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A pair of recently promoted players contribute to wins

The Rays hope to see Justin Williams get on track with Montgomery
The Rays hope to see Justin Williams get on track with Montgomery
Jim Donten

On Wednesday, Baseball America released its midseason report on the Rays, including an updated top-10 list. It doesn't appear to be subscriber-only, so check it out.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (44-55)

Jacob Faria lasted longer than his previous start when he was bombed, but that is not saying much in Durham's 6-4 loss to Rochester. After striking out the opening batter of the game, Faria allowed three straight hits to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. They scored again that inning and later hit a pair of solo home runs off Faria, who was charged with six runs on nine hits and two walks in five-plus innings with six strikeouts. Nick Franklin drove in both Bulls runs in the fifth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (15-11)

Justin Williams hit his first Double-A home run, and he was one of three Biscuits to go deep in Montgomery's 13-2 win over Birmingham. Kean Wong's two-run shot in the fourth extended Montgomery's lead to 3-0, and it really broke the game open in the fifth when a two-run triple from Willy Adames and Williams' two-run homer contributed to a five-run inning. Cade Gotta homered an inning later, and both Gotta and Adames helped add insurance in the eighth. Aside from a two-run home run, Taylor Guerrieri was solid, allowing just a couple hits in seven innings.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-12)

Jake Cronenworth made a splash in his Charlotte debut, an 8-5 win over Dunedin for the Stone Crabs. He led off the game with a single and scored on Joe McCarthy's double, and when he led off the third with a triple, he scored again. After walking in the fourth, his two-run homer in the sixth gave Charlotte a 6-5 lead. The rehabbing Grayson Garvin allowed all five Dunedin runs over three innings, serving up three home run balls, including one by Jose Bautista. Mike Franco and Diego Castillo combined to strike out seven in five scoreless innings of relief.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-9)

Zacrey Law's fourth home run of the season was the difference in Bowling Green's 5-4 win over Cedar Rapids. Law reached on an error and scored the first run of the game in the first, but a four-run fourth for the Kernels would erase a 4-0 Hot Rods lead. Law led off the fifth with a home run, and they were able to limit Cedar Rapids over the final five innings. Despite allowing four runs in six innings, starter Michael Velasquez was credited with a win.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (18-14)

Hudson Valley was off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (16-9)

Princeton held on for a 7-5 win over Burlington. After Burlington went up 1-0 early, RBI doubles from Robbie Tenerowicz and Blake Butera in the second gave the lead to Princeton. It scored twice more in the third, and Butera's two-run homer in the fifth capped a three-run frame. After starter Ethan Clark pitched six one-run innings, Sam Long and Reimin Ramos each allowed two runs in the final two innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (10-13)

A Gulf Coast League game mercifully came to an end after 15 innings when the GCL Rays lost to the GCL Twins, 6-5. Down to their last out in the ninth, the GCL Rays got RBI singles from Rene Pinto and Joshua Lowe to tie the game at three, and then the offenses fell asleep. When they woke up again, the GCL Twins scored three in the 15th, but the GCL Rays had a chance to tie. Juan Carlos Arias' bases-loaded single with two outs scored two runs, but he was thrown out trying to reach second base to end the game.

Starter Easton McGee allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Bryce Zak and Austin Sweet each threw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

SS Jake Hager: 0-for-4
UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-4
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Jaff Decker: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K
C Hank Conger: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Jacob Faria: 5+ IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Double-A

OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-4, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Juniel Querecuto: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K

RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced

SS Jake Cronenworth: 3-for-3, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
2B Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
C Mac James: 0-for-5
OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

LHP Grayson Garvin: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Mike Franco: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Diego Castillo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Class-A

OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SB
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Michael Russell: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

LHP Michael Velasquez: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Fernando Baez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie (Princeton)

1B Bobby Melley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
SS Adrian Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Blake Butera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

RHP Ethan Clark: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
LHP Sam Long: 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Rookie (Gulf Coast League Rays)

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5, 1 R, 3 BB
SS Deion Tansel: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 BB
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-1
3B Joshua Lowe: 1-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Ryan Calloway: 3-for-7, 2 R, 1 K

RHP Easton McGee: 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Bryce Zak: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Joe Graziano: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

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

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Justin Marks (3-9, 3.84) v. Luis Cessa (4-1, 3.02)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (3-6, 3.27) v. Blair Walters (3-3, 3.36)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Greg Harris (6-5, 3.75) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Cedar Rapids 7:35 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Dereck Rodriguez (2-10, 5.91)

Hudson Valley @ Vermont 7:05 PM ET
TBA v. Dakota 'Super Nintendo' Chalmers (4-1, 2.39)

Princeton v. Burlington 11 AM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Andre Davis (1-2, 4.70)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
61-37, 1st in IL North
Offense: 446 R (1st) .737 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.96 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Gary Sanchez (2), OF Aaron Judge (3), RHP Luis Cessa (18), OF Mason Williams (19), OF Ben Gamel (21), LHP James Pazos (29), RHP Kirby Yates

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
12-14, 4th in SL North
Offense: 427 R (3rd) .701 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.46 ERA (10th) 1.43 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Trey Michalczewski (6), LHP Jordan Guerrero (11), OF Courtney Hawkins (12), LHP Brian Clark (14), RHP Brandon Brennan (25), C Alfredo Gonzalez (26), SS Eddy Alvarez (28), 1B Keon Barnum (31), OF Michael Jordan, RHP Zack Burdi

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
9-17, 5th in FSL North
Offense: 312 R (12th) .613 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (11th) 1.38 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kodi Medeiros (6), OF Clint Coulter (8), RHP Cody Ponce (9), RHP Bubba Derby (12), RHP Freddy Peralta (15), RHP Marcos Diplan (18), OF Corey Ray, 2B Wendell Rijo

Cedar Rapids Kernels (Minnesota)
15-11, 2nd in MWL West
Offense: 435 R (3rd) .686 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.47 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jermaine Palacios (19)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
15-17, 4th in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 120 R (9th) .648 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.01 ERA (5th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Dakota Chalmers (16), OF Jhonny Rodriguez (30), LHP A.J. Puk, C Sean Murphy

Burlington Royals
15-11, 2nd in AL East
Offense: 116 R (5th) .720 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins
12-11, 2nd in GCL South
Offense: 56 R (17th) .544 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.87 ERA (5th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), C Ben Rortvedt, SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo