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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bullpens battered

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Several solid individual efforts from starters and hitters were overshadowed by shake relief Friday

Dylan Floro has generally been effective in relief this season, but Friday was not his night
Dylan Floro has generally been effective in relief this season, but Friday was not his night
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The four bullpens combined to allow 14 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings Friday. Only Charlotte's bullpen held its opponent scoreless.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (12-17)

Durham broke out with a seven-run inning, but it was not enough in its 10-inning, 9-7 loss to Norfolk. Down 1-0, the Bulls sent 13 to the plate in the sixth. Dayron Varona and Taylor Motter drove in two runs each with singles, but the six-run lead was not enough for the Bulls bullpen. After Jaime Schultz struck out eight in six one-run innings, Dylan Floro was hammered for three home runs in 1 1/3 innings, and Tyler Sturdevant and Mark Sappington couldn't stop the bleeding.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (15-12)

Taylor Guerrieri was outdueled by 2015 first-round pick Carson Fulmer in Montgomery's 5-2 loss to Birmingham. Guerrieri lasted a season-long six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk with a season-best eight strikeouts. After a Willy Adames double in the sixth evened the game at two, the Barons got to Jared Mortensen and Brett Marshall for three runs over the next two innings.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (15-13)

Benton Moss was solid in Charlotte's 3-2 win over Bradenton. The Marauders went up 1-0 in the first, but Moss settled in, eventually finishing after 5 2/3 innings, having allowed two runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts before Mike Franco finished the sixth by stranding the tying run on third. Cade Gotta drove in a pair of runs in the second, and Bralin Jackson's RBI double an inning later provided the winning run.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-14)

Bowling Green held a 5-0 lead through two innings, but it was not enough in its 8-7 loss to Burlington. Michael Russell's second home run of the week put the Hot Rods up 2-0 in the first, but after they went up five, the Bees got to Michael Velasquez for four runs in the third. After David Rodriguez's solo homer in the sixth added insurance, Tyler Brashears and Diego Castillo combined to allow four runs over the final three innings.

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Notable Performances

AAA OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
AAA IF/OF Richie Shaffer: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

AAA RHP Jaime Schultz: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

AA IF Jake Hager: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
AA SS Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

AA RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

A+ OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
A+ IF Alec Sole: 0-for-4, 3 K
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

A+ RHP Benton Moss: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

A IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A IF Michael Russell: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
A C David Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

A LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K
A RHP Tyler Brashears: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

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

Durham v. Norfolk 5:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-1, 2.93) v. Joe Gunkel (0-1, 1.69)

Montgomery v. Birmingham 7:35 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (0-4, 4.21) v. David Holmberg (1-2, 3.45)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Greg Harris (3-1, 1.93) v. Austin Coley (3-2, 5.40)

Bowling Green @ Burlington 6 PM ET (radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 4.76) v. Grayson Long (1-2, 1.80)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
11-17 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 92 R (11th), .659 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.16 ERA (13th), 1.41 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Dariel Alvarez (13), 1B/OF Christian Walker (14), RHP Oliver Drake (21), LHP Ariel Miranda (23)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
11-17 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 113 R (5th), .696 OPS (T-4th)
Pitching: 4.94 ERA (10th-Last), 1.48 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Carson Fulmer (2), 3B Trey Michalczewski (6), RHP Tyler Danish (9), OF Adam Engel (10), LHP Jordan Guerrero (11), OF Courtney Hawkins (12), LHP Brian Clark (14), 2B Jake Peter (22), RHP Robinson Leyer (24), SS Eddy Alvarez (28), RHP Matt Lollis

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
13-15 (T-5th in FSL South)
Offense: 101 R (6th), .656 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (5th), 1.23 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Kevin Newman (8), 3B Jordan Luplow (14), RHP Yeudy Garcia (16), 2B Kevin Kramer (28)

Burlington Bees (Angels)
12-16 (6th in MWL West)
Offense: 91 R (12th), .612 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.99 ERA (5th), 1.36 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Grayson Long (6), RHP Joe Gatto (7), RHP Jaime Barria (9), IF Brendon Sanger (15), OF Jared Foster (20), RHP Adam Fohacket (24)