It wasn't an easy day for the Rays' minor league teams, as the Stone Crabs grabbed their only two wins on the night, playing two short make up games. Travis Ott debuted for the Stone Crabs while Genesis Cabrera had a strong outing.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-15)
Game was postponed due to rain.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-22)
Greg Harris' early struggles were too much for the Biscuits to overcome, losing 5-2 to the Chattanooga Lookouts. Joe McCarthy doubled in a run in the top of the first to give Montgomery a 1-0 head start. Lamonte Wade doubled in the tying run in the bottom half of the first, and former big leaguer Ryan Strausborger hit a sac-fly to drive him in and take a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Nick Gordon pulled a ball over the right field fence. It was 4-1 Lookouts at that point. Down 5-1, Cade Gotta hit his fourth home run off of Tyler Jay in the eighth. The score held at 5-2. Greg Harris fell to 1-4 while Twins' prospect Ryan Eades moved to 2-1.
Advanced-A Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-24)
The Stone Crabs completed two games - and two wins - on the day, defeating the Daytona Tortugas 3-2 and 6-2. Genesis Cabrera had it working in game one. The lefty threw 7 innings without allowing a run, striking out seven and walking zero to go along with just one hit. His offense was slow to support him, also getting shut out for seven innings by opposing starter Wendolyn Bautista. Former Tigers' prospect Drew Smith came in for the eighth and let up two runs, one of which was earned. Daytona held a two to zero advantage into the bottom of the eighth, but Charlotte would come back. Tanner Rainey attempted to close out the win, but after a single and a walk, Brandon Lowe crushed a game winning three-run home run to right, continuing his breakout campaign. In game two, Travis Ott debuted at the Advanced-A level. It was a decent outing for the lanky lefty, as he went 4 2⁄3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out seven as well. It was tied at two in the bottom of the fifth after Ott gave up the lead in the top half, but Ryan Boldt broke the tie with an RBI single. Dalton Kelly and David-Olmedo Barrera picked up RBI singles in the inning as well, and David Rodriguez got in the sixth run on a sacrifice fly. Jonathan Crawford moved to 0-3 on the season despite a solid 3.54 ERA, and Dalton Moats (also making his Crabs' debut) earned the victory.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-26)
The Hot Rods mustered up a small, late come back but were overmatched by South Bend, losing 9-5. South Bend would strike first with a three-run second inning. Jonah Heim doubled in a run in the second inning to put the Hot Rods on the board. Later in the inning, a balk would force in the tying run, game set at 3-3. Ethan Clark would allow to runs right afterwards in the top of the third inning. In the eighth, Isaac Parades broke the game open with a bases clearing double, and South Bend lead 9-3. Rene Pinto doubled in two to bring the game to 9-5, but Bowling Green would lose by that score. The loss continued the team's lackluster performance over the season, sitting at just 19-26.
Cade Gotta 1-for-3 HR RBI R BB
Joe McCarthy 1-for-3 2B RBI BB
Nick Ciuffo 0-for-4 K
Greg Harris 5 IP 7 H 4 ER K 2 BB
David Olmedo-Barrera 5-for-6 3B 3 R RBI CS
Ryan Boldt 1-for-5 RBI R K BB
Dalton Kelly 1-for-6 RBI R K
Brandon Lowe 2-for-7 HR 3 RBI R BB
Jake Cronenworth 1-for-4 R 2 BB SB
Genesis Cabrera 7 IP H 0 ER 7K BB
Travis Ott 4 1⁄3 4 H 2 ER 7 K 4 BB
Garrett Whitley 0-for-4 BB
Adrian Rondon 0-for-3 BB K
Joshua Lowe 1-for-5 R 2 K
Rene Pinto 1-for-2 2B 2 RBI 3 BB
Jonah Heim 2-for-4 2B R RBI