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Rays down on the farm September 1: Durham stumbles in doubleheader

Durham's two losses to Norfolk helped the Tides move closer to clinching the International League's wild card spot

Braulio Lara isn't the only pitcher expected to make his Durham debut as the season wraps up
Braulio Lara isn't the only pitcher expected to make his Durham debut as the season wraps up
Jim Donten

Meanwhile, Hudson Valley's chances to defend their New York-Penn League title are getting slimmer.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (86-56)

Despite allowing three late runs, former Devil Ray and basketball legend Mark Hendrickson got the win in Durham's game one 7-5 loss to Norfolk. Three RBI singles in the eighth allowed Durham to extend their lead to 5-1, but C.J. Riefenhauser did not have one of his better games. After Merrill Kelly allowed a two run homer with one out, the Bulls summoned Riefenhauser, but he allowed hits to three straight lefties, including Dan Johnson and Jason Pridie and was removed in favor of Steve Geltz. A sac fly brought the Tides within one, and they would take the lead on a three run homer from Steve Clevenger. Kelly allowed three runs on on five hits and two walks in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts. Leslie Anderson had three hits and reached base four times.

Durham's offense was shut down in an eight inning, 1-0 game two loss to the Tides. Frank De Los Santos recorded the first two outs of the inning, but Norfolk rallied with a double and walk followed by a walkoff single for Navarro. The Bulls only had five hits, and a Brandon Guyer double was the only one for extra bases. Prior to De Los Santos' entrance, one pitcher made his Triple-A debut, and the other made his first appearance there in over two months. Braulio Lara struck out three and only walked one in three no-hit innings, and Juan Sandoval got the start, pitching four scoreless innings and striking out five.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-35)

Montgomery's offense struggled in their 5-1 loss to Birmingham. The Biscuits got their only run of the game in the fifth nothing, already down 3-0. After Todd Glaesmann led off the inning with a double, he advanced to third on a line out and came in to score on a groundout by Mayo Acosta. Joe Van Meter fell to 0-4 with Montgomery, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings with four strikeouts. The big blow for the Barons came on a two run homer by Chris McMurray in the fourth inning. Shawn O'Malley had two hits.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (37-27)

A pair of late runs helped Charlotte to a 6-4 win over Palm Beach. In the sixth inning, the Stone Crabs scored three two out runs with three hits and were aided by two errors that extended the inning. Two innings later, a solo home run for the Cardinals tied the game, but they were unable to get the shutdown inning. A two out single by Hector Guevara in the eighth put Charlotte ahead, and another Palm Beach error in the next inning helped them extend the lead to two. Jesse Hahn made his first start for Charlotte in over a month, allowing a run on two hits and no walks in three innings with three strikeouts. Jared Mortensen pitched four innings in relief, and he allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Guevara and Jeff Malm had two hit games.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (42-26)

A two run homer by Brandon Martin helped lift Bowling Green to a 5-3 win over Lake County. A solo home run for the Captains in the top of the fifth gave them a 2-1 lead, but it was short lived. In the bottom half of the inning, Geoff Rowan reached on a one out throwing error, and Martin made them pay with his two run shot that gave the Hot Rods the lead. Tyler Goeddel followed that up with a double, and he came around to score what proved to be the winning run on a Leonardo Reginatto single. Starter Kevin Brandt allowed all three Lake County runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Reginatto and Tommy Coyle had two hit games.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (35-36)

A big 12th inning for Staten Island hurt Hudson Valley in their 6-2 loss to the Yankees. The Renegades couldn't even get an out in the 12th before allowing four runs. After consecutive singles to start the inning, Anthony Tzamtzis was lifted in favor of Corey MacDonald, but the hit parade continued. A bunt single loaded the bases, and Daniel Lopez followed that with a little league home run; that is a single resulted in him taking four bases thanks to throwing errors by James Harris. Hudson Valley went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning. Starter Eli Echarry allowed a run on four hits and a walk in five innings with five strikeouts. Rick Teasley got hit with a blown save for being charged with an unearned run in three innings, but he didn't allow a hit, only walked one and struck out four. Julian Ridings drove in both Renegades runs in the sixth with a triple.

Rookie Princeton Rays (25-43)

Princeton's season is over.


Star of the day- Reginatto is a bit old for the Midwest League, but he's having a solid year.

Goat of the day- A four run single should not occur in professional baseball, Hudson Valley.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Matt Buschmann* (8-1, 2.97) v. Steve Johnson* (1-3, 4.54)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 4 PM (MiLB.TV)
Marquis Fleming (4-6, 4.97) v. Spencer Arroyo (8-7, 3.50)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 12:05 PM
Grayson Garvin* (0-1, 1.42) v. Joe Cuda (4-0, 1.56)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 3:05 PM
Reinaldo Lopez (7-5, 3.00) v. Dylan Baker (7-6, 3.63)

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 1:05 PM
Ben Griset* (3-3, 3.54) v. Conner Kendrick (1-3, 4.24)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
76-66 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 635 R (4th) .729 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Jonathan Schoop (3), OF Henry Urrutia (13), RHP Steve Johnson (16), LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (21), LHP Michael Belfiore (24)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
32-36 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 610 R (2nd) .707 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (6th) 1.24 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Trayce Thompson (2), OF Keenyn Walker (5), LHP Scott Snodgress (6), OF Jared Mitchell (9), RHP Chris Beck (10), RHP Kevin Vance (19), 2B Tyler Saladino (26), Nestor Molina (28), C Mike Blanke (33), OF Brandon Jacobs

Palm Beach Cardinals
35-31 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 516 R (11th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (8), 3B Patrick Wisdom (11), RHP Jordan Swagerty (18), 2B Colin Walsh (31)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
31-37 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 585 R (10th) .698 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.20 ERA (14th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dorssys Paulino (2), LHP Luis Lugo (12), OF Anthony Santander (13), RHP Dylan Baker (16), OF LeVon Washington

Staten Island Yankees
31-40 (4th in McNamara)
Offense: 277 R (8th) .651 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.22 ERA (8th) 1.28 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Eric Jagielo, OF Michael O'Neill