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Rays down on the farm June 2: Faria gets No. 9

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Jacob Faria surpasses Felix Hernandez in the win column

Jacob Faria was not drafted in the top 100, but he was a part of the Rays' big draft class of 2011
Jacob Faria was not drafted in the top 100, but he was a part of the Rays' big draft class of 2011
Jim Donten

Jacob Faria has won five consecutive starts. In that span, he has 32 strikeouts in 34.2 innings with just two earned runs allowed.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-23)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-26)

Montgomery held off a late Jacksonville rally in its 5-3 win over the Suns. RBI doubles by Justin O'Conner and Boog Powell provided the Biscuits a 3-0 lead in the second, and they led 5-1 before shoddy defense helped Jacksonville plate two in the ninth and get the potential tying run to the plate. Earlier in the game, Austin Pruitt limited the Suns to one run on nine hits and a walk in five innings with five strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (34-17)

Jacob Faria became the first professional pitcher to reach nine wins this season in Charlotte's 2-0 triumph over Palm Beach. In what may have been the best start of his career, Faria struck out eight in eight scoreless innings, a career-long outing. He scattered just three hits and a walk before Brad Schreiber finished the game and recorded his 13th save. The Stone Crabs only had four hits themselves, and both of their runs were unearned.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-24)

Bowling Green closed the game with five unanswered runs in its 8-4 win over Great Lakes. Down 4-3 in the third, Jace Conrad hit his eighth home run to the the game, and two innings later, he homered again to put the Hot Rods in front. Up 6-4 late in the game, Cristian Toribio doubled in a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Henry Centeno struggled, allowing four runs -- three earned -- in three innings, but three Hot Rods relievers combined to shut down the Loons over the rest of the game.

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Notable performances

AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A IF Jace Conrad: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
A UT Coty Blanchard: 2-for-2, 3 R, 2 BB
A+ RHP Jacob Faria: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
A RHP Damion Carroll: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
A RHP Mike Franco: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

A+ OF Dayron Varona: 0-for-4, 2 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 5 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Dylan Floro (4-4, 3.54) v. Kyle Drabek (1-2, 2.25)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-4, 3.66) v. Jake Esch (3-3, 3.04)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Ryan Eades (4-1, 3.04)

Bowling Green is off

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 5/31)
29-21 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 230 R (1st) .737 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (12th) 1.36 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 5/30)
19-31 (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)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 5/31)
24-27 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 179 R (8th) .620 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.71 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), SS Engelb Vielma (22), IF Niko Goodrum (29)