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Rays down on the farm April 28: Adames instrumental in Charlotte comeback

The infield prospect is heating up

After going hitless in his first three games, Willy Adames is batting .327 (17-for-52)
After going hitless in his first three games, Willy Adames is batting .327 (17-for-52)
Jim Donten

Note that Brent Honeywell is again on MiLB.TV tonight.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (10-9)

Durham used a six-run sixth inning to come back and beat Lehigh Valley by a 7-4 score. Down 2-0, it only took four batters for the Bulls to even the score. Joey Butler doubled home Mikie Mahtook, who tripled, and the game was tied after an error and sacrifice fly. Taylor Motter doubled in two more runs, and the inning completely unraveled when Adam Loewen later walked four consecutive batters. Starter Matt Buschmann allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings with six strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-9)

Jared Mortensen had another strong outing, but Montgomery's bullpen coughed up a lead in its 5-4 loss to Jackson. Matt Lollis lost a 2-1 lead in the eighth, but Johnny Field's home run in the bottom half of the inning put the Biscuits back in front. In the ninth, Mark Sappington allowed the first five batters to reach, including hitting a batter with the bases loaded to plate the eventual winning run. This wasted Mortensen's effort when he allowed just one run -- unearned -- on six hits and a walk in seven innings with five strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-6)

Charlotte rallied late to erase a 4-0 deficit in its 6-5 win over Bradenton. Willy Adames broke up the shutout with an RBI double in the sixth, and he scored on Pat Blair's leadoff walk. An inning later, Adames hit another RBI double and scored again, this time on Jake Bauers' single. Adames scored on Maxx Tissenbaum's walkoff single. Starter Chris Kirsch was bounced early, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings on two hits and three walks.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-8)

Bowling Green was off.


Notable performances

AAA OF Joey Butler: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA C Luke Maile: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
A+ SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ OF Joey Rickard: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 3 BB
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

AA DH Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA RHP Matt Lollis: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Mark Sappington: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
A+ LHP Steve Ascher: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (1-0, 1.29) v. Paul Clemens (0-1, 4.91)

Montgomery v. Jackson 3:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Reinaldo Lopez (0-0, 3.45) v. Scott DeCecco (0-2, 13.03)

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria (3-0, 1.06) v. Matt Benedict (2-0, 1.93)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (1-1, 1.13) v. Brock Stewart (1-0, 3.60)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
5-14 (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)
5-10 (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)
10-9 (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)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
8-7 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 50 R (14th) .588 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.45 ERA (2nd) 1.16 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Grant Holmes (4), OF Alex Verdugo (5), C Julian Leon (11), RHP Brock Stewart (28), 1B Justin Chigbogu (31)