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Rays down on the farm September 11: Stone Crabs take Game 1

Chih-Wei Hu was at his best on Thursday and helped Charlotte earn a key win

Justin Williams took a while to adjust to the Florida State League, but he has been hitting better lately
Justin Williams took a while to adjust to the Florida State League, but he has been hitting better lately
Jim Donten

Charlotte may have backed into the playoffs with a poor second half, but that has not bothered the Stone Crabs yet.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-1)

Montgomery sustained a walkoff loss in its 4-3 defeat to Chattanooga in Game 1. Brad Schreiber came on for the save and struck out the first two batters of the inning, but the ninth went south from there. He walked consecutive hitters, and two runners were in scoring position after a wild pitch. Max Kepler then delivered a two-run single to send Lookouts fans home happy.

Jake Bauers and Justin O'Conner drove in runs in the second inning, and Patrick Leonard's home run in the sixth gave the Biscuits a 3-1 lead. Starter Jaime Schultz only allowed a run in five innings with four strikeouts, but he did walk five.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-0)

Chih-Wei Hu turned in his best start since joining Charlotte in the Stone Crabs' 1-0 win over Daytona in Game 1 of the Florida State League championship. After allowing four-plus runs in every prior appearance for the Stone Crabs, Hu was at his best, striking out nine and scattering just five hits and a walk over eight scoreless innings. Granden Goetzman led off the second inning with a single, and he scored the game's lone run on Justin Williams' two-out double.


Notable performances

A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K

A+ 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria (7-3, 2.51) v. Jason Wheeler* (4-3, 3.92)

Game two of a best-of-five series (Chattanooga leads, 1-0)

Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris* (1-4, 3.40) v. Seth Varner* (4-4, 2.97)

Game two of a best-of-five championship (Charlotte leads, 1-0)

*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