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Rays down on the farm May 1: Romero makes return

The left-hander who missed the start of the season with a back injury threw 55 pitches for Charlotte on Thursday

Enny Romero was in midseason form on Thursday
Enny Romero was in midseason form on Thursday
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I had to guess on Durham's probable and didn't even care to for Charlotte.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (12-10)

Dylan Floro struggled in Durham's 4-2 loss to Lehigh Valley. After Taylor Motter and Eugenio Velez plated runs in the second to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead, Floro gave up the lead in the bottom half of the inning. In the fourth, the IronPigs scored a pair of two-out runs, and Floro finished with four runs allowed on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (10-11)

Jaime Schultz struggled, but the offense picked him up in Montgomery's 10-6 win over Mississippi. A three-run home run in the first gave Mississippi a quick 3-0 lead, but the Biscuits countered with a five-run third. Patrick Leonard and Tyler Goeddel each drove in two runs on extra-base hits, and Tommy Coyle plated the fifth run. Mississippi tied the game in the bottom half of the inning and finished with five runs allowed on seven hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts. Matt Lollis and Parker Markel combined to allow a run over the final four innings while the offense piled up insurance.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (14-7)

Enny Romero made his return to the mound in Charlotte's 5-3 loss to Fort Myers. In his first rehab appearance, Romero needed 55 pitches (33 strikes) to get through 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. German Marquez fared even worse, getting tagged for three runs on four hits and five walks in four innings. The five walks set a new career high.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (12-9)

Bowling Green jumped on Great Lakes early and cruised to a 5-0 win over the Loons. All five Hot Rods runs came with two outs in the first inning. Justin Williams, Grant Kay and Coty Blanchard each drove in runs, and Mac James capped the inning with a two-run hit. With the early run support, Hyrum Formo struck out four in six scoreless innings with five hits and two walks.


Notable performances

AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB
AA SS Daniel Robertson: 4-for-5, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A+ 2B Kean Wong: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AAA RHP Jim Miller 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A RHP Hyrum Formo: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

A+ SS Willy Adames: 0-for-5, 3 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
AA RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
AAA LHP Enny Romero: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 6:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese* (0-0, -.--) v. Matt Barnes (0-0, 5.63)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (0-0, -.--) v. Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.33)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 6:30 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Ethan Mildren (0-2, 5.28)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (0-0, 4.85) v. Starlyn Suriel (1-0, 2.08)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox (updated through 4/29)
14-8 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 95 R (1st) .691 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.19 ERA (6th) 1.34 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Blake Swihart (1), LHP Henry Owens (2), OF Rusney Castillo (3), LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4), LHP Brian Johnson (5), RHP Matt Barnes (8), SS Deven Marrero (9), 3B Garin Cecchini (10), 2B Sean Coyle (17), 1B Travis Shaw (19), OF Bryce Brentz (21), RHP Steven Wright (22)

Mississippi Braves (updated through 4/28)
9-10 (4th in SL South)
Offense: 74 R (4th) .689 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (7th) 1.39 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jason Hursh (6), 3B Rio Ruiz (10), OF Mallex Smith (16), SS Daniel Castro (25), RHP Tyrell Jenkins, OF KD Kang

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 4/28)
8-13 (T-5th in FSL South)
Offense: 64 R (11th) .582 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.02 ERA (3rd) 1.16 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), SS Engelb Vielma (22), IF Niko Goodrum (29)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) (updated through 4/29)
14-7 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 86 R (3rd) .672 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (5th) 1.24 WHIP (9th)
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)