the a 3-0 lead against starter Greg Maisto, and he wouldn't be able to get out of the fourth when he was charged with another run. Maisto finished with four runs allowed on five hits and a walk in 3.1 innings with four strikeouts. The seventh inning run allowed by Tomas Michelson proved to be the difference maker.
After going down 5-0, it didn't take the Rays long to respond. Riley Unroe and Thomas Milone had RBI singles in the fifth, and Patrick Grady's two run homer an inning later, the first of his pro career, pulled them within one. Hec Montes' ninth inning single made it a one run game again, but he got thrown out trying to take an extra base, so the go-ahead run never batted in the ninth. Unroe had three hits and reached base four times, and Nick Ciuffo left after just one at-bat
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (11-6)
One error caused the game to spiral out of control in the GCL Rays 7-1 loss to the GCL Red Sox. After a 1-2-3 inning, the scored all seven of their runs in the second, and only the first was earned. A Bill Pujols error which would have been the second out of the inning allowed a runner to reach, and a bases loaded single eventually scored the first run of the game. After the second out was recorded, five straight batters reached base to put the Red Sox up 7-0. Starter Jose Alvarado exited after 1.2 innings, charged with seven runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Each team had seve hits, but the Rays could never take advantage of their opportunities. In the fourth inning, they scored their only run of the game with a two out rally. Zacrey Law singled and stole second, and he was brought home by a Matt Reida triple. Reida, Oscar Sanay and David Rodriguez had two hits.
Game two of the doubleheader was postponed.
Star of the day- Slaton has been key for an untouchable Hudson Valley staff.
Goat of the day- The Pujols error didn't help, but Alvarado didn't have to keep allowing baserunners.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
48-46 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 382 R (13th) .720 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.68 ERA (6th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Sanchez (1), LHP Sean Nolin (10), C (14), OF Kevin Pillar (20), RHP John Stilson (21), 2B (29)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
8-13 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 383 R (7th) .700 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (6th) 1.41 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), OF Jesse Winker (4), OF Yorman Rodriguez (5), RHP Michael Lorenzen (6), RHP Ben Lively (9), RHP Daniel Corcino (13), 3B (21), RHP Jon Moscot (23), RHP Hector Nelo (24)
Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
11-6 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 327 R (11th) .700 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.83 ERA (1st) 1.15 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyrone Taylor (2), OF Victor Roache (5), SS Orlando Arcia (7), 3B Nick Delmonico (12), RHP Tyler Wagner (16), RHP Damien Magnificio (23), RHP Jorge Lopez (24)
Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
10-10 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 420 R (4th) .706 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.28 ERA (11th) 1.46 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF D.J. Davis (3), 3B Mitch Nay (4), SS Dawel Lugo (9), RHP Chase De Jong (11), RHP Tom Robson (16), 1B Matt Dean (25)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland)
8-19 (6th in Pinckney)
Offense: 95 R (12th) .587 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.57 ERA (12th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Francisco Mejia (12), LHP Sean Brady (30), OF Bradley Zimmer
9-12 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 88 R (7th) .631 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (7th) 1.41 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Marten Gasparini (20), LHP Foster Griffin, C Chase Vallot
6-12 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 40 R (16th) .536 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (7th) 1.19 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Josh Hart (13), C Jonah Heim (26)