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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Montgomery pulls off ninth-inning comeback

Charlotte took home a 4-3 win in a rain-shortened game

Jake Bauers drove in the winning run for Montgomery
Jake Bauers drove in the winning run for Montgomery
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Taylor Guerrieri lasted into the eighth for Double-A Montgomery, the longest start of his minor-league career and his second in a row pitching at least seven innings. As he nears the major-leagues, its important to see that Guerrieri can last deeper into ball games.

Granden Goetzman made a relief appearance with the GCL Rays, his first in-game action since heading to the disabled list June 6.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-49)

Durham kept the game close early, but ultimately was no match for the Syracuse Chiefs, losing by a 9-2 decision. Jaime Schultz limited the damage to just one run through five innings, but Mark Sappington let the game blow wide open in the sixth, allowing four runs without recording an out. Neil Wagner allowed four more runs, putting the Bulls in a hole they couldn't climb out of. Corner infielder Cameron Seitzer came in to pitch in relief and had the best outing of any Durham pitchers, throwing a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout. Jake Goebbert and Juniel Querecuto were the backbone of the Bulls' offense, providing Durham's only runs with RBI doubles in the fifth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-3)

The Biscuits pulled off a ninth-inning comeback to pull out a 4-3 win over the Mississippi Braves. The Biscuits had a 2-1 lead up until the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Guerrieri started the inning, but was removed for Brad Schreiber after recording one out in the inning. Both runs in the inning were charged to Guerrieri. However, Willy Adames tied the game at three runs apiece with a RBI single, and Jake Bauers followed him up with a RBI double to put the Biscuits ahead. Kyle Winkler shut the door on the Braves in the bottom of the inning to secure the win for Montgomery.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-4)

Charlotte took home a 4-3 win over the Bradenton Maruaders with help from some rain, with the game ending in the sixth ending due to inclement weather. Chris Pike ended up with a incomplete complete game, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while punching out one batter in six innings. Justin Williams hit a two-run home run to open up the scoring in the bottom of the first. Alec Sole had a RBI groundout in the third and Thomas Milone hit a RBI triple in the fourth to round out Charlotte's scoring.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-7)

Bowling Green couldn't slug its way to a win, dropping a 3-2 contest with the Lake County Captains. Zacrey Law and Michael Russel both smacked solo home runs, their third and seventh of the year, respectively. Brett Sullivan continued his impressive year at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles. Taylor Hawkins limited the Captains to just one run over six innings, despite allowing five hits and four walks. Fernando Baez took his first loss of the year after allowing two runs in his one inning of relief.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (7-11)

Hudson Valley took home an eventful 3-2 Fourth of July win over the Staten Island Yankees. The Renegades had a two-run lead thanks to RBIs from Jake Fraley and Jose Rojas, but an error in the sixth allowed the Yankees to tie the game. Angel Perez scored the winning run thanks to some small ball - he advanced two bases on a Miles Mastrobuoni sacrifice bunt - as well as a wild pitch. Travis Ott allowed only one hit while striking out four as he lasted five innings. Joe Serrapica picked up his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Rookie Princeton Rays (6-6)

Princeton jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 6-1 victory over the Johnson City Cardinals. Trek Stemp scored on an error and Adrian Rondon had a RBI groundout to get the ball rolling in the bottom of the fourth. The Rays picked up three more runs in the seventh on a Devin Davis RBI double, a throwing error, and a Blake Butera sacrifice fly. Butera added a RBI single in the ninth to pick up his ninth RBI of the year and Princeton's sixth run of the game. Willy Ortiz picked up his second win of the year, striking out five batters while allowing only a solo home run in five innings of work. Sandy Brito and Brian McAfee each threw two one-hit innings of relief.

Rookie GCL Rays (1-7)

The GCL Rays continue to look for their second win of the season after an 11-inning, 4-3 loss to the GCL Twins. The lead exchanged hands multiple times throughout the game, with the loss falling to Jayson McKinley as he allowed a walk-off home run for the killing blow in the game. Chris Betts picked up his first professional RBI to give the Rays an early lead in the first inning before starter Thomas Lebron allowed a run in the bottom of the same inning. Rene Pinto hit an RBI double in the sixth to give the Rays another lead before the Twins tied the game up yet again in the eighth. This year's first-round pick, Joshua Lowe, picked up his first double of the year while also taking three walks. Montgomery outfielder Granden Goetzman made a rehab appearance for the Rays, going 3-for-3 at the plate while playing left field.


