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Rays Down On The Farm: April 13

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A recap of the minor league action.

Joe Robbins

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-3)

While star 5 WAR CF Kevin Kiermaier shined defensively for the Rays, the Bulls managed a close 4-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves. Jerry Sands reached base three times while replacement CF Mikie Mahtook laced an RBI triple. Cole Figueroa and Robby Price pitched in doubles. On the pitching side, starter Merrill Kelly went 6 innings, surrendering one run. Juan Carlos Oviedo and Brad Boxenberger each allowed a run apiece, but closer Kirby Yates slammed the door for his fourth save of the year.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-4)

The Montgomery Biscuits dropped Saturday's game to the Mobile Baybears by the score of 5-3. Mike Colla had a mediocre outing, pitching into the sixth while allowing four runs. Jake Thompson went the rest of the distance, allowing his first run of the year. Taylor Motter went 2-4 with a double while Luke Maile launched his first home run of the year.

Advanced Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-7)

Port Charlotte's dismal start to the year continued on Saturday as they fell to the Palm Beach Cardinals 6-2. Top prospect Jeff Ames was hit around, allowing five runs in only four innings. Leonardo Reginatto and Hector Guevara accounted for five of Montgomery's eight hits on the day, only one of which was for extra bases.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-7)

A poor start to the season only got worse for the Hot Rods. A 5-0 lead after two and a half innings went to waste as they lost by the score of 11-8. Peoria managed to complete their comeback by striking for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Five of those runs were credited to Stone Speer, though Hunter Wood and Luis Cabrera allowed three runs each. Granden Goetzman continued to stay on fire, smacking a pair of doubles. Johnny Field reached base four times.

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Star of the day: It wasn't a great outing, but Merrill Kelly helped get his team a win.

Goat of the day: It was a rough outing in relief for Stone Speer.

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Gwinnett 2:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Karns (0-1, 13.50) v. Floyd (0-0, 5.06)

Montgomery @ Mobile 3:05 PM
TBA v. Schugel (1-0, 1.80)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 1:30 PM
Pruit (0-1, 15.00) v. Jones (0-0, 0.00)

Bowling Green @ Peoria 2:00 PM
Marquez (0-0, 2.08) v. Reyes (1-0, 0.00)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com