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Rays down on the farm August 2: Araujo and Eierman do it again

Both outfielders now have three home runs in their last two games

Johnny Eierman has struggled for much of his career, but not the last two games
Johnny Eierman has struggled for much of his career, but not the last two games
Jim Donten

Princeton looks for their first four game winning streak of the season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (72-41)

Two sixth inning runs were enough for Durham in their 2-1 win over Toledo. J.D. Martin allowed Toledo's only run in the second inning and managed to work around trouble after that. He finished with the one run allowed in six innings on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts. In the sixth, Jason Bourgeois singled home Tim Beckham to tie the game, and Chris Gimenez would draw a bases loaded walk to put the Bulls ahead. Brandon Gomes continued his rehab assignment in relief of Martin and struck out the side in an inning of work. Kirby Yates struck out two of the five batters he faced to get his 16th save. Beckham led off for Durham and reached base three times.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-23)

Montgomery held two separate one run leads but eventually fell to Mississippi by a 3-2 score. Shawn O'Malley led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a throwing error while the Braves were trying to turn a double play. The Braves conceded that run a batter later, but they tied it up in the second inning. In the fifth, Curt Casali scored on Mayo Acosta's two out single, but Enny Romero couldn't secure the shutdown inning. With two runners in scoring position, a squeeze bunt tied the game and moved the go-ahead run to third base, and that run would score a batter later thanks to a sac fly. Romero got the loss, but he didn't pitch poorly. He finished with three runs allowed in seven innings on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

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

Charlotte's doubleheader was rained out.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-14)

Brandon Martin's second inning grand slam led Bowling Green to a 4-1 win over Dayton. His two out grand slam scored Luke Maile, Marty Gantt and Patrick Leonard. Andrew Toles followed that up with a triple, but the Hot Rods couldn't get another two out run. Despite not striking out a batter, starter Reinaldo Lopez only allowed one run in six innings, giving up six hits and two walks. Austin Pruitt struck out three over three scoreless innings to earn the save. Maile had three of Bowling Green's nine hits. Five of those nine hits went for extra bases, and that included an additional double from Martin.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (25-20)

Hudson Valley scored two eighth inning runs and was able to hang on in a 3-2 win over Vermont. With one out in the eighth, James Harris doubled and came home to score the go-ahead run, and with two outs, Ty Young brought home what proved to be the winning run. Justin Choate came on for the save and barely scraped by; after getting two quick outs, he loaded the bases with a double, single and walk, and he then walked in a run. Choate then induced Ryon Healy to fly out to end the game. No Renegade pitched more than three innings, and Eli Echarry got the win with three scoreless, recording three strikeouts. Harris had two extra base hits, and Julian Ridings drove in two runs.

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-30)

Yoel Araujo and Johnny Eierman powered Princeton to another big win in their 14-0 victory over Burlington. A day after Araujo hit two home runs, Eierman did that himself, giving him three over two games. His first homer was a two run shot in Princeton's four run third inning, and his three run homer in the eighth was part of a five run inning. In between the pair of Eierman home runs, Araujo also hit his third in his last two games with a solo home run in the fifth. The offense was one big story, but the pitching did great too. Jake Faria struck out five over six scoreless innings, only allowing five hits and walking none. Hunter Wood also struck out five and walked none, but he did it in three innings and only allowed two hits.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (15-20)

The GCL Rays pitching staff couldn't make an early 2-0 lead hold up in a 3-2 loss to the GCL Twins. Nick Ciuffo's RBI single scored Kean Wong in the first inning, and a Twins error allowed them to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning. An inning later though, a two run triple with no outs tied the game up, and the Twins would eventually walk off with a win in the ninth when a double allowed by Geisel De La Cruz scored a runner that reached on a strikeout/passed ball. De La Cruz took the loss after a really effective start by Christopher Crisostomo. He allowed two runs in five innings on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Wong led the Rays with three hits, and Ciuffo was one of two Rays with two.


Star of the day- Eierman gets it today after Araujo.

Goat of the day- This has nothing to do with the Rays farm system, but can you believe Seattle's bullpen? Wow.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Toledo 7 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Odorizzi (8-4, 3.38) v. Shawn Hill (2-12, 5.61)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Jake Floethe* (1-6, 5.86) v. Andres Santiago* (3-10, 4.71)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 6:30 PM
Ryan Carpenter* (7-6, 4.79) v. Cody Scarpetta (0-4, 7.48)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM
Jeff Ames (7-3, 2.69) v. Sal Romano (6-8, 5.02)

Hudson Valley v. Auburn 7:05 PM
Kevin Brandt* (4-3, 2.37) v. Ryan Ullmann* (1-1, 5.27)

Princeton v. Burlington 7:05 PM
Jorge Rodriguez (0-5, 6.32) v. Zach Lovvorn (2-1, 2.70)

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
48-66 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 483 R (8th) .709 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.77 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)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
14-25 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 396 R (9th) .666 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (8th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Joc Pederson (4), RHP Zach Lee (5), LHP Chris Reed (6), LHP Onelki Garcia (7), RHP Ross Stripling (10), OF Bobby Coyle (15), RHP Garrett Gould (17), OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez (26)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
17-21 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 391 R (12th) .656 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mitch Haniger (10), LHP Jed Bradley (12), RHP Cody Scarpetta (24), SS Yadiel Rivera (25), RHP Santo Manzanillo (26), 3B Nick Delmonico

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
22-18 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 494 R (6th) .691 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.59 ERA (16th) 1.45 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)

Auburn Doubledays (Washington)
13-31 (6th in Pinckney)
Offense: 141 R (13th) .619 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.80 ERA (14th) 1.54 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Austin Voth

Burlington Royals
18-22 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 150 R (8th) .666 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (8th) 1.40 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Ramon Torres (22)

GCL Orioles
18-17 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 144 R (11th) .652 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Hunter Harvey