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Rays down on the farm June 13: Shaffer socks a few dingers

Not wanting to know the terrifying truth about minor league baseball's around-the-clock surveillance of everyone, fans call on Richie Shaffer to sock a few dingers

After hitting 19 home runs in 2014, Richie Shaffer already has 14 through 56 games
After hitting 19 home runs in 2014, Richie Shaffer already has 14 through 56 games
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to Richie Shaffer's big day, Brent Honeywell had a great start, and Charlotte won its division to clinch a playoff berth.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-26)

Richie Shaffer's three-homer game led Durham to an 11-7 win over Louisville. After socking a pair in his Bulls debut last month, he did one better. His first dinger, a solo shot, started a seven-run second inning that put the Bulls up 7-2. Later that inning, Durham got four two-out RBI hits, including doubles from Corey Brown, J.P. Arencibia and Allan Dykstra. The Bats pulled within one a half inning later, but Shaffer's second home run in the fifth extended Durham's edge to three runs. His third blast added an insurance run in the seventh. Starter Dylan Floro allowed seven runs -- six earned -- in five innings before Robert Zarate and Kyle Winkler combined to hold Louisville scoreless over the final four frames.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-30)

Montgomery was postponed.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (41-20)

It took 10 innings, but Charlotte finally got on the board in a 1-0 win over Jupiter. With the win, Charlotte ensured a spot in the playoffs in September. After the Stone Crabs hit Jose Fernandez hard in his last rehab outing, the star righty threw five scoreless innings this time around, but Jacob Faria was better. He was unable to earn his 12th win, but he struck out three, walked none and scattered just six hits over seven scoreless innings. In the 10th, the Stone Crabs finally broke through for the game's only run without hitting the ball out of the infield. Willy Adames walked with one out, moved to second when Jake Bauers was hit by a pitch, stole third, and scored on Marty Gantt's squeeze bunt.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (35-26)

Casey Gillaspie hit his 14th home run, but Bowling Green eventually fell to Beloit by a 4-2 score in 13 innings. Gillaspie homered in the first inning to cut the Hot Rods' deficit to 2-1, but after Bralin Jackson's fifth-inning single tied the game at three, they would not score again. Brian Miller allowed the go-ahead run with two outs in the 12th, and Bowling Green could not come through with the potential tying run in scoring position in its last at-bat. Starter Brent Honeywell struck out 11 in seven innings, but he made two mistakes -- allowing a pair of home runs that totaled all three of Beloit's runs against him.


Notable performances

AAA OF Corey Brown: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AAA 1B Allan Dykstra: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AAA 3B Richie Shaffer: 3-for-4, 3 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A UT Jace Conrad: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP Jacob Faria: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A RHP Brent Honeywell: 7 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 11 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

A+ 1B Mike Marjama: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Pat Blair: 0-for-4, 2 K
A OF Justin Williams: 0-for-6, 3 K
A C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-5, 2 K
A IF Grant Kay: 0-for-5, 1 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 5 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Louisville 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (6-4, 3.24) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Pensacola 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Jared Mortensen (4-3, 2.69) v. Timothy Adleman (2-6, 2.33)
Austin Pruitt (4-4, 3.44) v. Jacob Johnson (3-1, 4.61)

Both games will be seven innings

Charlotte @ Jupiter 5:35 PM (radio stream)
German Marquez (3-5, 3.57) v. Sean Townsley (3-7, 4.85)

Bowling Green v. Wisconsin 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (3-4, 2.42) v. Kodi Medeiros (2-2, 4.21)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) (updated through 6/9)
31-31 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 242 R (5th) .693 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (13th) 1.50 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yorman Rodriguez (10), LHP David Holmberg (21), RHP Carlos Contreras (30)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati) (updated through 6/9)
23-36 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 187 R (10th) .656 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (6th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), OF Jesse Winker (3), OF Kyle Waldrop (13), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (22), RHP Keyvius Sampson (28)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) (updated through 6/10)
Offense: 197 R (11th) .596 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (5), 2B Brian Anderson (9), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), OF Austin Dean (11), SS Justin Bohn (12), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Felix Munoz (26), LHP Miguel Del Pozo (27)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee) (updated through 6/11)
20-41 (8th in MWL West)
Offense: 190 R (16th) .618 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (13th) 1.36 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Monte Harrison (4), RHP Devin Williams (8), LHP Kodi Medeiros (11), SS Jake Gatewood (17)