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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Josh Lowe, Thomas Milone hit walkoff home runs

A pair of affiliates got wins on walkoff home runs Tuesday

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Tampa Bay Rays
Josh Lowe hit his first home run since July 6
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After a couple rough starts, Brock Burke has now put together consecutive good outings for Charlotte, including striking out a career-best 12 batters Tuesday. It’s his second double-digit strikeout game this season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (73-48)

Despite home runs from Willy Adames and Jake Bauers, Durham fell to Syracuse by a 5-4 score. Adames’ solo shot in the fifth tied the game at three, but the Chiefs were the rare team able to solve Yonny Chirinos and retook the lead the following half inning. Chirinos allowed all five Syracuse runs on seven hits in six innings. Bauers hit his 11th dinger of the season in the eighth.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
IF Kean Wong: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Curt Casali: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Jaime Schultz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-19)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-22)

Thomas Milone’s walkoff home run lifted Charlotte to a 2-1 win over Jupiter in the 10th inning of their suspended game. For Milone, it was his first home run in over a year, which also came against the Hammerheads. This game started with Jose De Leon pitching two scoreless innings and ended with Michael Velasquez dominating Jupiter, striking out nine and only allowing a run in eight innings.

After giving up two first inning runs, Brock Burke settled in and struck out 12 Hammerheads in Charlotte’s Game 2, 5-2 win. Following the two-out, two-run double in the first, Burke retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced on his way to a dominant eight-inning performance. In the fourth, Michael Brosseau’s RBI single tied the game, and Nathaniel Lowe’s two-out single put the Stone Crabs in front.

OF Kevin Kiermaier (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
SS Lucius Fox (1): 0-for-4, 3 K
SS Lucius Fox (2): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt (1): 1-for-4, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt (2): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
3B Kevin Padlo (1): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
C David Rodriguez (2): 0-for-3, 1 BB
IF Michael Brosseau (1): 0-for-4, 3 K
IF Michael Brosseau (2): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
OF Thomas Milone (1): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Jose De Leon (1): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K
LHP Brock Burke (2): 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
LHP Michael Velasquez (1): 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (32-19)

Josh Lowe’s walkoff home run gave Bowling Green a 5-4 win over Lake County. The Hot Rods closed the game with three unanswered runs, and that also included a home run from Jesus Sanchez. After starter Spencer Moran was charged with four runs — three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings, Sam Long and Joe Serrapica combined for 3 2/3 scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

SS Luis Rengifo: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-4, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
OF Emilio Gustave: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Spencer Moran: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-25)

Zacrey Law homered in the North All-Stars’ 5-2 loss to the South All-Stars. Colby Bortles’ home run accounted for the North’s other run. Mikey York started and struck out two in an inning.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-3
OF Angel Perez: 1-for-3, 2 K
OF Oscar Rojas: 0-for-2, 1 K
C Zacrey Law: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Mikey York: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Drew Strotman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (19-33)

Princeton fell in a big hole and couldn’t get out in an 11-9 slugfest loss to Bluefield. Princeton needed two pitchers to get through the first three innings, and it fell behind 10-0 in the process. Joel Peguero was charged with six runs in 1 1/3 innings, and Luis Moncada didn’t fare much better. Devin Davis supplied much of Princeton’s offense with his 10th homer of the season and three doubles.

Princeton was eliminated from postseason contention.

OF Michael Smith: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Devin Davis: 4-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
C Joey Roach: 0-for-5
1B Billy King: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Joel Peguero: 1 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
LHP Luis Moncada: 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (19-25)

Alex Valverde pitched four scoreless innings in the GCL Rays’ 4-1 win over the GCL Twins. Aside from a two-out triple in the first, the team’s 22nd-round pick was never in trouble in his longest professional outing to date. With the GCL Rays already up 1-0 in the third, Jake Stone stole home on a double-steal attempt, and Sabriel Polanco later tripled home Granden Goetzman.

OF Granden Goetzman: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
1B Vincent Byrd: 0-for-4, 4 K
OF Sabriel Polanco: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 3B, 1 RBI
OF Yerson Santana: 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

RHP Alex Valverde: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 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 @ Syracuse 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (12-6, 3.41) v. Jacob Turner (1-4, 6.05)

Montgomery v. Birmingham 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Anthony Misiewicz (1-0, 1.80)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Burch Smith (2-1, 2.90) v. Scott Squier (5-6, 3.57)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (5-6, 4.11) v. TBA

Hudson Valley @ Tri-City 7 PM (radio stream)

Princeton is off

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
Offense: 482 R (11th) .690 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 5.22 ERA (14th) 1.52 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Erick Fedde (2), OF Rafael Bautista (11), OF Joey Butler, RHP Kevin Jepsen

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
20-29 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 391 R (10th) .646 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (10th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Kopech (5), RHP Spencer Adams (9), RHP Jordan Stephens (12), 3B Trey Michalczewski (13), RHP Connor Walsh (27), 1B Cameron Seitzer

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
27-25 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 410 R (11th) .642 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Stone Garrett (9), RHP Cody Poteet (14), RHP Jeff Brigham (19), C Roy Morales (20), 2B Justin Twine (28), RHP Pablo Lopez (31), RHP Merandy Gonzalez

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
22-29 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 491 R (12th) .694 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.67 ERA (15th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Micah Miniard (28)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
27-25 (2nd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 210 R (9th) .671 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (11th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Miguelangel Sierra (11), SS Jonathan Arauz (17), RHP J.B. Bukauskas, RHP Corbin Martin, 2B. J.J. Matijevic, RHP Tyler Ivey

GCL Twins
24-20 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 218 R (2nd) .722 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.00 ERA (10th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Blayne Enlow, RHP Landon Leach