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Rays down on the farm July 31: Goeddel goes deep three times

Garrett Whitley homered for the first time in his career

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If you picked Charlotte to be the last affiliate playing yesterday, you win.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (52-53)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (19-13)

Tyler Goeddel homered three times in Montgomery's 4-3 win over Tennessee. His first home run in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie, his second in the sixth tied the game at three, and he put the Biscuits ahead in the eighth. It was his first multi-home run game since the eighth game of his career in 2012. Starter Jacob Faria was strong, striking out six and allowing just a run on three hits and two walks in five innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-17)

Charlotte played an obnoxiously long game and prevailed, 5-4, in 19 innings over Lakeland. Each team scored a run in the 14th and 15th, and Mike Marjama and Willy Adames' RBI hits in the 19th gave infielder Pat Blair enough breathing room to earn the win. Starter Hunter Wood struck out six in six scoreless innings and only allowed one hit with no free passes.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-16)

Bowling Green came up short in its 11-inning, 3-2 loss to West Michigan in the resumption of the suspended game. The game was knotted at one through the first 10 innings, but Brian Miller allowed a double to the first batter he faced which led to a two-run inning. Thomas Milone's single brought the Hot Rods within one, but Riley Unroe grounded out with Milone in scoring position to end the game. Ryan Pennell and Edgar Gomez combined to throw seven scoreless innings after starter Hyrum Formo allowed a run in three frames.

The Hot Rods scored five in the first and cruised to an 11-3 win in game two. Just three batters into the game, Bowling Green was up 2-0 thanks to Grant Kay's two-run double, and the game would get further out of hand from there. Kay would drive in four runs, and five Hot Rods had multi-hit games. Starter Brad Wallace allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (19-19)

Travis Ott struggled in Hudson Valley's 7-1 loss to Brooklyn. After three innings, the Renegades were already down 6-0, and Ott finished with six runs -- five earned -- on six hits in three innings. Down 7-0 in the eighth, Joe McCarthy doubled in Hudson Valley's only run.

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-15)

Princeton hammered Bluefield for 17 hits in its 10-7 win. After falling behind 2-0 through half an inning, Princeton got on the board with a groundout in the first, and Blair Beck followed with a two-run homer. Bluefield quickly went up again, but Brett Sullivan's solo shot in the fifth tied the game at five. In a seven-all tie, Princeton went up with a three-run inning that included RBI hits from Landon Cray, Beck and David Olmedo-Barrera. Starter Spencer Moran allowed five runs in three innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-22)

Garrett Whitley returned to the lineup and hit his first pro home run in the GCL Rays' 5-4 win over the GCL Twins in game one. The first five innings were classic GCL Rays, but they erased their 1-0 deficit with a three-run sixth. Daniel Robertson was hit by a pitch to start the inning, Juan Carlos Arias and Rafelin Lorenzo delivered RBI singles, and another run scored on a double play. In the seventh, Whitley led off with a home run, and Robertson scored another run. Matt LeVert got the win despite allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings.

The GCL Rays' offense continued to break out with their 7-2 win in game two. Tied at two in the fifth, Adrian Rondon singled home the go-ahead run, and Samm Wiggins plated Rondon with a double. After a wild pitch scored a third run, Ryan Caldwell capped the scoring with a two-run double. Starter Adrian Navas allowed two runs -- one earned -- in three innings, and Jesus Ortiz struck out five in three scoreless innings of relief.


Notable performances

AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 3-for-4, 3 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
AA 2B Hector Guevara: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
A+ IF Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-8, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ SS Willy Adames: 4-for-9, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-9, 3 K
A+ IF Pat Blair: 2-for-7, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
A+ OF Yoel Araujo: 4-for-8, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
A OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A IF Alec Sole: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A IF Grant Kay: 3-for-4, 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K
A OF Justin Williams: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A IF Coty Blanchard: 3-for-4, 1 R
A IF Alec Sole: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
A- OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
R+ 3B Brett Sullivan: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
R+ OF Blair Beck: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
R+ DH David Olmedo-Barrera: 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
R 1B Gilbert Marrero: 0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB
R SS Adrian Rondon: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
R OF Miguel Hernandez: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Jacob Faria: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
A+ RHP Hunter Wood: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
A+ RHP Kyle McKenzie: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A LHP Ryan Pennell: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
R RHP Jesus Ortiz: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ OF Marty Gantt: 0-for-8, 3 K
A+ OF Braxton Lee: 1-for-8, 1 K, 1 SB
A IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-5, 1 K
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- IF Matt Dacey: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
R+ RHP Spencer Moran: 3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
R RHP Matt LeVert: 2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (9-9, 4.47) v. Kanekoa Texeira (2-3, 3.43)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-5, 4.20) v. Ryan Williams (5-1, 2.72)

Charlotte @ Lakeland 6:30 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Endrys Briceno (0-1, 6.00)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (6-6, 3.91) v. Conor Fisk (2-2, 5.06)

Hudson Valley @ Auburn 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Angel Yepez (2-1, 3.19) v. TBA

Princeton v. Pulaski 7 PM


Completion of suspended game followed by a nine-inning game

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Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 7/29)
53-51 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 408 R (9th) .645 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Christian Bethancourt (3), OF Mallex Smith (16), RHP Williams Perez (19),OF Todd Cunningham (23), IF Elmer Reyes (29), RHP Mike Foltynewicz, RHP Tyrell Jenkins

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 7/26)
14-18 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 431 R (3rd) .710 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (4th)
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)

Lakeland Flying Tigers (updated through 7/28)
7-25 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 336 R (11th) .626 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kevin Ziomek (4), 2B Javier Betancourt (20), C Grayson Greiner (24), RHP Endrys Briceno (31)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) (updated through 7/29)
17-17 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 526 R (1st) .741 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (10th) 1.35 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dawel Lugo (15), C Dan Jansen (20), OF D.J. Davis (21)

Auburn Doubledays (Washington) (updated through 7/29)
18-20 (4th in Pinckney)
Offense: 181 R (1st) .699 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.24 ERA (13th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Erick Fedde (4), C Jackson Reetz (14), RHP Jefry Rodriguez (19), OF Victor Robles (25), RHP Robbie Dickey (29), RHP Mariano RIvera

Pulaski Yankees (updated through 7/29)
22-15 (1st in APP East)
Offense: 199 R (1st) .794 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (4th) 1.32 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Orioles (updated through 7/29)
17-14 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 107 R (13th) .623 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.42 ERA (2nd) 1.08 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ofelky Peralta (29), SS Ryan Mountcastle