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Rays down on the farm April 27: El Caballo moves closer to return

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Alex Colome will be getting the ball again soon
Alex Colome will be getting the ball again soon
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The strikeouts have not been there for Ryne Stanek yet, but the results have been solid so far.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (9-9)

Alex Colome's second rehab with Durham was much better in Durham's 4-2 win over Gwinnett in game one. After a two-out double in the first inning put Gwinnett ahead 1-0, Colome retired 15 of the next 18 he faced and finished with just the one run allowed on four hits in six innings with six strikeouts. The Bulls responded immediately with a run in the bottom half of the first, and Alexi Casilla's two-run double in the sixth provided the winning runs.

Kirby Yates had a rough inning in Durham's 3-1 loss in game two. He was charged with all three Gwinnett runs in two-thirds of an inning after Jim Patterson threw 3 2/3 innings in a spot start. Leonardo Reginatto drove in J.P. Arencibia in the seventh to end the shutout, but the Bulls could never get the tying run on base.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-8)

Austin Pruitt was sharp, and Montgomery held on for a 3-2 win over Jackson. Already up 2-0, Tyler Goeddel doubled in the seventh, stole a base and scored on Johnny Field's sacrifice fly, and that run proved crucial when the Generals scored in the seventh and eighth innings. Pruitt allowed one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings with six strikeouts, and Richie Shaffer hit his fourth home run.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (12-6)

Days after getting the win against his old organization, Buddy Borden coughed up a lead in Charlotte's 5-4 loss to Bradenton. After Ryne Stanek threw five scoreless innings, Borden allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. In the second inning, Pat Blair and Armando Araiza hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, but the Stone Crabs were unable to hold a 4-0 lead.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-8)

Bowling Green's bullpen fell apart late in its 6-2 loss to Lansing. Edgar Gomez entered a 2-2 game in the eighth, but after getting two outs, the game fell apart. The Lugnuts collected three straight hits before Gomez walked consecutive batters and balked in a run. Enderson Franco got into trouble, allowing two runs on eight hits in four innings with five strikeouts.


Notable performances

AAA IF Alexi Casilla: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
A+ IF Pat Blair: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
MLB RHP Alex Colome: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
A+ RHP Ryne Stanek: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

AAA DH J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-3, 2 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-3, 3 K
AAA RHP Kirby Yates: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 2 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (1-1, 2.75) v. Adam Morgan (0-2, 4.50)

Montgomery v. Jackson 3:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (1-1, 2.00) v. Stephen Landazuri (0-0, 1.98)

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (1-0, 3.21) v. TBA

Bowling Green is off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
5-13 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 63 R (8th) .636 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.53 ERA (12th) 1.60 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Maikel Franco (3)

Jackson Generals (Seattle) (updated through 4/23)
4-10 (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)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 4/24)
10-8 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 72 R (4th) .775 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.36 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (3), C Reese McGuire (5), SS JaCoby Jones (13), LHP Steven Brault (18), 3B Wyatt Mathisen (22), LHP Cody Dickson (24)