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Rays down on the farm May 23: Marquez fires seven scoreless

The right-hander turned in one of the best starts of his career on Charlotte's New York Yankees Designated Hitter No. 13 Nondescript Hydration Product Night

His strikeouts are still down, but German Marquez has allowed one or fewer runs in four straight starts
His strikeouts are still down, but German Marquez has allowed one or fewer runs in four straight starts
Jim Donten

Blake Snell against Dan Vogelbach tonight, and Taylor Guerrieri and Brent Honeywell are on the schedule too.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (22-22)

For the first time in six tries this season, Durham beat Scranton with a 4-1 victory. The decisive inning proved to be the sixth when the Bulls scored two unearned runs to break a 1-1 tie. Starter Everett Teaford held the Railriders in check, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts before handing the game to the bullpen to finish.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-24)

Montgomery only managed two hits in its 4-1 loss to Tennessee. The Biscuits were already down 3-0 when Daniel Robertson reached on an error in the seventh and scored on Richie Shaffer's double. Starter Jaime Schultz struck out seven in five innings, but he walked six and allowed the first three Smokies runs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (28-14)

German Marquez had no problem dispatching Tampa in Charlotte's 4-1 win over the Yankees. While they were focused on trivial matters like nixing a promotion, the Stone Crabs' starter went out and fired his best game of the season, striking out three and only allowing two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings. The Charlotte lineup also came out focused, scoring three first-inning runs. Tampa conceded the first, Granden Goetzman singled in the second, and the third scored when the catcher threw the ball away trying to catch him stealing second base.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-18)

Bowling Green's late rally came up short in its 3-2 loss to South Bend. Down 3-0 in the ninth, Hunter Lockwood led off with a double and scored on Thomas Milone's single, and hits by Jace Conrad and Casey Gillaspie scored Milone and left runners on the corners with one out. However, Justin Williams and Nick Ciuffo would be retired to end the game. Starter Enderson Franco allowed all three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks.


Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-2, 2 BB
AAA OF Eugenio Velez: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 1 SB
AAA OF Corey Brown: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 3-for-4, 1 RBI
A+ RHP German Marquez: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-5, 1 K
A+ SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 2 K
A OF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 7 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (3-3, 3.44) v. Bryan Mitchell (2-3, 3.68)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (3-0, 0.00) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 0.00) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (3-2, 1.66) v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) (updated through 5/19)
22-21 (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)
23-19 (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)
22-20 (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)

South Bend Cubs (updated through 5/20)
19-23 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 191 R (2nd) .686 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (8th) 1.24 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (8), RHP Jake Stinnett (12), RHP Trevor Clifton (23), RHP James Norwood (29)