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Rays down on the farm August 23: Moore embarrasses Columbus

Statistically, Matt Moore was as good as he has ever been Saturday

In 16 1/3 innings against Columbus this season, Matt Moore has 31 strikeouts
In 16 1/3 innings against Columbus this season, Matt Moore has 31 strikeouts
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Richie Shaffer is not the only hitting prospect to be getting some work at new positions. Patrick Leonard played his second career game in right field Saturday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (63-66)

Matt Moore struck out a career-high 16 batters in Durham's 5-2 win over Columbus. Moore recorded his first eight outs via the strikeout, and that would have tied Moore's season high on its own, but he continued rolling. After striking out two in the six, he allowed a single and home run that gave the Clippers a 2-1 lead, but he finished his outing with another punchout. The Bulls scored four in the seventh, capped by J.P. Arencibia's two-run single.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-22)

Montgomery took a lead in the eighth inning before falling to Tennessee by a 6-5 score in game one. Leonardo Reginatto's single scored Justin O'Conner, but Brad Schreiber could not secure the win. With two outs, the Smokies scored two on a walkoff single. The Vogelbach homered for Tennessee, and Biscuits starter Jared Mortensen allowed four runs -- two earned -- in seven innings.

Tyler Goeddel's two-run home run helped the Biscuits to a 5-2 win in game two. After Tennessee went up 1-0 in the first, Juniel Querecuto walked in the third to set up Goddel's 11th dinger of the season to give Montgomery the lead. Jake Bauers drove in a third run in the inning, and Reginatto doubled in a pair of insurance runs in the fifth. Matt Lollis allowed a run in four innings in his spot start, and Jeff Ames allowed a run over the last three frames.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-35)

Charlotte was shut out again in a 2-0 loss to Jupiter. For the second straight game, the Stone Crabs got absolutely nothing going against the Hammerheads. Hunter Wood was sharp over seven scoreless innings, scattering just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts but could not get credited with a win.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-28)

Jose Mujica was hammered in Bowling Green's 11-3 loss to Lansing. In the worst start of his career, he allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits and two walks in four innings with no strikeouts. Alec Sole singled in the Hot Rods' first run in the sixth, but Ryan Pennell allowed the Lugnuts to add on insurance.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (29-30)

Hudson Valley coughed up a three-run lead in its 7-6 loss to Tri-City. Jake Cronenworth's single in the seventh put the Renegades up three, but he ValleyCats stormed back in the home half of the inning. Justin McCalvin was lifted after allowing two runs, and Reece Karalus soon allowed a two-run homer that lost the lead. Starter Angel Yepez allowed three runs in five innings with six strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (33-25)

Princeton's offense never showed up in its 2-0 loss to Bristol. Brock Burke gave up both runs in the second, and that would be it for the game. He finished with the two runs allowed on five hits and a walk in five innings with three strikeouts. Princeton had just four hits.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-40)

The GCL Rays fell behind early and could not catch up in their 6-1 loss to the GCL Orioles. Ernesto Frieri was charged with three runs -- two earned -- while recording just two outs, and Justin Marsden was unable to settle the game down. Junior Feliz struck out nine in five scoreless innings of relief. The GCL Orioles conceded the GCL Rays' only run on a Miguel Hernandez groundout.


Notable performances

AAA IF Nick Franklin: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
AA SS Daniel Robertson: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A- OF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 SB
AAA LHP Matt Moore: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 16 K
R+ RHP Deivy Mendez: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
R RHP Junior Feliz: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K

AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA C Jake DePew: 0-for-4, 3 K
A+ SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- OF Manny Sanchez: 0-for-5, 1 R, 4 K
AA RHP Brad Schreiber: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A RHP Jose Mujica: 4 IP, 11 H, 8 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
A LHP Ryan Pennell: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A- RHP Reece Karalus: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
R RHP Justin Marsden: 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Columbus 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Will Roberts (2-3, 3.52)

Montgomery v. Jackson 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Stephen Landazuri (1-4, 4.81)

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 4 PM (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 2:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-5, 4.34) v. Jon Wandling (0-0, 4.50)

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 5:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Harold Arauz (0-3, 5.84)

Princeton v. Burlington 5 PM

The GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) (updated through 8/20)
72-56 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 517 R (4th) .708 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyler Naquin (6), SS Erik Gonzalez (8), OF James Ramsey (12), 1B Jesus Aguilar (18), RHP Shawn Armstrong (23), LHP Ryan Merritt (27)

Jackson Generals (Seattle) (updated through 8/21)
17-37 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 445 R (8th) .682 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.56 ERA (10th) 1.50 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (6), C Tyler Marlette (14), 1B Jordy Lara (15), RHP Trey Cochran-Gill (20), OF Julio Morban (25), LHP Danny Hultzen (30), IF Tyler Bortnick

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 8/21)
28-27 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 509 R (3rd) .673 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (8th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), OF Champ Stuart (23)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto) (updated through 8/19)
26-28 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 610 R (1st) .737 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (13th) 1.37 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Richard Urena (8), RHP Sean Reid-Foley (10), 2B Lane Thomas (19), C Dan Jansen (20), OF D.J. Davis (21), RHP Tom Robson (25)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston) (updated through 8/19)
33-26 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 253 R (5th) .696 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Burlington Royals (updated through 8/21)
24-34 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 258 R (7th) .685 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.99 ERA (10th) 1.50 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ashe Russell