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Rays down on the farm May 21: Wong's home not enough in Charlotte's loss

It isn't quite the over-the-fence power Kean Wong discovered at the end of 2014, but it counts just the same

With a .561 OPS through 30 games, Kean Wong is struggling with failure for the first time as a pro
With a .561 OPS through 30 games, Kean Wong is struggling with failure for the first time as a pro
Jim Donten

Either my standards have gotten significantly lower, or there have been more notable performances, good and bad, lately.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (21-21)

Durham coughed up a 5-0 lead in its 10 inning, 8-7 loss to Rochester. The Bulls piled up four extra-base hits in the second and third innings to go up five, but the Red Wings scored the next seven runs. Curt Casali's solo home run helped Durham rally to tie, but Jose Dominguez could not record an out in the 10th as Rochester walked off with a win. Matt Andriese struggled in his first start with the Bulls, allowing three runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings, but Jordan Norberto fared worse, allowing four runs in an inning.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-23)

Montgomery's bullpen was hammered in the Biscuits' 11-5 loss to Chattanooga. The Biscuits led 5-4 entering the seventh, but Mark Sappington and Parker Markel each got hit for four-run innings that included two-run home runs. Starter Austin Pruitt did not do much better, allowing three runs on seven hits and five walks in five innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-14)

Kean Wong's home run was not enough in Charlotte's 2-1 loss to Jupiter. After his inside-the-park homer pulled the Stone Crabs within one, they were unable to take advantage of further opportunities with runners in scoring position. Chris Kirsch took a tough loss, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks in six innings with five strikeouts. Armando Araiza's error on a pickoff attempt proved costly.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-16)

Bowling Green jumped out to a six-run lead and cruised to a 9-2 win over West Michigan. Justin Williams' single in the first capped a two-run inning, and his two-run double an inning later put the Hot Rods up 6-0. With the early run support, Henry Centeno pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing just a run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Jace Conrad added insurance with his second home run in as many days late in the game.


Notable performances

AAA IF Jake Elmore: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA C Curt Casali: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA C Luke Maile: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
AA IF Leonardo Reginatto: 3-for-4, 1 2B
A IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A IF Jace Conrad: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
A OF Justin Williams: 3-for-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
AAA LHP Andy Oliver: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
A+ Chris Kirsch: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

AAA UT Vince Belnome: 0-for-5, 2 K
A+ SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA RHP Matt Andriese: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H , 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
AAA LHP Jordan Norberto: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
AAA RHP Jose Dominguez: 0+ IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
AA RHP Mark Sappington: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Parker Markel: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (3-4, 3.47) v. Masahiro Tanaka

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Bradin Hagens (1-4, 4.85) v. Jeffry Antigua (2-1, 2.60)

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria* (6-1, 1.56) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Chris Pike (5-1, 2.91) v. Trent Szkutnik (3-0, 3.93)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) (updated through 5/19)
21-20 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 161 R (3rd) .706 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
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 5/19)
22-18 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 177 R (3rd) .735 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
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)

Tampa Yankees (updated through 5/19)
22-18 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 190 R (1st) .681 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (9th) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Miguel Andujar (10), SS Tyler Wade (13), SS Abiatal Avelino (15)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) (updated through 5/16)
19-21 (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)