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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Montgomery explodes in 12-run victory

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Taylor Motter and Kyle Roller homered in Durham's win

Taylor Guerrieri threw five scoreless in Montgomery's win
Taylor Guerrieri threw five scoreless in Montgomery's win
Jim Donten

Benton Moss threw seven one-run innings in Charlotte's win against Fort Myers. Meanwhile, Bowling Green barely produced a whimper in their loss.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (11-13)

Thanks to a Taylor Motter two-run home run in the sixth, Durham was able to grab a 3-1 win. Jaime Schultz had another solid start, allowing just two hits and two walks in six shutout innings. Kyle Roller knocked a solo home run in the ninth to help build a cushion for Ryan Garton's second save of the season.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-9)

Montgomery's offense was firing on all cylinders last night, knocking around the Chattanooga Lookouts in a 12-0 win. Jake Hager, Jake Bauers, and Juniel Querecuto all had three RBIs each. Johnny Field and Willy Adames also had an RBI each. Taylor Guerrieri went five innings and allowed only one hit and one walk. Buddy Borden threw the last four innings and allowed zero hits with three walks and six strikeouts, earning a save.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (11-12)

Charlotte eked out a win in a pitcher's duel, defeating Fort Myers 2-1. Starter Benton Moss went seven innings, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out seven. Lefty Kyle Bird pitched two perfect innings to end the game, cutting up the Miracle, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Grant Kay hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the go-ahead run. Thomas Milone drove in the other run on a fielder's choice in the second.

Class-A Bowling Green (11-12)

Bowling Green was the only Rays affiliate to lose last night, falling to the Kane County Cougars 6-0. Michael Velazquez took the loss as he allowed all six runs over six innings of work. The Hot Rods managed little offense, hitting only four singles and no extra-base hits. Angel Moreno had two singles in three at-bats.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

OF Jaff Decker: 3-for-4, R
UTIL Taylor Motter: 1-for-4, R, HR (4), RBI (7), K
1B/DH Kyle Roller: 1-for-4, R, HR (3), RBI (4), 2 K

RHP Jaime Schultz: W (3-1), 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
RHP Ryan Garton: S (2), 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Double-A

OF Johnny Field: 3-for-4, 4 R, 2B (6), RBI (17), BB
2B/SS Jake Hager: 2-for-4, R, 2B (5), HR (1),  3 RBI (12)
1B/OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-5, R, HR (4), 3 RBI (11)
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, R, RBI (10), BB
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-3, R, K
C Mike Marjama: 2-for-4, R
IF Juniel Querecuto: 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (2), 3 RBI (14), K

RHP Taylor Guerrieri: W (1-1), 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Buddy Borden: S (1), 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Class-A Advanced

OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-4, 2B (4)
IF Grant Kay: 1-for-2, R, HR (2), RBI (7), BB
3B Christian Toribio: 2-for-3, 3B (2)

RHP Benton Moss: W (1-1), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
LHP Kyle Bird: S (2), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Class-A

OF Angel Moreno: 2-for-3, K

RHP Armando Bastardo: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy milb.com)

Durham @ Louisville 2:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-1, 3.57) v. Cody Reed (1-0, 2.79)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 2:15 PM ET (radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (0-3, 5.30) v. Ryan Eades (0-2, 8.00)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 12:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Greg Harris (2-1, 2.14) v. Randy Rosario (2-1, 1.02)

Bowling Green v. Kane County 5:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (2-1, 4.82) v. Carlos Hernandez (2-1, 2.95)

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
12-8, 2nd in IL West
Offense: 88 R (5th), .690 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.22 ERA (7th), 1.25 WHIP (T-2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), LHP Cody Reed (2), 2B Jose Peraza (4), OF Jesse Winker (5), LHP John Lamb (11), OF Kyle Waldrop (21)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
9-13, 4th in SL South
Offense: 103 R (3rd), .677 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.90 ERA (9th), 1.42 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Burdi (10), RHP J.T. Chargois (15), C Stuart Turner (16), SS Engelb Vielma (18), RHP Jake Reed (20), LHP Mason Melotakis (28), RHP Ryan Eades (31), IF Leonardo Reginatto

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
13-9, T-1st in FSL South
Offense: 79 R (8th), .604 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.35 ERA (T-1st), 1.03 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (4), LHP Tyler Jay (5), RHP Kohl Stewart (8), LHP Stephen Gonslaves (9), LHP Randy Rosario (22), RHP Yorman Landa (23), RHP Felix Jorge (24), RHP Trevor Hildenberger (27)

Kane County Cougars (Arizona)
12-9, 3rd in MWL West
Offense: 75 R (12th), .606 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.26 ERA (1st), 0.99 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Alex Young (7), RHP Taylor Clarke (14)