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Rays down on the farm June 2: Romero rebounds

Another day, another sweep for the minor league affiliates

After a couple tough starts, Enny Romero bounced back Sunday
After a couple tough starts, Enny Romero bounced back Sunday
Al Messerschmidt

Ryne Stanek was very good again too.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (35-23)

Enny Romero was back in control in Durham's 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.  For the first time since April, Romero lasted six innings, and in this case, 6.2.  Aside from the third inning when he allowed their first run, he had little trouble.  Four of his six full innings were 1-2-3, and the second run he allowed was unearned.  He finished with the two runs allowed on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  In relief, Brandon Gomes recorded four outs, and all of them were strikeouts.

The Bulls scored all four of their runs in the second inning.  Vince Belnome doubled home the first run, and after a groundout put Durham up 2-0, Cole Figueroa's two run double made it a 4-0 game.  Three of their seven hits came in that inning, and they really didn't threaten after that big inning.  Curt Casali reached base twice.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (29-28)

Montgomery jumped out to a 7-0 lead and managed to hang on in their 8-3 win over Mississippi. It only took the Biscuits three batters to score their first run of the game.  After Ryan Brett led off the first with a double, he eventually came home to score on a Cameron Seitzer sac fly.  They scored two more in the second thanks to an error with the bases loaded, but the big inning didn't come to the fourth.  They played station to station baseball as six of eight hitters hit singles, and Richie Shaffer's two run single with two outs topped off the inning.  Four Biscuits had multi-hit games, including Luke Maile with his fourth home run of the season.

With the early run support, Victor Mateo had his best start in a couple weeks.  Only two runners reached base against him in the first four innings, and no one made it into scoring position until the fifth when he allowed his first run.  Both runs were conceded on groundouts, and he never really faced much trouble.  Mateo finished with the two runs allowed on four hits and two walks in six innings with four strikeouts.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-27)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-29)

Bowling Green rolled to another blowout in their 11-1 win over South Bend.  They broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a two out rally.  With the bases loaded, Pat Blair drove in two runs with a double, and Darryl George followed that with a two run single.  They had an even bigger inning in the sixth, scoring five more two out runs, including a bases clearing triple by Ty Young.  Five Hot Rods had two hit games, including Armando Araiza who hit a solo home run later in the game.

The offense backed another strong start for Ryne Stanek.  For the second straight start, he completed six innings.  The only run he allowed came in the third inning after the leadoff hitter singled and eventually came in to score on a two out hit.  Stanek allowed just the one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts.  Brad Schreiber struck out two in two scoreless innings of relief.


Star of the day- Stanek has been settling in with Bowling Green.

Goat of the day- The worst team in the AL

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Lehigh Valley 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (5-3, 3.92) v. Brad Lincoln* (1-3, 5.90)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (4-5, 4.03) v. J.R. Graham (0-2, 4.66)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 6:30 PM (Radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Reinaldo Lopez (3-2, 3.98) v. Jorge Lopez (6-2, 3.17)
Bruedlin Suero (3-2, 3.97) v. Hobbs Johnson (4-6, 2.95)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ South Bend 10:35 AM (Radio stream)
German Marquez (2-2, 4.17) v. Sean Furney (1-1, 6.30)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
29-28 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 234 R (10th) .697 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (10th) 1.41 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Maikel Franco (1), RHP Ethan Martin (10), C Cameron Rupp (13), RHP Ken Giles (18)

Mississippi Braves
32-24 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 236 R (8th) .707 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (3), RHP Jason Hursh (4), 3B Kyle Kubitza (22), OF Matt Lipka (24), RHP Aaron Northcraft (25), OF Robby Hefflinger (29), RHP James Hoyt (30)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
28-26 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 200 R (10th) .671 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.66 ERA (2nd) 1.14 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyrone Taylor (2), OF Victor Roache (5), SS Orlando Arcia (7), 3B Nick Delmonico (12), SS Yadiel Rivera (13), RHP Tyler Wagner (16), RHP Kevin Shackelford (21), RHP Damien Magnificio (23), RHP Jorge Lopez (24)

South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona)
34-22 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 300 R (2nd) .748 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (7th) 1.36 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jose Martinez (6), OF Stryker Trahan (8), 1B Daniel Palka (17), C Michael Perez (20), LHP Daniel Gibson (21), RHP Geordy Parra (22), SS Joe Munoz (26), 2B Jamie Westbrook (27), 2B Andrew Velasquez (28)