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Rays down on the farm June 1: Andriese settles in at Durham

After bouncing between roles at two different levels, Matt Andriese seems to be getting comfortable in 2015

Matt Andriese has allowed two runs over 10 innings in his last two starts
Matt Andriese has allowed two runs over 10 innings in his last two starts
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With a series starting in Jacksonville, I think this is the closest the Biscuits get to the Tampa Bay region this season

Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-23)

Matt Andriese shut down Syracuse in Durham's 3-0 win over the Chiefs. Although he was limited to 78 pitches, Andriese struck out six and scattered just three hits and a walk over five scoreless innings. After he departed, four Bulls relievers combined to wrap up the game. Allan Dykstra's RBI double in the first provided the only run Durham needed, but Ryan Brett's sacrifice fly and Mikie Mahtook's run-scoring double later in the game added insurance.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-26)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (33-17)

Chris Kirsch wrapped up a strong month of May in Charlotte's 2-0 win over Palm Beach. With seven more scoreless innings, he will finish the month with just six earned runs allowed in 36 innings with 24 strikeouts. The Stone Crabs finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the eighth when Palm Beach conceded a run on Granden Goetzman's bases-loaded groundout. An inning later, Dayron Varona added an insurance run with an RBI double.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-24)

After tying the game at three late, Bowling Green coughed up two runs in its 5-3 loss to Great Lakes in game one. Bralin Jackson led off the seventh with a triple and scored on Cristian Toribio's single, and he scored himself on Riley Unroe's double. However, Edgar Gomez allowed the go-ahead run in his fourth inning of relief in the eighth, and the Loons tacked another on against Kyle Bird. Earlier in the game, Justin Williams hit his third home run of the season.

Williams' second home run of the day was not enough in the Hot Rods' 2-1 loss in eight innings. They were down to their last three outs of the game when he tied it up, but Brian Miller allowed a leadoff home run himself in the top of the eighth. Earlier in the game, Hyrum Formo provided six solid innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk.


Notable performances

AAA OF Corey Brown: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ OF Dayron Varona: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
A+ SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K
A+ C Maxx Tissenbaum: 2-for-3, 1 BB
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-2, 3 BB, 1 K
A OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB
A IF Cristian Toribio: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
AAA RHP Matt Andriese: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
A RHP Hyrum Formo: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 3 K
A OF Tommy Milone: 0-for-5, 1 K
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 0-for-3, 2 K
A RHP Greg Harris: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham is off

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (3-3, 3.27) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria* (8-1, 1.35) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 1:05 PM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (3-2, 4.50) v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 5/30)
19-29 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 161 R (10th) .648 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), RHP Kendry Flores (17), RHP Brian Ellington (22), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29), RHP Jake Esch (31)

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 5/28)
24-26 (T-3rd 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)
25-25 (5th 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)