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Rays down on the farm May 20: Lee goes deep

The Rays' former top prospect went deep for the first time since Aug. 31, 2014

Hak-Ju Lee is batting 6-for-12 in an ongoing four-game hitting streak
Hak-Ju Lee is batting 6-for-12 in an ongoing four-game hitting streak
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Offense was up quite a bit in the organization yesterday compared to Monday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-19)

Durham's scoreless streak ended in game one against Rochester, but it was on the short end of a 4-3 decision. Down 3-0, Vince Belnome's sacrifice fly in the fifth finally got the Bulls on the board, but the Red Wings got that run back immediately. Jake Elmore drove in a run in the eighth, and Hak-Ju Lee hit his first home run in the ninth. Starter Scott Diamond allowed four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Bulls got off to a fast start and held on for a 4-2 win in game two. Eugenio Velez doubled in a run and scored himself in the first, and two innings later, Durham scored another pair of runs to go up 4-0. Enny Romero got the game two start and fared well, throwing four scoreless innings with three strikeouts and only allowing two hits and a walk. Jhan Marinez followed up with three strikeouts in three hitless innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-21)

Jared Mortensen was crushed in Montgomery's 10-3 loss to Chattanooga. A day after Blake Snell contained the Lookouts' lineup, they jumped all over Mortensen, and their hot start was capped by Byron Buxton's fourth-inning grand slam. Mortensen left after finishing that inning, having allowed eight runs on eight hits in four innings. Before the grand slam, the Biscuits cut their deficit to 4-2 with Patrick Leonard's double and Justin O'Conner's groundout.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-13)

After falling behind 2-0 through half an inning, Charlotte stormed back for an 11-3 win over Jupiter. Ryne Stanek allowed the first three batters of the game to reach on the Hammerheads' way to a two-run inning, but the Stone Crabs responded immediately with five in their first at-bat. Jupiter conceded the first run, but four straight hits put Charlotte on top. Stanek allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks in five innings with two strikeouts. After he departed, the Stone Crabs piled on with another five-run inning, led by Maxx Tissenbaum's two-run triple.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-16)

Bowling Green battled back to earn an 8-7 win over West Michigan. The Whitecaps tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth to go up 6-4, but Jace Conrad erased that in the home half of the inning with a three-run inside-the-park home run. Riley Unroe later singled in another run that proved vital. The Hot Rods' staff was hammered for 17 hits with starter Hyrum Formo allowing three runs in six innings. Mike Franco was tagged for three runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings.


Notable performances

AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA OF Eugenio Velez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SB
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
AA 1B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
A+ OF Marty Gantt: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 BB
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
A+ IF Juniel Querecuto: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
A+ IF Pat Blair: 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
A OF Thomas Milone: 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K
A IF Riley Unroe: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K
AAA LHP Enny Romero: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
AAA RHP Jhan Marinez: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

AAA DH J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-3, 2 K
A OF Justin Williams: 0-for-5, 1 K
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
AAA RHP Preston Guilmet: one-third IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 4 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
AA RHP Zach Cooper: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
A RHP Mike Franco: 1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (0-0, 0.00) v. Jason Wheeler (1-2, 5.23)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-3, 2.59) v. D.J. Baxendale (3-0, 1.96)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 10 AM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (2-1, 3.58) v. Scott Lyman (4-1, 1.80)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 11:35 AM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (1-2, 6.20) v. A.J. Ladwig (3-3, 4.63)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota) (updated through 5/16)
21-16 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 159 R (2nd) .725 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.08 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Alex Meyer (5), LHP Taylor Rogers (15)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 5/15)
23-15 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 184 R (1st) .768 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (6th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Byron Buxton (1), 3B Miguel Sano (2), RHP Jose Berrios (3), RHP Nick Burdi (7), IF Jorge Polanco (8), OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), RHP Tyler Duffey (16), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP Zack Jones (25), OF Travis Harrison (30)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) (updated through 5/16)
16-22 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 119 R (12th) .604 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.87 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (5), 2B Brian Anderson (9), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), OF Austin Dean (11), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Felix Munoz (26), LHP Miguel Del Pozo (27)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) (updated through 5/16)
19-19 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 157 R (4th) .675 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (11th) 1.29 WHIP (10th)
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)