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Rays down on the farm June 30: Romero rocked

Surprisingly, Enny Romero's three home runs allowed were not a single game career high

After allowing five runs combined over his last three strats, Enny Romero allowed six Sunday
After allowing five runs combined over his last three strats, Enny Romero allowed six Sunday
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hudson Valley will enjoy their first off day of the season today.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-40)

Enny Romero was hit hard again in Durham's 7-4 loss to Pawtucket.  In 4.2 innings, he allowed six runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts, and the Bulls went down 7-0 before finally scoring late in the game.  On his way to his early exit, Romero allowed three more home runs, blowing right by his career high of nine right to 11.  Brandon Gomes allowed an unearned run, but he did strike out three in 1.1 innings.

Mikie Mahtook drove in Durham's first run of the game in the seventh with a sac fly, and his two run homer in the ninth brought them a bit closer.  It was his seventh of the season, tying a career high, and his second in three days.  Mike Fontenot is the only Bull to reach base twice.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-6)

Alejandro Segovia's solo home run wasn't nearly enough offense in Montgomery's 6-1 loss to Tennessee.  The Biscuits had plenty of opportunities with runners in scoring position early in the game, but they could never take advantage.  Segovia also hit a double, and he was one of three Biscuits with two hit games.  The other two were Jake Hager and Luke Maile, and Jeff Malm struck out four times.

Dylan Floro was sharp again, but ultimately he was saddled with the loss.  Both runs he allowed were just a half inning after Segovia put Montgomery on the board, but one of them was unearned due to a Cameron Seitzer error.  Floro would finish with the two runs allowed on eight hits and no walks in six innings with six strikeouts.  Andrew Bellatti allowed the Smokies to pile on four insurance runs late in the game to put it out of reach.

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

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-7)

Bowling Green briefly held a 1-0 lead before falling to Western Michigan 4-1.  Ty Young's RBI single with two outs in the sixth broke a 0-0 tie, but only one Hot Rod would reach base after that.  They only have two runs in three games this series so far.  Johnny Field led the way with two hits, including his 21st double.

For the fifth time in his last six starts, Chris Kirsch allowed one or fewer earned runs.  This time, it was with six scoreless innings.  He struck out two and only allowed two hits and two walks.  After he was removed, the Whitecaps struck.  Brad Schreiber allowed two runs in the seventh inning, and Willie Gabay allowed a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-5)

Aberdeen fought back from a 4-0 deficit, but they remained Aberdeen in Hudson Valley's 9-4 win.  It was the first time since 6/20 they scored more than two runs, and it wasn't nearly enough.  Hunter Lockwood's first inning grand slam looked like it would be enough offense for the Renegades, but they needed more late.  The eighth inning proved to be another four run frame that included a two run triple from Alec Sole, and Casey Gillaspie scored another run in the ninth after leading off with a single.  Gillaspie was one of four Renegades with two hit games.

For the first time with Hudson Valley this year, Hunter Wood struggled a bit.  He did strike out four in four innings, but he allowed the first two IronBird runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks.  He now has three runs allowed in 19.2 Renegade innings.  Darren Fischer allowed two runs on a hit and three walks in two innings, and Eli Echarry's two scoreless innings earned him the win.

Rookie Princeton Rays (6-5)

Princeton scored four early runs and wound up holding on in their 5-3 win over Pulaski.  They jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the three run second inning is what gave them a cushion.  With two outs, Riley Unroe singled home another run, and Thomas Milone brought home two more with a triple.  Unroe had another two out RBI single in the sixth.  Four Rays had two hits, and Milone reached base four times.

Jose Alonzo had his third straight solid outing to start the year.  He did allow a second inning run, but it scored on a balk and came after an error allowed the eventual run scorer to move up a base.  Alonzo finished with just the run allowed on five hits and a walk in five innings with five strikeouts.  Kyle McKenzie allowed the other two Mariner runs in one inning.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (5-3)

The GCL Rays were off.


Star of the day- Milone is off to a really nice start.

Goat of the day- Romero had a nice stretch going too.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Nathan Karns (4-4, 5.50) v. Anthony Ranaudo (8-4, 2.54)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Grayson Garvin (0-3, 3.65) v. Matt Loosen* (4-2, 4.73)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 12:05 PM (Radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Albert Suarez (0-0, 1.00) v. Austin Brice (5-6, 3.30)
Austin Pruitt (3-4, 4.66) v. Matt Milroy (0-1, 7.20)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 1 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jorge Rodriguez (2-4, 4.91) v. Jonathan Maciel (3-3, 3.03)

Hudson Valley is off

Princeton @ Pulaski 7 PM (Radio stream)
Freddy Alvarez (0-1, 8.31) v. Zack LIttell* (1-1, 8.68)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
44-41 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 342 R (12th) .688 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
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)
8-3 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 353 R (4th) .700 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (3rd) 1.34 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)
6-4 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 319 R (14th) .661 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.98 ERA (1st) 1.20 WHIP (1st)
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

Pulaski Mariners
6-5 (T-2nd in APP East)
Offense: 50 R (4th) .679 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.94 ERA (4th) 1.13 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ugueth Urbina

GCL Twins
4-4 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 41 R (5th) .680 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.47 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Amaurys Minier (24)