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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Faria rocked in blowout loss

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After a strong three starts with the Bulls, Jacob Faria was roughed up by Syracuse

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

That's two straight starts against the Chiefs for Jacob Faria. In the first one, he struck out nine and allowed just a run in six innings.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-54)

Durham probably didn't want to allow 10 first-inning runs in its 12-1 loss to Syracuse. The first four batters of the game reached against Jacob Faria to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, and Matt den Dekker's grand slam blew the game open. Faria would be charged with nine runs -- seven earned -- while only recording two outs. Somehow, the Bulls were able to avoid having a position player pitch.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-9)

Montgomery got off to a fast start and rolled to a 12-0 win over Tennessee. The Biscuits took advantage of two Smokies errors in the first to run out to a 5-0 lead, and they tallied six more in the fourth. Jake Bauers and Mike Marjama each hit RBI doubles, and Juniel Querecuto capped the inning with a bases-loaded walk. With the early support, Chih-Wei Hu cruised, pitching five scoreless innings with a strikeout.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (11-9)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (12-9)

A wild pitch broke a long stalemate in Bowling Green's 13-inning, 4-3 win over Wisconsin. After Brandon Lowe's solo home run in the seventh tied the game, only five batters reached base between the two teams, including an intentional walk, over the next 5 1/2 innings. In the bottom of the 13th, singles from Michael Russell and David Olmedo-Barrera plus a Zacrey Law walk loaded the bases. Russell then scored on a wild pitch during Kewby Meyer's at-bat. Starter Genesis Cabrera allowed three runs in seven innings, and Fernando Baez and Yoel Espinal each threw three scoreless innings of relief.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (15-13)

Hudson Valley's pitching was effective in its 6-1 win over Staten Island. The three Renegades pitchers only combined to strike out one batter, but they did not concede Staten Island's only run until the game was already 6-0. Starter Noel Rodriguez tossed five scoreless innings, J.D. Busfield allowed the run in three frames, and Garrett Fulenchek threw a walkless ninth. Miles Mastrobuoni drove in a run in the first and another in the seventh.

Rookie Princeton Rays (11-8)

Princeton was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-11)

The GCL Rays fell behind early and mounted no comeback effort in a 5-0 loss to the GCL Orioles. After a 1-2-3 first, Thomas Lebron went on to allow all five runs over the next two innings, finishing with five runs -- four earned -- allowed in three innings. After his departure, fourth-rounder Easton McGee made his pro debut with a strikeout in three scoreless innings. A pair of Joshua Lowe doubles were the team's only hits.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

2B Jake Hager: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
OF Jaff Decker: 0-for-5, 2 K
SS Taylor Motter: 1-for-4
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-3, 1 K
C J.P. Arencibia: 3-for-4
OF Johnny Field: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K

RHP Jacob Faria: two-thirds IP, 7 H, 9 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 1 K

Double-A

IF Juniel Querecuto: 0-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Mike Marjama: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
OF Braxton Lee: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Jared Mortensen: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Class-A

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 2 BB
2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 0-for-6, 2 K
C Brett Sullivan: 3-for-6, 1 R
IF Michael Russell: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
RHP Fernando Baez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Short-season

OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K
C Daniel De La Calle: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K

RHP Noel Rodriguez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

3B Joshua Lowe: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 K
OF Ryan Caldwell: 0-for-3, 3 K

RHP Thomas Lebron: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Easton McGee: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Durham @ Syracuse 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Justin Marks (2-9, 4.30) v. A.J. Cole (6-5, 4.84)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 7:35 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (0-0, 3.60) v. Jen-Ho Tseng (5-3, 3.34)

Charlotte v. Lakeland 6:05 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Greg Harris (6-5, 3.40) v. A.J. Ladwig (9-6, 3.66)
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. Beloit 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Angel Duno (5-3, 2.13)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Frecier Perez (1-1, 3.86)

Princeton v. Elizabethton 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
44-48, 6th in IL North
Offense: 330 R (11th) .667 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.86 ERA (12th) 1.35 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS/CF Trea Turner (2), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5), RHP A.J. Cole (7), RHP Austin Voth (9), C Pedro Severino (11), 2B Chris Bostick (25), RHP Koda Glover (30), OF Brian Goodwin (31)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
9-12, 4th in SL North
Offense: 351 R (8th), .699 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (7th) 1.38 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), OF Billy McKinney (7), RHP Duane Underwood (4), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannemann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29), RHP David Berg (30)

Lakeland Flying Tigers
5-14, 5th in FSL North 
Offense: 376 R (5th) .706 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.31 ERA (12th) 1.38 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mike Gerber (3), OF Christin Stewart (4), LHP Kevin Ziomek (6), 3B Zac Shepherd (13), SS A.J. Simcox (14), LHP Jairo Labourt (16), RHP Gerson Montero (20), RHP 2B Joey Pankake (27), LHP Tyler Alexander (28)

Beloit Snappers (Oakland)
11-11, T-4th in MWL West
Offense: 331 R (T-11th) .656 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.39 ERA (6th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Skye Bolt (23), RHP Dustin Driver (28)

Staten Island Yankees
17-11, 1st in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 108 R (T-5th) .613 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.49 ERA (2nd) 1.10 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Drew Finley (24), 2B Nick Solak

Elizabethton Twins
8-3, 5th in AL West
Offense: 83 R (9th) .694 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.98 ERA (8th) 1.49 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (21), 3B Travis Blankenhorn (26), 1B Amaurys Minier (30), OF Alex Kiriloff, RHP Griffin Jax

GCL Orioles
11-8, 1st in GCL South
Offense: 81 R (8th) .659 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.28 ERA (1st) 1.03 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None