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Rays down on the farm August 1: Princeton makes it two in a row

The Princeton Rays close out the month with back-to-back dramatic wins

After only hitting one home run last season, Yoel Araujo hit two in one game
After only hitting one home run last season, Yoel Araujo hit two in one game
Jim Donten

And in AAA, Durham beat another Rays farmhand now pitching for Toledo.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (71-41)

Three late runs were charged to former Bulls Darin Downs in Durham's 6-3 win over Toledo. In a 3-3 game, Downs was in his second inning of work in the eighth when he loaded the bases with one out. Jose Ortega was summoned to get the Mud Hens out of the jam, and after Leslie Anderson drove in two runs with a double, Jason Bourgeois' sac fly brought home the third run. Matt Buschmann achieved the bare minimum for a quality start by allowing three runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. Josh Lueke struck out four over the final two innings to save the game for C.J. Riefenhauser. Anderson had three hits, and Evan Frey hit two doubles.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-22)

Jake Thompson hung around long enough to earn the win in Montgomery's 3-2 win over Mississippi. Cameron Seitzer put the Biscuits ahead in the first inning with an RBI single, but a two run single by Tommy La Stella two innings later gave Mississippi the lead. Thompson settled in after that, finishing with two runs allowed in seven innings on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. Mikie Mahtook and Seitzer factored in again during Montgomery's two run sixth inning. Mahtook doubled to lead off the inning and scored when the Braves conceded the tying run, and Seitzer scored what would be the winning run on a bases loaded single by Hector Guevara. Mahtook, Seitzer and Todd Glaesmann combined for seven of Montgomery's nine hits.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-16)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-14)

Dylan Floro shut down another Midwest League lineup in Bowling Green's 5-0 win over Dayton. For the fifth time in his last seven starts, Floro did not allow an earned run, firing seven scoreless innings on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts, and it didn't take very long for him to get the only run the Hot Rods would need. Justin O'Conner's 11th home run of the season led off the second inning, and Ryan Dunn would single home another run later that inning. O'Conner would drive in two more runs with a double just three innings later, providing Floro and Marcus Jensen with more than enough insurance. The top two hitters in Bowling Green's lineup, Andrew Toles and Leonardo Reginatto, combined to reach base seven times.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (24-20)

A collapse by the Renegades bullpen cost them in their 5-2 loss to Vermont. Thanks to an Omar Narvaez single in the second and Oscar Hernandez bases loaded walk an inning later, Hudson Valley held a 2-0 lead for much of Wednesday's game. Starter Ben Griset pitched well, only allowing a run in his final inning of work. He finished with seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Harmen Sidhu relieved him to start the seventh, but he was unable to record an out with all four batters he faced reaching base, including one via error. The error was committed by Sidhu himself when he couldn't field a sac bunt attempt, leaving the bases loaded with no outs before a double and second error cleared them. Rick Teasley would allow the inherited runner to score with all four runs being charged to Sidhu. Hernandez reached base four times with a pair of hits and walks.

Rookie Princeton Rays (9-30)

For the second straight game, Princeton staked themselves to a large lead and managed to hold on for a 10-9 win. The Rays started the game off with a four run top of the first, capped by a three run home run by Yoel Araujo. Araujo would homer again in the fifth inning, this time a solo shot that extended their lead to 9-2. It was all downhill from there though, as Johnson City would score seven of the final eight runs of the game, only interrupted by a Johnny Eierman solo home run that proved to be the game winner. Starter D.J. Slaton struggled, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in five innings with four strikeouts, but the majority of the damage was done by Oscar Armenta who allowed five runs in two innings of work. Stepan Havlicek settled the game down late and pitched two scoreless innings to get the save. Araujo would also add a single, making him one of four Rays to have two or more hits on the night.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (15-19)

Despite outhitting the GCL Twins 8-6, the GCL Rays fell to the Twins by a 3-0 score. The Twins scored what would be the winning run in the first inning before an out was even recorded. After a leadoff triple, Freddy Alvarez uncorked a wild pitch to give up the early 1-0 lead. Alvarez took the loss, but that was the only run he allowed in four innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three. None of the Rays' hits came with runners in scoring position, and they left eight runners on base. Jose Paez and Nick Ciuffo each had two hits.


Star of the day- A two home run game for Araujo is nice in a season without many positives so far.

Goat of the day- The offense probably could've done more, but Sidhu really hurt Hudson Valley.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Toledo 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
J.D. Martin (13-4, 2.76) v. Jose Alvarez (7-4, 2.64)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV)
Enny Romero (9-5, 2.74) v. Michael Lee (5-7, 4.24)

Charlotte @ Lakeland 7 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Sean Bierman* (0-1, 2.35) v. Wilson Palacios (5-7, 3.42)
Ryan Carpenter* (7-6, 4.79) v. Kevin Eichhorn* (1-4, 3.68)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM
Reinaldo Lopez (6-4, 2.35) v. Drew Cisco (4-5, 3.69)

Hudson Valley v. Vermont 7:05 PM
Jaime Schultz* (1-1, 2.38) v. Kyle Finnegan (2-1, 1.26)

Princeton v. Burlington 7:05 PM
Jake Faria* (0-2, 2.86) v. Matt Tenuta (2-1, 1.35)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
48-65 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 482 R (8th) .710 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (4th) 1.34 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Nick Castellanos (1), OF Avisail Garcia (2), LHP Casey Crosby (8), RHP Jose Ortega (16), LHP Kyle Lobstein (19), C Bryan Holaday (24), 1B Jordan Lennerton (31), RHP Luis Marte (32)

Mississippi Braves
19-18 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 436 R (6th) .675 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (1st) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (2), C Christian Bethancourt (3), 3B Edward Salcedo (17), RHP Juan Jaime (20), OF Robby Hefflinger (29), RHP Aaron Northcraft (30)

Lakeland Flying Tigers
16-17 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 393 R (11th) .673 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (5th) 1.32 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Steven Moya (15), SS Dixon Machado (27)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
22-17 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 493 R (5th) .692 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.59 ERA (16th) 1.44 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (2), RHP Nick Travieso (6), OF Jesse Winker (7), LHP Ismael Guillon (9), OF Jeff Gelalich (14), LHP Amir Garrett (15), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (19), 3B Tanner Rahier (20), RHP Sal Romano (30)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
23-21 (3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 158 R (9th) .642 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (6th) 1.24 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF B.J. Boyd (12), RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Chad Pinder

Burlington Royals
18-21 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 150 R (8th) .672 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (7th) 1.37 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Ramon Torres (22)

GCL Twins
16-18 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 147 R (9th) .669 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart, LHP Stephen Gonsalves