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Rays down on the farm May 31: Shaffer and Brett homer for Durham

Richie Shaffer's home run was his first since his incredible Triple-A debut

Ryan Brett and Richie Shaffer homering in the same game probably made some in the amateur scouting department happy
Ryan Brett and Richie Shaffer homering in the same game probably made some in the amateur scouting department happy
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In the most exciting news of the day, I got Brent Honeywell and Cameron Varga cards in a Bowman pack yesterday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (28-23)

Durham got homers from Ryan Brett and Richie Shaffer in its 4-2 win over Syracuse. Brett led off the game with his second home run, and Shaffer's solo shot in the fifth put the Bulls up 2-0. After the Chiefs tied the game at two, Allan Dykstra's two-out double in the eighth scored two. Scott Diamond was good, only allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-26)

Montgomery's game was canceled.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (32-17)

Charlotte's ninth-inning comeback fell short in its 9-7 loss to Palm Beach. The Stone Crabs scored four in the final inning with RBI hits from Pat Blair, Willy Adames and Jake Bauers, but they could never get the tying run on base. Buddy Borden's return to the rotation did not go well, allowing eight runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-22)

Bowling Green's game was suspended.


Notable performances

A+ SS Willy Adames: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
A+ 1B Jake Bauers: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K

AAA C Curt Casali: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Syracuse 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (0-0, 4.35) v. Taylor Hill (3-2, 4.35)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 1:05 PM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch* (3-2, 2.82) v. Rob Kaminsky (3-3, 3.14)

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 3:05 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Hyrum Formo (3-1, 4.95) v. Trevor Oaks (3-5, 3.52)

Completion of suspended game will be followed by seven-inning game

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington) (updated through 5/27)
17-32 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 158 R (13th) .640 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (9th) 1.34 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP A.J. Cole (6), RHP Taylor Hill (16), LHP Felipe Rivero (18)

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 5/28)
24-25 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 150 R (12th) .622 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.75 ERA (3rd) 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Alex Reyes (2), LHP Rob Kaminsky (5), RHP Luke Weaver (12), C Carson Kelly (13), SS Juan Herrera (17), OF C.J. McElroy (28)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) (updated through 5/27)
23-25 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 164 R (15th) .654 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.68 ERA (9th) 1.32 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Grant Holmes (4), OF Alex Verdugo (5), RHP Jharel Cotton (22)