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Rays down on the farm August 6: Hu outdueled in Rays debut

The Stone Crabs bats did not come to play Wednesday

I could not find a photo of Chih-Wei Hu, so here is the player he was traded for
I could not find a photo of Chih-Wei Hu, so here is the player he was traded for
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Bats not coming to play was a common theme in the organization.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-58)

Dylan Floro tied a career high with eight strikeouts but melted down in the sixth in Durham's 8-1 loss to Indianapolis. He faced the minimum through the first five innings, but a leadoff triple in the sixth started a seven-run inning. Floro was charged with all seven of those runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings with no walks. Hak-Ju Lee produced the Bulls' only run in the seventh when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-17)

Montgomery was unable to get out of a 3-0 hole in its 3-2 loss to Mississippi. Jacob Faria struggled and allowed all three Mississippi runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. The Biscuits scored both runs on Dayron Varona's two-out single in the eighth, but they were unable to get the tying run across.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-20)

Chih-Wei Hu was good in his Rays debut, but not good enough in Charlotte's 2-0 loss to Palm Beach. Hu allowed both runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks in five innings with four strikeouts, and German Marquez piggybacked with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief. They were outdueled by former Florida State ace Luke Weaver, who struck out six in six scoreless innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-20)

Quad Cities jumped over Bowling Green early in the Hot Rods' 10-3 loss to the River Bandits. After Brad Wallace got out of trouble in the first, Quad Cities hammered Wallace and Ryan Pennell for seven runs and did not look back. The Hot Rods scored all three of their runs in the sixth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (21-23)

After allowing an early home run, Travis Ott settled in and pitched Hudson Valley to a 2-1 win over Tri-City. A ValleyCats solo home run in the second put the Renegades in a one-run hole, but sacrifice flies from Nic Wilson and Taylor Hawkins in the bottom half of the inning put Hudson Valley on top. Ott finished with the run allowed on five hits and a walk in five innings with seven strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (24-17)

Princeton managed just two hits in its 2-1 loss to Danville. It used both of those hits in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. David Rodriguez doubled with one out, and he scored on Kewby Miller's two-out single. Starter Ethan Clark allowed two runs in four innings with five strikeouts, and Danville added an insurance run against Garrett Fulenchek later.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-29)

The GCL Rays lost again, this time by a 4-0 score against the GCL Red Sox. Adrian Navas struck out three in the first three innings, and Jesus Ortiz came on to allow all four runs in an inning of work. He now has three balks in nine professional innings, which fortunately for him, is not quite as bad as the Arizona League Reds pitcher who has seven in 17 2/3 innings this season. Devin Davis had three of their seven hits.


Notable performances

A OF Hunter Lockwood: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
A+ RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A LHP Jordan Harrison: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
A- RHP Brandon Koch: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
R RHP Adrian Navas: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Andrew Velazquez: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ OF Yoel Araujo: 0-for-3, 3 K
A IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- OF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 3 K
A- OF Manny Sanchez: 0-for-4, 2 K
R OF Ryan Caldwell: 0-for-4, 3 K
R C Rafelin Lorenzo: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
AA RHP Jacob Faria: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
A RHP Brad Wallace: 1 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
A LHP Ryan Pennell: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
R RHP Jesus Ortiz: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Indianapolis 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Drew Smyly v. Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 1.69)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (6-5, 3.96) v. Lucas Sims (0-2, 8.49)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Hunter Wood (1-1, 1.42) v. Blake McKnight (1-0, 2.77)

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brad Wallace (2-2, 4.29) v. Agapito Barrios (0-0, 0.00)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton @ Danville 7 PM (radio stream)
Alexis Tapia (1-2, 3.62) v. Patrick Weigel (0-1, 2.86)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh) (updated through 8/1)
65-47 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 426 R (7th) .687 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1), 1B Josh Bell (4), RHP Nick Kingham (6), IF Alen Hanson (7), C Elias Diaz (11), OF Willy Garcia (12), RHP John Holdzkom (16), RHP Casey Sadler (17)

Mississippi Braves (updated through 7/31)
22-17 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 367 R (9th) .642 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Lucas Sims (2), RHP Jason Hursh (6), 3B Rio Ruiz (10), RHP Mauricio Cabrera (14), RHP Zack Bird, OF KD Kang

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 8/2)
26-12 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 342 R (12th) .614 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.60 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luke Weaver (12), C Carson Kelly (13), SS Juan Herrera (17), OF C.J. McElroy (28), RHP Nick Petree (31)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston) (updated through 8/2)
Offense: 498 R (2nd) .732 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.60 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Staten Island Yankees (updated through 8/4)
23-20 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 196 R (7th) .673 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Thairo Estrada (21), SS Kyle Holder

Danville Braves (updated through 8/2)
19-21 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 155 R (10th) .670 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (4th) 1.34 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox (updated through 8/1)
24-12 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 154 R (3rd) .645 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.35 ERA (1st) 1.27 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)