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Rays down on the farm June 20

Games were played

Jake Elmore is not down on the farm anymore
Jake Elmore is not down on the farm anymore
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I'm out of town, so a few corners have been cut here.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (39-30)

Durham's offense was quieted again in its 4-1 loss to Columbus. Ryan Brett's RBI single in the fifth cut the Bulls' deficit to 2-1, but they could not take advantage of the bases still being loaded with just one out. Starter Scott Diamond allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings, and Durham hitters struck out 18 times.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-33)

Montgomery was on the short end of a slugfest in its 11-10 loss to Biloxi in 10 innings. Leonardo Reginatto and Cameron Seitzer hit back-to-back solo homers in the first inning, and Dayron Varona's three-run shot in the seventh put the Biscuits up 9-6. Jaime Schultz was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings, and Colton Reavis was charged with four in one-third of an inning late.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (44-23)

Charlotte is at the All-Star break.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-31)

Casey Gillaspie's home run was not enough in Bowling Green's 5-2 loss to Fort Wayne. His two-run shot with two outs in the first put the Hot Rods up 2-0, but they could not push another run across. Starter Greg Harris was charged with five runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings, and Gillaspie reached base three times to break out of a recent slump.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (1-0)

A year after being drafted, Michael Russell made an impact in his professional debut in Hudson Valley's 7-2 win over Aberdeen. He was out of action last season due to injury after the Rays selected him in the fifth round, and he wasted no time acclimating to the pro game. In his first plate appearance, he hit a two-run home run and later added another hit. Starter Yonni Chirinos was impressive, striking out six in five scoreless innings.


Notable performances

I'm away from home and want to take up less of my time doing this for a couple days.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Columbus 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Robert Zarate (0-0, 0.00) v. Jordan Cooper (2-2, 4.50)

Montgomery @ Biloxi 8:10 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (4-4, 3.33) v. Brent Suter (4-2, 1.97)

FSL All-Star Game in St. Lucie 7 PM (Jake Faria apparently starting)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-1, 4.45) v. Ernesto Montas (5-4, 3.92)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) (updated through 6/16)
36-32 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 253 R (8th) .694 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (4th) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyler Naquin (6), RHP Cody Anderson (10), OF James Ramsey (12), OF Carlos Moncrief (16), RHP Austin Adams (17), 1B Jesus Aguilar (18), RHP Shawn Armstrong (23)

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee) (updated through 6/15)
41-25 (SL South Champs)
Offense: 264 R (4th) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.16 ERA (1st) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyrone Taylor (1), SS Orlando Arcia (2), RHP Tyler Wagner (9), OF Michael Reed (14), RHP Jorge Lopez (15), LHP Hobbs Johnson (23), RHP Brooks Hall (25), LHP Mike Strong (29), RHP Damien Magnifico (30), OF Kyle Wren

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) (updated through 6/17)
Offense: 272 R (10th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (15th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael Gettys (13), SS Franchy Cordero (19)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore) (updated through 6/17)
Offense: Will not update until next series
Pitching: Will not update until next series
Top 30 Prospects: Will not update until next series