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Rays down on the farm July 23: Martin dominates again

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The major league veteran has been very good for Durham

J.D. Martin hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010
J.D. Martin hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010
Bob Levey

Another ML veteran, Kyle Drabek, pitched well against Charlotte on his rehab assignment.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (65-38)

Behind a great start from J.D. Martin, Durham crushed Gwinnett 7-0. With 101 pitches (70 strikes), Martin cruised through eight scoreless, striking out six, allowing four hits and walking none. What proved to be the winning run happened just minutes into the game. Brandon Guyer led off the first with a home run. Guyer had three hits and a walk, and he was a double shy of the cycle. The Bulls would gradually tack onto the lead with Cole Figueroa driving in three runs, the last of which came at the end of a four run ninth inning before Jeff Beliveau finished the shutout. Evan Frey had two hits and scored twice.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-17)

Montgomery lost a seven inning, rain-shortened game to Mobile by a 6-1 score. The first three innings were scoreless, but the BayBears scored a pairt of runs in the next three innings after that. They got their first two on a home run, the second two on a double, and the final two were aided by a walk and error. Jake Floethe struggled through five innings of work, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Hector Guevara was the only Biscuit to reach base more than once against Diamondbacks prospect Andrew Chafin who threw a complete game.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (17-12)

Charlotte allowed six runs in the first three innings on their way to a 9-2 loss to Dunedin. Parker Markel started and struggled again, but what was noteworthy was who relieved him: Ryan Carpenter. After Markel wrapped up two innings of four run ball, Carpenter made his second relief appearance of the season. He allowed four runs too, but it was over six innings on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Infielder Ben Kline pitched the final inning and allowed a home run. Luke Bailey drove in both Charlotte runs with a seventh inning single. Jeff Malm had three of Charlotte's six hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-10)

After a rain delay and suspension from Sunday night, Bowling Green needed 14 innings to beat Beloit 4-1. After Marty Gantt reached on an error and Joey Rickard walked, Ryan Dunn hit his third home run of the season to finally end game one of the doubleheader. Pitching dominated with the two teams only combining for 14 hits. By the time the game was decided, starter Jordan Harrison was long gone after allowing a run on four hits and four walks in six innings with four strikeouts. The bullpen fired eight scoreless innings, led by Ryan Garton who picked up the win with four strikeouts in four scoreless innings. Rickard walked three times, and Tyler Goeddel, Luke Maile and Justin O'Conner all had two hits.

A ninth inning meltdown cost Bowling Green in game two's 9-7 loss. Up 7-2 in the ninth and in his second inning of work, Nick Sawyer lost it. Without even recording an out, Sawyer allowed three runs to score and left with the bases loaded. Marcus Jensen then allowed a grand slam to Nick Rickles to complete Beloit's improbable comeback. Starter Matt Spann was able to get through 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Gantt and Leonardo Reginatto combined to do most o the heavy lifting for Bowling Green's offense. They combined for seven of their 10 hits, and Gantt was a home run shy of the cycle. He drove in three of their seven runs.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-15)

Hudson Valley's comeback bid came up short in a 4-3 loss to Tri-City. Down 4-1 in the sixth, the Renegades added a pair of runs on an RBI double and groundout to pull within one, but they couldn't take advantage of a runner reaching third base in every inning remaining in the game. Jaime Schultz started and lasted three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts, and Colton Reavis relieved him with an almost identical line but allowing one more hit and walking one fewer batter. Leading off, Julian Ridings had three of Hudson Valley's three hits, and Ty Young hit two doubles.

Rookie Princeton Rays (7-23)

Princeton pulled away from Kingsport with eight runs between the third and sixth innings for a 9-3 win over the Mets. Tied 1-1 in the third, Princeton initially pulled away with a three run inning that included a two run homer by Travis Flores. Two innings later, David Garcia hit a solo home run for their second of the game. In the sixth, three more Rays runs scored, two of which came on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Luis Cabrera started and allowed a run in three innings, but it was Clayton Crum getting credited with the win with one run allowed in 3.2 innings. Garcia reached base three times, and Jesus Ariaza had three hits.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (11-16)

The GCL Rays fell due to a late run in their 5-4 game one loss to the GCL Twins. In his third inning of relief work, Jhefferson Hurtado allowed an unearned run despite not allowing any hits. The Rays scored three runs over the first two innings, including a two run homer by Ryan Henley, but big bonus arm Jose Castillo struggled. He allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in 2.1 innings with two strikeouts. Jose Mujica was a little better, allowing just one run in 2.2 innings. Jose Paez, Alexander Simon and Taylor Hawkins each had two hits.

In game two, eight fifth inning runs propelled the Rays to a 13-6 win. The Twins couldn't even get the first out of the inning until the ninth batter of the inning, and by then seven runs had already scored. What may have contributed to the Twins' struggles were eight errors, including four in the big inning. Cristian Toribio was on base two separate times in that inning and stole a base each time. The Rays' 16 hits certainly didn't hurt either, and Paez led the way at the top of the lineup with four of them. Henley and Nick Ciuffo each had three, and they were two of three players to drive in two runs. The offense covered up the fact that their pitching struggled. Mario Fernandez allowed four runs in 4.1 innings, and despite getting the win, Roel Ramirez allowed two runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings.


Star of the day- Martin has been valuable for Durham with most of the rotation moving up and down this year.

Goat of the day- Sawyer had a bit of a rough one.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Odorizzi (7-3, 3.49) v. Alex Wood* (1-0, 1.80)

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Mike Colla* (3-1, 3.38) v. Robert Morey* (4-6, 4.43)

Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:30 PM
Alex Cobb v. Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 3.26)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 7:05 PM
Kevin Brandt* (3-2, 2.42) v. Andrew Thurman* (1-0, 2.00)

Princeton v. Pulaski 7:05 PM
German Marquez (1-3, 4.91) v. TBA

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
44-59 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 416 R (13th) .702 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.20 ERA (9th) 1.49 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Gilmartin (4), LHP Alex Wood (7), OF Todd Cunningham (12), RHP Cody Martin (13), RHP David Hale (16)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
16-13 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 406 R (5th) .701 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (6th) 1.20 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Marcell Ozuna (5), LHP Justin Nicolino (6), C J.T. Realmuto (9), LHP Adam Conley (10), 2B Derek Dietrich (12), 3B Zack Cox (15), LHP Raudel Lazo (22), LHP Grant Dayton (25), SS Danny Black (28), 2B Noah Perio (34)

Dunedin Blue Jays
10-18 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 373 R (10th) .677 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Sanchez (1), LHP Tyler Ybarra (31)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
24-11 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 159 R (3rd) .683 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.60 ERA (1st) 1.03 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Adrian Houser (16), RHP Andrew Thurman, 2B Tony Kemp

Pulaski Mariners
16-13 (2nd in APP East)
Offense: 143 R (3rd) .761 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.68 ERA (4th) 1.24 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (12), 3B Joe DeCarlo (13), RHP Edwin Diaz (19)

GCL Twins
12-15 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 122 R (6th) .688 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart, LHP Stephen Gonsalves