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Rays down on the farm June 6: Stanek sharp for Biscuits

Ryne Stanek has lasted seven innings in two of his last three starts and three of his last five

Apparently Jim has had photos of Ryne Stanek up for a while, so repeatedly using the stock photo of Arkansas baseball not featuring Stanek looks even more ridiculous in retrospect
Apparently Jim has had photos of Ryne Stanek up for a while, so repeatedly using the stock photo of Arkansas baseball not featuring Stanek looks even more ridiculous in retrospect
Jim Donten

Brent Honeywell's strikeout and walk rates are still great, but he has been getting hit lately.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (31-25)

Part-time baseball player and full-time waiver fodder Ryan Lavarnway hit a walk-off home run in Durham's 4-3 loss to Gwinnett in 11 innings. After working 1 1/3 innings, Jim Miller came out to start the 11th, and Lavarnway ended the game quickly as the first batter in the frame. J.P. Arencibia's solo home run got the Bulls on the board in the sixth inning, and Corey Brown's homer in the ninth sent the game to extras. Starter Matt Andriese was underwhelming, allowing a run on four hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-29)

Ryne Stanek dominated in his second start for Montgomery in the Biscuits' 5-1 win over Jacksonville. After the Suns struck first with a third-inning run, Stanek set down nine in a row on his way to a seven-inning, one-run outing with seven strikeouts. In the top of the fourth, Cameron Seitzer was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Tyler Goeddel's third home run put Montgomery up for good. Seitzer later added a home run himself.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (37-18)

Charlotte erased an early 2-0 deficit in its 3-2 win over Jupiter. After Chris Kirsch allowed two runs -- one earned -- over the first two innings, he cruised through the Hammerheads' lineup in order over the next three innings and only allowed three more batters to reach base. He finished with the two runs allowed in seven innings. Kean Wong's sacrifice fly plated the first run, Braxton Lee's two-out hit in the fifth tied the game, and Jake Bauers drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-25)

The usually reliable duo of Brent Honeywell and Hunter Wood could not get it done in Bowling Green's 5-3 loss to Kane County. An error cost Honeywell a run in the first inning, but he would go on to allow two more and get knocked out after four innings, finishing with three runs -- two earned --  allowed on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The Hot Rods temporarily held the lead with a three-run fourth that included Casey Gillaspie's 11th homer, but it was brief. Wood ended up with the loss with two runs allowed in two innings.


Notable performances

AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
A OF Bralin Jackson: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
AA RHP Ryne Stanek: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K

AAA IF Leonardo Reginatto: 0-for-5
AA OF Boog Powell: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-5, 3 K
AAA LHP Andy Oliver: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
A RHP Hunter Wood: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Everett Teaford (3-4, 6.34) v. Manny Banuelos (4-0, 2.39)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (3-4, 3.43) v. Greg Ross (2-4, 4.62)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 7 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria (9-1, 1.17) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Clinton 7:30 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (2-4, 2.51) v. Zack Littell (1-0, 2.11)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 6/3)
26-27 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 205 R (10th) .653 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.19 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Jose Peraza (1), RHP Arodyz Vizcaino (11), SS Daniel Castro (25), IF Elmer Reyes (29), RHP Matt Wisler, LHP Manny Banuelos

Mississippi Braves (updated through 6/4)
29-23 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 205 R (8th) .666 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.42 ERA (3rd) 1.36 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jason Hursh (6), 3B Rio Ruiz (10), OF Mallex Smith (16), RHP Tyrell Jenkins, OF KD Kang

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) (updated through 6/2)
27-28 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 176 R (8th) .605 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (5), 2B Brian Anderson (9), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), OF Austin Dean (11), SS Justin Bohn (12), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Felix Munoz (26), LHP Miguel Del Pozo (27)

Clinton LumberKings (Seattle) (updated through 6/4)
23-32 (T-6th in MWL West)
Offense: 227 R (8th) .645 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.06 ERA (13th) 1.37 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Joe DeCarlo (18), SS Erick Mejia (21)