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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Yarbrough pitches Bulls to win

Great pitching performances from Ryan Yarbrough and Austin Franklin led Rays affiliates over Orioles affiliates

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In Omaha action, Florida topped Louisville, 5-1. Brendan McKay doubled twice in the loss, while JJ Schwarz was 0-for-4.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (42-28)

Ryan Yarbrough pitched a good game in Durham's 3-2 win over Norfolk. He retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced and didn't allow a run until he allowed three straight hits to open the sixth inning. He finished with two runs allowed in six innings with eight strikeouts. Fortunately, the Bulls already led 3-0. Mike Marjama's RBI double in the fourth made it 1-0, and Wilson Ramos drove in two with a double in the fifth.

DH Wilson Ramos: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-1 (entered as pinch-runner)
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-3, 1 BB
OF Shane Peterson: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (37-33)

The Southern League All-Star Game was canceled.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-37)

Charlotte lost a lead late in a 4-3 loss to Palm Beach. After allowing a two-out run in the first, Genesis Cabrera settled in and delivered another good start, allowing just that run on four hits in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Peter Maris tied the game with an RBI double in the third, and Brett Sullivan's home run an inning later gave the Stone Crabs the lead. In the eighth, Brandon Lawson allowed three runs. Charlotte scored again in the ninth and had the tying run on third with one outs, but Brandon Lowe and Thomas Milone struck out to end the game.

OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
IF Peter Maris: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Drew Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-36)

MWL East All-Stars lost, 5-2

1B Nathaniel Lowe: 0-for-2
OF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 K
IF Miles Mastrobuoni: 0-for-2, 1 K

RHP J.D. Busfield: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (1-0)

For the sixth year in a row, Hudson Valley opened the season by beating Aberdeen, this time by an 11-2 score. The IronBirds scored first on a first-inning solo home run, but the Renegades scored seven over the next two innings after the rehabbing Zach Britton left the game. In the ninth, Zacrey Law and Angel Perez opened the lead up even more with a pair of two-run home runs. Starter Austin Franklin struck out nine and only allowed a run in five innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
C Zacrey Law: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
1B Bobby Melley: 3-for-5, 3 R
OF Angel Perez: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Austin Franklin: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

The preceding stories were not generated by the Associated Press computer using data from, and in cooperation with, MLBAM.


Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Norfolk 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (4-0, 2.84) v. Jayson Aquino (1-6, 4.30)

Montgomery is at its All-Star break

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 10:05 AM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (5-5, 3.74) v. Junior Fernandez (3-2, 3.88)

Bowling Green is at its All-Star break

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Drew Finley (0-0, -.--)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
30-41 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 290 R (9th) .708 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.55 ERA (13th) 1.49 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Chance Sisco (1), LHP Chris Lee (10), LHP Donnie Hart (16), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (22), LHP Andrew Faulkner (24), RHP Stefan Crichton (27), LHP Jayson Aquino (30), RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Palm Beach Cardinals
Offense: 257 R (7th) .665 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (5th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Randy Arozarena (12), RHP Jake Woodford (17), RHP Connor Jones (18), RHP Junior Fernandez (21)

Staten Island Yankees
1-0 (T-1st in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: Will update stats next series
Pitching: Will update stats next series
Top 30 Prospects: Roster not yet available