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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Unroe drives in 5 for Charlotte

Dayron Varona hit a walk-off single in Durham's 10-inning win

Jim Donten

Ryne Stanek had a great start last Saturday, bouncing back from his last two starts where he allowed six runs. Willy Adames hit his seventh homer of the year, furthering the argument that the 20-year old is ready for Triple A.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (25-32)

Durham pulled out a win in an slugfest, a 9-8 victory over the Gwinnett Braves. The Bulls and Braves exchanged the lead four times overall. Daniel Robertson drove in four, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Richie Shaffer went 3-for-6 with an RBI, and Jaff Decker walked three times and also drove in a run. Johnny Field didn't register a hit but drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Finally, Dayron Varona ended the game on an RBI single off of Reid Brignac, who now has a infinite ERA. Durham's bullpen was stretched thin as well, with catcher Mayo Acosta pitching the 10th inning. Ironically, Acosta had the best outing of any of Durham's pitchers last night, being the only one who didn't allow a run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (28-27)

Willy Adames' two-run home run in the ninth was the game-winning hit in Montgomery's 3-1 win over the Jacksonville Suns. The home run was Adames' seventh of the year, and one more will tie his career high in a season. A Jake Bauers RBI single in the third gave the Biscuits an early lead before the Suns tied up the game in the fifth. Ryne Stanek struck out 10 in six innings, his second-highest total in a single game in his career, his highest being twelve July 2, 2014 while with Class-A Bowling Green. Montgomery's bullpen was strong in relief, allowing only one hit while adding another five strikeouts.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-28)

Charlotte's offense went to town in a 12-4 rout of the Tampa Yankees. The Stone Crabs had 15 hits while capitalizing on four Tampa errors for four unearned runs. However, Charlotte also allowed four unearned runs, committing three errors themselves. Riley Unroe had a career game, knocking five RBIs (a career high), including a three-run home run. Alec Sole, Bralin Jackson, and Cristian Toribio all added an RBI each. Toribio was 4-for-4 overall, with a walk, double, solo home run, and three runs scored. Yonny Chirinos had another solid start, picking up his fifth win while allowing only five hits but being charged with two unearned runs in six innings. Johnny Venters made his first rehab appearance, walking two and striking out one in an inning of work.

Class-A Bowling Green (29-26)

Despite falling behind early, Bowling Green rallied back and emerged with a 5-2 win over the Lansing Lugnuts. Kevin Padlo had a great game, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBIs, and two walks. Brandon Lowe also had two RBIs on a two-run double. Joe McCarthy contributed an RBI single for his 21st run driven in of the year. Blake Bivens made his second start since being returned from Charlotte, allowing two runs over five innings. Bryan Bonnell went three innings allowing only one hit and striking out five, and Diego Castilla shut the door on the Lugnuts in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.


Notable Performances


SS Daniel Robertson: 2-for-6, 2 R, HR (2), 4 RBI (18), 2 K
2B Nick Franklin: 2-for-5, 2 R, BB, 2 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 3-for-6, RBI (23), K
OF Jaff Decker: 1-for-1, R, RBI (14), 3 BB
OF Dayron Varona: 1-for-3, RBI (25), 2 BB
OF Jake Goebbert: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B (4), 2 BB

C Mayo Acosta: W (2-0), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K


2B Kean Wong: 1-for-3, 2B (10)
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, RBI (30)
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-4, R, K
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, R, HR (7), 2 RBI (23), BB

RHP Ryne Stanek: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
RHP Jared Mortensen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
LHP Steve Ascher: W (2-0), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Kyle Bird: S (2), 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

2B Riley Unroe: 3-for-6, 2 R, HR (4), 5 RBI (20), K
C/1B Alec Sole: 3-for-5, RBI (24)
OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-5, 2B (7), RBI (10), K
OF Jace Conrad: 2-for-5, 2 R, K
3B Cristian Toribio: 4-for-4, 3 R, 2B (7), HR (2), RBI (9), BB

RHP Yonny Chirinos: W (5-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Nick Sawyer: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, WP, PB


SS Jake Cronenworth: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B (11), K
3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (8), 2 RBI (31), 2 BB
1B  Joe McCarthy: 1-for-5, R, RBI (21), K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 2B (4), 2 RBI (14)
OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-4, 2B (14), K

RHP Bryan Bonnell: H (3), 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Diego Castillo: S (4), 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Gwinnett 5:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Blake Snell (2-4, 3.51) v. Lucas Sims (1-4, 6.05)

Montgomery v. Biloxi 6:35 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Wei-Chung Wang (2-2, 3.62)

Charlotte @ Tampa 1:00 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Chance Adams (4-0, 3.14)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 2:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Taylor Hawkins (1-4, 3.47) v. Sean Reid-Foley (3-3, 3.60)

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
25-31, 2nd in IL West
Offense: 227 R (4th), .677 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.88 ERA (12th), 1.46 WHIP (14th-Last)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Ozzie Albies (4), RHP Lucas Sims (11), LHP Manny Banuelos (12), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), RHP John Gant (16), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), IF Reid Brignac

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
30-24, 2nd in SL South
Offense: 201 R (9th), .667 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (5th), 1.24 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brett Phillips (4), OF Tyrone Taylor (7), C Jacob Nottingham (11), LHP Josh Hader (11), RHP Adrian Houser (20), OF Victor Roache (24), LHP Hobbs Johnson (25), OF Kyle Wren (28), RHP Brandon Woodruff (31)

Tampa Yankees
35-20, 1st in FSL North
Offense: 274 R (1st), .728 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.22 ERA (5th), 1.24 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Mateo (1), RHP James Kapriellan (4), 3B Miguel Andujar (12), LHP Jacob Lindgren (14), LHP Ian Clarkin (16), RHP Vicente Campos (20), OF Carlos Vidal (26), 2B Thairo Estrada (30)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
28-26, 6th in MWL East
Offense: 190 R (14th), .613 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (9th), 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (5), RHP Jon Harris (6), C Max Pentecost (8), LHP Ryan Borucki (14), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26), LHP Evan Smith (30)