The big news of the day is that Hak-Ju Lee suffered a serious knee injury which should cost him the rest of the season, per Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. Lee was having a fantastic start to the year, hitting .419/.537/.605. More importantly, he was only striking out 16.4% of the time while walking 20% of the time. Lee is one of the Rays best prospects, and there was a chance that he could vie for the starting shortstop position as soon as the beginning of the 2014 season. It looks like this injury may push back that time frame.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (12-5)
In the first game of their double-header, the Durham Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tides 10-4. Chris Archer received the start, pitching five innings while allowing three runs, two of them earned. He walked three batters and struck out four. Leslie Anderson's home run netted him three runs batted in. Mike Fontenot also collected two runs batted in on two hits.
The Bulls continued their winning ways with a 5-2 victory in their second game. Alex Torres started for the Bulls and lasted five innings. The Tides only managed one hit off of him, but he walked four batters and allowed three earned runs. Hopefully the command issue is only a blip on the radar for Torres this season. Josh Lueke collected his fourth save of the season, striking out two batters while keeping his ERA a perfect 0.00. On the offensive side, Wil Myers launched his first home run of the year. Vince Benome also had a very nice game, going 2-3 with a double and a home run.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-8)
A disastrous start for Jake Thompson doomed the Biscuits in their 11-4 loss. The opposing Tennessee Smokies collected thirteen hits on the night, eight of them off of Thompson. He lasted four innings while allowing seven runs. Neil Schenk and Braulio Lara also gave up multiple runs in the relief, with only Zachary Quate keeping the Smokies off of the board. A slumping Biscuits offense only generated six base runners the entire game. Robby Price hit a double and Mikie Mahtook hit a triple.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-9)
The Stone Crabs battled the Jupiter Hammerheads for twelve innings before prevailing in a 7-4 victory. Five pitchers climbed the mound for the Stone Crabs; Parker Markel, the starter, lasted 3.2 innings while allowing 3 runs. The relievers went the remaining 8.1 innings while surrendering a sole run. Jeff Malm hit his first home run of the year while Alejandro Segovia, Kyeong Kang, and Jake DePew each tallied two hits.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (11-4)
Despite another quality start by Sean Bierman, the Hot Rods lost to the Dayton Dragons 6-3. Bierman pitched five innings while allowing two runs, only one of them earned. Jose Molina blew the save in the ninth, allowed four runs and putting the game out of reach. The Hot Rods offense got to the top prospect starter for the Dragons, Robert Stephenson. He lasted only 4.2 innings, even though he kept the damage to two runs. Andrew Toles notched his first home run of the year.
Star of the Day: The Stone Crabs bullpen was excellent on Saturday.
Goat of the Day: While many players were worthy, the injury to Hak-Ju Lee is the most impactful occurrence.Hopefully he makes a quick and complete come back.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham v. Norfolk 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Alex Colome (1-1, 0.56) v. Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 2.60)
Montgomery v. Mobile 2:00 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann (2-1, 3.52) v. Alberto Cabrera (2-1, 4.00)
Charlotte v. St. Lucie 5:30 PM
TBA v. TBA
Bowling Green @ Dayton 2:00 PM
Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 0.00) v. Wandy Peralta (0-2, 8.10)
DRaysBay Community Top 50 Prospect Stat Lines
Hak-Ju Lee: 1-2
Cole Figueroa: 1-2
Brandon Guyer: 1-3, BB, K
Tim Beckham: 1-2, 3B, BB, K
Chris Archer: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks
Wil Myers: 1-2, HR, BB
Brandon Guyer: 0-3, 2Ks
Tim Beckham: 1-3, 2B, 2 Ks
Cole Figueroa: 1-2
Alex Torres: 5 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 Ks
Ty Morrison: 2-4, 2 Ks
Mikie Mahtook: 1-4, 3B, K
Cameron Sietzer: 0-4
Todd Glaesmann: 0-4, K
Jake Hager: 1-4, 2 BBs
Drew Vettleson: 1-6, 2 Ks
Alejandro Segovia: 2-6, 4 Ks
Jeff Malm: 1-4, HR, BB, K
Kes Carter: 1-5, 2 Ks
Parker Markel: 3.2 IP< 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks
Lenny Linsky: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Tyler Goeedel: 1-4, 3 B, 3 Ks
Andrew Toles: 1-4, HR, 2 Ks
Patrick Leonard: 0-4, K