Notable Performances


OF Jake Goebbert: 1-for-3, R, 2B (6), RBI (25), K
IF Juniel Querecuto: 1-for-3, 2B (6), RBI (11)

RHP Jaime Schultz: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
RHP Steve Geltz: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
3B Cameron Seitzer: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K


C Mike Marjama: 1-for-4, R, 2B (19), BB, K
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI (36), 2 K
OF Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, 2B (16), RBI (46), K
1B/3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-5, R, RBI (19), 2 K
OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-4, RBI (11), K

RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
RHP Kyle Winkler: S (5), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Class-A Advanecd

OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-2, R, 3B (1)
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-3, R, HR (3), 2 RBI (25), K
C Armando Araiza: 1-for-2, K
3B Cristian Toribio: 2-for-2, R, 2 SB (5)
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-2, 3B (2), RBI (15)


3B Michael Russell: 2-for-4, R, HR (7), RBI (30)
C Brett Sullivan: 4-for-4, 3 2B (18)
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-2, 2 BB, K
OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-4, R, HR (3), RBI (28), K
OF Angel Moreno: 1-for-4, 2B (14)

RHP Taylor Hawkins: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
RHP Reece Karalus: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


OF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-5, K
OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-3, RBI (2), BB, K
3B Jonathan Popadics: 3-for-4, R, 2B (1)
1B Jose Rojas: 2-for-4, 2B (3), RBI (6), K

LHP Travis Ott: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Brandon Lawson: W (1-1), 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Joe Serrapica: S (2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Trek Stemp: 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI (1)
3B Blake Butera: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI (9), K
SS Adrian Rondon: 1-for-4, 2B (2), RBI (15), 2 K
OF Oscar Rojas: 2-for-4, R, K
1B Devin Davis: 2-for-4, R, 2B (1), RBI (4), K
OF Ryan Calloway: 2-for-4, R

RHP Willy Ortiz: W (2-0), 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
RHP Sandy Brito: H (1), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Brian McAfee: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Rookie (GCL)

OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-3, R
C Chris Betts: 1-for-4, RBI (1), BB
OF Jose Tonton: 1-for-5, R, 2B (3), 2 K
3B Joshua Lowe: 1-for-2, R, 2B (1), 3 BB, 1 K
C Rene Pinto: 1-for-4, 2B (2), 2 RBI (3), 1 BB, 2 K
SS Deion Tansel: 2-for-5, 2B (3)

RHP Bryce Zak: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM ET (
Justin Marks (2-7, 4.66) v. Reynaldo Lopez (0-0, 1.50)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8:00 PM ET (
Steve Ascher (3-1, 3.69) v. Andrew Thurman (1-7, 6.12)

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:35 PM ET
Brent Honeywell (4-0, 1.57) v. Yeudy Garcia (3-5, 2.17)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:35 PM ET

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM ET
TBA v. Adonis Rosa (1-0, 2.00)

Princeton @ Bluefield 7:05 PM ET

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12:00 PM ET

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
38-46, 6th (Last) in IL North
Offense: 298 R (11th) .665 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (12th) 1.34 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)

Mississippi Braves
5-6, T-1st in SL South
Offense: 286 R (10th-Last) .653 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (1st) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Newcomb (1), SS Ozzie Albies (4), RHP Lucas Sims (11), RHP OF Dustin Peterson (20), RHP Jason Hursh (21), 2B Johan Camargo (25), RHP Andrew Thurman (28), RHP Rob Whalen (29), SS Dansby Swanson

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
3-8, 6th (Last) in FSL South
Offense: 336 R (4th) .698 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.07 ERA (4th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Cole Tucker (7), 3B Jordan Luplow (14), RHP Yeudy Garcia (16), LHP Stephen Tarpley (17), 2B Kevin Kramer (28)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
7-5, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 373 R (3rd) .708 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (13th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Willi Castro (26)

Staten Island Yankees
13-5, 1st in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 90 R (3rd) .629 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.53 ERA (2nd) 1.02 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Luis Torrens (17), RHP Drew Finley (24), 2B Nick Solak

Bluefield Blue Jays
6-5, 3rd in AL East
Offense: 60 R (T-5th) .721 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reggie Pruitt (11), RHP Jose Espada (15), RHP Hansel Rodriguez (18), RHP Yennsy Diaz (19)

GCL Twins
4-5, 3rd in GCL South
Offense: 18 R (17th-Last) .541 OPS (17th)
Pitching: 2.81 ERA (4th) 1.21 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), C Ben Rortvedt, SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo