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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Ciuffo has first 4-hit game

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The former first-rounder is riding a nine-game hitting streak

Nick Ciuffo has had some impressive streaks this season
Nick Ciuffo has had some impressive streaks this season
Jim Donten

In his hitting steak, Nick Ciuffo is batting .400 (16-for-40) with a couple doubles, eight strikeouts and a walk. This comes on the heels of an eight-game streak with a .912 OPS. Over the final 40 games in 2015, he batted .307. He's going on these runs largely without extra-base hits, walks or strikeouts. I don't know if he can ever sustain this offense, but it's certainly better than not hitting at all.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (19-28)

Durham's offense exploded for five runs in its 5-3 win over Toledo. Dayron Varona's solo home run in the fourth tied the score, and Richie Shaffer followed Nick Franklin's RBI double an inning later with a two-run homer to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead. Jaff Decker doubled in an insurance run in the ninth. Starter Justin Marks allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings, and Neil Wagner was responsible for the other two.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-20)

Kean Wong's walkoff single lifted Montgomery to a 5-4 win over Jackson in 10 innings. After the Generals tied the game in the ninth and went ahead in the 10th, Johnny Field led off the home half of the inning with his seventh home run. Jake Hager followed with a single, and he was on second base when Wong delivered the big hit. Starter Chris Kirsch allowed two runs in seven innings, and Brad Boxberger followed with a scoreless inning of relief.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (23-25)

Hunter Wood got little support in Charlotte's 2-1 loss to St. Lucie. Wood allowed a run in the first without giving up a hit, and after the Stone Crabs tied it in the seventh on Wilmer Dominguez's sacrifice fly to score Nick Ciuffo, St. Lucie scored another run without a hit. Wood walked the first two batters, and a passed ball moved them into scoring position. After a strikeout, Edwin Fierro replaced Wood, and a wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score. Wood struck out six and walked four in 6 1/3 innings.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-21)

Bowling Green was postponed.

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Notable Performances

AAA OF Jeff Decker: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB
AAA SS Daniel Robertson: 2-for-5, 1 K
AAA OF Richie Shaffer: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
AAA OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI

AAA LHP Justin Marks: 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
AAA RHP Neil Wagner: one-third IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

AA OF Johnny Field: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
AA IF Jake Hager: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
AA SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Jake Bauers: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

AA LHP Chris Kirsch: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
MLB RHP Brad Boxberger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

A+ SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 4-for-4, 1 R
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-3, 1 K

A+ RHP Hunter Wood: 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 6 K

Today's games (probables courtesy milb.com)

Durham @ Toledo 10:35 AM ET (MiLB.tv, radio stream)
Blake Snell (2-3, 3.29) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.tv, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (2-1, 0.89) v. Brett Ash (5-1, 3.50)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Benton Moss (2-4, 5.06) v. Chris Flexen (2-5, 4.47)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 1:05 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Taylor Hawkins (1-3, 3.58) v. Matt Hall (5-0, 0.69)
TBA v. Toller Boardman (3-3, 1.53)

Both games will be seven innings

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
19-25 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 166 R (8th) .668 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (7th) 1.38 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dixon Machado (8), RHP Jeff Ferrell (21), RHP Jose Valdez (23), OF Wynton Bernard (24)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
27-18 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 191 R (5th) .702 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (2), OF Tyler O'Neill (4), OF Guillermo Heredia (7), 1B D.J. Peterson (10), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Dan Altavilla (24), OF Ian Miller (31)

St. Lucie Mets
24-21 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 170 R (6th) .673 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (7th) 1.26 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (2), OF Wuilmer Becerra (10), 3B Jhoan Urena (11), SS Luis Guillorme (12), RHP Chris Flexin (26), OF John Mora (28)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
23-19 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 164 R (8th) .654 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.04 ERA (3rd) 1.22 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (2), OF Derek Hill (10), OF Jose Azocar (15), RHP Drew Smith (19), RHP Gerson Moreno (20), RHP Sandy Baez (26)