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Rays down on the farm August 10: Snell tosses five no-hit innings

Blake Snell dominated for Durham again

Blake Snell has not thrown more than five innings since June 29
Blake Snell has not thrown more than five innings since June 29
Jim Donten

Blake Snell now has 108 2/3 innings on the season. His career-high is 115 1/3, so how many innings are you comfortable with him throwing this season? He appears to be scheduled to make five more starts during the regular season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (56-59)

Blake Snell fired five no-hit innings in Durham's 9-0 win over Louisville. He struck out nine and walked just two, and 39 of his 62 pitches were strikes. Taylor Motter doubled home a run before Mikie Mahtook's two run single in the first, and Mahtook hit a three-run homer two innings later. Everett Teaford allowed the Bats' only hit in the sixth, and Desmond Jennings went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-19)

Taylor Guerrieri was solid, and Tyler Goeddel homered again in Montgomery's 8-2 win over Jacksonville. Goeddel's second home run in as many days led off the game, and he walked and scored a run in the Biscuits' three-run third that also included Johnny Field's 13th home run. Meanwhile, Guerrieri allowed just an unearned run on two hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-24)

German Marquez was hammered in Charlotte's 10-3 loss to Bradenton. In the second, he got the second out with the bases loaded, but a walk, single and Willy Adames error opened the floodgates for four runs. An inning later, he allowed a three-run homer and finished with seven runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and a walk in four innings with five strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-23)

Bowling Green's offense was shut down in its 4-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. The Hot Rods managed just five hits, all of which were singles from different batters. Before even recording the second out of the game, Hyrum Formo allowed the decisive run and finished with two runs -- one earned -- allowed on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (23-25)

Hudson Valley fell in a 3-0 hole and did not get out in its 3-2 loss to Aberdeen. Michael Velazquez allowed a run in each of the first three innings and finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on seven hits in five innings. Tim Ingram and Brandon Koch combined to strike out eight over the last four innings, but the Renegades could not plate the tying run. Hec Montes doubled in both runs in the sixth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (27-18)

Princeton took a 6-0 lead and held on for a 6-3 win over Burlington. David Olmedo-Barrera's double in the first and David Rodriguez's single in the third put Princeton up 2-0, and Brett Sullivan's three-run homer in the sixth capped a four-run inning that blew the game open. Starter Brock Burke struck out three in six scoreless innings before Garrett Fulenchek and Bryan Bonnell made the game interesting late.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-31)

The GCL Rays were off.

With a GCL Rays loss and GCL Red Sox win on Monday, the GCL Rays would be eliminated from playoff contention. The season ends on Aug. 29.


Notable performances

AAA IF Jake Elmore: 1-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A+ C Maxx Tissenbaum: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
R+ OF Landon Cray: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB
AAA LHP Blake Snell: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
A- RHP Tim Ingram: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A- RHP Brandon Koch: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
R+ LHP Brock Burke: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

A- OF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (9-11, 4.99) v. Chris Jones (6-6, 3.08)

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (0-2, 4.88) v. Scott Lyman (0-7, 5.98)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 7 PM (radio stream)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 7:05 PM (radio stream)

Princeton @ Danville 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Ryan Clark (4-0, 3.41)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 8/8)
65-48 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 425 R (13th) .678 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.99 ERA (1st) 1.24 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Christian Walker (3), OF Dariel Alvarez (5), RHP Tyler Wilson (12), OF Henry Urrutia (14)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 8/5)
15-28 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 389 R (6th) .666 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29), RHP Jake Esch (31)

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 8/8)
29-13 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 362 R (12th) .618 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.66 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luke Weaver (12), C Carson Kelly (13), SS Juan Herrera (17), OF C.J. McElroy (28), RHP Nick Petree (31)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore) (updated through 8/7)
22-26 (4th in McNamara)
Offense: 162 R (14th) .599 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (9th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Travis Seabrooke (31), OF D.J. Stewart

Danville Braves (updated through 8/8)
20-24 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 169 R (10th) .670 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (4th) 1.33 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins (updated through 8/8)
21-19 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 144 R (14th) .647 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.67 ERA (4th) 1.16 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)