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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bauers, Field lead Bulls to another win

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With another leadoff homer from Johnny Field and timely defense from Jake Bauers, Durham won its fifth game Tuesday

Jake Bauers isn't off to a great start, but he wasn't on fire out of the gates in 2016 either
Jake Bauers isn't off to a great start, but he wasn't on fire out of the gates in 2016 either
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Because of Montgomery's unbelievably early day off and the Bowling Green rainout, we had our first light schedule of the season Tuesday.

Is there any concern about Jacob Faria? Not just because of two starts in 2017. Including Tuesday's start, since he's reached Double A in 2015, he now has 104 walks in 235 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate has gone up in that time too, and his overall numbers are still good. Maybe it's not a big deal.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (5-1)

Johnny Field hit another leadoff home run, and Durham held on for a 4-3 win over Charlotte. For the second time in less than a week, Field gave the Bulls an instant 1-0 lead. After the Knights later tied the game, Jake Bauers restored Durham's lead with a run-scoring single in the fifth, and Mike Marjama socked a two-run dinger an inning later. Starter Jacob Faria allowed a run on three hits and four walks in five-plus innings with six strikeouts. Ryne Stanek was charged with two runs in the ninth, and it took an outfield assist from Bauers at home plate to end the game and prevent the tying run from scoring.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (2-3)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-6)

A seven-run second inning sunk Charlotte in its 12-6 loss to Palm Beach. Genesis Cabrera struck out the first batter of the inning, but he wouldn't record another out. A couple runs already scored when he exited, and Reece Karalus was not able to help matters by allowing two inherited runners to score. Cabrera, Karalus and Tyler Brashears were all charged with four runs. With four hits, Nathan Lukes helped chip away at the lead throughout the game.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-2)

Bowling Green's game was postponed, and it will be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday.

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Notable performances

Triple-A

OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Johnny Field: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
C Michael McKenry: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
2B Kean Wong: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Jacob Faria: 5+ IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class A-Advanced

OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-5, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
C David Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K
1B Dalton Kelly: 0-for-4, 1 R, 3 K
OF Nathan Lukes: 4-for-5, 2 RBI

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Reece Karalus: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (0-0, 1.80) v. Carson Fulmer (1-0, 3.00)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (0-1, 3.00) v. Jordan Guerrero (0-1, 10.80)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 11:05 AM (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (0-1, 5.40) v. Junior Fernandez (0-0, 1.93)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 11:05 AM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Kenny Rosenberg (0-0, 0.00) v. Andy Ravel (0-0, -.--)
J.D. Busfield (0-0, 1.80) v. Justin Maese (1-0, 3.60)

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
4-2 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 35 R (1st) 1.088 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.34 ERA (6th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Yoan Moncada (1), RHP Lucas Giolito (2), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3), RHP Zack Burdi (6), RHP Carson Fulmer (7), RHP Tyler Danish (18), OF Adam Engel (19)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
1-4 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 17 R (T-7th) .680 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 8.57 ERA (So bad it's worse than last place) 2.05 WHIP (Seriously, wow)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Kopech (5), RHP Spencer Adams (9), 3B Trey Michalczewski (13), 2B Jake Peter (16), RHP Connor Walsh (27), 1B Cameron Seitzer

Palm Beach Cardinals
4-2 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 10 R (T-8th) .544 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.33 ERA (T-4th) 1.26 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Magneuris Sierra (5), SS Edmundo Sosa (8), OF Randy Arozarena (12), RHP Jake Woodford (17), RHP Connor Jones (18), RHP Junior Fernandez (21)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
4-1 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 17 R (3rd) .802 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (11th) 1.30 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), SS Bo Bichette (9), RHP Justin Maese (11), OF J.B. Woodman (15), OF Josh Palacios (19), RHP Patrick Murphy (20), RHP Zach Johnson (21), RHP Osman Gutierrez (26), SS Yeltsin Gudino (27)