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Rays down on the farm July 22: Charlotte falls in site meetup

I would hope people still had a good time though

Last year at the site meetup, Curt Casali was identified as a future big leaguer
Last year at the site meetup, Curt Casali was identified as a future big leaguer
Hannah Foslien

If you have anything to report from the game last night, please share.

As of writing this, there was still an odd occurrence in the box scores from Monday night.  Kyle McKenzie apparently recorded a save for Hudson Valley, and he also recorded a blown save for Princeton.  They were playing games at the same time, and I'm assuming he didn't travel from Vermont to Kingsport unbelievably quickly to participate in both.  Hopefully that gets cleared up at some point

Triple-A Durham Bulls (56-46)

Enny Romero wasn't great, but he limited the damage in Durham's 5-1 win over Rochester.  He threw 60 strikes in 95 pitches, but he still walked three in six innings.  He was able to coax a couple ground ball double plays though, and the only run he allowed came in the fifth on a two out single.  He finished with that run allowed on six hits and three walks in six innings with four strikeouts.  Steve Geltz struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief.

That run Romero allowed tied the game at one, and the Bulls immediately retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning.  After Ali Solis doubled, the Red Wings conceded the run on a Hak-Ju Lee groundout.  They added three insurance runs in the seventh on doubles by Mike Fontenot and Lee.  Durham only had seven hits, and no Bull reached base more than once.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-14)

Taylor Motter homered again in Montgonery's 9-2 win over Chattanooga.  He wasted no time hitting a solo home run in the first inning, giving him four in his last three games.  Alejandro Segovia doubled home a run in the second, and Jeff Malm's two run homer in the fourth extended the lead to 4-0.  The Biscuits added five insurance runs late.  Segovia and Ryan Brett had three hits, and Malm was one of a trio of Biscuits with two.

While Montgomery was tacking on runs, Mike Colla turned in his second straight good start.  The Lookouts could only manage an unearned run against him, and he exited with that run allowed on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts.  He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts, totaling 11.2 innings.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (10-20)

They outhit Clearwater 7-4, but Charlotte fell to the Threshers 4-3.  Justin O'Conner's solo home run in the second tied the game at one, but it took until the eighth inning for the Stone Crabs to score again.  They didn't get a runner into scoring position until they loaded the bases that inning, and Patrick Leonard took advantage by singling home two to  get the deficit to one run.  O'Conner grounded into a double play to end the inning though, and they wouldn't threaten again.  Tyler Goeddel reached base four times.

After allowing a first inning run, Jordan Harrison settled in and cruised until running into more trouble in the sixth.  He retired the first two batters, but a brief loss of control that included a walk and hit batter, he allowed a two run triple that gave the Threshers the lead.  An inherited runner scored against Kevin Brandt, and Harrison's final line was four runs allowed on three hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (13-17)

Ty Young stayed hot in Bowling Green's 7-3 win over Beloit.  A day after only recording two hits, the Hot Rods were able to score a couple runs in the second inning on a two out double by Elias Torres.  Young scored one of those runs, and he would drive in one of three in the fifth inning that gave Bowling Green a 5-0 lead.  In the eighth, his solo home run started a two run inning to extend the lead.  Young finished with three of their 11 hits, and Juniel Querecuto had two.

Bruedlin Suero pretty much cruised through the first six innings, but the Snappers finally got to him in the seventh.  He got an out after giving up a leadoff single, but the following batter hit a two run home run to break up the shutout.  He would record another out and finish with the two runs allowed on six hits in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-10)

Enderson Franco continued to improve his K:BB ratio in Hudson Valley's 3-2 win over Vermont.  He did allow runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but he did so while striking out three and walking none.  For the season, Franco now has 31 strikeouts to just one walk in 35.2 innings, and that walk came in the fourth of four straight starts against Brooklyn earlier in the month.  Prior to this year, he had 104 strikeouts to 43 walks in 148.2 innings.

The Renegades first got on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth, and the eventual game winner came in the sixth.  Two singles and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners and one out, and Zach Marberry singled home Hunter Lockwood to retake the lead.  Marberry and Lockwood were the only Renegades to reach base more than once.

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-15)

Princeton only scored one run, and it couldn't hold up in a 3-1 loss to Kingsport.  They got that run in the second inning on an Angel Moreno double, but after that, Mets pitchers would face the minimum until the ninth inning.  With two outs, Nic Wilson and Patrick Grady singled to keep the inning alive, but Nick Ciuffo struck out to end it.  In the bottom of the ninth, Kingsport walked off on a two run home run against Rafael Cordova.

Hyrum Formo turned in his best start of the season, holding Kingsport scoreless through 5.2 innings before being removed for Kyle McKenzie.  Formo allowed just three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  McKenzie allowed the first Mets run in the seventh, but it was unearned due to his own error.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (16-11)

They made a late comeback, but in eight innings, the GCL Rays fell to the GCL Red Sox 7-6 in game one.  More importantly though, Tim Beckham made his return to game action, and he performed well.  As the Rays' DH, he went 3/4 with a triple, drove in two runs and scored another.  The Rays committed four errors, and that's part of the reason only one of starter Henry Centeno's four runs allowed was earned.  He allowed six hits in four innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Without Beckham in game two, the Rays offense didn't accomplish much in their 4-1 game two loss.  That run came in the sixth on a Jose Rojas sac fly when they were already down by four runs, and only six Rays reached base total for the game.  Starter Deivi Mendez was charged with two unearned runs on three hits and three walks in four innings with two strikeouts, and Tommy Lawrence was charged with two of his own (one earned) in three innings, but he did strike out five.


Star of the day- McKenzie earned a nice save for Hudson Valley.

Goat of the day- McKenzie cost Princeton with poor relief work.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Rochester 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (11-4, 3.19) v. Mark Hamburger (1-1, 3.86)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (Radio stream)
Dylan Floro (8-8, 3.36) v. Matt Shelton (2-3, 4.68)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 7 PM (Radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (6-4, 3.97) v. Jeb Stefan (6-8, 5.80)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Mike Franco* (0-0, 3.18) v. Jordan Foley (0-0, 1.59)

Princeton v. Johnson City 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (1-0, 5.09) v. Andrew Massie (0-2, 2.89)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 6:30 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
55-48 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 461 R (6th) .734 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Alex Meyer (3), RHP Trevor May (8), LHP Sean Gilmartin (10), C Josmil Pinto (14), RHP Mike Tonkin (15)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
10-19 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 401 R (10th) .703 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (9th) 1.52 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Corey Seager (2), LHP Chris Reed (8), OF Scott Schebler (17), IF Darnell Sweeney (25)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
13-17 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 323 R (12th) .624 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.62 ERA (12th) 1.48 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS J.P. Crawford (3), CF Roman Quinn (16), RHP Aaron Nola

Staten Island Yankees
20-17 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 159 R (9th) .687 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.33 ERA (4th) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Luis Torrens (19), SS Thairo Estrada (28)

Johnson City Cardinals
15-14 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 152 R (5th) .693 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (5th) 1.45 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Oscar Mercado (19)

GCL Red Sox
16-9 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 131 R (6th) .667 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.54 ERA (4th) 1.18 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Rafael Devers (20), SS Javier Guerra (27), RHP Michael Kopech, RHP Jake Cosart