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Rays down on the farm June 30: Snell sharp for Montgomery

In his first start since being named to the Futures Game in July, Blake Snell held a strong lineup in check

Blake Snell pitched for the first time since starting the Southern League All-Star Game
Blake Snell pitched for the first time since starting the Southern League All-Star Game
Jim Donten

I would have liked to highlight Travis Ott for Hudson Valley, but there is not yet a photo I can use legally.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-37)

Durham pitchers could not keep Steven Moya in the park in its 4-1 loss to Toledo. Already up 2-0, the Mud Hens got a third run on the Tigers' prospect's first home run of the night, and his second solo shot in the seventh answered the Bulls' lone run an inning earlier when Tim Beckham doubled and scored on Mikie Mahtook's single. Starter Everett Teaford allowed three runs in six innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-1)

Blake Snell was in his early-season form in Montgomery's 5-3 win over Chattanooga. After working out of some early trouble, he surrendered his only run in the fourth, a solo home run by Adam Walker, who hit four homers in the series. Snell only allowed two runners to reach base after that and finished with a run allowed on five hits and two walks in six innings with five strikeouts. Cameron Seitzer's three-run home run preceded Walker's homer and gave the Biscuits a 4-0 lead.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-4)

Charlotte's bats were quieted in its 3-1 loss to Clearwater. Already down 3-0, the Stone Crabs scored their only run in the fifth when Jace Conrad singled with one out, stole second, moved up on a ground ball and came home on a wild pitch. Starter German Marquez allowed a run in each of the first two innings and finished with three runs allowed on nine hits and two walks in six innings with four strikeouts. Willy Adames limped off the field late in the game but is expected to be fine.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-3)

Bowling Green's bats were silent in a 2-0 loss to Fort Wayne. The Hot Rods actually outhit the TinCaps, 7-5, but they were all singles from the top four hitters in the lineup. Starter Henry Centeno was sharp in defeat, allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits and a walk in six innings with six strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-4)

Hec Montes hit his third home run in two days in Hudson Valley's 7-1 win over West Virginia. First, though, Danny De La Calle hit his first professional homer, a three-run shot that put the Renegades up 5-1. In the seventh, Montes' third home run of the season provided two additional insurance runs. Starter Travis Ott was sharp again, striking out five and allowing just one run on four hits and no walks in five innings, and Justin McCalvin struck out four in three scoreless innings of relief.

Rookie Princeton Rays (4-3)

After allowing a pair of runs in the first, Jose Mujica settled in for another nice start in Princeton's 4-2 win over Greeneville. A one-out double put Greeneville up 2-0, but Mujica retired five straight and seven of the next eight. He finished with two runs allowed on five hits and two walks in five innings with five strikeouts before Ian Gibaut and Armando Bastardo combined to strike out seven over the final four innings. Princeton went ahead with a three-run fifth when Peter Maris tripled home two runs and scored on Zacrey Law's sacrifice fly.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-6)

The off-day did not help the GCL Rays' offense in their 3-1 loss to the GCL Twins. Down 3-0 in the eighth, they finally got on the board on a wild pitch, but they could have had more. Oscar Rojas had left off the inning with a double, and the wild pitch left two runners in scoring position with one out before Juan Carlos Arias and Gilberto Marrero made outs to end the inning. Starter Jose Disla allowed a run on three hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, and Andrew Velazquez made a pair of plate appearances to start his rehab assignment.


Notable performances

AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-0, 1 R, 3 BB
A- OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
AA LHP Blake Snell: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
A- RHP Justin McCalvin: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Ian Gibaut: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Armando Bastardo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AAA OF Corey Brown: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA 3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-4, 1 R, 3 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 2 K
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 0-for-4, 2 K
R DH Juan Carlos Arias: 0-for-4, 2 K
R OF Blair Beck: 0-for-4, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Toledo 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (7-6, 4.53) v. Thad Weber (5-3, 3.61)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Clearwater 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. David Whitehead (4-6, 4.44)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Chris Pike (6-2, 3.65) v. TBA

Hudson Valley @ West Virginia 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Angel Yepez* (0-0, 6.23) v. TBA

Princeton v. Greeneville 7 PM
Jose Alvarado (0-0, 12.00) v. Yhoan Acosta (0-0, 1.80)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) (updated through 6/28)
34-43 (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)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) (updated through 6/25)
4-1 (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)
3-2 (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)
4-6 (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)
4-3 (T-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)
4-3 (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)