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Rays down on the farm April 10: Smyly solid in rehab appearance

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There was not much offense, but some pitchers struck out

A healthy Drew Smyly would be a big addition to the Rays
A healthy Drew Smyly would be a big addition to the Rays
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A few days after the big leagues started, a less heralded, but still fun, Opening Day took place. The four full-season affiliates were in action to begin roughly 140-game seasons.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (1-0)

Dylan Floro had no problems in his Triple-A debut and pitched Durham to a 1-0 win over Gwinnett. He only struck out one, but he needed just 61 pitches (45 strikes) to get through six scoreless innings and allowed one hit without a walk. Brandon Gomes struck out three in two innings of relief, and Jose Dominguez recorded the save with two strikeouts in the ninth. Joey Butler's solo home run off Braves prospect Mike Foltynewicz was the difference. Butler and Vince Belnome had two hits apiece.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-0)

Montgomery and Chattanooga combined to strike out 35 batters, and a ninth-inning rally gave the Biscuits a 4-3 win over the Lookouts. Twins prospect Nick Burdi got wild, walking a pair of Biscuits with the bases loaded and two outs, and Boog Powell topped off his three-hit game with a two-run, walkoff single. Starter Jaime Schultz struck out nine and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings, and Bradin Hagens provided great long relief with nine strikeouts himself in 3 1/3 scoreless frames. Justin O'Conner had a two-hit game.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-0)

Drew Smyly made a successful rehab appearance, and Blake Snell was outstanding in Charlotte's 2-0 win over Fort Myers. Smyly needed just 23 pitches (15 strikes) to get through two perfect innings with one strikeout. Snell piggybacked the rehabbing veteran, firing six scoreless innings, only allowing three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Braxton Lee drove in the Stone Crabs' first run of the season with a fifth-inning single, and Kean Wong's double later in the inning scored Lee. Andrew Velazquez had two hits, and Brad Schreiber recorded the save.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (0-1)

A walkoff home run sunk Bowling Green in their 2-1 loss to South Bend. Mike Franco faced one batter, but that was Cael Brockmeyer who took him deep to open the top of the ninth. Brent Honeywell was solid, striking out six in four innings and allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Hunter Wood relieved him and was good himself with four strikeouts but three walks in four hitless innings. The Hot Rods' only run came on a solo home run from Thomas Milone. Nick Ciuffo had a pair of hits but was behind the plate for three Cubs stolen bases.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Joey Butler: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
AA OF Boog Powell: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 SB
AA C Justin O'Conner: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
AA 2B Tommy Coyle: 2-for-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA RHP Jaime Schultz: 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
AA RHP Bradin Hagens: 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
A+ LHP Blake Snell: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K
A OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
A RHP Brent Honeywell: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K

AAA OF Taylor Motter: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 0-for-4, 3 K

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

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Everett Teaford (0-0, -.--) v. Manny Banuelos (0-0, -.--)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (0-0, -.--) v. Jose Berrios (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (0-0, -.--) v. Aaron Slegers (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (0-0, -.--) v. Jeremy Null (0-0, -.--)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated as of 4/9)
0-1 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: They have played but stats are not updated
Pitching: They have played but stats are not updated
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Jose Peraza (1), RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2), RHP Arodyz Vizcaino (11), RHP Williams Perez (19), OF Todd Cunningham (23), IF Elmer Reyes (29), RHP Matt Wisler, LHP Manny Banuelos

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated as of 4/9)
0-1 (T-4th in SL North)
Offense: They have played but stats are not updated
Pitching: They have played but stats are not updated
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton (1), 3B Miguel Sano (2), RHP Jose Berrios (3), RHP Nick Burdi (7), IF Jorge Polanco (8), OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), RHP Tyler Duffey (16), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP Zack Jones (25), OF Travis Harrison (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated as of 4/9)
0-1 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: They have played but stats are not updated
Pitching: They have played but stats are not updated
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), SS Engelb Vielma (22), IF Niko Goodrum (29)

South Bend Cubs (updated as of 4/9)
1-0 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: They have played but stats are not updated
Pitching: They have played but stats are not updated
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (8), RHP JakeDot Stinnett (12), RHP James Norwood (29)