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Rays down on the farm May 25: Shaffer makes unforgettable Triple-A debut

After being sent back to Montgomery to start 2015 in a numbers game, Richie Shaffer made up for lost time on Sunday

If Richie Shaffer continues to hit .800 at Durham, he will be wearing the Rays uniform again soon
If Richie Shaffer continues to hit .800 at Durham, he will be wearing the Rays uniform again soon
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Triple-A Durham Bulls (24-22)

Durham and Scranton combined for six home runs, but two of them were off the bat of Richie Shaffer in the Bulls' 13-10 win. In a spectacular debut to remember, Shaffer went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double. Allan Dykstra and J.P. Arencibia also homered, and Durham's seven-run second inning was enough for the Bulls to survive a late rally. Andy Oliver was charged with four runs in the ninth, but Jhan Marinez relieved him and ended the game with the tying run at the plate. Starter Scott Diamond allowed five runs -- three earned -- in five innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-24)

Jared Mortensen rebounded after a string of poor starts in a big way in Montgomery's 4-0 win over Tennessee. Mortensen allowed eight runs in four innings in his last outing, the Smokies were able to generate very little. He struck out nine and scattered five hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings before Ryan Garton and Colton Reavis wrapped up the game with an inning apiece. The Biscuits scored all four of their runs with two outs in the sixth. Cameron Seitzer drove in the first run, Johnny Field plated two with a triple, and he scored himself on Patrick Leonard's RBI hit.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-14)

Ryne Stanek pitched another strong outing in Charlotte's 9-2 win over Tampa. For the second time in three starts, Stanek threw seven innings, this time allowing one run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The Stone Crabs benefited from a pair of major league rehabbers and poor defense from Tampa. Ryan Brett batted 2-for-3 with a double, and C.J. Riefenhauser walked two and struck out one in a scoreless inning. Tampa committed six errors, including three in the four-run sixth inning that put the game away.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-19)

Poor defense cost Bowling Green in its 6-2 loss to South Bend. Down 2-1 in the fifth, the Hot Rods committed four errors in a matter of minutes, leading to a four-run inning to give the Cubs some breathing room. Greg Harris was charged with all six runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, and he committed one of the errors. Casey Gillaspie hit his eighth home run of the season.


Notable performances

AAA 1B Allan Dykstra: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB
AAA 3B Richie Shaffer: 4-for-5, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI
AAA IF Leonardo Reginatto: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-3, 1 BB
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
A+ RHP Ryne Stanek: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

AAA C Curt Casali: 0-for-5, 1 R, 2 K
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
AAA LHP Andy Oliver: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
A RHP Greg Harris: 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Rochester 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (0-0, 5.06) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Tennessee 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-3, 2.89) v. Felix Pena (3-2, 3.19)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ South Bend 2:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (3-1, 4.26) v. Erick Leal* (3-2, 4.10)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota) (updated through 5/23)
25-19 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 193 R (1st) .723 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.92 ERA (11th) 1.36 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Alex Meyer (5), LHP Taylor Rogers (15)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 5/19)
23-21 (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)

South Bend Cubs (updated through 5/20)
20-24 (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)