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Rays down on the farm June 29: Charlotte on a roll

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Behind a nice start from Blake Snell, the Stone Crabs have won two in a row

Granden Goetzman's RBI triple got Charlotte's offense going
Granden Goetzman's RBI triple got Charlotte's offense going
Jim Donten

If you think Charlotte is struggling or Bowling Green did earlier this year, check out Aberdeen's work on the season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-39)

The Bulls handed Merrill Kelly a 4-0 lead, but he struggled in Durham's 6-4 loss to Pawtucket.  After Mike Montgomery left his last start early with elbow soreness, they skipped this turn in his rotation, but he should be back next time out.  Kelly was unable to pitch a single scoreless inning, finishing with five runs allowed on nine hits in 3+ innings with four strikeouts and no walks.  Three relievers combined to hold Pawtucket scoreless the rest of the game, including Steve Geltz who struck out four in 1.2 innings.

Durham's four run first inning started with a one out solo home run by Jayson Nix, and Curt Casali's two run double capped off the inning.  After that, they didn't have a single inning where more than one batter reached base.  Justin Christian had three hits, and Casali had two.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-5)

Cameron Seitzer homered again, but it wasn't enough in Montgomery's 7-4 loss to HuntsvilleMike Colla struggled in his return to the rotation, and he put the Biscuits in an early hole.  He got a first inning run in support, but he allowed a two out Stars rally that scored two runs.  In the third, he allowed a two run homer, and after an RBI double with two outs, Colla was out of the game.  He was charged with five runs on nine hits and three walks in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts.

Jake Hager's fifth inning two out double scored two to pull Montgomery within two, and Seitzer's home run the next inning made it 5-4.  In the seventh, Huntsville added two insurance runs against Braulio Lara to put the game out of reach.  Hager had three hits and stole his second base, and Seitzer also hit a double.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-8)

Some late runs got Charlotte out of the basement with a 3-1 win over Jupiter.  After the Hammerheads got on the board with an unearned run in the seventh, the Stone Crabs answered right back with three in the top of the eighth, and it happened against a former Rays minor league infielder.  Granden Goetzman tripled home Tommy Coyle to the the game, and after Patrick Leonard walked, Jupiter brought in Reid Redman to try and preserve the 1-1 score.  He could not.  Justin O'Conner scored on a wild pitch, and Maxx Tissenbaum singled home Leonard.

Blake Snell's start went much better than his last one.  He was chased in the third inning with eight runs charged to him, but he rebounded with six scoreless innings Saturday.  He struck out four, walked just two and allowed five hits.  Coyle, Tissenbaum and Julian Ridings had two hit games, and Leonard stole a career high seventh base.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-6)

Bowling Green outhit West Michigan 8-5, but they lost 3-1.  They scored their only run in the fifth, but it was conceded by the Whitecaps on a groundout after three straight singles.  West Michigan hit a leadoff home run in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead, and they held on.  The Hot Rods had the first two batters reach the next inning, but they couldn't take advantage of the opportunity.  Juniel Querecuto had two of Bowling Green's eight hits, all of which were singles.

Ben Griset allowed all three West Michigan runs, but he wasn't bad.  After allowing a first inning run, he faced the minimum the next three innings before allowing a solo home run in the fifth and sixth innings.  He finished with the three runs allowed on four hits and no walks in seven innings with a strikeout.  Josh Kimborowicz struck out two in an inning in his Bowling Green debut.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (11-5)

Aberdeen was mathematically eliminated for franchise history in Hudson Valley's 2-0 win over the IronBirds.  They fell to 1-15, and it was their second straight scoreless game against the Renegades.  Chris Pike made his first professional start and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout.  Bradley Wallace struck out four in three innings, and Gerardo Reyes struck out three in two innings to finish it.  They only allowed six men to reach base.

The Renegades scored both of their runs in the fifth.  With the bases loaded, Hunter Lockwood singled home two with the help of an error.  Jace Conrad hit two doubles, and Casey Gillaspie reached .200 with a pair of his hits.  He also walked.

