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Rays down on the farm April 21: Shaffer goes deep again

For some reason, Richie Shaffer also has two triples

Richie Shaffer has started the 2014 season with a hot streak
Richie Shaffer has started the 2014 season with a hot streak
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Pretty light schedule on the holiday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (13-5)

Enny Romero couldn't avoid the big inning in Durham's 6-3 loss to Norfolk. He was fine through five innings, only allowing a run on five baserunners, but after Jerry Sands' fifth home run of the year tied the game in the sixth, the wheels came off with two outs in the bottom half of the inning. With a man on third, Romero allowed back to back singles, and after a passed ball by Ali Solis extended Norfolk's lead, Romero allowed a two run homer to David Adams that blew the game open. Romero allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.2 innings with five strikeouts. 67 of his 102 pitches were strikes.

After the Tides added an insurance run against Juan Sandoval, Durham's offense nearly rallied. Cole Figueroa hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, and the Bulls scored one more in the ninth. They actually had the bases loaded with no outs, but after Robby Price grounded into a force out, Ray Olmedo grounded into a double play to end the game. Sands had three of Durham's eight hits, and Figueroa had two.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (11-6)

Montgomery got off to an early 4-0 lead, and they managed to hang on for a 4-3 win over Mississippi. The Biscuits scored their first run of the game in the second inning when Richie Shaffer led off with a triple and came home to score on a Willie Argo double. Shaffer would be at it again two innings later, hitting a two run homer after Curt Casali walked to open the fourth. Shaffer was the only Biscuit to pick up two hits, but Casali did reach base three times.

After Dylan Floro exited with six scoreless innings, Montgomery's sloppy defense hurt them when Jake Thompson entered to relieve him. Alejandro Segovia committed the team's fourth error of the game in the seventh, and the Braves would score a pair of unearned runs against Thompson. In the final two innings, Mississippi attempted two out rallies. Matt Lollis allowed a solo home run in the eighth followed by a double that put the tying run in scoring position, but they couldn't take advantage. Santiago Garrido would record his fourth save of the year.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-11)

Charlotte was off.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-13)

Bowling Green was off.


Star of the day- Floro's start today was far and away his best of the year.

Goat of the day- Romero's one rough inning hurt Durham.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 12:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Montgomery (2-0, 4.38) v. Eddie Gamboa (0-1, 4.00)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen* (2-0, 2.38) v. Jason Hursh (1-1, 2.57)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Roberto Gomez* (0-1, 4.24) v. Pat Ludwig* (1-0, 0.75)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
German Marquez (0-1, 0.96) v. Jeff Thompson (0-0, 5.14)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
5-12 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 54 R (12th) .638 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (11th) 1.44 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kevin Gausman (2), DH Henry Urrutia (7), RHP Mike Wright (8), LHP Chris Jones (27)

Mississippi Braves
6-11 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 45 R (10th) .580 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (4th) 1.36 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (3), RHP Jason Hursh (4), RHP Shae Simmons (16), 3B Kyle Kubitza (22), OF Matt Lipka (24), RHP Aaron Northcraft (25), OF Robby Hefflinger (29), RHP James Hoyt (30)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
11-5 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 61 R (8th) .661 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.04 ERA (2nd) 1.07 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (3), OF Josh Bell (7), C Jin-De Jhang (24)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
9-7 (T-3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 60 R (12th) .685 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.50 ERA (2nd) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jonathan Crawford (5), LHP Kevin Ziomek (10), SS Javier Betancourt (16), RHP Jeff Thompson (24), SS Willy Adames (30)