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Rays down on the farm August 18: Moore throws seven innings

Monday may have been Matt Moore's best outing since the surgery

Louisville has had a hard time with Matt Moore this month
Louisville has had a hard time with Matt Moore this month
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Moore finished with three runs allowed, but two of them came in his last inning. Let's see if he can build on this.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-65)

Matt Moore was much better in Durham's 9-3 win over Louisville. After dominating the Bats earlier in August, Moore threw his longest outing since a shutout against Boston in July 2013. He finished with three runs allowed over seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks, throwing 73 of his 95 pitches for strikes. The last two runs scored on a home run in his last inning. Taylor Motter homered and drove in four runs.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-19)

Montgomery jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over Birmingham. Cameron Seitzer doubled in a run in the first inning, and in the third, he scored what proved to be the decisive run on Jake Bauers' double play. Jacob Faria struck out five in six innings and limited the Barons to two runs on six hits and four walks.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-29)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-24)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-28)

Hudson Valley is at the All-Star break.

Rookie Princeton Rays (30-24)

Deivy Mendez's struggles continued, even in the bullpen in Princeton's 6-2 loss to Kingsport. Although the loss went to Ethan Clark, Mendez let the game get away from Princeton when he allowed four runs in three innings of relief. Clark struck out six and allowed the first two runs in five frames. Zacrey Law singled in the first run of the game in the third, but Princeton did not score again until Kingsport built a comfortable lead.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-36)

The GCL Rays made a comeback for a surprising 2-1 win over the GCL Red Sox. Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Miguel Hernandez led off with a single and scored on Rafelin Lorenzo's double, and Lorenzo later scored on a balk. John Williams won his fifth game with two scoreless innings of relief, and Junior Feliz allowed a run in five innings. Ernesto Frieri tossed a 1-2-3 first.


Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
AAA C Luke Maile: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-5, 1 K
R+ RHP Deivy Mendez: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Louisville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (3-3, 2.35) v. Tony Cingrani (0-1, 1.59)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (7-5, 3.78) v. Felix Pena (5-7, 3.96)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 5:05 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Buddy Borden (8-6, 2.89) v. Stephen Gonsalves (5-1, 2.34)
Greg Harris (1-2, 4.43) v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (3-2, 0.99) v. TBA

New York-Penn League All-Star Game 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV)

Princeton @ Kingsport 7 PM (radio stream)
Alexis Tapia (2-2, 3.13) v. Merandy Gonzalez (0-1, 3.25)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) (updated through 8/15)
59-65 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 438 R (13th) .676 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.98 ERA (12th) 1.42 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), OF Yorman Rodriguez (10), OF Kyle Waldrop (13), RHP Carlos Contreras (30), LHP Brandon Finnegan, 1B Adam Duvall

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 8/16)
24-25 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 539 R (3rd) .718 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (4th) 1.32 WHIP (3rd)
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), 3B Jeimer Candelario (24), 1B Dan Vogelbach (25)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 8/14)
28-23 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 424 R (7th) .634 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.68 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), LHP Stephen Golsalves (14), RHP Jake Reed (19), SS Engelb Vielma (22), RHP Zach Jones (25), LHP Tyler Jay

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) (updated through 8/16)
32-17 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 476 R (8th) .680 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael Gettys (13), SS Franchy Cordero (19)

Kingsport Mets (updated through 8/14)
29-24 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 267 R (2nd) .706 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.70 ERA (9th) 1.43 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Milton Ramos (25)

GCL Red Sox (updated through 8/15)
33-16 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 217 R (2nd) .668 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.28 ERA (1st) 1.23 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)