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Rays down on the farm June 29: Gillaspie homers in Charlotte debut

See? I told you he was promoted

Back by popular demand is this photo of Casey Gillaspie
Back by popular demand is this photo of Casey Gillaspie
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday was a big day for home runs.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-36)

Robert Zarate was sharp in Durham' 5-0 win over Columbus in game one. The Bulls went up early with a four-run second that was capped off by Ryan Brett's bases-clearing double. With the early run support, Zarate threw five scoreless innings with three strikeouts and just one hit and two walks allowed.

A pair of solo home runs were not enough in Durham's 3-2 loss in game two. Richie Shaffer's second-inning homer was his 10th in Triple-A, and Taylor Motter tied the game at two in the sixth against Carlos Marmol, but the Clippers scored the go-ahead run a half inning later against Ernesto Frieri. Jose Dominguez started and allowed a run in an inning, and Enny Romero struck out four and did not walk a batter in three scoreless innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-1)

Montgomery's game turned into a slugfest late, but it was on the short end of a 9-8 loss to Chattanooga. The teams were tied at one through five before Adam Walker homered again and Max Kepler hit a two-run double for a sudden 5-1 Lookouts lead. Home runs by Patrick Leonard and Joey Rickard in the eighth pulled the Biscuits within one, but Chattanooga tacked on four insurance runs in the ninth. Tyler Goeddel's bases-clearing triple capped a four-run ninth, but Dayron Varona stranded him at third to end the game. Jaime Schultz struck out seven but allowed three runs in six innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-3)

Casey Gillaspie hit a grand slam in his Charlotte debut, a 7-4 win for the Stone Crabs. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Charlotte batted around and scored seven runs to blow the game open. Kean Wong tied the game with an RBI single before Gillaspie's grand slam, and Jace Conrad added his first home run with Charlotte to cap the scoring. Taylor Guerrieri struck out five and only allowed an unearned run in four innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-2)

The Bowling Green bats backed Hunter Wood in a 10-2 win over Dayton. Riley Unroe doubled home a run in a four-run first inning, and Hunter Lockwood's solo homer in the third gave the Hot Rods a 5-0 lead. Just two innings later, he hit a three-run shot in a four-run inning that blew the game open. Meanwhile, Wood cruised through the Dragons' lineup, striking out six and scattering just two hits and no walks in five scoreless innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (5-4)

Hec Montes hit a pair of home runs in Hudson Valley's 11-5 win over West Virginia. Back-to-back doubles in the second gave the Renegades a 1-0 lead, and Montes' two-run shot an inning later put them up 3-1. In the fifth, his grand slam blew the game open, and they turned away a late West Virginia rally with three insurance runs in the ninth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (3-3)

Princeton blew a pair of leads in its 4-3 game one loss to Bristol in 10 innings. In his third inning of work, Genesis Cabrera allowed Bristol to the the game at two in the seventh, but Landon Cray's two-out RBI single in the 10th gave Princeton another shot to win. Ruben Paredes then allowed two runs to score in the bottom half of the inning to allow Bristol to walk off with a win.

Princeton's 6-0 lead evaporated quickly in its 7-6 loss in game two. Bill Pujols and Patrick Grady two-run doubles keyed a pair of early three-run innings, but Bristol hammered Princeton for a seven-run third. The first five batters reached base, but Junior Feliz got the next two outs and could have limited the damage before Bristol tacked on five more runs. Feliz was charged with all seven runs -- six earned -- in 2 2/3 innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-5)

The GCL Rays were off, as they will be every Sunday.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Boog Powell: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ C Armando Araiza: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
A OF Bralin Jackson: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB
A OF Justin Williams: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
A C Mac James: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
A- SS Michael Russell: 2-for-4, 4 R, 1 BB
A- OF Manny Sanchez: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A- 1B Hec Montes: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI
A- OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B
R+ OF Landon Cray: 3-for-5, 2 RBI
R+ OF Angel Perez: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
AAA RHP Robert Zarate: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
AAA LHP Enny Romero: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
A- RHP Roel Ramirez: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

AAA IF Nick Franklin: 0-for-4, 1 K
AAA IF Alexi Casilla: 0-for-3, 3 K
R+ C David Rodriguez: 0-for-5, 2 K
AA RHP Jaime Schultz: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
AA LHP Bryce Stowell: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
A- RHP Tim Ingram: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
R+ RHP Junior Feliz: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 1 K

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

Durham @ Toledo 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (7-6, 4.53) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (4-2, 1.71) v. Jason Wheeler (0-0, 0.00)

Charlotte v. Clearwater 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (4-4, 4.81) v. Ernesto Montas (6-4, 3.71)

Hudson Valley @ West Virginia 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Travis Ott* (0-0, 0.00) v. TBA

Princeton v. Greeneville 7 PM
TBA v. Devonte German (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) (updated through 6/28)
33-43 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 333 R (2nd) .709 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.93 ERA (14th) 1.44 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Steven Moya (1), RHP Buck Farmer (2), OF Tyler Collins (7), RHP Bruce Rondon (9), SS Dixon Machado (10), RHP Jose Valdez (17), RHP Angel Nesbitt (21), OF Daniel Fields (26), RHP Melvin Mercedes (27)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 6/23)
1-3 (5th 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)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) (updated through 6/25)
3-1 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 293 R (4th) .668 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (8th) 1.20 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Matt Imhof (8), LHP Yoel Mecias (12), IF Jesmuel Valentin (13), RHP Victor Arano (14), C Andrew Knapp (17), OF Dylan Cozens (18), RHP Ricardo Pinto (19), CF Carlos Tocci (20), OF Aaron Brown (22), 3B Zach Green (25), OF Andrew Pullin (28)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) (updated through 6/28)
2-2 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 298 R (12th) .682 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.02 ERA (13th) 1.39 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael Gettys (13), SS Franchy Cordero (19)

West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh) (updated through 6/26)
4-5 (T-3rd in Pinckney)
Offense: 41 R (6th) .625 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.16 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Kevin Newman, 1B David Andriese

Greeneville Astros (updated through 6/28)
4-2 (1st in APP West)
Offense: 17 R (10th) .559 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 1.26 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins (updated through 6/27)
3-3 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 20 R (10th) .613 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.53 ERA (6th) 1.09 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)