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Rays Down On The Farm: April 27

A recap of the minor league action.


Triple-A Durham Bulls (16-8)

It was a special afternoon for Durham as Mike Montgomery and Brad Boxberger combined for a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Scranton. Montgomery was absolutely dominant, pitching 8.1 innings with the only baserunner coming via a walk. He struck out nine batters. Boxberger kept his two hitters off the bases while picking up a strikeout. The recently reinstated Hak-Ju Lee picked up his first hit since his injury as part of a 1-4 night. Vince Belnome and Cole Figueroa both collected three hits apiece.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-7)

It took 12 innings, but the Montgomery Biscuits defeated the Jacksonville Suns 8-2 yesterday. Eleven innings could not break the 2-2 tie, but the Biscuits offense exploded for six runs in the top of the 12th inning. Jared Mortenson had a solid outing, allowing two runs in six innings. Four relievers combined to shut out the Suns for the remaining six innings. Ryan Brett and Taylor Motter combined for seven on Montgomery's 11 hits, while Curt Casali reach base three times (twice via base on balls).

Advanced Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-13)

The Stone Crabs beat the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-3 Saturday behind the bat of the red hot Patrick Leonard. Leonard hit two doubles to bump his average up to .324 on the year. Meanwhile, Andrew Toles notched two more hits as he starts to show some sign of life offensively. Roberto Gomez struggled mightily with his command, walking five batters in 5.2 innings while allowing three runs. Parker Markel and Kevin Brandt kept the Hammerheads off the board for the rest of the game.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-15)

A complete collapse by Aaron Griffin in the ninth inning led to a walkoff 5-4 victory for Lansing over Bowling Green. The Hot Rods led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, and Griffin came in to close the game. However, he allowed seven batters to reach base while recording only one out. Hunter Wood pitched very well as the start, lasting five innings and allowing no runs on a hit and a walk with five strikeouts. He was replaced by Andrew Hanse, who allowed one unearned run in three innings of work. The Bowling Green offense was quiet for the first seven innings before scoring two in the top of the eighth and another two in the top of the ninth. Granden Goetzman continued his hot start to the year, collecting three hits (one of them a double). James Harris drove in two runs with a single, one of two hits on the night for him.


Star of the Day: Mike Montgomery and Brad Boxberger combined for a no hitter.

Goat of the Day: Aaron Griffin's collapse cost the Hot Rods

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Scranton 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Kelly (4-0, 1.50) v. Leroux (0-2, 12.79)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 3:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Colla (1-2, 4.57) v. Nicolino (1-2, 3.92)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 1:05 PM (Radio stream)
Lopez (2-1, 5.40) v. Lyman (2-1, 0.36)

Bowling Green @ Lansing (Radio stream)
Marquez (0-1, 1.99) v. Gabryszwski (1-2, 3.80)