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Rays down on the farm July 8: Rickard draws 6 walks

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He received no official at-bats

The bat was optional for Joey Rickard Tuesday
The bat was optional for Joey Rickard Tuesday
Jim Donten

There is no minor league play index (which would be the deepest rabbit hole on the internet), but here is a list of six-walk games in the majors.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (44-41)

Durham was on the wrong side of a slugfest in its 17-6 loss to Charlotte. The Knights bashed six home runs, including two grand slams. There were two mitigating factors. The Bulls committed seven errors leading to seven unearned runs, and two position players combined to finish the game. Luke Maile, Corey Brown and Nick Franklin homered for Durham, but it was not nearly enough.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (7-4)

Montgomery's offense backed a struggling Ryne Stanek in its 10-7 win over Biloxi. Justin O'Conner drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, and a four-run third started by Dayron Varona's home run gave the Biscuits a 5-2 lead. Stanek started the sixth with a 7-3 lead, but he departed after allowing the first two batters to reach base. He finished with five runs allowed on six hits and two walks in five-plus innings with three strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-9)

Brent Honeywell achieved a quality start in Charlotte's 5-3 win over St. Lucie. It looked like it could have been another rough start for the screwballer after a leadoff home run, but he settled in to allow three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and three walks in six innings with six strikeouts. In the third, Kean Wong drove in three with an extremely productive sacrifice fly. In a 3-3 game, Wong's second sac fly plated the go-ahead run, and Jace Conrad's sacrifice fly in the ninth added insurance.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (7-6)

Yonny Chirinos made his Bowling Green debut and did not skip a beat in the Hot Rods' 6-4 win over Dayton. After only allowing a run in 15 innings over three starts with Hudson Valley, he filled a vacancy in Bowling Green's rotation and continued doing well, striking out four and walking none over five two-hit innings. Already up 1-0, the Hot Rods blew the game open with a four-run fifth that featured a bases-clearing triple by Alec Sole.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (9-8)

Hudson Valley was off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (9-5)

Blake Bivens turned in a good start in Princeton's 4-2 win over Elizabethton. After allowing a solo home run that gave Elizabethton a 1-0 lead, he was able to work out of any trouble he was in the rest of the night and finished with a run allowed on five hits in five innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Princeton went ahead with a three-run fourth that included a Jamie Mitchell RBI hit and two-run error. Zacrey Law drove in the fourth run an inning later.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-12)

The GCL Rays continued to play baseball worse than their division in an 11-1 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, Blair Beck drove in their only run of the game before it really got away from them in a seven-run ninth. Jesus Ortiz was charged with five runs in one-third of an inning.

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Notable performances

AA OF Joey Rickard: 0-for-0, 2 R, 6 BB, 2 SB
AA C Justin O'Conner: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AA 2B Tommy Coyle: 1-for-1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
A OF Justin Williams: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
A RHP Yonny Chirinos: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Blake Bivens: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
R+ RHP Ian Gibaut: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

AAA UT Vince Belnome: 0-for-4, 4 K
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 0-for-5, 1 BB, 2 K
R SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA RHP Jim Miller: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
AAA LHP Enny Romero: 1+ IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
AAA LHP C.J. Riefenhauser: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Ryne Stanek: 5+ IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
R RHP Jesus Ortiz: one-third IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Robert Zarate (1-0, 0.69) v. Brad Penny (4-3, 3.98)

Montgomery v. Biloxi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (4-4, 3.29) v. Jorge Lopez (7-2, 2.64)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (8-3, 2.49) v. Casey Meisner (2-0, 2.84)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (5-5, 2.25) v. Junior Morillo (1-3, 5.57)

Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (5-5, 2.25) v. Junior Morillo (1-3, 5.57)

Princeton v. Pulaski 7 PM
Brock Burke (2-0, 1.80) v. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 7/5)
49-37 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 365 R (3rd) .724 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (6th) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
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)

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee) (updated through 7/4)
6-6
Offense: 323 R (4th) .705 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyrone Taylor (1), SS Orlando Arcia (2), RHP Tyler Wagner (9), OF Michael Reed (14), RHP Jorge Lopez (15), OF Victor Roach (18), LHP Jed Bradley (20), LHP Hobbs Johnson (23), RHP Brooks Hall (25), LHP Mike Strong (29), RHP Damien Magnifico (30)

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 7/5)
5-8 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 346 R (2nd) .676 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (6th) 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)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 7/4)
5-8 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 341 R (5th) .679 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.06 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 7/6)
12-5 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 79 R (5th) .643 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.40 ERA (2nd) 1.08 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Pulaski Yankees (updated through 7/6)
8-7 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 61 R (6th) .748 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox (updated through 7/4)
12-2 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 56 R (5th) .655 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 1.69 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)