Triple-A Durham Bull (43-29)
Despite a home run from rehabbing catcher Wilson Ramos, the Bulls struggled to hold down the Norfolk Tides rumbling offense, losing 11-3. Yonny Chirinos got knocked up for eight runs (seven earned) and two home runs. The Bulls did hold a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but that was quickly erased after Chirinos' rough outing. Wilson Ramos went deep in the first inning as he gets closer to joining the Rays major league squad. Jake Bauers would collected three hits, but it was an overall poor day for the Bulls in an 11-3 loss. Former big leaguer Pedro Alvarez went go deep, and Tyler Wilson received the win.
Wilson Ramos 1-for-3 HR RBI R
Jake Bauers 3-for-4 R
Willy Adames 0-3 K BB
Casey Gillaspie 0-for-3 K BB
Yonny Chirinos 2 2⁄3 IP 9 H 8 R (7 ER) 3 K BB
Jeff Ames 2 IP 3 K
Andrew Kittredge IP H 3 K
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (37-34)
Despite only giving up three hits, the Biscuits allowed five runs in a 5-2 loss to the Birmingham Barons. On a 3-2 count with two outs in the fifth, Greg Harris yielded a bases clearing double to give Birmingham a 3-0 lead. Harris walked four in five innings, indicating trouble consistently throwing strikes. Reliever Jordan Harrison walked a run in, so control struggles reached into the pen. Montgomery salvaged a couple late runs but it didn't revert the result, a 5-2 loss.
Joe McCarthy 1-for-5
Braxton Lee 2-for-3 BB SB
Justin Williams 0-for-3 R BB 2 K
Nick Ciuffo 1-for-3 RBI K
Greg Harris 5 IP 2 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K
Advanced-A Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (32-37)
The Crabs’ bats exploded for 13 runs in a wild 13-10 victory over the St. Lucie Mets. Port Charlotte jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after Dalton Kelly swatted a two-run home run in the third. The Mets put together their own rally, tightening the score up to 6-4. Jake Cronenworth drove in a run on a force out to extend the lead to 7-4, but a Charlotte balk and J.C. Rodriguez two-run double led to a 7-7 tie. Eudor Garcia drove in Rodriguez and the Mets held an 8-7 lead. Dalton Kelly and Ryan Boldt singled in runs to take back the lead at 9-8. Tampa native and former University of Florida product Peter Alonso gave St. Lucie the lead again with a two-run home run. Port Charlotte rumbled four runners to home plate in the eighth however, and held onto that lead for a 13-10 win.
Jake Cronenworth 3-for-5 2B 3 R 2 RBI BB SB CS
Ryan Boldt 3-for-5 RBI K
Dalton Kelly 4-for-5 2B HR 3 RBI 3 R K SB
Brandon Lowe 2-for-5 2B 2 RBI K BB
Brett Sullivan 2-for-5 2B 2 RBI 2 R SB CS
Brock Burke 4 2⁄3 IP 7 H 4 ER 4 K 2 BB
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-37)
The Fort Wayne Tincaps would fend off the Hot Rods on the strength of two two-run home runs en route to a 5-4 win. The Hot Rods held a 3-1 lead through five innings, with RBI from Jesus Sanchez, Jonah Heim and Eleardo Cabrera. The two run lead evaporated in the sixth after Marcus Greene Jr. took Adrian Navas deep for a two-run home run. Brad Zunica did the same next inning, and Fort Wayne held a 5-3 lead. Nathaniel Lowe's seventh inning home run brought Bowling Green within one, but they failed to score past that point, and lost 5-4
Lucius Fox 2-for-5 R K 2 SB
Nathaniel Lowe 3-for-4 HR RBI 2 R BB
Garrett Whitley 1-for-4 2 K SB
Eleardo Cabrera 2-for-3 RBI BB
Jesus Sanchez 1-for-5 2B
Adrian Rondon 1-for-5 3 K
Joshua Lowe 0-for-5 K
Short Season Class-A Hudson Valley Renegades (2-1)
The Renegades backed up Mikey York’s solid pitching effort with six runs and three-hit day from Oscar Rojas to beat the Staten Island Yankees 6-1. Hudson Valley came out and attacked early, scoring four runs in the first three innings. York would allow a run in the fourth, but in the bottom half of the fourth, the Renegades would add two more runs to the total. The win moved Hudson Valley to 2-1 in early season play.
Rookie-Level Princeton Rays (0-1)
The Princeton Rays couldn't open their season with a victory, losing to the Pulaski Yankees by a score of 6 to 2. Joel Peguero pitched well as the starter, going five innings while striking out six with no walks and one earned run. First baseman Devin Davis would smack a two-run home run to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. Christopher Sanchez, who came in as relief in the sixth inning, struggled and would eventually blow the 2-1 lead. Four earned runs would give Pulaski a four-run lead into the seventh inning, until they ultimately won 6-2.
Short Season DSL Rays1 (3-14)
The DSL team continued their slow start with a shutout loss to the DSL Braves. The Rays could muster only four scattered hits, and never were able to build momentum after quickly falling behind three runs through four innings. The four runs scored in the fifth inning effectively put the game away. The score would end 8-0, with Braves prospect Miguel Pena picking up the win in relief while Rays prospect Christian Fernandez would take the loss.