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Rays down on the farm July 16: Guerrieri stumbles for Charlotte

Taylor Guerrieri and Jacob Faria both had trouble finding the strike zone, but one was able to work out of trouble

Taylor Guerrieri has seen better days
Taylor Guerrieri has seen better days
Jim Donten

After one great day with only one game, the schedule was a little more robust on Wednesday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (47-43)

The International League All-Stars earned a 4-3 win over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Jhan Marinez allowed a solo home run in his inning of work.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-9)

Jacob Faria walked a career-high five batters, but he was still effective in Montgomery's 4-1 win over Tennessee. He was able to work out of trouble he was in, striking out eight and only allowing two hits in six scoreless innings. Tommy Coyle's two-run homer in the third started the scoring, and Cameron Seitzer and Justin O'Conner added RBI hits later in the inning.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-13)

Taylor Guerrieri was challenged in his latest start, a 6-4 loss to Tampa. He retired the first two batters he faced before walking Carlos Beltran, who later scored the first run of the game. He had trouble finding the strike zone and finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings with no strikeouts. Marty Gantt's home run in the fifth opened the scoring for the Stone Crabs, but their three-run rally in the ninth fell short.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (11-9)

Greg Harris shut down his old organization in Bowling Green's 6-2 win over Great Lakes. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, and that was the only hit he allowed in his no-run, five-inning appearance with six strikeouts. The Hot Rods jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings, and Justin Williams' seventh home run later added insurance.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-12)

Hudson Valley was unable to muster much offense in its 5-1 loss to Aberdeen. Already down 3-0 in the fifth, Taylor Hawkins' two-out single got the Renegades on the board. Striking out 15 times proved to be problematic for the Hudson Valley bats, and Greg Maisto allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (12-8)

Garrett Fulenchek picked up his first win in the organization in Princeton's 8-3 win over Kingsport. After Blake Bivens allowed two runs in four innings, Fulenchek, acquired from Atlanta for international bonus money, tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Brett Sullivan hit his first professional home run in the fourth to give Princeton a 3-2 lead in the fourth, and Angel Perez's first home run in the U.S. added insurance later. Kewby Meyer also went deep.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (4-16)

The GCL Rays were postponed.


Notable performances

A+ C Armando Araiza: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
A IF Cristian Toribio: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
R+ OF Angel Perez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
A RHP Greg Harris: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

A+ 2B Kean Wong: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-4, 3 K
A- SS Michael Russell: 0-for-4, 4 K
A- 3B Matt Dacey: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 0 K
A+ RHP Kyle McKenzie: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A- LHP Greg Maisto: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Pawtucket 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Keith Couch (4-8, 5.49)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Ivan Pineyro (5-4, 3.77)

Charlotte @ Tampa 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Cale Coshow (4-2, 2.49)

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-3, 4.67) v. Luis De Paula (0-1, 7.71)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Roel Ramirez (2-0, 1.25) v. TBA

Princeton v. Kingsport 7 PM
Brock Burke (2-1, 4.61) v. TBA


Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox (updated through 7/14)
39-52 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 321 R (13th) .655 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Henry Owens (2), OF Rusney Castillo (3), RHP Matt Barnes (8), 3B Garin Cecchini (10), 2B Sean Coyle (17), LHP Edwin Escobar (18), OF Bryce Brentz (21), RHP Steven Wright (22), RHP Pat Light (30)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 7/13)
8-10 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 393 R (3rd) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (2nd) 1.27 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Billy McKinney (6), OF Albert Almora (7), RHP Pierce Johnson (9), LHP Rob Zastryzny (14), RHP Corey Black (16), OF Jacob Hannemann (17), OF Bijan Rademacher (21), 1B Dan Vogelbach (25)

Tampa Yankees (updated through 7/13)
10-9 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 328 R (8th) .626 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (7th) 1.18 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Miguel Andujar (10), SS Tyler Wade (13), SS Abiatal Avelino (15)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) (updated through 7/13)
7-13 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 325 R (15th) .654 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (8th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Grant Holmes (4), OF Alex Verdugo (5), C Julian Leon (11), 1B Justin Chigbogu (31)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore) (updated through 7/13)
13-11 (3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 83 R (14th) .629 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Travis Seabrooke (31), OF D.J. Stewart

Kingsport Mets (updated through 7/13)
11-10 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 107 R (1st) .698 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.90 ERA (10th) 1.39 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins (updated through 7/11)
12-8 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 66 R (12th) .598 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.30 ERA (4th) 1.13 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)