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Rays prospects and minor leagues 7/31: Jennings, O'Conner homer in rehab appearances

Durham and Montgomery both won in walk-off fashion

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Chase Whitley threw three hitless innings for Montgomery in his third rehab appearance since Tommy John surgery.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (50-58)

After eleven innings, Durham broke a tie to take home a 6-5 walk-off win over the Louisville Bats. Eddie Gamboa allowed three early runs to the Bats before the Bulls bounced back with a three-run third. J.P. Arencibia hit a RBI double and Taylor Motter scored on a wild pitch to put the Bulls up by two in the fifth. Gamboa gave up another run in the seventh and Dana Eveland allowed one more in the eighth for the Bats to tie the game. Ryne Stanek hurled two scoreless innings of relief through the ninth, and Danny Farqhuar pitched two more perfect innings for his fourth win of the year. In the eleventh, Johnny Field doubled and back-to-back walks to Jake Hager and Hank Conger loaded the bases for Motter. The utility man came through in the clutch with a single to plate the winning run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-14)

Montgomery also picked up a walk-off win in a 4-3 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Chase Whitley went three scoreless innings in another rehab appearance, his first with the Biscuits. Yonny Chirinos went the next four innings, eventually allowing three runs - one of which was unearned - in the seventh. The Biscuits rebounded in the bottom of the inning with a RBI groundout from Braxton Lee and a two-run double from Cade Gotta to tie the game back up. Kyle Bird finished off the last two innings of the game in his first win with the Biscuits this season. The winning run came in the bottom of the ninth when Justin Williams doubled and came around to score on an error.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-15)

Charlotte racked up nine hits in a 6-4 win over the Brevard County Manatees. Grant Kay opened up the scoring in the top of the first with a RBI single, but Steve Ascher surrenderd three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Stone Crabs scored three in the second to take the lead, in part thanks to a RBI single from the rehabbing Desmond Jennings. Ascher allowed another run in the third for the Manatees to tie the game. Andrew Velazquez tripled and scored on a Jake Cronenworth single to give the Stone Crabs the lead in the seventh. Jennings homered in the ninth to add an insurance run. Nick Sawyer threw two hitless innings in his second win of the year and Mike Franco collected four strikeouts in his fourth save with the Stone Crabs.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-13)

The long ball carried Bowling Green in their 7-2 win over the Dayton Dragons. Zacrey Law scored twice on two separate wild pitches to give the Hot Rods a two-run lead before Tyler Brashears conceded a run to the Dragons in the bottom of the fifth. David Rodriguez clubbed a three-run home run in the sixth, and Brandon Lowe and Kevin Padlo went back-to-back with solo home runs in the seventh to give the Hot Rods more than enough runs to win the game. Roel Ramirez allowed another run to the Dragons, but earned his first save by finishing off the last three innings of the game.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (23-17)

Hudson Valley was postponed due to rain. Since the Renegades don't play Staten Island again this year, the game most likely won't be made up.

Rookie Princeton Rays (19-16)

Princeton's late rally to tie the game went for naught in their 6-3 loss to the Danville Braves. Willy Ortiz allowed a two-run home run to Danville's Ramon Osuna, but his offense covered his tracks with back-to-back RBI singles from Adrian Rondon and Robbie Tenerowicz. Sandy Brito gave up another run to the Braves, but Rondon lined a RBI double in the eighth to tie the game at three. The tie didn't last long as Bryce Zak gave up three runs in the top of the ninth for his first loss with Princeton. The Rays went down without a whimper in the bottom of the inning, managing just a walk in the frame.

Rookie GCL Rays (13-19)

The GCL Rays blew a four-run lead in a 5-4 loss to the GCL Orioles. Justin O'Conner smacked a two-run home run in the opening inning to start off the scoring. Joshua Lowe scored on a wild pitch and Moises Gomez hit a sacrifice fly to give the Rays a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. However, Jesus Ortiz melted down in the bottom of the fifth, allowing four runs to the Orioles to tie the game. Angel Rodriguez took his second loss of the year after allowing the winning run to the Orioles in the seventh.


