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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Durham gets walkoff win in 11th

In Class A, Bowling Green scored six runs and almost everyone contributed despite the loss

Mikie Mahtook helped Durham in their win with two RBIs and a triple that lead to him scoring
Mikie Mahtook helped Durham in their win with two RBIs and a triple that lead to him scoring
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In Class-A action, 2015 draft pick Joe McCarthy was in the lineup at first rather than the outfield. While not a hard position to pick up compared to others, any versatility is definitely a plus.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-1)

Durham pulled out a walk off win in the bottom of the 11th, winning 6-5 on Carlos Corporan's RBI single. Durham held the lead through the fifth until Gwinnett tied up the game in the top of the sixth. The game remained tied until Gwinnett took the lead in the top of the 11th, but Durham came back and scored two in the bottom of the inning to take home the victory. Mikie Mahtook led the team with two RBIs and Taylor Motter, Richie Shaffer, Dayron Varona, and Carlos Corporan all had one RBI. Adam Wilk started and allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, and Tyler Sturdevant took home the win with two innings of work despite giving up the lead in the top of the 11th.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-3)

The Biscuits were postponed due to rain. The game will be made up at the end of May in a doubleheader.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-4)

Charlotte dropped their first game in the series against Clearwater, 4-3. This was its third loss in a row. The game was back and forth, with both teams scoring in the first, second, and third innings. Shortstop Pat Blair hit a solo home run in the fifth. Justin Williams had an RBI groundout to start the scoring but also made an error that allowed a Clearwater run to score. Starter Chris Pike went six innings and allowed four runs on four hits, striking out two. He took the loss in the end. Mike Franco and Kyle Bird each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-2)

Bowling Green ended up losing on a walkoff, with a final tally of 7-6. The Hot Rods had tied up the game after giving up the lead in the bottom of the 8th, but ended up giving it up again in the bottom of the 9th. Zacrey Law hit a two-run home run in the 4th, and Joe McCarthy, David Rodriguez, and Angel Moreno all had one RBI each. Genesis Cabrera started the game and gave up three runs (one earned) in four innings, but Diego Castillo ended up taking the loss, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) as well.


Notable Performances

AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-5, R, 3B (3), 2 RBI (2), K
AAA SS Taylor Motter: 1-for-5, R, 2B (1), RBI (1)
AAA 1B Richie Shaffer: 2-for-4, 2B (3), RBI (8)
AAA 2B Nick Franklin: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB
AAA DH Kyle Roller: 1-for-4, R, BB, K
AAA OF Dayron Varona: 0-for-4, R, RBI (4)
AAA C Carlos Corporan: 1-for-5, RBI (1)

AAA RHP Ryan Garton: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

A+ OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-4, R, K
A+ OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, RBI
A+ OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-4, R, 3B (1)
A+ SS Pat Blair: 1-for-2, R, HR (1), RBI (1), BB

A+ RHP Mike Franco: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A+ LHP Kyle Bird: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

A 2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 K, CS
A SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, BB, E
A 1B/OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-2, 2B (2), RBI (3), BB
A C David Rodriguez: 1-for-5, R, RBI (4), K
A OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (3)
A DH Michael Russel: 1-for-3, R, 2B (2), BB, K, SB (1)
A OF Angel Moreno: 1-for-4, R, RBI (1)

A RHP Jose Alvarado: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Blake Snell (1-0, 3.60) v. John Gant (0-0, --)

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Lucas Sims (0-1, 1.80)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 7:00 PM ET (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (0-0, 1.50) v. Will Morris (0-0, --)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Carson Sands (0-0, --)

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
3-2 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 21 R(2nd), .747 OPS(3rd)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.58 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), RHP John Gant (16), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), LHP Brady Feigl (23), RHP Aaron Blair

Mississippi Braves
1-3 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 9 R (9th), .587 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.48 ERA (4th), 1.18 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Ozzie Albies (4), OF Dustin Peterson (20), SS Johan Camargo (25)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
3-2 (T-2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 21 R(3rd). .833 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.11 ERA (8th), 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Carlos Tocci (10), SS Malquin Canelo (12), 2B Scott Kingery (14), LHP Elniery Garcia (22), 1B Kyle Martin, RHP Tom Eshelman

South Bend Cubs
2-2 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 12 R (10th), .779 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 1.80 ERA (1st). 1.40 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), OF Donnie Dewees (17), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)