Rookie Princeton Rays (4-5)

Princeton's pitching held Pulaski's offense in check in a 4-1 Rays win.  The first four innings of the game were scoreless, but Princeton broke out in the fifth with back to back doubles to open the inning.  That scored one run, and they scored a second conceded by the Mariners while they turned a double play.  They scored a run without a hit in the sixth, and Angel Moreno's two out single in the seventh made it a 4-0 game.  Riley Unroe and Thomas Milone each had two hits at the top of the lineup.

Trevor Lubking made his second pro start, and he dominated.  After allowing a triple to the second batter of the game, he closed his outing by retiring 10 straight, finishing with seven strikeouts in four innings with only one hit and no walks allowed.  Greg Maisto also allowed just one hit in four innings, and he faced the minimum 12 batters.  Steve Ascher allowed the Mariners run, but the tying run never came close to reaching base.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (3-3)

The GCL Rays' attempt at a third straight shutout was broken up with three outs to go, but they still beat the GCL Orioles 6-1.  Tommy Lawrence was called on to pitch the last inning, and he allowed a solo home run before eventually recording the final three outs of the game.  Prior to Lawrence entering the game, Junior Feliz and Alberto Casanas each struck out four in four scoreless innings.  In Casanas' case, they were no-hit innings.

A half inning before the Orioles got on the board, the Rays became the last team in the league to hit their first home run.  Zach Marberry's two run shot added a pair of insurance runs that put the game away.  They opened the scoring in the fourth inning with RBI singles by Jonathan Freemyer and Jeremy Hadley, and Freemyer scored another run later on a wild pitch.  Hadley and Matt Ford had two hit games.


Star of the day- Snell rebounded nicely from his recent outings with Charlotte.

Goat of the day- Montgomery just can't seem to patch their rotation together.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enny Romero (3-8, 5.04) v. Chris Hernandez (3-6, 3.39)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (7-5, 3.14) v. Dae-Eun Rhee* (4-3, 3.24)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 1:05 PM (Radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (3-4, 4.66) v. Matt Milroy (0-1, 7.20)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 1 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (3-5, 3.59) v. Austin Kubitza (6-1, 2.53)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 5:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enderson Franco* (1-0, 1.20) v. Stefan Crichton* (4-0, 4.50)

Princeton @ Pulaski 7 PM (Radio stream)
Jose Alonzo* (1-0, 0.90) v. Lane Ratliff* (0-0, 15.00)

GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
43-41 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 335 R (13th) .685 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Allen Webster (4), 3B Garin Cecchini (6), 2B Mookie Betts (7), RHP Matt Barnes (9), RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11), C Christian Vazquez (12), OF Bryce Brentz (16), LHP Drake Britton (17), C Dan Butler (25), 1B Travis Shaw (26), RHP Alex Wilson (29)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
7-3 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 347 R (4th) .699 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (3rd) 1.35 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP C.J. Edwards (3), OF Jorge Soler (5), 3B Christian Villanueva (13), RHP Corey Black (15), RHP Ivan Pineyro (21), RHP Zach Cates (27), OF Rubi Silva (29)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
1-8 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 296 R (10th) .657 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (10th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Colin Moran (2), RHP Trevor Williams (11), OF Jesus Solorzano (13), RHP Colby Suggs (17), RHP Austin Brice (27)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
5-4 (T-3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 315 R (14th) .662 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 3.02 ERA (2nd) 1.20 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jonathan Crawford (5), LHP Kevin Ziomek (10), SS Javier Betancourt (16), RHP Jeff Thompson (24), RHP Zac Reininger (25), SS Willy Adames (30), C Grayson Greiner

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
1-15 (4th in McNamara)
Offense: 27 R (14th) .515 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.68 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Stephen Tarpley (21), C Jonah Heim (21), C Alex Murphy (31)

Pulaski Mariners
6-4 (2nd in APP East)
Offense: 47 R (4th) .678 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.87 ERA (4th) 1.11 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ugueth Urbina