Covering for Scott! Enjoy my mediocre performance at DOTF.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-38)
Boog Powell scored two runs from the top of the line up as Taylor Motter earned all five RBI, scoring Tim Beckham and Ryan Brett along the way. The defensive configuration had Brett at second, Nick Franklin at short, and Beckham at third. All three could be useful utility men at the major league level, and it's interesting to follow where the Rays are deploying them. It was a two hit night for utility man Taylor Motter, Beckham, and 1B JP Arencibia. Somehow, Shaffer didn't homer.
Matt Andriese started for Durham, and was followed by two innings of Enny Romero, 1.1 of Andy Oliver, and 0.2 of Ernesto Frieri. Bulls won 5-3.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (38-36)
BUSTIN, Justin O'Conner had himsef a three hit night, including a double and raising his AVG to .221 in Montgomery. In fact, it was doubles all around with Tyler Goeddel (LF - hitting 2nd), Jake Bauers (1B - 6th), and Patrick Leonard (3B - 7th) joining JC (C - 5th). At the top of the order, RF Joey Rickard and DH Dayron Varona both went hitless.
Ryne Stanek spun 5.2 IP of ball with six base runners and two earned runs, and Matt Lollis closed it out with 2.1 innings, allowing two himself. Biscuits lose 4-2.
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (47-31)
Jaso was atop the order and playing left field for the Crabs, walking once and scoring in three plate appearances. Casey Gillaspie, Marty Gnatt, and Maxxx Tissenbaum also walked, Casey doing so twice, and thought the team had eleven base runners, they lose 7-3.
Five of those earned runs belonged to Brent Honeywell, who only lasted 2.1 innings and typing this makes me sad. 60 pitches, 41 for strikes, but eight hits and a walk did him in. It's only his second start at A+, so no worries there.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (41-37)
It was a four-ribbie night thanks to a grand slam by Riley Unroe, hitting second and playing second for Bowling Green. Plenty of Hot Rods got on base twice last night, which Greg Harris led the charge with eight K's in 5.1 IP. Damion Carrol's ninth inning included three walks, but BG shut out the opposition 5-0.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-7)
Hey there's a kid named Michael Russell on this team! Batting second! That's cool. He wore a sombrero yesterday, as did Hector Montes. The two of them made up the left side of the ingield. The only stand out offense was DH Manny Sanchez, two hits with a double. On the mound was Yonny Chirinos, which is a quality baseball name. He allowed three hits and K'd two in five IP.
Rookie Princeton Rays (6-4)
Draft picks! Landon Cray homered yesterday, and the tripled yesterday. He would be lifted after two at bats and I'm not sure why yet. The team won 3-1 behind a Brock Burke start and a two-inning Ian Gibaut save.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-8)
Adrian Rondon went hitless again (#notaprospect) dropping his AVG to .143 in ten games. PANIC. Really though, the whole team is off to a slow start, losing 2-1 behing a start mostly pitched by Orlando Romero.
And all that other stuff that Scott is so deft at putting together is out of reach for me this morning. I'm merely stepping in for the incredible guy! Don't hate on me.