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Rays down on the farm August 26: Snell solid again

Blake Snell continued to make the case for a promotion to the majors

Blake Snell has allowed more than two earned runs just once this season
Blake Snell has allowed more than two earned runs just once this season
Jim Donten

Adrian Rondon has not played since August 17, and he was not in the lineup of the GCL Rays' suspended game on Tuesday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (65-66)

Durham scored three 11th-inning runs against old friend Andy Oliver in its 6-5 win over Norfolk. Taylor Motter led off the inning with a single, and consecutive doubles by Richie Shaffer and Joey Butler scored a pair of runs. Hak-Ju Lee's sacrifice fly provided a valuable insurance run. Starter Blake Snell allowed just a run on five hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (36-22)

Austin Pruitt continued his strong season in Montgomery's 3-0 win over Jackson. After the first two Generals picked up hits against Pruitt, he would only allow one more batter to reach base the remainder of his outing, and he finished with eight strikeouts in eight scoreless innings. Brad Schreiber struck out three in the ninth to finish the shutout. Jake Bauers plated the first run in the fourth with a sacrifice fly, and he did so again two innings later.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-37)

Charlotte erased a 4-0 deficit before falling, 6-4, to St. Lucie. Braxton Lee singled in the Stone Crabs' first run in the fifth, and Kean Wong doubled home a pair. An inning later, Mike Marjama's solo home run tied the game. In the ninth, Colton Reavis was lifted after allowing the first two batters to reach base, and they scored with two outs against Mike Franco. Starter Chih-Wei Hu allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-29)

Bowling Green piled on four 11th-inning runs in its 8-4 win over Great Lakes. The Hot Rods used a pair of bunt singles in the big inning as the first five batters reached base. Coty Blanchard and Carter Burgess drove in runs, and Thomas Milone capped the inning with a two-out, run-scoring single. Starter Brad Wallace allowed four runs -- two earned -- in five innings, and Kyle Bird got the win with three strikeouts in two perfect innings of relief.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (31-31)

Hudson Valley could have used more than one hit in its 3-0 loss to Brooklyn. The Cyclones retired the first 10 before Joe McCarthy singled with an out in the fourth, and no other Renegade reached base. Benton Moss was outstanding, striking out nine in six scoreless innings with just five hits and no walks, but he was the only player to show up. Tyler Brashears allowed three runs -- two earned -- in two innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (33-28)

Princeton lost a 6-5 lead in the ninth and eventually fell, 7-6, to Burlington in 10 innings. Princeton tied the game at five in the seventh on Zacrey Law's sacrifice fly and went ahead on an error an inning later, but a pair of wild pitches by Bryan Bonnell tie it in the ninth. In the 10th, Porter Clayton allowed a one-out triple and a sacrifice fly that produced the winning run. Starter Alexis Tapia allowed four runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (14-41)

The GCL Rays got a two-out run in the eighth in their 2-1 win over the GCL Twins. Blake Grant-Parks singled after Garrett Whitley struck out for the second out and moved up to second on a passed ball. Cody Semler then pinch-ran for Grant-Parks and scored on Juan Carlos Arias' single. Starter Adrian Navas allowed an unearned run in four innings.

Game two of the doubleheader was suspended.


Notable performances

AAA 3B Richie Shaffer: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K
AAA OF Joey Butler: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ 1B Mike Marjama: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A OF Thomas Milone: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
A IF Riley Unroe: 1-for-4, 2 BB, 1 K
A IF Coty Blanchard: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K
A OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
R+ OF Landon Cray: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K
R+ DH David Olmedo-Barrera: 3-for-5, 2 R
AAA LHP Blake Snell: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
A LHP Kyle Bird: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A- RHP Benton Moss: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K

AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 2 K
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 0-for-5, 3 K
A- OF Angel Moreno: 0-for-3, 3 K
R OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 3 K
A- RHP Tyler Brashears: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP Colton Reavis: one-third IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
R+ RHP Alexis Tapia: 3 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 12:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Bradin Hagens (2-5, 3.22) v. Chris Jones (8-6, 2.84)

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (2-1, 2.35) v. TBA

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Henry Centeno (7-7, 3.36) v. Andrew Sopko (1-0, 0.96)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 PM (radio stream)
Cameron Varga (2-5, 3.21) v. TBA

Princeton @ Bluefield 7:05 PM (radio stream)


Completion of suspended game followed by nine-inning game

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 8/23)
73-57 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 482 R (12th) .676 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.03 ERA (1st) 1.25 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Christian Walker (3), OF Dariel Alvarez (5), RHP Tyler Wilson (12)

Jackson Generals (Seattle) (updated through 8/21)
17-40 (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

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) (updated through 8/22)
24-32 (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)
30-32 (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)

Bluefield Blue Jays (updated through 8/24)
22-38 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 249 R (9th) .652 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.38 ERA (7th) 1.49 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Matt Smoral (11)

GCL Twins (updated through 8/22)
26-29 (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)