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Rays down on the farm May 24: Snell strong despite end of streak

Blake Snell allowed a run, but he still turned in a tremendous start

Time to start a new streak
Time to start a new streak
Jim Donten

With a first-inning run allowed, Blake Snell's ERA is now spiraling out of control.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (22-22)

Matt Buschmann was sharp in Durham's 4-2 win over Scranton. He struck out six and scattered just two hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. The Bulls scored three times in the fifth when Taylor Motter singled with the bases loaded after the first three batters in the inning reached. The RailRiders traded a run for Jake Elmore's double play, but Eugenio Velez's two-out hit extended the lead. Jordan Norberto's struggles continued when he had to depart after allowing the only two batters he faced to reach, and Jim Miller allowed both to score.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-24)

Blake Snell finally allowed a run, but he struck out a career-high 12 batters in Montgomery's 2-1 win over Tennessee. After a leadoff single in the first, the Smokies eventually pushed across a two-out run, but that would be it for their offense. Although the scoreless streak ended, Snell went on to record a strikeout on six of his last seven outs and only allowed three hits and two walks in six innings. The Biscuits scored both of their runs in the eighth when Justin O'Conner drove a runner in with a double and scoring himself on Hector Guevara's single.

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

Charlotte used a six-run sixth to earn a 7-2 win over Tampa. Down 2-1, the first two batters of the inning reached base before Maxx Tissenbaum laid down a successful squeeze bunt to tie the game. The next four batters would get hits to plate three more runs, and a throwing error would allow the final two runs to score. Taylor Guerrieri was not as sharp as he was in his first appearance, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Buddy Borden was outstanding in long relief with three strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-18)

Brent Honeywell tied a season high with three earned runs allowed, but he still emerged as the winner in Bowling Green's 6-3 victory over South Bend. Honeywell had to work around trouble in the first two innings before the Cubs got to him in the third. He loaded the bases with two outs before allowing a two-run double, and a wild pitch was followed by a run-scoring infield single. He finished with the three runs allowed on eight hits in five innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Justin Williams drove in three runs.


Notable performances

A+ OF Marty Gantt: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B
A+ DH Mike Marjama: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
A C Mac James: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
A OF Bralin Jackson: 3-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
AAA RHP Matt Buschmann: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
AA LHP Blake Snell: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

AA OF Boog Powell: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA LHP Jordan Norberto 0-plus IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
A+ RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (3-2, 3.77) v. Matt Tracy (0-1, 4.84)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen* (2-3, 3.75) v. Ivan Pineyro (4-1, 2.70)

Charlotte v. Tampa 11 AM (radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (3-2, 1.85) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (2-3, 2.10) v. Jeremy Null (4-1, 1.73)

*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)