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Rays down on the farm July 21: Guerrieri much better

After walking a career-worst four in 3 2/3 innings last time out, Taylor Guerrieri was sharp Monday

Jim Donten

Jacob Faria and Jose Mujica had solid outings as well. Scott Diamond, though, did not.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-46)

Scott Diamond allowed three home runs in Durham's 5-2 loss to Charlotte. Not only did he allow three home runs, they all came in the first inning, and the Bulls were down 3-0 after one inning. The Knights got him for another run with back-to-back doubles, and he finished with four runs allowed on eight hits in five innings. Richie Shaffer's two-run homer in the eighth accounted for Durham's offense.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-10)

Jacob Faria was introduced to the minor leagues' leading home run hitter in Montgomery's 4-1 loss to Chattanooga. After the Lookouts took a one-out lead in the fifth, Faria had two outs an inning later before Adam Walker hit his 25th home run for a 3-0 Chattanooga lead. He finished with three runs allowed on six hits and three walks in seven innings with six strikeouts. The Biscuits' only run was unearned.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (10-15)

Taylor Guerrieri rebounded from a poor start in Charlotte's 3-0 win over St. Lucie. After walking four his last time out, he did not walk anyone Monday and allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Steve Ascher was just as good in relief, striking out four in three scoreless frames. Marty Gantt's two-run homer in the fourth put the Stone Crabs on the board, and Mike Marjama added insurance with a solo home run.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-11)

Bowling Green's late comeback was for naught in its 4-3 loss to Lake County in 10 innings. Hunter Lockwood's two-run home run, his third homer in as many days, tied the game at three in the eighth, but the Hot Ros were unable to push another run across. Edwin Fierro was unable to record an out in the 10th before allowing the walkoff win. In his full-season debut, Jose Mujica allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and a walk in six innings with two strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (16-13)

Cameron Varga allowed four first-inning runs in Hudson Valley's 4-2 loss to Connecticut. Varga had the second out recorded with only two runs in, but a pair of two-out hits cost the Renegades two more runs. After the first inning, Varga retired 15 in a row to finish his outing. Michael Russell's eighth-inning triple got Hudson Valley on the board, and Connecticut then conceded the second run.

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-10)

Princeton pitchers were ineffective in its 10-4 loss to Pulaski. Jose Alvarado held them scoreless through the first two innings but melted down after that, allowing five runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings. Ruben Paredes provided no relief, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Princeton scored three of its runs in the seventh inning.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (5-17)

The GCL Rays were postponed.


Notable performances

AAA OF Boog Powell: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 3 SB
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A OF Bralin Jackson: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A C Mac James: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI
A+ RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A+ LHP Steve Ascher: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
A- RHP Tim Ingram: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA OF Corey Brown: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ 2B Kean Wong: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 0-for-4, 2 K
A IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-5, 2 K
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
R+ LHP Jose Alvarado: 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K
R+ RHP Ruben Paredes: 1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Everett Teaford (4-6, 5.58) v. Brad Penny (4-3, 3.94)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 11:15 AM (radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-5, 3.98) v. TBA

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 7 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (0-0, -.--) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (0-0, -.--) v. Conor Fisk (0-2, 8.00)

Hudson Valley v. Williamsport 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Cameron Varga (1-1, 2.25) v. Alejandro Arteaga (3-0, 1.24)

Princeton @ Elizabethton 7 PM (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (2-0, 4.34) v. TBA

GCL Rays/GCL Red Sox 11 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 7/18)
55-42 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 426 R (1st) .729 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 7/18)
Offense: 444 R (1st) .758 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (9th) 1.36 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), 3B Niko Goodrum (29), OF Travis Harrison (30)

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 7/17)
13-12 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 383 R (3rd) .671 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.23 ERA (7th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), RHP Rob Whalen (20), RHP Casey Meisner (21), OF Champ Stuart (23)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) (updated through 7/19)
Offense: 472 R (1st) .731 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (11th) 1.36 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dawel Lugo (15), C Dan Jansen (20), OF D.J. Davis (21), RHP Jesus Tinoco (26)

Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia) (updated through 7/19)
21-9 (1st in Pinckney)
Offense: 121 R (8th) .673 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.44 ERA (2nd) 1.13 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Franklyn Kilome (15), OF Jose Pujols (30)

Elizabethton Twins (updated through 7/19)
12-13 (T-2nd in APP West)
Offense: 100 R (9th) .692 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (4th) 1.43 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Amaurys Minier (26), OF Chris Paul

GCL Red Sox (updated through 7/18)
16-7 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 106 R (6th) .631 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.05 ERA (1st) 1.22 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)