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Rays down on the farm April 18: Goeddel homers again

The Rays' former first-round pick is off to another hot start

You only need one hand to count how many minor league photos are in the editor, and Tyler Goeddel happens to be in one of them
You only need one hand to count how many minor league photos are in the editor, and Tyler Goeddel happens to be in one of them
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Former Rays left-handed pitcher Felipe Rivero made his major league debut out of Washington's bullpen Friday. He allowed a run in one inning.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-6)

A pair of late four-run innings sunk Durham in its 9-4 loss to Norfolk. The Bulls were up 3-1 when Jim Patterson started his first full inning of work. He was tagged for four runs, and the Tides added four in the ninth against Jim Miller. Taylor Motter provided the bulk of Durham's offense with four hits, including three for extra bases. He hit his first home run of the year in the ninth. Andrew Bellatti got another start and allowed a run in four innings, and newcomer Andy Oliver threw 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (2-6)

Tyler Goeddel continued his hot April in Montgomery's 3-2 win over Jacksonville. In the second inning, he singled home the initial run of the game, and he hit his second home run in as many days two innings later. Jared Mortensen was strong in six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Zach Cooper and Jhan Marinez each allowed a run in relief, but the bullpen managed to hold on.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-4)

Charlotte's offense broke out with a seven-run inning in its 10-4 win over Palm Beach. The Stone Crabs went up 3-0 in the first inning on Jake Bauers' RBI single and Juniel Querecuto's two-run triple. A hit parade broke out three innings later when the first nine batters of the inning reached base. Kean Wong singled home a pair of runs, and Joey Rickard cleared the bases with a double. With the early run support, Chris Kirsch cruised through six innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-6)

Bowling Green scored three runs over the final three innings to complete a 4-3 comeback win over Dayton. Trailing 3-1, Justin Williams led off the seventh with a triple and scored. Thomas Milone doubled in the eighth and scored, and the Hot Rods tallied an unearned run in the ninth. Hyrum Formo allowed three runs in five innings, and Edgar Gomez and Brian Miller combined to throw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

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Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 4-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
A+ 2B Kean Wong: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
A+ SS Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ IF Juniel Querecuto: 3-for-5, 1 3B, 3 RBI
A OF Thomas Milone: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B
A OF Brailn Jackson: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 BB
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

AAA LHP Jim Patterson: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
AAA RHP Jim Miller: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP Isaac Gil: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

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

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (0-0, 0.00) v. Eddie Gamboa (0-0, 5.40)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Reinaldo Lopez* (0-0, 0.00) v. Austin Brice (0-0, 0.00)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 5:35 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria (1-0, 0.00) v. Corey Littrell (0-1, 4.50)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (0-0, 1.50) v. Jordan Milbrath (0-1, 11.37)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 4/13)
6-3 (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)
5-2 (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)
6-3 (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)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland) (updated through 4/16)
4-5 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 14 R (16th) .517 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.61 ERA (6th) 1.03 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (4), C Francisco Mejia (7), IF Yu-Cheng Chang (13), RHP Dace Kime (20), OF Dorssys Paulino (26)