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Rays down on the farm April 17: Runs scarce in sweep

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Minor leaguers should avoid adhering to the Rays run expectancy chart

Minor leaguers should take after Tim Beckham and take 25 swings with the Speed Hitter before school every day
Minor leaguers should take after Tim Beckham and take 25 swings with the Speed Hitter before school every day
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There were not many positives to take out of Thursday's results.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-5)

Durham's offense struggled in its 4-1 loss to Norfolk. Ryan Brett's RBI single in the fifth provided the Bulls' only run, and they squandered a chance with the bases loaded and one out later in the inning. Matt Buschmann lasted seven innings but allowed all four Tides runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-6)

Montgomery's offensive struggles continued in its 3-2 loss to Jacksonville in 10 innings. The Biscuits could only muster four hits, and the Suns used three in a row just in the 10th to walk off against Matt Lollis. Mark Sappington was charged with an unearned run in the eighth and walked four batters in two innings, wasting a solid effort from Austin Pruitt, who struck out seven in seven one-run innings. Tyler Goeddel hit a solo home run, walked twice and stole a pair of bases.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-4)

Alex Colome stumbled in his second rehab start, a 4-0 Charlotte loss to Daytona in game one of a doubleheader. He allowed a pair of solo home runs among his six hits in three innings with four strikeouts and no walks. The Stone Crabs only had three hits.

Charlotte did not do much better in a 2-1 loss in game two. Marty Gantt's double in the fourth scored its only run, but Ryne Stanek gave it back an inning later when he allowed a leadoff home run. An unearned run scored later in the fifth, and Stanek could not finish the frame, exiting after allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-6)

Bowling Green got one big swing of the bat from Riley Unroe and little else in its 5-2 loss to Dayton. After Thomas Milone led off the sixth with a single, Riley Unroe hit his first home run of the season to give the Hot Rods a 2-1 lead, but Greg Harris gave both runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Harris allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings with five strikeouts.

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Notable performances

AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

MLB RHP Alex Colome: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
AAA RHP Matt Buschmann: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
AA RHP Mark Sappington: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, (0 ER), 4 BB, 0 K

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

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Andrew Bellatti (0-0, 4.15) v. Zach Davies (0-1, 0.00)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen* (0-0, 1.50) v. Kendry Flores (1-0, 1.80)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (0-0, 1.93) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (0-0, 4.50) v. Tejay Antone (0-1, 5.40)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 4/13)
5-3 (T-1st in IL South)
Offense: 25 R (3rd) .664 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (12th) 1.44 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Christian Walker (3), OF Dariel Alvarez (5), RHP Zach Davies (6), RHP Mike Wright (8), RHP Tyler Wilson (12), OF Henry Urrutia (14)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 4/13)
5-1 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 14 R (T-6th) .632 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 0.84 ERA (1st) 0.86 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), 2B Justin Bohn (12), RHP Kendry Flores (17), RHP Brian Ellington (22), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29)

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 4/15)
6-2 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 31 R (1st) .686 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 1.89 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Alex Reyes (2), LHP Rob Kaminsky (5), C Carson Kelly (13), SS Juan Herrera (17), OF Rowan Wick (24), OF C.J. McElroy (28)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 4/13)
5-3 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 20 R (9th) .666 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (10th) 1.64 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)