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Rays down on the farm May 14: Borden no-hitter highlights dominant doubleheader

Charlotte held Clearwater to one hit in 14 innings on Wednesday

The Pirates traded Buddy Borden for Sean Rodriguez
The Pirates traded Buddy Borden for Sean Rodriguez
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If you missed it, and I know I forgot to say anything about it, Andrew Velazquez is going to be out a while.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (19-14)

Durham was outhit 7-2, but the Bulls prevailed 1-0 over Buffalo. Taylor Motter reached base with a one-out single in the sixth, and after stealing a pair of bases, came around to score on Mikie Mahtook's groundout. The Bulls' pitching staff stifled Buffalo all night, led by Matt Buschmann yielding just five hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Jake McGee, Grant Balfour and Ronald Belisario wrapped up the shutout with a scoreless inning apiece.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (15-18)

Montgomery was off.

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

Buddy Borden threw the second no-hitter in Stone Crabs history in Charlotte's 5-0 win over Clearwater in game one of a doubleheader. Only three batters reached base, and Borden faced just one over the minimum, thanks to a triple play turned by Willy Adames and Mike Marjama. Pat Blair and Juniel Querecuto each hit two-run home runs in support of their pitcher.

Blake Snell pitched Charlotte's first no-hitter in 2014

The Stone Crabs continued to humiliate Threshers hitters in their 1-0 win in game two. This time, Clearwater collected one hit, a bunt single in the second inning. Jordan Harrison and Kyle McKenzie each threw three scoreless innings for Charlotte, which scored the only run of the game in the seventh inning on J.P. Crawford's throwing error.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-12)

Bowling Green fell behind early and could never recover in its 10-2 loss to West Michigan. Back-to-back Whitecaps home runs opened a three-run second inning, and they added three more an inning later off Hyrum Formo, who allowed six runs  on 10 hits in four innings. The Hot Rods scored twice in the seventh inning on Casey Gillaspie's single.


Notable performances

A+ IF Pat Blair: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
A IF Coty Blanchard: 2-for-3, 1 BB
AAA RHP Matt Buschmann: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

A+ OF Yoel Araujo: 0-for-3, 2 K
A IF Grant Kay: 0-for-5, 2 K
A RHP Hyrum Formo: 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
A RHP Damion Carroll: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
A RHP Brian Miller: 2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (3-0, 2.45) v. Jaron Long (1-2, 5.76)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (2-1, 1.89) v. Ivan Pineyro (2-1, 3.38)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 7 PM (radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (1-2, 1.99) v. Victor Arano (0-3, 5.85)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 11 AM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Henry Centeno (1-1, 3.68) v. A.J. Ladwig (2-3, 6.00)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) (updated through 5/12)
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 127 R (7th) .690 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (8th) 1.33 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Rob Refsnyder (7), LHP Jacob Lindgren (8), RHP Bryan Mitchell (12), OF Tyler Austin (16), RHP Jose Ramirez (26), OF Ramon Flores (27), RHP Danny Burawa (31)

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)