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Rays down on the farm April 29: Biscuits get grand slam from unlikely source

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In a prospect-laden lineup, it was Justin O'Conner's backup providing the big hit

Unfortunately, Montgomery could not win the game
Unfortunately, Montgomery could not win the game
Jim Donten

The obvious story here is Bowling Green's pitching, but I wanted to get Jake DePew some attention.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (11-9)

Scott Diamond cruised through seven innings in Durham's 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Diamond allowed just one run in the sixth inning when the IronPigs collected its two only extra base hits of the game. He finished with that run allowed in seven frames on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Corey Brown's fourth-inning solo home run proved to be the decisive run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-10)

A four-run eighth inning was not enough in Montgomery's 7-6 loss to Jackson in 10 innings. Facing a 6-2 deficit, Jake DePew, who entered the game with five career home runs, smacked a grand slam with two outs. In the 10th inning, though, a two-out hit from the Generals proved to be the game winner. Reinaldo Lopez was okay, allowing two runs on eight hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (14-6)

Jake McGee returned to the mound in Charlotte's 3-1 win over Bradenton. He only needed nine pitches to get through an inning before he turned the ball over to Jacob Faria, who was solid. He allowed a fifth-inning run and finished with seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Marty Gantt made sure his pitchers got support when he led the game off with a home run, and he later doubled and scored again.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (11-8)

Brent Honeywell continued to dominate Midwest League hitters in Bowling Green's 1-0 win over Great Lakes. Both Honeywell and Hunter Wood only allowed one hit, and the Loons had one additional batter reach base via error. Honeywell struck out seven in six innings, and Wood finished the game with five punchouts in the final three innings. The Hot Rods used speed to to generate the only run of the game. Thomas Milone singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Jace Conrad's infield hit.

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Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB
AA SS Daniel Robertson: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
AA C Jake DePew: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
A+ OF Marty Gantt: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
A RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

A OF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA LHP Jordan Harrison: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

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

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Andrew Bellatti (0-0, 2.38) v. Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 5.68)

Montgomery v. Jackson 11:35 AM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Bradin Hagens (1-1, 1.65) v. Jake Zokan (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (1-2, 2.12) v. Grant Holmes (0-0, 4.50)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia) (updated through 4/26)
5-15 (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)
6-10 (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)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) (updated through 4/26)
8-8 (4th 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)