Notable Performances


SS Daniel Robertson: 0-for-1, BB, K
P Eddie Gamboa: 1-for-1, R
UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-4, R, RBI (26), 2 BB, K
C J.P. Arencibia: 1-for-5. 2B (13), RBI (28), 2 K
OF Johnny Field: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (13)
OF Eury Perez: 2-for-5, R, 3B (2), 2 RBI (4), K, SB (8)

RHP Eddie Gamboa: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Danny Farquhar: W (4-2), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-4, 2B (12), 2 RBI (22)
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, BB
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B (2), K
C Jake Depew: 2-for-3

RHP Chase Whitley: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
LHP Kyle Bird: W (1-1), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

OF Desmond Jennings: 2-for-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (2)
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B (1), K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-3, 2 RBI (7), BB
IF Grant Kay: 1-for-4, RBI (37)
OF Jace Conrad: 2-for-4, R

RHP Nick Sawyer: W (2-0), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Mike Franco: S (4), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K


2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, R, HR (4), RBI (33), BB, K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, R, HR (15), RBI (56), BB, K
C Brett Sullivan: 1-for-4, R, 2B (27), 2 K
SS Michael Russell: 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-3, R, HR (8), 3 RBI (48), BB, K
OF Zacrey Law: 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B (3), K

RHP Tyler Brashears: W (5-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Roel Ramirez: S (1), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Rookie (Princeton)

1B Bobby Melley: 1-for-2, R, BB
OF Emilio Gustave: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B (8), BB
SS Adrian Rondon: 2-for-4. 2B (8), 2 RBI (35)
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-4, RBI (24), 2 K
3B Blake Butera: 1-for-3, 2B (9), BB, K

Rookie (GCL)

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, R, 2B (8)
C Chris Betts: 1-for-1, BB
C Justin O'Conner: 2-for-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (2), K
3B Joshua Lowe: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB

LHP Greg Maisto: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Louisville 5:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (2-2, 5.40) v. Daniel Wright (3-3, 4.28)

Montgomery v. Jackson 6:35 PM ET (, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (11-4, 3.73) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Brevard County 5:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Grayson Garvin (0-1, 3.50) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 2:00 PM ET (, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (5-3, 4.17) v. Alex Webb (0-0, -.--)

Hudson Valley v. Batavia 5:05 PM ET (radio stream)

Princeton @ Elizabethton 6:00 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Jose Martinez (1-2, 7.30)

GCL Rays are off

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
53-54, 3rd in IL West
Offense: 385 R (13th) .686 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.82 ERA (11th) 1.32 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), LHP Cody Reed (2), LHP Amir Garrett (3), 2B Jose Peraza (4), OF Jesse Winker (5), LHP John Lamb (11), OF Scott Schebler (14), OF Kyle Waldrop (21), RHP Jon Moscot (25)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
19-15, 2nd in SL North
Offense: 464 R (3rd) .730 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.39 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (2), OF Tyler O’Neill (4), OF Guillermo Heredia (7), RHP Andrew Moore (8), 1B D.J. Peterson (10), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Dan Altavilla (24), OF Ian Miller (31)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
10-25, 6th (Last) in FSL North
Offense: 330 R (12th-Last) .609 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.00 ERA (10th) 1.39 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

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
12-22, 8th (Last) in MWL East
Offense: 354 R (16th-Last) .622 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.41 ERA (16th) 1.47 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Keury Mella (8), RHP Tyler Mahle (10), 3B Taylor Sparks (14), RHP Wyatt Strahan (16), OF Aristides Aquino (18), SS Blake Trahan (19), 3B Gavin LaValley (24) RHP Jon Moscot (25), RHP Tejay Antone (27), RHP Nick Howard (30)

Batavia Muckdogs (Miami)
9-32, 6th (Last) in NYPL Pinckney
Offense: 148 R (11th) .568 OPS (12th-Last)
Pitching: 5.16 ERA (12th) 1.53 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Isaiah White (8), RHP Jordan Holloway (10), OF Garvis Lara (16), OF Jhonny Santos (28), RHP Sam Perez (5th Round Pick), RHP Remey Reed (6th Round Pick)

Elizabethton Twins
18-18, 3rd in AL West
Offense: 186 R (3rd) .758 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.75 ERA (9th) 1.51 WHIP (10th-Last)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (21), 3B Travis Blankenhorn (26), 1B Amaurys Minier (30), OF Alex Kiriloff, RHP Griffin Jax