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Rays down on the farm August 12: Charlotte loses wild one

The Stone Crabs had one of the more interesting games I've seen in a box score

Better luck next time for Jeff Malm
Better luck next time for Jeff Malm
Jim Donten

A bunch of affiliates scored late runs Sunday. For some, it was enough to win.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (76-47)

Chris Gimenez hit a three run walkoff home run in Durham's 5-2 win over Charlotte. The only out of the bottom of the ninth came on Kevin Kiermaier's sac fly that tied the game, one batter before Gimenez ended the game. Durham first got on the board in the fourth inning thanks to Knights starter Zach Stewart attempting to pick off Leslie Anderson with two outs and throwing the ball away, allowing Cole Figueroa to score from third. Starter J.D. Martin pitched well, allowing both Charlotte runs (although only one was earned) in 6.2 innings on five hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Anderson reached base three times.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-25)

Montgomery's game was suspended.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-20)

Charlotte's three ninth inning runs were too little, too late in their 5-3 loss to Bradenton. They didn't even get their first hit of the game until the ninth inning when Jake Hager singled to break up the no-hitter three outs away. Later, Richie Shaffer drove in two runs with a bases loaded single, and Alejandro Segovia drove in another with a single after that. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, the game ended when Jeff Malm flied out to right field which was the catalyst of a triple play. Despite striking out seven in five innings, Jake Partridge took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in five innings. The only Stone Crabs pitcher to not allow a run was infielder Ben Kline.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-21)

Lake County got to Blake Snell early in Bowling Green's 6-3 loss to the Captains. After retiring the first four batters of the game in order and getting two outs in the second without allowing a run, Snell lost the strike zone badly. After walking in a run, he hit former Rays first rounder LeVon Washington with a pitch to allow another run to score, a Dorsyss Paulino double scored two more runs in the inning. In the third, a wild pitch scored one of two runs. Snell struck out five in 4.1 innings, but he allowed those six runs on five hits and five walks. The Hot Rods wouldn't get on the board until the sixth inning when Luke Maile and Tommy Coyle had RBI hits. Coyle, Andrew Toles and Patrick Leonard had two hit games.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (26-27)

Five eighth inning runs proved to be just enough for Hudson Valley in their 6-5 win over Mahoning Valley. Down 2-1 with an out in the eighth, Oscar Hernandez and Ty Young had back to back hits with the bases loaded to drive in three, and Hernandez would score on a sac fly by Granden Goetzman. Young scored on a two out double by Julian Ridings. In his second inning of relief, Derek Loera couldn't get the shutdown inning though, allowing the Scrappers to score two runs when he walked the leadoff batter and allowed three straight singles. He allowed a solo home run an inning later, but Cory Jordan came on to record the last two outs of the game and get the save. Ben Griset started and pitched well, allowing one run in five innings on five hits and two walks with a strikeout.

Rookie Princeton Rays (14-36)

After losing a first inning lead, Princeton battled back for a 5-4 win over Pulaski. Singles by Jesus Ariaza and Hunter Lockwood gave the Rays a 2-0 lead, but they would find themselves down 3-2 after two innings. Starter Hunter Wood struggled, allowing the three runs in four innings on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. In the seventh, Travis Flores hit a two run homer to give Princeton a 4-3 lead, but Oscar Armenta couldn't get the shutdown inning, leaving the game tied. David Garcia came through in the eighth though, delivering an RBI single after Lockwood tripled to start the inning. Flores had three hits, and Spencer Edwards had two.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (18-24)

The GCL Rays were off.


Star of the day- Charlotte and Bradenton played an entertaining game for those in attendance.

Goat of the day- Snell's up and down season continues.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham is off

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV) DOUBLEHEADER
Marquis Fleming (3-5, 4.50) v. Eric Jokisch (9-10, 3.57)

First game is the completion of a suspended game, and the second will be a seven inning game

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:30 PM
Sean Bierman (1-1, 2.11) v. Robby Rowland (4-10, 5.37)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM
Kevin Brandt (0-0, -.--) v. Robbie Aviles (3-3, 3.78)

Hudson Valley is at their All-Star break

Princeton v. Kingsport 7 PM
Jake Faria* (1-3, 2.75) v. Yoan Gonzalez (3-3, 3.53)


First game is the completion of a suspended game, and the second will be a seven inning game

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
27-20 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 510 R (2nd) .733 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (6th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Javier Baez (1), OF Brett Jackson (5), SS Arismendy Alcantara (10), 3B Christian Villanueva (12), OF Matt Szczur (14), RHP Tony Zych (22), RHP Trey McNutt (24), RHP Matt Loosen (27)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
19-26 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 464 R (6th) .695 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (10th) 1.36 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24), SS Gift Ngoepe (30), Zack Von Rosenberg (31), RHP Tyler Waldron (32)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
24-25 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 510 R (11th) .703 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.21 ERA (14th) 1.39 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dorssys Paulino (2), OF Anthony Santander (13), RHP Dylan Baker (16), OF LeVon Washington

Kingsport Mets
29-20 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 232 R (4th) .723 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (6th) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox
24-18 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 158 R (14th) .655 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (4th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Trey Ball, C Jon Denney