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Rays down on the farm June 16: Gillaspie goes deep

The Rays' first round pick collected his first pro hit Sunday

Get him to St. Pete now
Get him to St. Pete now
Brian Blanco

Two more All-Star breaks are starting today as Charlotte gets back to work in the second half.  Ryan Brett, Luke Maile and Taylor Motter will represent the Biscuits in the Southern League.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-29)

Durham's offense jumped out to another big lead early in their 12-2 win over Louisville.  Back to back doubles by Brandon Guyer and Cole Figueroa with one out in the first gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, and Justin Christian's bases loaded hit by pitch plated the second run in a three run inning.  Their next inning was even bigger with five more runs, starting with a pair of bases loaded walks by Mikie Mahtook and Vince Belnome.  Ray Olmedo's two out, two run single topped the inning off.

Alex Colome wasn't quite as sharp as he has been, but he was still good.  The only run he allowed was a solo home run to one time top 10 draft pick Chris Nelson when Durham was already up 8-0.  He finished with the run allowed on seven hits and two walks in six innings with four strikeouts.  The Bulls had one last breakout inning in the seventh with three more runs to go up 12-1.  Mahtook and Belnome each reached base four times, and Brandon Guyer did so three times in his rehab appearance.  Durham hitters drew 10 walks.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (35-35)

Mike Colla did something he had only done once so far this season in Montgomery's 5-2 win over Birmingham.  The one run allowed was a season low for Colla.  In the second inning, he allowed a two out double to score the Barons' run, and he worked his way out of some jams in later innings.  He finished with the run allowed on eight hits and a walk in six innings with a strikeout.

It turns out the Biscuits got all the offense they needed in the first inning.  Cameron Seitzer started a two out rally with a single, and a double and single from Richie Shaffer and Alejandro Segovia respectively scored a pair of runs to put them on top 2-0.  In the fifth, it would be Seitzer again delivering the fatal blow, hitting a three run homer with two outs to make it a 5-1 game.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-0)

Charlotte was off.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (32-37)

Bowling Green poured it on behind another good performance from Jaime Schultz in their 12-3 win over Fort Wayne.  The two runs (one earned) he allowed were tied for a season high, but for the fifth time in six starts, he struck out more than a batter per inning, this time tallying eight in six innings.  He allowed seven hits and issued no walks.

The Hot Rods pounded the TinCaps staff for 22 hits, six of which went for extra bases.  They first scored four runs in a Fort Wayne gaffe filled second inning, and in the fourth, Yoel Araujo hit their only home run of the game, a solo shot that made it 5-0.  Thanks to fine performances from eight out of the nine batters, they would score seven more runs in the final four innings.  Everyone had multi-hit games except for Oscar Hernandez with an ugly 0/6 game.  Juniel Querecuto, Armando Araiza and Alexander Simon all reached base four times.  Ariel Soriano hit two doubles.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (3-0)

Hudson Valley took on Dylan Bundy and came out on top in their 4-2 win over Aberdeen.  Bundy did pitch very well though, only allowing a run in the third inning that was conceded by the defense to record the first out of the inning after back to back hits.  In the sixth inning after Bundy was removed, the Renegades added three more runs, including a two run homer off the bat of Casey Gillaspie, his first hit as a professional.  Hopefully he's not on his way to matching Mike Hessman's career.

Nolan Gannon was good in his first start of 2014.  He threw five scoreless innings, only allowing a hit and a pair of walks with two strikeouts.  When the IronBirds scored two runs against Anthony Tzamtzis, they did get the tying run on base with two outs, but Tzamtzis recorded the third out before they could score any more.  Douglas Duran led the way with three of Hudson Valley's nine hits.


Star of the day- Hopefully the first of many for Gillaspie.

Goat of the day- Is Oscar kidding me?

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Louisville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enny Romero (3-7, 5.71) v. David Holmberg (0-4, 9.41)

Montgomery is at the All-Star break

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM (Radio stream)

Bowling Green is at the All-Star break

Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 6:05 PM (Radio stream)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
35-36 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 306 R (6th) .709 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.86 ERA (14th) 1.58 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP David Holmberg (7), C Tucker Barnhart (10), RHP Chad Rogers (15), OF Donald Lutz (16), RHP Brett Marshall (27), RHP Curtis Partch (28)

St. Lucie Mets
Offense: 335 R (1st) .756 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (8th) 1.37 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brandon Nimmo (8), LHP Steve Matz (12), 2B Dilson Herrera (13), RHP Michael Fulmer (14), RHP Gabriel Ynoa (15), RHP Domingo Tapia (19), RHP Matt Koch (24)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
0-3 (4th in McNamara)
Offense: 6 R (13th) .673 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.96 ERA (7th) 1.13 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Alex Murphy (31)