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Rays down on the farm August 24: Faria spins seven strong against Jackson

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The Generals were not due

The focus of the 2011 draft was on all of the Rays' early picks, but Jacob Faria is proving he needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason
The focus of the 2011 draft was on all of the Rays' early picks, but Jacob Faria is proving he needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason
Jim Donten

In 77 career games (63 starts), Jacob Faria has two double-digit strikeout games. Both have come since his promotion to Montgomery.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (64-66)

Durham used three early home runs to earn a 7-1 win over Columbus. Nick Franklin's solo shot in the first gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, and J.P. Arencibia added one of his own an inning later. With two outs in the second, Hak-Ju Lee's two-run home run put Durham up four. Starter Everett Teaford was solid, allowing just a run on four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts, and Parker Markel struck out three in 2 2/3 perfect innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-22)

Jacob Faria was tremendous in Montgomery's 1-0 win over Jackson. After a string of middling-at-best starts, Faria was nearly as good as when he struck out 14 Shuckers in his second Double-A start. This time, he fanned 11 over seven scoreless innings, yielding just a pair of hits and no walks. After he was done, Ryne Stanek threw two scoreless frames and picked up his first save since his Freshman season at Arkansas. Patrick Leonard led off the sixth with a single and scored the game's only run on Cameron Seitzer's double.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-36)

For the third straight game, Charlotte was shut out in its 1-0 loss to St. Lucie. The Stone Crabs have scored just one run in their last four games, letting down a pitching staff that has only allowed nine runs in that span. On Sunday, it was Greg Harris' turn to take the tough loss, giving up just a run in seven innings. Pat Blair and Yoel Araujo had Charlotte's only hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-28)

Bowling Green was postponed.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (30-30)

Hudson Valley's bats backed Travis Ott in the Renegades' 8-2 win over Tri-City. While Ott was striking out five over six scoreless innings, Hudson Valley jumped out to a six-run lead through three innings. It got four straight singles to open the game, including RBI hits from Joe McCarthy and Manny Sanchez, and Matt Dacey delivered a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead through an inning. Taylor Hawkins drove in three runs over the course of the next few innings, and McCarthy plated another with an eighth-inning triple.

Rookie Princeton Rays (33-26)

Just one bad inning sunk Princeton in its 5-1 loss to Burlington. After Eduar Lopez allowed just a run over the first five frames, the game fell apart after Garrett Fulenchek struck out the leadoff hitter in the sixth. He would not record another out and would be charged with four runs -- three earned -- after Armando Bastardo allowed a pair of inherited runners to score. Brett Sullivan led off the seventh with a double and later scored Princeton's only run.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-40)

The GCL Rays were off.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-4, 1 BB
AAA IF Nick Franklin: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA OF Corey Brown: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
AAA 2B Ryan Brett: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
A- 3B Alex Schmidt: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A- C Taylor Hawkins: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
R+ 3B Brett Sullivan: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
AAA LHP Everett Teaford: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
AAA RHP Parker Markel: 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
AA RHP Jacob Faria: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
A+ RHP Greg Harris: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-5, 1 K
A+ 1B Mike Marjama: 0-for-4, 2 K
R+ RHP Garrett Fulenchek: one-third IP, 1 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K

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

Durham is off

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (7-5, 4.00) v. Misael Siverio (4-10, 4.20)

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 7 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (8-7, 4.00) v. Kevin McGowan (6-10, 4.36)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (3-3, 1.74) v. Michael Boyle (0-1, 7.71)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 PM (radio stream)
Michael Velasquez (2-4, 4.14) v. TBA

Princeton v. Burlington 7 PM
Ethan Clark (1-4, 6.33) v. Nolan Watson (0-2, 4.07)

GCL Rays/GCL Twins 10 AM DOUBLEHEADER

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Jackson Generals (Seattle) (updated through 8/21)
17-38 (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)
29-27 (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)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) (updated through 8/22)
23-31 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 474 R (15th) .674 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (10th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Grant Holmes (4), C Julian Leon (11), 1B Justin Chigbogu (31)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 8/22)
29-31 (4th in McNamara)
Offense: 213 R (13th) .607 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Burlington Royals (updated through 8/21)
25-34 (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

GCL Twins (updated through 8/22)
26-27 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 194 R (13th) .644 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (6th) 1.23 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)