Brent Honeywell (5 IP ER 8 K), Jesus Sanchez (3-for-4 2B 2 RBI 2 R) and Kevin Padlo (2-for-4 2B 2 RBI) each turned in standout performances in a productive night for the Rays’ minor leaguers.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (69-41)
The Bulls went toe-to-toe with a familiar foe and came out on top, defeating the Charlotte Knights 4-1. After Cody Asche homered off Brent Honeywell in the first inning, he shut the Knights down for five innings, departing after five innings and just 76 pitches. Backed by a Curt Casali home run and a couple RBI from Kean Wong, Honeywell and the Bulls’ bullpen stifled the Knights’ bats all night, culminating in a 4-1 victory.
Justin O’Conner 3-for-4 2B R
Kean Wong 3-for-5 2 RBI K
Willy Adames 1-for-4 BB 2 K
Jake Bauers 1-for-4 BB K
Curt Casali 2-for-4 HR 2 RBI 2 R K
Brent Honeywell 5 IP 6 H ER 8 K 0 BB
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (60-50)
The Biscuits couldn’t put a run on the board the entire night, losing to the Chattanooga Lookouts 4-0. Jose Mujica let up two runs early and looked as though he was in for a rough night, but quickly turned it around and provided six solid innings. of two-run ball. His counterpart, Twins’ top prospect Felix Jorge, tossed 7 2⁄3 shutout innings and only allowed six base runners. He and Nick Anderson combined to shut out the Biscuits, while Kyle Winkler walked three and let up two runs in relief. The Biscuits’ second half record now sits at 23-17.
Brandon Lowe 1-for-4 K
Jake Cronenworth 1-for-3 BB
Jose Mujica 6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 K BB
Advanced-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (53-54)
The Stone Crabs made quick work of the Dunedin Blue Jays, blanking them 2-0. Starter Brandon Lawson tossed five shutout innings, with Michael Velasquez throwing five shutout innings and finally handing the game off to Reece Karulus to end the game. Kevin Padlo provided the runs, with an RBI single in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth. The win pushed Charlotte to 22-17 in the second half.
Lucius Fox 0-for-3 2 BB K SB
Ryan Boldt 2-for-4 R BB 2 K
Kevin Padlo 2-for-4 2B 2 RBI
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (55-52)
The Hot Rods routed the Lansing Lugnuts in a 10-2 win. Kenny Rosenberg dominated for seven innings, letting up only an unearned run with nine strikeouts and one walk. The Hot Rods blasted an eight spot in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach early, and eventually took the win, 10-2. The Hot Rods now sit at 24-16 for the second half.
Jesus Sanchez 3-for-4 2B 2 RBI 2 R BB K
Josh Lowe 0-for-5 K
Garrett Whitley 1-for-5 2B R 3 K
Michael Brosseau 3-for-4 2B R RBI BB
Kenny Rosenberg 7 IP 3 H R (0 ER) 9 K BB
Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-23)
The Renegades took part in a seven inning shortened double header with the Lowell Spinners, and split the day, winning game one 6-4 and losing game two 2-1. In game one, The Renegades jumped out to six runs in five innings and held a 6-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, a lead off base runner was let on by a Deion Tansel error, and Lowell would get three two out runs out the inning. Hudson Valley held on for a 6-4 win.
In game two, the Renegades lead 1-0 after five innings, and looked to seal the double header sweep. In the sixth inning, however, Lowell came through with a tow out run to tie the ball game, and then walked off the next inning. The Renegades sit at 20-23 on the season.
As for top pick Brendan McKay, he went 0-for-4 with a BB and a K on the day.
Rookie-Level Princeton Rays (15-26)
It was a rough day for Princeton pitching, as they let up 8 runs (7 earned) in an 8-3 loss to the Johnson City Cardinals. It was a relatively tight ball game through six innings, with Princeton trailing 4-3, but Johnson City pounced for four runs in the seventh inning on the strength of three home runs. The loss places the Rays at 15-26.
Rookie-Level DSL Rays1 (17-32)
The first DSL Rays team fell to the DSL Astros by a score of 6-2. The Astros jumped out to a 3-1 lead through four innings. The Rays managed to pull within a run after scoring in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 3-2, but the Astros pulled away with a three-run sixth. The loss dropped the Rays to just 17-32 on the season.
Rookie-Level DSL Rays2 (29-20)
The second DSL Rays team sustained a tough loss, losing by a score of 12-0 to the DSL Red Sox in a shortened seven inning game. The Red Sox scored early and often, leaving the Rays far behind for almost the entirety of the game. A four-run second and a five-run sixth inning highlighted the win for the Red Sox. Despite the route, the DSL Rays2 hold a solid 29-20 record for the season.
Rookie-Level GCL Rays (13-20)
The Gulf Coast Rays came close to a come back in the ninth, but couldn’t push across the tying run, losing 3-2 to the GCL Twins. In a low scoring match up, the Rays held a 1-0 lead over the Twins after five innings, but the Twins pushed across three runs between three runs in the sixth and seventh inning, giving them a 3-1 lead. The rays staged a late comeback effort in the ninth, but couldn’t get the tying run in, losing 3-2. The loss dropped the Rays to 13-20 on the season.