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Rays down on the farm May 13: Snell hits 40

Blake Snell has not allowed a run in 40 innings this season

Blake Snell is the leading contributor to the world's helium shortage
Blake Snell is the leading contributor to the world's helium shortage
Jim Donten

Later Wednesday morning, I will have a post like last week's, covering pitching statistics from this season so far.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (19-14)

Buffalo scored all six of its runs in the fourth inning in Durham's 6-2 loss. Everett Teaford faced the minimum through three before allowing the first six batters to reach base in the fourth. Brad Glenn doubled in two of the runs, and Dalton Pompey drove in the final run after scoring the first. Teaford allowed all six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings with no strikeouts, and Corey Brown drove in both Durham runs with a pair of doubles.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (15-18)

Montgomery battled but never led in its 7-6 loss to Tennessee in game one of the doubleheader. After quickly falling behind 3-0, Johnny Field's fourth-inning solo home run got the Biscuits on the board, and Richie Shaffer's two-out hit an inning later tied the game. Tied at four in the eighth, Matt Lollis allowed three straight two-out hits that scored three runs for the Smokies. Daniel Robertson drove in two in the ninth, but he was stranded on first as the tying runner.

Blake Snell led Montgomery in an embarrassing 14-0 rout in game two. With seven more scoreless frames, Snell reached 40 innings without allowing a run this season, with Justin O'Conner getting a huge assist by picking off Albert Almora at third base in the fourth. Snell struck out five, and the Biscuits blew the game open immediately with a 10-run eighth inning. They pounded out eight hits, including Tommy Coyle's three-run homer with two outs. Hector Guevara made the first two outs of the inning.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-10)

Clearwater could have used another off-day in Charlotte's 8-2 win over the Threshers. Granden Goetzman's three-run home run capped a four-run first inning, and Marty Gantt and Willy Adames later homered to add insurance. With the early run support, German Marquez was okay, allowing just a run on seven hits and a walk in five innings with four strikeouts.

The second game was postponed. Because of weather, this time.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-12)

A pair of Bowling Green pitchers shut down West Michigan in the Hot Rods' 5-1 win over the Whitecaps. Bralin Jackson and Thomas Milone each drove in two runs in the second inning, and Jace Conrad's home run an inning later put Bowling Green up 5-0. Starter Greg Harris allowed a run in the bottom of the third but otherwise dominated, allowing just that run on five hits in five innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Hunter Wood was just as good in relief, striking out six in four scoreless frames.


Notable performances

AA SS Daniel Robertson: 4-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
AA 2B Tommy Coyle: 1-for-2, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
AA SS Daniel Robertson: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI
AA 3B Richie Shaffer: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
A IF Jace Conrad: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA LHP Blake Snell: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
A RHP Greg Harris: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

AA C Jake DePew: 0-for-4, 4 K
AAA LHP Everett Teaford: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
AA RHP Mikey O'Brien: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
AA RHP Matt Lollis: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Buffalo 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (2-2, 3.93) v. Scott Copeland (2-1, 1.74)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte @ Clearwater 10:30 AM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (3-1, 3.38) v. Yacksel Rios (0-1, 7.36)
Ryne Stanek (1-2, 1.99) v. Brandon Leibrandt (3-1, 1.85)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 11 AM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (3-0, 2.89) v. Spencer Turnbull (2-1, 3.70)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto) (updated through 5/9)
17-15 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 93 R (14th) .653 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.59 ERA (2nd) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Dalton Pompey (4), C A.J. Jimenez (23), 3B Andy Burns (24)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 5/9)
17-15 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 135 R (3rd) .731 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.21 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Kyle Schwarber (4), RHP C.J. Edwards (5), OF Albert Almora (7), LHP Rob Zastryzny (14), RHP Corey Black (16), OF Jacob Hannemann (17), OF Bijan Rademacher (21), 1B Dan Vogelbach (25)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) (updated through 5/9)
15-16 (T-3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 124 R (3rd) .675 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (7th) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS J.P. Crawford (1), LHP Matt Imhof (8), LHP Yoel Mecias (12), IF Jesmuel Valentin (13), RHP Victor Arano (14), C Andrew Knapp (17), OF Dylan Cozens (18), OF Aaron Brown (22), 3B Zach Green (25), OF Andrew Pullin (28)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) (updated through 5/9)
14-18 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 118 R (8th) .641 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (13th) 1.33 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Hill (3), 3B Zac Shepherd (11), RHP Joe Jimenez (14), RHP Spencer Turnbull (18), OF Michael Gerber (19), 3B Joey Pankake (30)