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Rays down on the farm June 26: Bauers homers in Biscuits debut

The first base prospect was impressive in his move to Double-A

Jake Bauers did not wear this uniform as long as expected
Jake Bauers did not wear this uniform as long as expected
Jim Donten

Contrary to the best information available, Casey Gillaspie is still a Hot Rod right now.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-34)

After a lengthy rain delay, Durham fell behind 7-0, tied the game at seven but eventually fell to Toledo by a 10-7 score. Scott Diamond was rocked for seven runs -- six earned -- in five innings, but the Bulls got him off the hook with a seven-run sixth. Taylor Motter's RBI double got them on the board, and J.P. Arencibia's two run homer brought them closer before Hak-Ju Lee's grand slam tied the game. Durham, though, would never lead. C.J. Riefenhauser and Jhan Marinez let the game get away.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-0)

Jake Bauers made an immediate impact in Montgomery's 12-7 win over Chattanooga. In his first at-bat for the Biscuits, he singled in a six-run second inning that erased the Lookouts' 4-0 lead. They scored three runs an inning later, and his single in the fourth scored Dayron Varona. Now leading 11-4 in the sixth, Bauers hit a solo home run to cap his 3-for-5 debut. Starter Ryne Stanek allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings with four strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-1)

Chris Kirsch fired the best start of his career, but it was not enough in Charlotte's 2-1 loss to Fort Myers. Kirsch left the game with a one-run lead after eight innings, having struck out five and scattering just two hits and a walk, but Brad Schreiber could not close the game. He was an out away from securing the win, but a triple tied the game and a passed ball allowed the Miracle to move in front. Charlotte's only run came on a error, and Grady Sizemore and Tim Beckham were a combined 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (0-1)

Casey Gillaspie persistently remained in Bowling Green's lineup in the Hot Rods' 3-2 loss to Dayton. Gillaspie went 0-for-4, but Hunter Lockwood's second RBI hit of the game in the seventh tied the game at two. However, Mike Franco allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth in an otherwise solid relief appearance. Starter Enderson Franco allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (4-3)

Hudson Valley's 3-0 lead evaporated in its 4-3 loss to Vermont. Manny Sanchez's first home run of the season gave the Renegades a 1-0 lead in the first, and Nic Wilson's two-run single an inning later gave them a three-run advantage. Yonny Chirinos was sharp again, allowing a run on three hits and two walks in five innings with six strikeouts, but Luis Urenas allowed three runs in the eighth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (2-1)

Blake Bivens had a rough start, but Princeton battled for a 5-4 win over Burlington. The Royals took a 4-1 lead after three innings, but it could have been worse if two runners had not been thrown out at the plate in the first two innings. Bivens finished with four runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings with one strikeout. In the fourth, Peter Maris and Jose Rojas had RBI hits, and Brett Sullivan's two-run single in the eighth put Princeton in front. Zacrey Law's solo home run in the first tied the game at one.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (0-4)

The GCL Rays got back on the board, but it wasn't enough in their 5-4 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Kyle McPherson only recorded one out before the GCL Rays found themselves down 3-0, but they battled back. Ty Morrison doubled in a run in the third, and Rafelin Lorenzo tied the game in the sixth with a two-run home run. Ty Nichols allowed two runs in the eighth, and the GCL Rays pulled within one in the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out before Juan Carlos Arias grounded into an inning-ending double play.


Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A IF Riley Unroe: 3-for-4, 1 K
A- OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B
R OF Oscar Rojas: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
R C Rafelin Lorenzo: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
A RHP Enderson Franco: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K
A RHP Mike Franco: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
A- RHP Yonny Chirinos: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
R RHP Abrahan Rodriguez: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

AAA OF Eugenio Velez: 0-for-5, 3 K
AA OF Johnny Field: 0-for-4, 2 K
R 3B Juan Carlos Arias: 0-for-5, 1 K
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 IP, 14 H, 7 R (6 ER), 0 BB, 3 K
AAA RHP Jhan Marinez: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
A- RHP Luis Urena: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
R+ RHP Blake Bivens: 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
R RHP Kyle McPherson: 2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Columbus 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Moore v. Jarrett Grube (1-0, 3.60)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Steve Ascher (4-0, 1.56) v. Chih-Wei Hu (4-4, 3.60)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (3-5, 2.72) v. Wyatt Strahan (5-4, 3.28)

Hudson Valley v. Vermont 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Cameron Varga (0-0, 1.80) v. Kevin Ferreras (0-1, 9.00)

Princeton @ Bristol 7 PM
Brock Burke (0-0, -.--) v. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) (updated through 6/24)
39-35 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 292 R (7th) .703 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (4th) 1.29 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)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 6/23)
0-1 (T-4th in SL North)
Offense: 360 R (1st) .776 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.97 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Miguel Sano (2), RHP Jose Berrios (3), RHP Nick Burdi (7), IF Jorge Polanco (8), OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), RHP Zach Jones (25), OF Travis Harrison (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 6/23)
1-0 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 259 R (7th) .640 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.73 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), LHP Stephen Golsalves (14), SS Engelb Vielma (22)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 6/23)
1-0 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 301 R (6th) .685 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.00 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland) (updated through 6/23)
2-5 (T-3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 27 R (6th) .703 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 6.40 ERA (12th) 1.49 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jordan Schwartz (29), SS Trace Loehr (30), OF Skye Bolt

Bristol Pirates (updated through 6/24)
1-2 (T-3rd in APP West)
Offense: 10 R (T-6th) .645 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: Will not be updated until next series

GCL Orioles (updated through 6/24)
1-3 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 8 R (11th) .567 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.13 ERA (11th) 1.24 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: Will not be updated until next series