Clay Davenport’s notably plus or minus defense metrics in the Tampa Bay Rays minor leagues this year include Jonah Heim at +5 runs behind the plate in just 30 games, Joshua Lowe at +9 runs in CF, Lucius Fox at -6 runs at SS, Jesus Sanchez at +6 runs in LF, Riley Unroe at +9 at 2B, Nick Ciuffo at +6 runs at C in just 28 games, Andrew Velazquez at +11 runs at SS, Braxton Lee at +12 runs in CF, Joe McCarthy at -5 runs at 1B, Cade Gotta at +8 runs in RF in just 26 games for Montgomery, Kean Wong at +6 runs at 2B in just 31 games for Durham, and Mike Marjama at +8 runs at C in just 27 games. That up-the-middle defense in Montgomery is probably the best in minor league baseball right now.
Yonny Chirinos could keep his AAA success going into his third start at the level, though he still managed an efficient pitch count and nine ground outs. Most of the rest of his batted balls went for extra bases, including three in the 2nd inning that contributed to four runs for the Tides. The Bulls would not be able to overcome the deficit. Willy Adames provided the only extra base hit for Durham, his third triple of the season.
Willy Adames 1-3, 3B #3, BB, K, hitting .257
Patrick Leonard 1-3, K, HBP, hitting .301
Shane Peterson 2-3, SAC, hitting .288
Mike Marjama 1-4, K, hitting .285
Casey Gillaspie 0-3, BB, hitting .206
Yonny Chirinos 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HRA, 2.65 ERA, 87p-60s, 9:0 GO:FO
Jeff Ames 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K, 2.64 ERA, 17p-11s, 2:0 GO:FO
Adam Kolarek 1.0 IP, 1 K, 1.27 ERA, 12p-7s, 2:0 GO:FO
Andrew Kittredge 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 1.62 ERA, 19p-17s, 0:0 GO:FO
The Biscuits were also dunked by a four-run 2nd inning, though they made it interesting by coming back to within one run in the 9th after being shut out through 6 innings. The BABIP Gods were not on their side in that inning as Joe McCarthy lined out to center field to strand the tying run on third base. Every hitter reached base safely at least two times, and a pair of relievers put up some strong performances.
Braxton Lee 3-5, K, hitting .321
Andrew Velazquez 1-5, 2B #10, BB, K, hitting .253
Joe McCarthy 1-5, 2B #18, K, hitting .297
Cade Gotta 2-4, OF assist, hitting .335
Justin Williams 2-5, hitting .317
Grant Kay 2-5, K, hitting .274
Justin O'Conner 2-5, hitting .255
Nathan Lukes 1-4, BB, hitting .261
Riley Unroe 0-3, 2 BB, hitting .221
Jordan Harrison 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 4.39 ERA, 34p-26s, 3:0 GO:FO
Brad Schreiber 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 5.90 ERA, 24p-19s, 3:0 GO:FO
Brad Boxberger and Wilson Ramos continued their rehab assignments and Genesis Cabrera threw 5 dominant innings to secure the win. The 20 year old lefty is now up to 63.2 innings pitched on the season and going a career high 116 IP last year in Bowling Green. He is building up innings at an incredible rate for his age.
Wilson Ramos 1-3, allowed 3 SB, caught 1 stealing, hitting .143
Jake Cronenworth 2-4, 2B #10, hitting .288
Peter Maris 3-3, 3B #1, SB #6, hitting .302
Brad Boxberger 1.0 IP, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 12.00 ERA, 13p-5s, 1:0 GO:FO
Genesis Cabrera 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2.97 ERA, 81p-54s, 4:3 GO:FO
Drew Smith 2.0 IP, 2 K, 2.00 ERA, 27p-17s, 1-2 GO:FO
Brandon Lawson 1.0 IP, 1 K, 3.81 ERA, 10p-6s, 1:0 GO:FO
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-32) beat Lake County Captains 17-6
The Hot Rods somehow put up 25 hits and 17 runs in a shortened 7 inning game. Naturally, there are a lot of hitting performances to like from this game. Lots of extra base hits. Not a lot of quality pitching. Fun baseball.
Lucius Fox 4-6, HR #2, 2B #9, K, SB #17, hitting .292
Josh Lowe 2-6, SB #10, hitting .230
Robbie Tenerowicz 3-6, 2B #10, 2 Ks, hitting .284
Rene Pinto 1-2, K, hitting .264
Jonah Heim 2-4, hitting .218
Jesus Sanchez 3-5, HR #9, K, SF, hitting .298
Michael Brosseau 3-4, HBP, hitting .297
Adrian Rondon 3-4, HR #5 (grand slam), K, SF, hitting .227
Eleardo Cabrera 4-4, 2B #8, 3B #3, HBP, OF assist, hitting .261
For all of the Tampa Bay Rays organization box scores, go check out this MLBfarm page. For today’s matchups, go here. Looks like Durham has the day off, and Montgomery’s 20 year old righty Jose Mujica is the only listed starter.