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Rays down on the farm September 10: Charlotte advances to championship

Charlotte finally figured out Luke Weaver and advanced to the fourth team championship in team history

Casey Gillaspie found his power stroke at just the right time for Charlotte
Casey Gillaspie found his power stroke at just the right time for Charlotte
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte will once again face off with Daytona in the Florida State League championship, but they are no longer the Daytona Cubs with Kris Bryant. They are the Daytona Tortugas with plenty of talent, but no Bryant.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (43-27)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-0)

Charlotte advanced to the Florida State League championship with a 6-4 win over Palm Beach. Mike Marjama's sacrifice fly in the first finally solved Palm Beach's Luke Weaver, and Casey Gillaspie's homer in the fourth gave the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead. Palm Beach scored a pair against German Marquez in the top of the sixth, but Gillaspie had his back, singling in two in the home half of the inning. Granden Goetzman's two-run homer in the eighth provided valuable insurance.

Marquez allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Steve Ascher allowed a run and only recorded two outs in the ninth, and Hunter Wood vultured the save by recording the last out of the game. Steven Souza was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Rookie Princeton Rays (3-3)

Princeton's season is over.


Notable performances

A+ OF Braxton Lee: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 K
A+ RHP Mike Franco: 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (9-5, 3.67) v. Jason Wheeler* (4-3, 3.92)

Game one of a best-of-five series (Series tied, 0-0)

Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (5-6, 3.22) v. TBA

Game one of a best-of-five championship (Series tied, 0-0)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
Offense: 697 R (1st) .750 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (8th) 1.36 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Polanco (8), OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), 3B Niko Goodrum (29), OF Travis Harrison (30)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
Offense: 532 R (5th) .656 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.11 ERA (5th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Howard (5), LHP Amir Garrett (7), RHP Nick Travieso (8), SS Alex Blandino (11), OF Phil Ervin (14), RHP Jonathon Crawford (16), 3B Taylor Sparks (18), OF Junior Arias (24), OF Sebastian Elizalde (25), C Chad Wallach (27), RHP Keury Mella