Yesterday's featured an all too common lack of run support for Durham's pitchers. Durham's 154 runs ranks last in the International League. Plenty of Durham's 31 losses can be attributed to their inability to give their starters any runs.
Today contains little action for the Rays system, with only Durham and Bowling Green taking the field.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-31)
Durham lost a close pitching duel, falling to the Columbus Clippers, 2-1. Adam Wilk turned in a decent start, taking the loss despite striking out eight over six innings while allowing only two runs. It seems like I'm a broken record, but once again Durham gave little run support to their starting pitcher. Richie Shaffer had an RBI groundout for Durham's lone run. Overall, the Bulls had seven hits but couldn't convert for the most part.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-25)
Despite collecting 10 hits, the Biscuits lost to the Jackson Generals by a final score of 6-2. Ryne Stanek looked solid through five innings, allowing only one run through that point. He fell apart from there, allowing five runs between the sixth and seventh innings. Kyle Bird and Steve Ascher were able to staunch the bleeding, but the Biscuits were doomed from that point on, down four runs. Willy Adames had another solid game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Casey Gillaspie picked up his 24th RBI of the year on a groundout in the fifth inning.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-26)
Charlotte improved to .500 in a 5-1 win over the Fort Myers Miracle on the back of another strong start by Yonny Chirinos. The 22-year old righty allowed just four hits and one run in seven innings of work for his fourth win with the Stone Crabs. The runs were spread throughout the lineup, with RBIs from Andrew Velazquez, Justin Williams, Grant Kay, and Jace Conrad. Kay hit his fifth homer of the year and his first set of home runs in back-to-back games in his minor-league career. Thomas Milone scored on a throwing error in the third.
Class-A Bowling Green (25-24)
Although the Hot Rods struck first in their matchup with the Great Lakes Loons, they still lost in a 3-2 decision. Jose Mujica turned in one of his better starts of the season, allowing just one run over six innings while striking out eight. However, Reece Karalus earned his third blown save of the season after allowing two solo home runs over the last three innings to give the Loons the lead. Brett Sullivan had a strong game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth. Sullivan now has 35 RBIs in the 2016 campaign. Angel Moreno scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to give a Bowling Green a temporary 2-1 one lead that Karalus quickly gave up in the next frame.
SS Daniel Robertson: 1-for-3, R, BB, K
2B Nick Franklin: 1-for-4, 2B (10)
OF Dayron Varona: 1-for-4, 2B (14), K
LHP Adam Wilk: L (1-6), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
RHP Mark Sappington: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
IF Jake Hager: 2-for-5, R, K
SS Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 2B (17), RBI (21), BB
2B/3B Kean Wong: 1-for-2, BB
LHP Kyle Bird: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-4, R, RBI (1), 2 K
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, RBI (8), K
1B Grant Kay: 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (5), RBI (18), SB (7)
IF Alec Sole: 1-for-3, 2B (6)
OF Jace Conrad: 2-for-3, R, 3B (3), RBI (16)
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-3, R, 2B (5), K
RHP Yonny Chirinos: W (4-0), 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-3, R, HR (8), RBI (35)
OF Angel Moreno: 1-for-2, R
RHP Jose Mujica: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
Today's probables (All probables courtesy milb.com)
Durham v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Justin Marks (2-4, 3.76) v. Brady Lail (2-1, 3.32)
Montgomery is off
Charlotte is off
Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 1:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Roel Ramirez (2-2, 6.12) v. Issac Anderson (3-2, 4.60)
Scouting the opposition
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
29-21, 1st in IL North
Offense: 203 (5th), .702 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.80 ERA (2nd), 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Gary Sanchez (2), OF Aaron Judge (3), 2B Rob Refsnyder (8), OF Slade Heathcott (18), RHP Luis Cessa (18), OF Ben Gamel (21), RHP Brady Lail (22), LHP James Pazos (29)