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Rays down on the farm June 7: Stone Crabs rock Fernandez

Jacob Faria went head-to-head with one of the game's top arms and won

Like Matt Moore, Jose Fernandez has a lot of work to do
Like Matt Moore, Jose Fernandez has a lot of work to do
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Not only did Jace Conrad his hit 10th home run, his brother, Brenn, hit a clutch homer for the Ragin' Cajuns before they ultimately fell to LSU.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (31-26)

Durham was not competitive in its 8-0 loss to Gwinnett. Everett Teaford was hammered again, yielding seven runs on 12 hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, the Bulls could only manage four hits against two Gwinnett pitchers, headlined by former Yankees top prospect Manny Banuelos.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (26-29)

Montgomery scored six first-inning runs on its way to a 7-4 win over Mississippi. After Mississippi went up two through half an inning, the Biscuits batted around in their first at-bat and piled up six runs, including getting RBI triples from Joey Rickard, Tyler Goeddel and Jake DePew. Austin Pruitt had a rocky first, but he settled in and finished with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk in seven innings with six strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (38-18)

Charlotte hammered Jose Fernandez in the Stone Crabs' 7-6 win over Jupiter. The electric righty was making his first official rehab appearance, and Charlotte had no problem getting to him early. Down 1-0 in the second, Dayron Varona capped a three-run third by driving in two with a double, and the Stone Crabs added two more in the third thanks to a single by Mike Marjama. After Kirby Yates allowed a run without a hit in a one-inning rehab appearance, Jacob Faria came on and earned his 10th win despite not pitching his best. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- on three hits and two walks in six innings with six strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-25)

Bowling Green jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 win over Clinton. After going up 1-0 in the second, the Hot Rods scored three in the third, including getting a two-run home run from Jace Conrad, his 10th of the season. Starter Greg Harris had to work out of occasional trouble, but he only faltered at the end of his outing in a two-run sixth. He finished with one run allowed on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts.


Notable performances

AAA 3B Richie Shaffer: 1-for-2, 2 BB
AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
A+ 1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ DH Mike Marjama: 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
A RHP Mike Franco: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA C Curt Casali: 0-for-4, 3 K
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA LHP Everett Teaford: 5 2/3 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 2:05 PM (radio stream)
Dylan Floro (5-4, 3.36) v. Matt Wisler (3-3, 3.58)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (3-3, 2.95) v. Victor Mateo (2-2, 2.74)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ Clinton 3 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (3-1, 4.50) v. Jeffeson Medina (2-5, 4.15)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 6/3)
27-27 (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)
30-24 (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

Clinton LumberKings (Seattle) (updated through 6/4)
23-33 (7th 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)