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Rays down on the farm April 14: Marquez struggles in Charlotte debut

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German Marquez was not sharp, but he was backed by some big hits

I would have liked to highlight Jake Bauers or Andrew Velazquez, but no pics were available
I would have liked to highlight Jake Bauers or Andrew Velazquez, but no pics were available
Jim Donten

Drew Smyly makes another rehab start this morning.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (2-3)

Durham's offense was silent in its 3-0 loss to Charlotte. The Bulls had just five hits, all of which were singles. Scott Diamond pitched five scoreless innings in his Rays debut, and all three runs were charged to C.J. Riefenhauser in one inning of work.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-4)

Mikey O'Brien's Rays debut was poor in Montgomery's 11-6 loss to Chattanooga. After getting out of a first-inning jam, the wheels came off in a six-run second inning when five runs scored with two outs. O'Brien exited, and Bradin Hagens had to pitch five innings in relief. Justin O'Conner hit a two-run homer in the third inning to get some of those runs back, but Jhan Martinez allowed the Lookouts to tack on some insurance.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-2)

Andrew Velazquez's ninth-inning single lifted Charlotte to a 6-5 win over Daytona. The Tortugas intentionally walked Armando Araiza with a runner on third to set up a double play, but pitcher Nolan Becker could not find the strike zone. He walked Braxton Lee to set the stage for Velazquez's big hit. The Stone Crabs initially went up 4-0 in the third inning that included a three-run home run from Jake Bauers. German Marquez, though, struggled in his Charlotte debut, allowing all five Daytona runs -- three earned -- on four hits and two walks with a strikeout. Brad Schreiber and Buddy Borden combined to toss five scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (1-3)

Bowling Green was postponed.

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Notable performances

AAA C Curt Casali: 1-for-2, 2 BB
A+ IF Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
A+ 1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A+ RHP Brad Schreiber: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

AAA LHP C.J. Riefenhauser: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K
AA RHP Mikey O'Brien: 2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Jhan Martinez: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K

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

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (1-0, 0.00) v. Brad Penny (1-0, 4.76)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Daytona 10 AM (radio stream)
Drew Smyly v. Nick Travieso (1-0, 1.35)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 5:30 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Chris Pike (0-0, -.--) v. Jordan Milbrath (0-0, -.--)
Enderson Franco (0-0, -.--) v. Sean Brady (0-0, -.--)

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 4/12)
3-2 (T-1st in IL South)
Offense: 18 R (5th) .768 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.75 ERA (13th) 1.22 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Carlos Rodon (1), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati) (updated through 4/12)
2-2 (T-2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 8 R (11th) .602 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.12 ERA (9th) 1.12 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Howard (5), LHP Amir Garrett (7), RHP Nick Travieso (8), SS Alex Blandino (11), OF Phil Ervin (14), RHP Sal Romano (15), 3B Taylor Sparks (18), OF Sebastian Elizalde (25), C Chad Wallach (27)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland) (updated through 4/10)
2-2 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 2 R (16th) .582 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 1.13 ERA (1st) 0.63 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (4), C Francisco Mejia (7), IF Yu-Cheng Chang (13), RHP Dace Kime (20), OF Dorssys Paulino (26)