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Rays down on the farm August 1: Jennings hitless in return

To be honest, I completely forgot about Desmond Jennings

Desmond Jennings was Durham's DH on Friday
Desmond Jennings was Durham's DH on Friday
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The box score would indicate that Drew Smyly had another one to forget Friday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (52-54)

After three effective innings, bad Dylan Floro resurfaced in Durham's 8-4 loss to Gwinnett. Floro faced just one over the minimum over the first three frames, but Gwinnett erased a 1-0 deficit with four in the fourth and added a three-run homer an inning later. Floro finished with seven runs -- six earned -- allowed on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Desmond Jennings was 0-for-3 but did walk twice.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-13)

Jaime Schultz fired six no-hit innings in Montgomery's 7-4 win over Tennessee. Schultz did walk three, but his control was certainly better than recent outings. He also struck out nine batters. The Biscuits broke out with a four-run fourth that included a two-run triple from Cameron Seitzer and RBI hits from Tyler Goeddel and Jake Bauers. In the eighth, Justin O'Conner tripled home a pair of insurance runs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-18)

Drew Smyly seemingly had another rough one in Charlotte's 9-7 loss to Lakeland. Against his old organization, Smyly allowed three runs in the first and then two more in the third, finishing with five runs allowed on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Buddy Borden started well in his piggyback role before falling apart in the eighth and allowing four runs.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-16)

A late rally lifted Bowling Green to a 5-1 win over Lansing. Grant Kay's double in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie, but the hits kept coming for the Hot Rods. Bralin Jackson, Justin Williams and Hunter Lockwood followed with singles, and Coty Blanchard's two-out double plated the fourth run of the inning. Henry Centeno struck out five and allowed just a run on three hits and three walks in six innings, but the win went to Damion Carroll, who struck out two in two innings of relief.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-19)

A three-run sixth helped Hudson Valley to a 4-2 win over Auburn. After largely being shut down over the first five innings, Manny Sanchez's one-out double started the rally. Nic Wilson's sacrifice fly broke up the shutout, Angel Moreno's single gave the Renegades a 2-1 lead, and the decisive run scored on a passed ball. Starter Angel Yepez allowed a run on four hits and a walk in five innings, and Reece Karalus struck out three in three hitless innings of relief.

Rookie Princeton Rays (22-15)

David Olmedo-Barrera's single in the 10th lifted Princeton tto a 4-3 win over Pulaski. After Brett Sullivan singled with one out and moved to third on an error, Olmedo-Barrera's single to right delivered the winning run. David Rodriguez's two-run homer in the third gave Princeton a 3-0 lead, but it was unable to hold it. Starter Deivi Mendez walked five in 2 2/3 innings, and Armando Bastardo was Princeton's most effective pitcher, striking out three in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-24)

In a game that I believe was suspended twice, the GCL Rays finally lost to the GCL Orioles, 5-4, in 10 innings. Anthony Cantillo tied the game in the sixth with an RBI single, but that would be their last run. In the 10th, Herminio Germoso allowed a walkoff hit which was described in the game log as a pop-up single to Germoso.

The GCL Rays were back in midseason form in their 16-4 loss in game two. The GCL Orioles led 11-0 through 2 1/2 innings, and Reign Letkeman, John Williams and Francisco Mena allowed nine, four and three runs, respectively. Daniel Robertson was 1-for-4, and outfielder Jaime Ayende reached base three times and later pitched a scoreless inning.


Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA OF Corey Brown: 1-for-2, 2 BB
AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
A+ SS Willy Adames: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
A+ C Armando Araiza: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
A+ OF Marty Gantt: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A- 1B Nic Wilson: 2-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A- OF Angel Moreno: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
R 2B Anthony Cantillo: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
R 3B Juan Rodriguez: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
R OF Jaime Ayende: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Jaime Schultz: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
A- RHP Reece Karalus: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

A+ IF Pat Blair: 0-for-4, 2 K
R+ OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-5, 4 K
R OF Miguel Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 3 K
R 1B Devin Davis: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 5 2/3 IP7 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
R RHP Reign Letkeman: 2 1/3 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
R RHP John Williams: 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
R RHP Francisco Mena: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (9-4, 3.89) v. Tyrell Jenkins (2-1, 2.16)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (6-3, 3.09) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Lakeland 6 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (8-4, 2.65) v. Locke St. John (2-10, 5.00)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Chris Pike (8-4, 3.22) v. Justin Shafer (4-2, 2.49)

Hudson Valley @ Auburn 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Benton Moss (1-1, 3.48) v. Taylor Hearn (1-2, 3.50)

Princeton @ Pulaski 7 PM (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (2-0, 3.54) v. TBA


Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 7/29)
54-51 (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)
14-19 (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)
8-25 (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)
17-18 (T-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)
18-21 (5th 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)
22-16 (2nd 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)
19-14 (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