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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Justin Williams homers in Charlotte's win

Jake Bauers hit a solo home run in Montgomery's loss

Jim Donten

While the Princeton Rays rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth, they quickly blew the lead in the bottom of the inning to ultimately lose their game.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (36-48)

Durham was on the short end of a long pitching duel, caving after 12 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Norfolk Tides. The bulk of the game fell on the bullpen, with relievers throwing 7.1 innings in the affair. Parker Markel allowed the only run of the game in his second loss of the season with Durham. The Bulls managed only four hits on offense, which were all singles, but allowed eleven to the Tides.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-3)

Montgomery fell behind early and stayed behind in a 10-3 loss to the Mobile BayBears. Chris Kirsch allowed six runs, including two home runs, over five innings in his third loss of the year. Jeff Ames allowed three runs in relief and Jared Mortensen allowed one more for ten total. Braxton Lee and Casey Gillaspie contributed an RBI each in the third inning. Jake Bauers hit his tenth home run of the year, a solo shot in the eighth inning.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-4)

Justin Williams gave Charlotte the game-winning run in its 3-2 victory over the Bradenton Marauders. Williams's two-run home run in the sixth - his second of the season - put the Stone Crabs ahead after Henry Ceteno allowed two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ceteno picked up his second win with the Stone Crabs, striking out two in five innings of work. Andrew Velazquez scored Charlotte's first run on an error in the second inning. Andrew Bellatti struck out two in relief, and Nick Sawyer threw a hitless ninth for his second save of the year in Charlotte.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-6)

A meltdown from Genesis Cabrera in the sixth inning cost Bowling Green the game in a 5-3 loss to the Great Lakes Loons. Cabrera allowed four runs in the sixth and five overall in his third loss of the year. Despite not registering a hit, David Olmedo-Barrera picked up his 16th RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, as well as an outfield assist to nail a runner at third base from left field. Landon Cray followed him up in the inning with an RBI single, and Brett Sullivan picked up his 54th RBI, which is second-highest in the Midwest League.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-10)

A four-run fourth inning helped Hudson Valley cruise to a 5-1 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats. Jim Haley opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI single. Ryan Boldt had a sacrifice fly, Garrett Whitley hit a two-run double, and Nathaniel Lowe followed him up with another RBI double to accumulate four runs for the Renegades in the fourth. Jose Alonzo picked up his first win of the 2016 campaign with five scoreless innings, striking out five while walking two and allowing four hits.

Rookie Princeton Rays (5-5)

A five-run ninth inning went for naught as the Princeton Rays suffered their fifth loss of the season, an 11-10 decision with the Johnson City Cardinals. Each team made six errors in an overall sloppy game, and the Rays allowed three unearned runs while picking up four. Starter Edrick Agosto allowed six runs, and Ethan Clark allowed four more in the bottom of the ninth to take his first loss of the season. Princeton's offensive attack was spread among the lineup, with six different players contributing RBIs. Adrian Rondon and Robbie Tenerowicz each knocked two RBIs as well as a double. Emilio Gustave, Bobby Melley, Rafelin Lorenzo, and Jean Ramirez contributed an RBI apiece.

Rookie GCL Rays (1-6)

The Rays were shut out as they lost to the GCL Orioles, 7-0. The only Ray to manage a hit was Jesus Sanchez, who smacked two singles. Each Ray pitcher allowed at least one run, with starter Eric Diomartich allowing three in his second loss of the year. The Rays have off today, and hopefully they will use the rest day to recover.


Notable Performances


RHP Eddie Gamboa: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Mark Sappington: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


OF Braxton Lee: 1-for-5, RBI (9), K
1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-4, R, HR (10), RBI (44)
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-2, RBI (30), 2 BB
3B Patrick Leonard: 1-for-4, 2B (11)
OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-4, R, 2 2B (6)

Class-A Advanced

2B Riley Unroe: 2-for-5, K, SB (13)
1B Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 2B (1), 2 K
IF Alec Sole: 2-for-3, R, BB
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI (23)
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-4, R, 2B (2)

RHP Andrew Bellatti: H (1), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Nick Sawyer: S (2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, R, RBI (54)
OF Landon Cray: 1-for-3, RBI (2), 2 K


OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (2), 2 RBI (4), K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 3-for-4, 2 2B (3), RBI (6)
3B Jim Haley: 1-for-3, RBI (2), BB, K
2B Jonathan Popadics: 1-for-2, R, BB, K
SS Bill Pujols: 1-for-4. 2B (1)

RHP Jose Alonzo: W (1-1), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Elias Torres: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Tim Ingram: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Emilio Gustave: 1-for-5, R, 2B (3), RBI (4), K
1B Bobby Melley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (5), RBI (10), 2 K
C Rafelin Lorenzo: 2-for-5, R, RBI (7), K
SS Adrian Rondon: 3-for-4, R, 2B (1), 2 RBI (14), BB, K
C Jean Ramirez: 2-for-4, R, RBI (2), BB
OF Isaac Bernard: 2-for-5, 2 R, K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 3-for-4, R, 2B (3), 2 RBI (3), K

Rookie (GCL)

OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Norfolk 6:05 PM ET (
Austin Pruitt (6-5, 3.13) v. Ariel Miranda (3-7, 4.06)

Montgomery v. Mobile 7:35 PM ET (
TBA v. Billy Buckner (1-2, 3.96)

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:05 PM ET
Greg Harris (5-5, 3.25) v. Buddy Borden (0-0, 0.00)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 2:05 PM ET (
TBA v. Issac Anderson (5-4, 4.63)

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 5:05 PM ET
TBA v. Hector Perez (1-0, 0.77)

Princeton @ Johnson City 6:00 PM ET
TBA v. Daniel Castano (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Rays are off

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
33-50, 4th (Last) in IL South
Offense: 284 R (10th) .673 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Trey Mancini (8), RHP Mike Wright (10), OF Dariel Alvarez (13), 1B/OF Christian Walker (14), LHP Ariel Miranda (23), OF Mike Yastrzemski (25)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
4-5, T-2nd in SL South
Offense: 303 R (8th) .696 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (4th) 1.38 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Yoan Lopez (6), RHP Taylor Clarke (14), C The Oscar (22), RHP Adam Miller (23), 2B Jamie Westbrook (30), RHP Jimmie Sherfy (31)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
3-6, 6th (Last) in FSL South
Offense: 332 R (4th) .698 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.04 ERA (3rd) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Cole Tucker (7), 3B Jordan Luplow (14), RHP Yeudy Garcia (16), LHP Stephen Tarpley (17), 2B Kevin Kramer (28)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
5-5, T-3rd in MWL East
Offense: 279 R (13th) .616 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.47 ERA (9th) 1.23 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Omar Estevez (10), IF Brendon Davis (25), OF Ariel Sandoval (28), OF Jordan Paroubeck (30)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
7-9, 4th (Last) in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 86 R (T-1st) .768 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.88 ERA (13th) 1.49 WHIP (14th-Last)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Daz Cameron (5)

Johnson City Cardinals
7-3, 1st in AL West
Offense: 57 R (5th) .710 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.86 ERA (2nd) 1.30 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Bryce Denton (18), SS Allen Cordoba (25)