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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wood pitches Charlotte to blowout win

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Hunter Wood picked up where he left off in his 2016 debut

Wood is good
Wood is good
Jim Donten

A couple big names -- Daniel Robertson and Casey Gillaspie -- went deep Friday, and Richie Shaffer continued his nice start.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (1-1)

Durham came up short in a back-and-forth 8-6 loss to Charlotte. After blowing a 4-1 lead, an RBI double from Richie Shaffer in the seventh and Daniel Robertson solo home run an inning later tied the game at six, but Jhan Marinez allowed a pair of two-out runs in the ninth to lose the game. Starter Matt Andriese struck out nine but was charged with four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-2)

After a late meltdown on Opening Night, Montgomery allowed seven unanswered runs in a 9-2 loss to Jackson Friday. The Biscuits tied the game at two in the sixth, but a two-out rally in the seventh led to a Generals grand slam off Brett Marshall, and they tacked on three more an inning later to run away with the game. Taylor Guerrieri allowed the first two Jackson runs in five innings, and Casey Gillaspie hit his first home run.

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

Thomas Milone and Hunter Wood led Charlotte to a 10-0 drubbing of Palm Beach. Milone's two-run homer in the third gave the Stone Crabs the early edge, and they poured it on with an eight-run eighth. Although Milone's bunt popout initially threatened the inning, the next eight batters would reach base to open the floodgates. With the early run support, Wood cruised with five strikeouts in six scoreless frames.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-0)

Bowling Green jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 9-4 win over Dayton. Already up 1-0, Brett Sullivan's two-run double in the second contributed to a five-run frame, and the Hot Rods would be up by seven before the Dragons even got on the board. Cameron Varga came up an out short of a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.

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Notable performances

AAA IF Richie Shaffer: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
A+ C Mac James: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ IF Pat Blair: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB
A C Brett Sullivan: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
A OF Angel Perez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
A IF Peter Maris: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
A+ RHP Hunter Wood: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

AAA OF Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
A+ IF Grant Kay: 0-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
AAA RHP Tyler Sturdevant: one-third IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
AA RHP Brett Marshall: 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

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

Durham v. Charlotte 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (0-0, -.--) v. Chris Beck (0-0, -.--)

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Sam Gavigilo (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 6:05 PM (radio stream)
Benton Moss v. Blake McKnight (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 4 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jose Lopez (0-0, -.--)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
1-1 (T-2nd in IL South)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: Did not release roster in time

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
2-0 (1st in SL North)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (2), OF Tyler O'Neill (4), 1B D.J. Peterson (10), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Dan Altavilla (24)

Palm Beach Cardinals
1-1 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: Did not release roster in time

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
0-2 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: C Tyler Stephenson (4), RHP Tanner Rainey (17)