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Rays down on the farm June 3: Offense MIA

The Rays' struggles are dwarfed by what their affiliates did Monday

James Loney reacts to the news that Rays affiliates scored seven runs in five games
James Loney reacts to the news that Rays affiliates scored seven runs in five games
Jared Wickerham

Dylan Floro has had an interesting season.  In five of his 12 starts, he allowed one run or less.  In six of them, he's allowed four or more.  There hasn't been any middle ground for him.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (35-24)

The offense could not back up Matt Andriese in Durham's 3-0 loss to Lehigh Valley.  For the second straight start, Andriese didn't allow a run, but he did not get the offensive support he needed.  Only three runners reached scoring position against him, and he finished with five hits and a walk allowed in six innings with three strikeouts.  Unfortunately, he was matched pitch for pitch by one time big leaguer Brad Lincoln.

The IronPigs broke out as soon as Andriese was removed from the game.  Braulio Lara relieved him, and after walking the leadoff batter, he allowed back to back doubles that scored the first two runs of the game.  Lara's day was done after a sac bunt moved a runner up to third base, but a sac fly against Jake Thompson allowed the inherited runner to score.  Three of Durham's four hits belonged to Mikie Mahtook.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-28)

Two big swings lifted Montgomery to a 5-1 win over Mississippi.  In the second inning, the Biscuits staged a two out rally to go ahead on a three run homer by Ryan Brett, his fifth of the season.  An inning later, just after Jeff Malm stole his first base of the season, Willie Argo hit a two run dinger to make it a 5-0 game.  The offense was largely non-existent after that, but five runs was more than enough, especially compared to the rest of the organization Monday.

Dylan Floro's wild season continued, this time with a really good start.  His first seven innings of the game were scoreless, but he ran out of gas in the eighth, allowing three straight hits to start the inning and lose the shutout.  He did strike out the next two batters before being removed in favor of Matt Ramsey.  Floro finished with the run allowed on eight hits and no walks in 7.2 innings with six strikeouts.  Argo had two extra base hits, and Jake Hager had three hits, ending a streak of seven games of only reaching base once.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (27-28)

In game one of their doubleheader, Charlotte needed extra frames to beat Brevard County 2-1 in 10 innings.  Reinaldo Lopez pitched very well, allowing just one run (on a solo home run) on five hits and two walks in seven innings with five strikeouts.  The Stone Crabs tied the game in the fifth on a run-scoring double play, and Jonathan Quinonez doubled home Marty Gantt to win the game in the 10th.  Kevin Brandt struck out three in three scoreless innings to earn the win.

Offense was even harder to come by in Charlotte's game two 3-0 loss.  The Stone Crabs drew no walks, and they only had three hits, all of which were singles.  Marcus Jensen got the spot start and allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings.  Nick Sawyer relieved him with 2.2 no hit innings, but unfortunately he did walk eight batters.  Julian Ridings was 0/2 in his 2014 debut.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-30)

Bowling Green's offense and defense contributed to their 3-0 loss to South Bend.  The Hot Rods committed three errors, including one by German Marquez that preceded the only run he allowed, but that one was still earned. Marquez finished with that run allowed on four hits and two walks in four innings with four strikeouts.  Colton Reavis relieved him and was tremendous, striking out six and only walking one in three scoreless innings.

South Bend added insurance runs in the eighth inning against Stone Speer.  They were both unearned though due to a pair of errors by third baseman Ty Young.  Unfortunately for the Hot Rods pitching staff, the team's number of hits equaled their error total.  Ariel Soriano had two of them himself, and they didn't draw any walks.


Star of the day- No walks in 7.2 innings is what we've come to expect from Floro.

Goat of the day- Seven runs in five games?

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Pawtucket 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Nathan Karns (3-2, 4.45) v. Chris Hernandez (2-5, 3.49)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Roberto Gomez* (1-3, 5.91) v. Jason Hursh (4-4, 3.68)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Leonel Santiago* (1-5, 8.17) v. Tyler Wagner (4-3, 1.94)

Bowling Green is off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
28-31 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 221 R (14th) .666 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (5th) 1.35 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Allen Webster (4), 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)

Mississippi Braves
32-25 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 237 R (8th) .705 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (4th) 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)
29-27 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 204 R (10th) .671 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.60 ERA (2nd) 1.12 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)