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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Durham pulls off the comeback with four home runs

Michael Russell went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Bowling Green

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MILB's website has Hunter Wood listed as the probable for Charlotte today, which is highly improbable considering he's in Double-A with Montgomery.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (21-31)

Durham did something they have struggled with lately, scoring runs when needed to pull off a 5-3 win over the Scranton Railriders. Kyle Roller threatened with a leadoff triple -- yes, you read that right -- in the second inning, but was promptly putout by the third baseman the next play. Justin Marks allowed three runs in the fourth inning to put the Bulls in a hole. However, a Jake Goebbert home run and Jaff Decker sacrifice fly in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, brought the Bulls within striking distance. Nick Franklin and Dayron Varona each homered in the eighth (Varona's was a two-run shot) to tie the game and then give Durham the lead. Dylan Floro came in the ninth inning and retired the side in order to pick up his third save of the year.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-25)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-26)

Charlotte was off.

Class-A Bowling Green (26-24)

Bowling Green picked up their 26th win in a 5-1 game over the Great Lakes Loons. Blake Bivens threw five solid innings, allowing only one run on a solo home run while striking out five. Bryan Bonnell and Diego Castilla each allowed only one hit in two innings apiece. Kevin Padlo cracked open the scoring with a two-run double in the second inning. Michael Russell had an RBI double and came around to score on the same play on a throwing error. Joe McCarthy had an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead.


Notable Performances


2B Nick Franklin: 2-for-4, R, 2B (11), HR (5), RBI (21)
1B Kyle Roller: 2-for-4, 3B (1), K
OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (6), 2 RBI (24)
OF Jake Goebbert: 1-for-3, R, HR (2), RBI (7)

RHP Neil Wagner: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Danny Farqhuar: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Dylan Floro: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K


2B Michael Russell: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B (10), RBI (20), BB
1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, RBI (20), K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, 2B (10), 2 RBI (28), BB, K

RHP Blake Bivens: W (1-0), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
RHP Bryan Bonnell: H (2), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Diego Castilla: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Blake Snell (2-4, 3.88) v. Phil Coke (3-0, 0.75)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (3-1, 3.77) v. Chris Mazza (1-1, 3.98)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Shao-Ching Chiang (3-3, 4.63)

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
29-22, 1st in IL North
Offense: 203 R (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)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
23-26, 3rd in SL South
Offense: 212 R (T-5th), .665 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.24 ERA (8th), 1.32 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jarlin Garcia (3), OF Austin Dean (7), RHP Jake Esch (13), RHP Austin Brice (14), LHP Tim Berry (16), SS J.T. Riddle (22), 2B Avery Romero (23)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
26-25, 2nd in FSL South
Offense: 183 R (10th), .621 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (10th), 1.25 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Brian Anderson (6), 1B K.J. Woods (15), LHP Tim Berry (16), LHP Michael Mader (24), RHP Jose Adames (30)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
29-22, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 253 R (2nd), .720 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.95 ERA (15th), 1.32 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Francisco Mejia (10), IF Tyler Krieger (20), IF Willi Castro (26), OF Ka’ai Tom (31)