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Rays down on the farm April 25: Marquez solid in Stone Crabs win

But his pitching line was not the best of the day

German Marquez turned in his best effort of the young season on Friday
German Marquez turned in his best effort of the young season on Friday
Jim Donten

In 15 innings this season, German Marquez has 11 strikeouts and five walks. It appeared he would be off to another slow start this season, but his effort Friday improved his numbers through three starts.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (8-8)

Joey Butler was the hero in Durham's 8-6 win over Gwinnett. In a 6-6 game, Mikie Mahtook hit a one-out single in the ninth. Butler then walked the Bulls off with a two-run homer, his second of the season. A pair of two-run innings early gave Durham a quick lead, but starter Dylan Floro did not have his best start, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings with a strikeout and two home runs allowed. Butler drove in four runs, including his first-inning double that scored two.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (7-8)

Mark Thomas burned his old organization with a decisive home run in Montgomery's 2-1 loss to Mobile. In the fifth inning, the former Rays catcher hit a two-run home run and provided all the offense the BayBears needed. After Bradin Hagens allowed two more singles, he exited with two runs allowed on five hits and four walks in 4-plus innings. Tommy Coyle singled home Cameron Seitzer in the home half of the fifth, but the Biscuits could not generate any more offense.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (11-5)

After allowing an unearned first-inning run, German Marquez settled in for a solid start in Charlotte's 6-1 win over Palm Beach. Yoel Araujo's error cost Marquez a run, but he retired 12 of the last 14 he faced on his way to striking out four and allowing four hits and two walks in six innings. The Stone Crabs scored all six of their runs in the third inning and also benefited from an error. They were up 3-1 after consecutive hits from Marty Gantt, Kean Wong and Willy Adames, and Juniel Querecuto and Araujo later had RBI hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-7)

Great relief work from Hunter Wood and a four-run inning helped Bowling Green complete a comeback in its 6-5 win over Lansing. After starter Henry Centeno was rocked for five runs in two innings, Wood entered and shut down the Lugnuts. Over the next four innings, Wood faced just one over the minimum and struck out seven before Edwin Fierro finished the last three innings. In the seventh, Coty Blanchard plated two with a single, and Bralin Jackson and Mac James later drew bases-loaded walks.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
AAA OF Joey Butler: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
A+ SS Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
A IF Riley Unroe: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
A RHP Edwin Fierro: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Bradin Hagens: 4+ IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Durham v. Gwinnett 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Everett Teaford (1-1, 4.20) v. Mike Foltynewicz (0-2, 1.62)

Montgomery v. Jackson 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (1-0, 1.84) v. Misael Siverio (0-0, 0.87)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Blake Snell (2-0, 0.00) v. Arturo Reyes (1-0, 0.82)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Chris Pike (1-0, 4.00) v. Chase De Jong (1-0, 1.84)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 4/22)
5-10 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 45 R (11th) .631 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (5th) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
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

Jackson Generals (Seattle) (updated through 4/23)
4-8 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 40 R (8th) .555 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.66 ERA (10th) 1.52 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B D.J. Peterson (3), OF Gabby Guerrero (7), 1B Jordy Lara (15), SS Jack Reinheimer (17), OF Julio Morban (25)

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 4/21)
9-7 (2nd 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)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) (updated through 4/22)
11-5 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 66 R (4th) .670 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.60 ERA (5th) 1.22 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Richard Urena (8), RHP Sean Reid-Foley (10), RHP Chase De Jong (17), OF Anthony Alford (18), C Dan Jansen (20), OF D.J. Davis (21), 1B Rowdy Tellez (30)