Rays down on the farm July 9: Stanek solid in Charlotte debut

Hopefully at some point, Ryne Stanek gets a second photo in the editor - Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

For some reason, his opponent was Brad Penny

Ryne Stanek didn't skip a beat moving up a level as he threw six decent innings in Charlotte's win over Jupiter.  If he stays healthy, he could really help address the team's lack of depth at pitcher.

I wonder if a case could be made for him to be the top pitching prospect in the organization now.  Before the season, he was behind Jake Odorizzi, Enny Romero, Alex Colome, Taylor Guerrieri, Nathan Karns and Matt Andriese in our writers poll.  I personally wouldn't be making that case myself, but I think it's in the realm of reasonable debate.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (50-44)

After taking a 4-1 lead, Durham imploded in their 7-4 loss to Norfolk.  With two outs, he had only allowed two runs to score, but he would never get the last out of the fifth.  He would walk a batter and allow two hits to give the Tides the lead, and Brandon Gomes allowed an inherited runner to score to complete Colome's line.  He finished with six runs (five earned) allowed on six hits and three walks in 4.2 innings with no strikeouts.  It was only the second time in his minor league career he failed to record a strikeout.

The Bulls scored in the first inning on a Mike Fontenot RBI single, and they had a chance to add more with the bases loaded and no outs but failed to do so.  In the fifth, a two out rally started by a two run home run from Justin Christian made it a three run game, but only three batters would reach base in the final four innings.  Jeremy Moore had three hits, and a trio of Bulls had two, highlighted by Mikie Mahtook.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (10-10)

Four late runs sunk Montgomery in their 7-4 loss to Mississippi.  Brought in to preserve a 4-3 lead, Cory Burns instead allowed a Braves team cycle in the span of four at-bats.  After a flyout to open the inning, a solo home run tied the game, and a single, triple and double put Mississippi back in front for the first time since the third inning.  Jim Patterson allowed a solo home run in the ninth to give them some insurance.

The Biscuits got a pair of solo home runs themselves, both off the bat of Taylor Motter.  The first came in the first inning to give them a 1-0 lead, and the second came in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.  In between, Jake DePew and Cameron Seitzer hit two out RBI doubles.  Motter had three hits.  Mississippi bashed 17 hits as a team, 11 of which coming against starter Mike Colla.  He allowed three runs on those 11 hits in 5.2 innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-14)

Ryne Stanek's Charlotte debut was solid in their 4-1 win over Jupiter.  After facing the minimum through the first two innings, Stanek got into trouble for the only time in the third inning when he issued a leadoff walk and double to put a pair in scoring position with no outs.  A groundout scored their only run of the game, but he would limit the damage there.  Stanek finished with just the run allowed on four hits and a walk in six innings with three strikeouts.

Yunel Escobar started his rehab assignment as the Stone Crabs shortstop, and he went 1/4 while scoring their last run of the game.  Charlotte first got on the board in the first inning thanks to some two out hits against veteran Brad Penny.  With a runner on third, Jonathan Quinonez's double tied the game, and he came around to score what proved to be the winning run on an Ariel Soriano single.  Quinonez had two extra base hits and drove in two runs.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-12)

Jake Faria was in fine form against West Michigan in Bowling Green's 3-1 win over the Whitecaps.  He allowed two hits in each of the first three innings, including the third when he gave up a solo home run, but he finished his last three innings by retiring nine of the last 11 batters he faced.  He allowed just the one run on seven hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

The Hot Rods got on the board first in the second inning with a pair of runs.  Oscar Hernandez and Juniel Querecuto led off the inning with singles, a sac bunt moved them both into scoring position, and Darryl George's sac fly followed by James Harris' two out single made it a 2-0 game.  Pat Blair's RBI double in the eighth added an insurance run.  Querecuto and Harris had two hit games, and Harris stole his eighth base.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (18-7)

Hudson Valley only managed one hit in their game one 3-0 loss to Brooklyn.  Their offense went down 1-2-3 in five innings, and the only time they had a runner in scoring position was when they drew consecutive walks.  Wilmer Dominguez had their only hit with two outs in the fifth.  Enderson Franco threw the classic "away team loss in a minor league doubleheader" complete game when he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts.

The Renegades pitching turned the tables in their game two 2-0 win.  Edgar Gomez got the start and did okay, allowing two hits and three walks in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts.  Isaac Gil topped him though, striking out three in 2.1 scoreless innings.  Hunter Lockwood's solo home run in the second started the scoring, and Zach Marberry and Jace Conrad added sac flies.  Marberry and Correa each had two hit games.  Marberry was making his Hudson Valley debut.

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-8)

Princeton's game was suspended.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (11-5)

Poor defense didn't help Taylor Guerrieri, but the GCL Rays still pulled out a game one 6-4 win over the GCL Red Sox.  Guerrieri was charged with three runs in one inning, but they were all unearned because of two errors.  He allowed two hits and a walk and also threw a wild pitch.  Cameron Varga allowed a run in three innings, and Bret Dahlson struck out four in three perfect innings.  Zacrey Law had a hit in his pro debut, and Cade Gotta, Jonathan Freemyer and Matt Reida each had two hits.

The GCL Rays fell behind early again in their game two 5-3 loss.  A single started a two out rally against Deivi Mendez, and after a walk and run-scoring single, big Red Sox international signing Rafael Devers hit a three run home run, his first in the U.S.  Mendez allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in 3.2 innings with four strikeouts.  Isias Alcantar, Bill Pujols and Jaime Ayende all had RBI hits.  Alcantar had two hits.

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Star of the day- For one night, Stanek had no problem moving up the ladder.

Goat of the day- Colome's last few starts with Durham have been as up and down as they come.

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

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Montgomery (8-1, 3.30) v. Chris Jones (5-5, 3.84)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Jupiter 12 PM (Radio stream)
Jordan Harrison* (0-0, 1.80) v. Austin Brice (5-6, 3.43)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM (Radio stream)
Bruedlin Suero (1-1, 3.07) v. Chad Green (2-3, 3.66)

Hudson Valley v. Mahoning Valley 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Oscar Armenta* (1-0, 4.50) v. Julian Merryweather (0-0, 1.93)

Princeton @ Burlington 7 PM (Radio stream)
Greg Maisto* (1-1, 4.67) v. Christian Flecha* (0-1, 4.35)

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

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
37-56 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 425 R (3rd) .713 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.96 ERA (14th) 1.45 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: DH Henry Urrutia (7), RHP Mike Wright (8), LHP Chris Jones (27), RHP Josh Stinson (28)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
2-15 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 319 R (11th) .656 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.32 ERA (11th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Colin Moran (2), RHP Trevor Williams (11), OF Jesus Solorzano (13), RHP Colby Suggs (17), RHP Austin Brice (27)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
11-7 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 369 R (13th) .682 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jonathan Crawford (5), LHP Kevin Ziomek (10), SS Javier Betancourt (16), RHP Jeff Thompson (24), RHP Zac Reininger (25), SS Willy Adames (30), C Grayson Greiner

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland)
8-17 (6th in Pinckney)
Offense: 91 R (12th) .596 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.32 ERA (12th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Francisco Mejia (12), LHP Sean Brady (30), OF Bradley Zimmer

Burlington Royals
8-11 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 82 R (7th) .632 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.03 ERA (5th) 1.40 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Marten Gasparini (20), LHP Foster Griffin, C Chase Vallot

GCL Red Sox
10-6 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 73 R (9th) .643 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.94 ERA (6th) 1.20 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Rafael Devers (20), SS Javier Guerra (27), RHP Michael Kopech, RHP Jake Cosart

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