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Rays down on the farm August 9: Affiliates go winless

At least most of the games were close

At least the big league club won
At least the big league club won
Jason O. Watson

It feels like it's been a while since this happened.

If you want to get a feel for how good Ryan Brett has been, since his last game on July 24th, the Biscuits have scored two or fewer runs in seven games.  He's out with a shoulder injury, and I'm not sure why he's not listed on the DL on

Triple-A Durham Bulls (62-57)

Matt Andriese had one bad inning, and it cost Durham in their 4-3 loss to Buffalo.  All four of those runs came in the first inning, and they were all with two outs.  Andriese first walked a batter with the bases loaded, and that was followed by a bases clearing double.  He pitched well after that though, only allowing one more runner to reach base the rest of the game.  He finished with the four runs allowed on four hits and a walk in seven innings with five strikeouts.

The Bulls also got all of their runs in one inning, using five of their nine hits.  Wilson Betemit's fourth inning double started the scoring in the fourth inning, and Ali Solis followed that with a sac fly.  After Ray Olmedo singled home the third run, Hak-Ju Lee walked to load the bases before Robby Price grounded into an inning ending double play.  Jeremy Moore had two hits.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-26)

Montgomery's offense took the night off in their 3-0 loss to Chattanooga.  They only had five hits, and they were all singles.  The Lookouts scored all three of their runs early against starter Albert Suarez, and he finished with the three runs allowed on eight hits in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks.  Taylor Motter had two outs, and Luke Maile and Richie Shaffer each reached base twice.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-23)

An early 3-0 lead wasn't enough in Charlotte's 4-3 loss to Palm Beach.  They scored an unearned run in the first inning, and Johnny Field and Tommy Coyle each singled home a run an inning later.  Over the final seven innings, only two Stone Crabs would reach base.  Field had two of Charlotte's seven hits.  Tim Beckham was 1/4 with a strikeout.

Palm Beach tied the game in the fifth inning, but not without some help from Charlotte.  Juniel Querecuto and Beckham both made errors that helped facilitate the three run inning.  All of three runs (one earned) were charged to Reinaldo Lopez on six hits and a walk in five innings with four strikeouts.  A two out single against Marcus Jensen an inning later provided what proved to be the winning run.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-27)

Bowling Green couldn't hold a 2-0 lead with three outs to go in their 3-2 loss to Dayton.  Brad Schreiber walked the first two batters of the seventh, and an error by Alexander Simon helped the Dragons cut it to a one run game.  The game was tied after the Hot Rods tried to turn a double play the following batter, and after a run was thrown out at home for the second out, a two out single plated the game winner.  D.J. Slaton struck out four in five scoreless innings, and James Harris hit his fifth home run.

An 8-2 hole was too much in their 8-7 game two loss.  All seven of their runs were charged to Dayton's starter, but a pair of errors in the five run fifth meant four of them were unearned.  Armando Araiza had three hits including two doubles, and Simon had two hits.  Jake Faria allowed the first four Dragon runs in 3.2 innings, and Stone Speer was charged with the next four, although three were unearned.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (38-16)

Hudson Valley couldn't get one more big hit in their 4-3 loss to Williamsport.  They held an early 1-0 lead and tied the game up late, but an inability to secure shutdown innings cost them.  They were just 1/11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.  Only one of their nine hits was for extra bases, and that was Hunter Lockwood's sixth inning home run that cut WIlliamsport's lead to 3-2.  Braxton Lee had three hits and also walked.

The Crosscutters initially took a 3-1 lead against starter Jose Alonzo.  The Renegades conceded the first run in the fourth inning, and it would be an error by catcher Zach Marberry in the sixth that helped them score their third run.  Alonzo finished with three runs (two earned) allowed on seven hits in 5.1 innings with five strikeouts and no walks.  Edgar Gomez would give up a solo home run in the eighth inning to break the 3-3 tie.

Rookie Princeton Rays (25-20)

Princeton was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-18)

The GCL Rays were postponed.


Star of the day- Princeton and the GCL squad had the best Fridays.

Goat of the day- The weather didn't cause seven rainouts.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Buffalo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Nathan Karns (9-5, 4.68) v. P.J. Walters (4-2, 4.56)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Grayson Garvin (0-6, 3.95) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6 PM (Radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (9-4, 3.72) v. Matt Milroy (1-6, 8.02)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM (Radio stream)
Bruedlin Suero (3-3, 3.95) v. Nick Travieso (10-5, 3.39)

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Enderson Franco* (5-1, 3.40) v. Francis Ramirez (2-4, 4.91)

Princeton @ Bluefield 5 PM (Radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Hyrum Formo (1-0, 4.61) v. Evan Smith (2-1, 3.86)
Brent Honeywell (0-1, 1.45) v. Joey Aquino (1-2, 2.66)

Both games will be seven innings


Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
63-56 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 487 R (12th) .715 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Nolin (10), C A.J. Jimenez (14), OF Kevin Pillar (20), RHP John Stilson (21)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
21-25 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 492 R (7th) .716 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.29 ERA (9th) 1.48 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Corey Seager (2), LHP Chris Reed (8), OF Scott Schebler (17), IF Darnell Sweeney (25)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
16-30 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 455 R (9th) .674 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.31 ERA (10th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (9), RHP Trevor Williams (11), OF Jesus Solorzano (13), RHP Colby Suggs (17), RHP Austin Brice (27)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
24-23 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 491 R (11th) .668 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (5th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Phil Ervin (3), RHP Nick Travieso (8), LHP Amir Garrett (18), RHP Jackson Stephens (19), OF Jonathan Reynoso (20), RHP Sal Romano (25), 3B Tanner Rahier (27), RHP Dan Langfield (30), SS Alex Blandino

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
36-18 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 292 R (1st) .756 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (8th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Fisher

Bluefield Blue Jays
22-25 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 207 R (5th) .671 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (7th) 1.34 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Matt Smoral (13), 1B Rowdy Tellez (18), SS Richard Urena (24)

GCL Orioles
20-22 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 121 R (16th) .571 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (3rd) 1.15 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Jonah Heim (26)