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Since the Futures Game, Willy Adames has been a tough out

Willy Adames and some other guy
Willy Adames and some other guy
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Willy Adames had a rough June, by his standards. He batted .250 with a .697 OPS, which is actually above the Southern League average. That's firmly in the rear-view mirror now. In 12 games since he rejoined the Biscuits, he has hits in 11 of them. His average has gone from .266 to .280, and he has six extra-base hits in that span. He hasn't hit a home run since June 9, but I'm sure the Rays are still more than satisfied with his performance in 2016.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-58)

Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa had a rough time in Durham's 4-3 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bulls took a 2-0 lead in the second when J.P. Arencibia homered and Jaff Decker hit a sacrifice fly before the RailRiders got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. In the third, a bases-clearing double from Tyler Austin gave them the lead. Gamboa allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Neil Wagner struck out three in 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-12)

Justin Williams drove in three runs in Montgomery's 6-4 win over Birmingham. His two-run single capped a three-run first inning, and he tripled in another run in his next at-bat. Starter Yonny Chirinos wasn't particularly effective, allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings, but the bullpen was effective. A trio of Biscuits relievers -- Adam Kolarek, Kyle Winkler and Jaye Chapman -- struck out six and didn't allow a batter to reach base in four frames.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-13)

Charlotte made a late comeback, blew a lead and eventually beat Brevard County, 7-6, in 10 innings. The Manatees used a four-run sixth to go up 5-2, but the Stone Crabs chipped away with two-run innings in the seventh and eighth. In that eighth inning, Jace Conrad tied the game with a single to score Grant Kay, and he scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk by Jake Cronenworth. After Mike Franco blew the save, Thomas Milone led off the 10th with a triple, and Cronenworth singled him in. The rehabbing Chase Whitley threw two scoreless frames, and Steve Ascher was charged with five runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-12)

Michael Russell's 14th-inning home run broke a 4-4 tie, but Bowling Green ultimately fell to Quad Cities by a 6-5 count. His eighth dinger of the season came five innings after David Olmedo-Barrera went deep to tie the game in the ninth. Elias Torres was called on to record the last three outs, but he couldn't get one before the River Bandits scored twice for the walkoff win. Starter Jose Mujica allowed three runs in six innings, and Kevin Padlo also homered.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-16)

For the second time this season, Hudson Valley tallied double-digit runs, topping Aberdeen by a 10-1 score. The Renegades scored three quick runs in the first, and after the IronBirds got one of those back in the third, Hudson Valley closed the game with seven unanswered. That included a three-run home run from Nathaniel Lowe, a day after his younger brother hit his first professional home run for the GCL Rays. Travis Ott cruised through four more innings with seven strikeouts, and Porter Clayton had four scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Rookie Princeton Rays (18-11)

A three-run third lifted Princeton to a 5-2 win over Danville. The teams traded runs in the first, and Danville looked to be out of trouble in the third when they turned a double play on a run-scoring sacrifice fly. However, a two-out triple from Oscar Rojas and RBI single by Adrian Rondon extended Princeton's lead to 4-1. Starter Willy Ortiz allowed a run in five innings, and Reimin Ramos struck out four in 3 1/3 innings in his fourth save.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-14)

The GCL Rays were off.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

2B Daniel Robertson: 0-for-3, 2 K
UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-4, 2 K
C J.P. Arencibia: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB
3B Richie Shaffer: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K
SS Jake Hager: 1-for-3

RHP Eddie Gamboa: 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K
RHP Neil Wagner: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Double-A

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 3 RBI

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
2B Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-5, 1 RBI
IF Grant Kay: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
UT Jace Conrad: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 BB

RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Steve Ascher: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Mike Franco: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Class-A

3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
SS Michael Russell: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Jose Mujica: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Tyler Brashears: 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Elias Torres: 5 BF, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Short-season

OF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-5, 2 R
OF Garrett Whitley: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-5, 1 R
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB

LHP Travis Ott: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
LHP Porter Clayton: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Oscar Rojas: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
SS Adrian Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 3 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Willy Ortiz: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Reimin Ramos: 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

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

Durham v. Toledo 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (1-2, 6.10) v. TBA

Montgomery is off

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 2 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (1-0, 0.00) v. Albert Abreu (2-7, 4.05)

Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Princeton @ Greeneville 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Carlos Sanabria (0-2, 6.20)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
46-56, 4th in IL West
Offense: 418 R (6th) .696 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (8th) 1.38 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF JaCoby Jones (5), SS Dixon Machado (8), OF Steven Moya (11), RHP Jeff Ferrell (21)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
17-13, T-2nd in MWL West
Offense: 369 R (11th) .664 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (14th) 1.31 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Tucker (4), RHP Albert Abreu (12), RHP Franklin Perez (21)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
15-21, 4th in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 132 R (8th) .665 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.39 ERA (8th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Cody Sedlock, LHP Keegan Aki

Greeneville Astros
16-15, 2nd in AL West
Offense: 152 R (3rd) .721 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (1st) 1.39 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jonathan Arauz (21), SS Miguelangel Sierra (25)

GCL Red Sox
13-13, 2nd in GCL South
Offense: 97 R (14th) .618 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (11th) 1.32 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS C.J. Chatam