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Rays down on the farm June 20: Unroe dinger leads Princeton

Two of the Rays' short-season affiliates have started their season with walkoff home runs

Riley Unroe led off playing second base for Princeton
Riley Unroe led off playing second base for Princeton
Jim Donten

Can the GCL Rays do it too?  Likely not since they're on the road today.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-32)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-0)

Dylan Floro somehow walked a batter in Montgomery's 5-1 win over Mobile.  That walk came with one out in the first inning, and he was really good the rest of the way, although a wild pitch was instrumental in allowing the only BayBear run to score.  It was his first walk since 5/23, and it was the first time he didn't complete seven innings since 5/8.  Floro finished with the run allowed on eight hits and a walk in 6.2 innings with three strikeouts.

The Biscuits offense did most of its work early in the game.  Ryan Brett led off the game with a single, and he would score the first run of the game later in the inning on a Taylor Motter groundout.  Montgomery got it done again with two out an inning later, and this time it was Jake Hager driving in two with a triple.  Hager was at it again in the fifth with a solo home run, and they scored their final run of the game in the sixth on a throwing error by former Rays minor league catcher Mark Thomas.  Hager had three hits and was a double shy of the cycle.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-1)

Palm Beach added insurance runs late in Charlotte's 6-1 loss.  Austin Pruitt was very good but exited with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning, and after Parker Markel got the last out of the inning, he struggled in the eighth.  After striking out the leadoff batter, he walked three straight, and Ryan Garton would allow all three inherited runners to score.  Pruitt allowed two runs on four hits and no walks in 6.2 innings with nine strikeouts, by far a career high.

Charlotte's only run came in the second inning and briefly tied the game at one.  After Josh Sale singled with two outs, Marty Gantt tripled him home, and Pruitt promptly gave Palm Beach the lead again in the third.  Patrick Leonard, Justin O'Conner and Julian Ridings each had two of Charlotte's eight hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (1-0)

Bowling Green used two big innings to propel themselves to a 10-4 win over Lansing.  With the bases loaded and two outs, Ty Young was hit by a pitch to score the first run, and Oscar Hernandez then cleared them with a double.  The Lugnuts briefly pulled within two in the fourth, but the Hot Rods put it away an inning later.  Granden Goetzman led off the inning with a home run, and they tacked on four more two out runs with a Spencer Edwards double and Juniel Querecuto single.

German Marquez got the nod coming out of the All-Star break and was finished after four innings.  He allowed both Lansing runs in the fourth inning and finished with five hits and two walks allowed with four strikeouts.  Jorge Rodriguez got the win, but Luis Cabrera was more impressive, striking out four in 2.2 scoreless innings.  Four Hot Rods had multi-hit games in their 15 hit outburst, led by Oscar with four.  Edwards and Querecuto combined to reach base seven times at the top of the lineup.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (4-3)

Hudson Valley's offense was non-existent in their 4-0 loss to Brooklyn.  It took until there were two outs in the fourth for them to get their first baserunner on a Casey Gillaspie single, but they ended up with seven hits, all singles.  Daniel Miles had two of them.  Enderson Franco was tremendous again, striking out eight and allowing just four hits and no walks in five innings of work but came away with nothing to show for it.  Darren Fischer allowed three of the Cyclone runs.

Rookie Princeton Rays (1-0)

Community favorite Riley Unroe got Princeton off to a nice start in their 5-2 win over Bristol.  After the Pirates tied the game in the top of the ninth, Nick Ciuffo led off the bottom half of the inning with a single.  A Cristian Toribio walk got him into scoring position, and then Unroe hit a walkoff home run, the same way Hudson Valley's season started.  Unroe had three hits and was just a double shy of the cycle, and Toribio hit a home run himself.

Two Rays pitchers combined to strike out 11 and walk none.  Starter Jose Alonzo allowed one run on seven hits in five innings with four strikeouts, and Mario Fernandez struck out four while allowing the other Bristol run over four innings.  Thomas Milone reached base three times, including hitting a double and stealing a base.  Ciuffo was 1/4.


Star of the day- Call Unroe up.

Goat of the day- It doesn't seem like Markel is not going to regain prospect status.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (6-3, 3.06) v. Josh Roenicke (2-3, 4.60)

Montgomery v. Mobile 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Victor Mateo (7-4, 3.73) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
TBA v. Silfredo Garcia (3-1, 2.39)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
TBA v. Frank Viola (1-0, 0.00)

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Nolan Gannon* (1-0, 0.00) v. Sam Agnew-Wieland (0-0, 3.38)

Princeton v. Bristol 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Freddy Alvarez (0-0, -.--) v. Adrian Grullon (0-0, -.--)

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
42-30 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 312 R (7th) .733 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brian Goodwin (3), OF Steven Souza (10), SS Zach Walters (14), RHP Blake Treinen (23), RHP Christian Garcia (24)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
0-1 (T-4th in SL South)
Offense: 340 R (1st) .743 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Jake Lamb (12), RHP Jimmie Sherfy (15), RHP A.J. Schugel (20)

Palm Beach Cardinals
1-0 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 321 R (4th) .700 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.16 ERA (5th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Charlie Tilson (12), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (17)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
0-1 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 328 R (7th) .696 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.21 ERA (11th) 1.49 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF D.J. Davis (3), 3B Mitch Nay (4), SS Dawel Lugo (9), RHP Chase De Jong (11), RHP Tom Robson (16), 1B Matt Dean (25)

Staten Island Yankees
4-3 (T-2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 22 R (8th) .575 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.40 ERA (4th) 1.45 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Thairo Estrada (28)

Bristol Pirates
0-1 (T-3rd in APP West)
Offense: 2 R (9th) .771 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.32 ERA (6th) 1.56 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jon Sandfort (28)

GCL Orioles
Offense: 0 R No OPS
Pitching: No ERA No Whip
Top 30 Prospects: Roster not yet available