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Rays down on the farm August 31: Snell solid again

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Another start, another outing with fewer than two runs allowed

Blake Snell seems likely to win the ERA title in the minors this season
Blake Snell seems likely to win the ERA title in the minors this season
Jim Donten

Blake Snell is scheduled for one more minor league start this season. Unless he's called up first, of course.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (68-68)

Blake Snell settled in after a rough start in Durham's 4-2 win over Charlotte. The Knights went up 1-0 just three batters into the game after a triple and a single, and Snell allowed a pair of singles to start the second. He then retired 12 of the next 14 he faced and finished with six strikeouts and one run allowed on four hits and two walks in his customary five innings. Richie Shaffer scored in the first and drove in two runs in the fifth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (39-24)

Montgomery had nothing going in its 7-0 loss to Mobile. The Biscuits had three hits, and all of them were singles. Austin Pruitt allowed six runs in five innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-38)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-32)

Bowling Green's late rally fell short in its 4-3 loss to South Bend. South Bend tallied three off Yonny Chirinos in the second inning, and top-10 pick Ian Happ's solo homer in the fourth proved to be vital. The Hot Rods finally got on the board in the eighth when an error moved Bralin Jackson from first to third, and he scored on an error that allowed Cristian Toribio to reach base. After Thomas Milone walked, another error allowed both runners to score. Chirinos allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits and a walk in seven innings with seven strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (35-32)

Hudson Valley remained in a tie for first with a huge 11th inning in a 10-5 win over Lowell. After two singles to start the inning, Michael Russell doubled home the go-ahead run, but the inning unraveled for the Spinners. Angel Moreno doubled in a pair of runs, and the Renegades added a couple more without hitting another ball out of the infield. Starter Michael Velasquez allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and three walks in five innings with five strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (36-30)

Princeton fell in a hole it couldn't get out of in its 6-2 loss to Greeneville. Tampa native Kyle Tucker's sacrifice fly started the scoring in a two-run first, and Garrett Fulechek allowed three runs -- one earned -- in the fifth that blew the game open. Starter Bryan Bonnell allowed two runs in four innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (16-44)

The GCL Rays' season is over.

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Notable performances

A- SS Michael Russell: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
A- IF Alex Schmidt: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A- OF Angel Moreno: 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI
AAA LHP Blake Snell: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

A OF Cade Gotta: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- 3B Joseph Astacio: 0-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 K
R+ OF Blair Beck: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

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

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Bradin Hagens (3-5, 3.16) v. Greg Smith (6-5, 2.52)

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (2-1, 1.93) v. Braden Shipley (9-9, 3.29)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 4 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Buddy Borden (8-7, 2.92) v. TBA
Chih-Wei Hu (5-5, 2.93) v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. South Bend 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Brad Wallace (2-4, 4.74) v.TBA

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Javier Rodriguez (0-4, 6.06)

Princeton @ Greeneville 7 PM (radio stream)
Alexis Tapia (2-2, 3.88) v. Makay Nelson (0-2, 4.76)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 8/29)
72-63 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 547 R (6th) .667 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jason Hursh (4), OF Mallex Smith (16), RHP Williams Perez (19), OF Todd Cunningham (23), 2B Hector Olivera, RHP Tyrell Jenkins, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Danny Burawa

Mobile BayBears (Arizona) (updated through 8/26)
32-29 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 512 R (5th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Jake Barrett (12), RHP Jimmy Sherfy (16), OF Socrates Brito (19), RHP Enrique Burgos (29), OF Gabby Guerrero, SS Jack Reinheimer

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 8/28)
31-30
Offense: 529 R (3rd) .673 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.38 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)

South Bend Cubs (updated through 8/28)
31-31 (T-3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 549 R (6th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (8), RHP Jake Stinnett (12), RHP Trevor Clifton (23), RHP James Norwood (29), OF Ian Happ

Lowell Spinners (Boston) (updated through 8/28)
34-34 (2nd in Stedler)
Offense: 290 R (5th) .651 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (7th) 1.34 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Greeneville Astros (updated through 8/28)
33-32 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 294 R (4th) .690 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Tucker, OF Daz Cameron