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Rays down on the farm April 23: Bowling Green silences Dayton

The Hot Rods pitched a pair of shutouts Wednesday

Damion Carroll struck out three in Bowling Green's dominant doubleheader
Damion Carroll struck out three in Bowling Green's dominant doubleheader
Jim Donten

Brent Honeywell came up short of throwing a no-hitter, but it was still a very impressive outing.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-8)

Matt Davidson's ninth-inning home run sunk Durham in the Bulls' 3-2 loss to Charlotte. In his second inning of work, Jordan Norberto was unable to keep the third base prospect in the park and took the loss. Matt Buschmann was sharp despite a two-run fourth inning, finishing with just two runs allowed on three hits and two walks in seven innings with seven strikeouts. J.P. Arencibia hit his first home run as a Bull in the fifth inning to get Durham on the board, but the Bulls were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-7)

Except for a first inning mistake, Diamondbacks prospect Braden Shipley was solid in Montgomery's 4-3 loss to Mobile. Richie Shaffer hit a solo home run in the first inning, but the Biscuits would be down 4-1 before scoring again in the seventh inning. Jared Mortensen allowed all three of his runs in the third inning and finished with seven strikeouts in six innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-5)

Charlotte could not make a six-run second inning hold up in its 7-6 loss to Bradenton. Shortly after Juniel Querecuto opened the scoring with a two-run double, two new Rays left the yard back-to-back. Willy Adames' first homer of the season plated three, and Jake Bauers followed with his third of the season. Starter Chris Kirsch allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 3 1/3 innings, but the bullpen did not fare any better. Jeff Ames allowed two in three innings, and Brad Schreiber took the loss with one run allowed in two-thirds of an inning.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (7-7)

Brent Honeywell was nearly untouchable in Bowling Green's 8-0 win to open its doubleheader against Dayton. Honeywell did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, and he finished with seven strikeouts and just one hit and a walk allowed in six scoreless innings. The bottom three hitters in the Hot Rods' lineup, Grant Kay, Coty Blanchard and Bralin Jackson, combined for seven hits.

The Dragons could not get anything going in game two either, a 1-0 win for the Hot Rods. This time, Greg Harris started and struck out five in six scoreless innings before Damion Carroll struck out three in an inning and recorded a save. Bowling Green scored its only run in the first when Blanchard singled home Riley Unroe.


Notable performances

AA OF Boog Powell: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
A DH Grant Kay: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
A IF Coty Blanchard: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
A OF Bralin Jackson: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
A IF Riley Unroe: 3-for-3, 1 R
AAA RHP Matt Buschmann: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
A RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
A RHP Greg Harris: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP Jeff Ames: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (0-0, 2.00) v. Scott Carroll (1-1, 3.00)

Montgomery v. Mobile 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Reinaldo Lopez (0-0, 4.66) v. Yoan Lopez (0-2, 3.97)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria* (2-0, 1.64) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. Dayton 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (0-0, 4.91) v. Seth Varner (2-0, 2.45)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 4/18)
8-5 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 54 R (2nd) .774 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (13th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona) (updated through 4/18)
7-6 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 36 R (4th) .687 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.50 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Aaron Blair (3), 3B Brandon Drury (7), RHP Jimmy Sherfy (16), OF Socrates Brito (19), OF Mitch Haniger (22), RHP Enrique Burgos (29), OF Todd Glaesmann

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 4/21)
9-5 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 58 R (4th) .690 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.85 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
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 4/19)
6-8 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 44 R (7th) .648 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (9th) 1.29 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)