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Rays down on the farm August 11: Colome salvages doubleheader split

Durham and Montgomery combine to score four runs on 15 hits in 28 innings Sunday

Alex Colome's roller coaster 2014 continued with a fine effort Sunday
Alex Colome's roller coaster 2014 continued with a fine effort Sunday
Mitchell Layton

Going below those two levels, there's a Stone Crab in a bit of a hot stretch.  He's in the midst of a rough season, but he has produced lately.  In his last 10 games, he has 15 hits, including six multi-hit games.  In six August games, he's batting .500 with a 1.158 OPS.  However, his BABIP over .500 in that stretch combined with a loss of patience at the plate suggest it may just be a mirage.

That player is mentioned in Charlotte's recap.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (63-58)

Durham was dominated by Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris in their game one 3-0 loss to Buffalo.  In his International League debut, Norris struck out 10 in six scoreless innings before making way for Sergio Santos to record the save.  The Bulls only had two hits.  Nate Karns was okay, but he took the loss because he had no margin for error.  He finished with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks in six innings with eight strikeouts.

Alex Colome turned the tables on the Bisons in Durham's game two 1-0 win.  He wasn't as good as Norris, but he was still good, striking out seven in six scoreless innings, only allowing three hits and three walks.  The Bulls got their only run of the day in the second inning on a Robby Price sac fly.  They had five total hits in 14 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-28)

Montgomery's offense thought they were rained out again in their game one 4-0 loss to Chattanooga.  They only had three hits, all of which were singles, and they didn't draw a walk.  Ryan Brett played for the first time since 7/24 and was 0/3.  Grayson Garvin allowed all three Lookout runs on four hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts.

A trio of home runs sunk Montgomery in their game two 4-3 loss.  All four runs were charged to Victor Mateo in four innings of work.  The Biscuits scored their first run of the day in the third inning on a Taylor Motter single, and Motter would drive in the third run two innings later.  Brett and Motter each had two hits.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-23)

Blake Snell struggled with his control, but he got enough offensive support in Charlotte's 4-2 win over Jupiter.  Snell allowed a baserunner in every inning he worked, but his first four innings were scoreless.  He first allowed a run in the fifth when the Stone Crabs were already up 4-0, and a solo home run the next inning cut it to a two run game.  He faced two more batters after that and had to be removed for Jordan Harrison, finishing with two runs allowed on four hits and four walks in 5.2 innings with two strikeouts.

Charlotte jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning.  Tyler Goeddel led off with a triple, and Marty Gantt would drive him in later in the inning with a single.  Jonathan Quinonez hit an RBI single to score Gantt, and the Hammerheads conceded the third run of the inning.  Sale finished the game with three hits, and both Gantt and Ariel Soriano reached base three times.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-27)

A big seventh inning led Bowling Green to a 6-4 win over Dayton.  Down 4-1 in the seventh, Willy Adames drew a bases loaded walk to start the scoring in the inning, and the Dragons conceded a run on a Kean Wong groundout the next batter.  Alexander Simon followed that up with a two out, two run single to give the Hot Rods their first lead.  Elias Torres and Spencer Edwards each had two hit games, and Pat Blair drew three walks.

Isaac Gil looked like he was in for another rough outing when he allowed three first inning runs, but he settled in a bit after that.  He allowed a baserunner in each of his three following innings, but he managed to avoid further trouble.  He finished with the three runs allowed on three hits and two walks in four innings with three strikeouts.  Despite giving up eight hits in four innings, Ben Griset only allowed one run and was credited with the win.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (39-17)

A pitchers' duel opened up a bit late in Hudson Valley's 4-2 loss to Tri-City.  The ValleyCats finally got on the board first in the sixth inning with a run against Nolan Gannon when a leadoff triple was followed by a run scoring single.  Gannon finished with that run allowed on six hits and a walk in 5+ innings with two strikeouts.  Tri-City would score three insurance runs against Gerardo Reyes two innings later.

It took until the ninth for the Renegades to break up the shutout.  After leading off with a double, Hunter Lockwood scored on a throwing error.  They would load the bases before Braxton Lee got hit by a pitch with one out to pull within two, but Jace Conrad and Casey Gillaspie made outs to end the game.  Gillaspie did draw three walks earlier in the game though.

Rookie Princeton Rays (27-20)

Princeton was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (25-19)

The GCL Rays were off.

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Star of the day- Sunday's start was certainly a little better than Colome's last time out.

Goat of the day- Bit of a rough day for the upper level affiliates.

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Mike Montgomery (9-5, 4.68) v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

The first game is a resumption of a suspended game, and the second will be seven innings

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (1-0, 0.00) v. Austin Brice (7-8, 3.87)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 5:05 PM (Radio stream)
Oscar Armenta (4-1, 3.65) v. Joe Musgrove (5-1, 3.61)

Princeton v. Pulaski 5:30 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Cameron Varga* (0-0, 8.44) v. Taylor Byrd* (0-1, 3.75)
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM
TBA v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
65-56 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 537 R (7th) .725 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (1st) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Alex Meyer (3), LHP Sean Gilmartin (10), C Josmil Pinto (14), RHP Mike Tonkin (15)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
16-32 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 460 R (9th) .675 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (10th) 1.39 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (9), RHP Trevor Williams (11), OF Jesus Solorzano (13), RHP Colby Suggs (17), RHP Austin Brice (27)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
37-19 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 297 R (1st) .752 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (8th) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Fisher

Pulaski Mariners
26-20 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 225 R (5th) .687 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ugueth Urbina

GCL Twins
15-28 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 139 R (15th) .580 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Amaurys Minier (24)