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Rays DOTF 9/4 : Justin Williams and Drew Strotman continue strong seasons

The rest of the system didn’t do much, yesterday.

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Johnny Field provided one of two RBIs for Durham.
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In a light day for the Rays’ bats, Justin Williams and Josh Lowe made real impacts, while pitchers Drew Strotman pitched shut-out ball. The Stone Crabs went nineteen innings scoreless in a double header as well.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (85-55)

As the Bulls wrap up the regular season in preparation for the International League playoffs, they played the Gwinnett Braves in a double header on Saturday, seven innings apiece. In game one, the Bulls struggled to get the bats going, getting shut out. The lone run of the 1-0 defeat came off the bat of Micah Johnson in the form of a solo home run.

In the second matchup, the Bulls got their revenge, shutting out the Braves. The only runs of the game came in the third inning, with Johnny Field doubling in Mike McKenry. Later in the inning, Andrew Velasquez brought home a second run on a sacrifice fly. With the split double header, the division winning Bulls hold a record of 85-55.

Game 1

Willy Adames 0-for-3 2 K

Jake Bauers 1-for-3

Daniel Robertson 1-for-3

Mallex Smith 0-for-3 K

Game 2

Johnny Field 1-for-4 2B RBI R K SB

Willy Adames 1-for-3

Jake Bauers 1-for-2 BB SB

Chih Wei Hu 2 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 K 0 BB

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (76-62)

The Biscuits and Chattanooga Lookouts battled throughout the game, culminating in a Lookout victory by the score of 4-3. In the first inning, Justin Williams doubled in two runs out of the gate to give the Biscuits an early 2-0 lead. A two-run home run from LaMonte Wade tied the game in the sixth inning, and the Lookouts puts up two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Biscuits put together a rally in the ninth, getting an RBI single from Justin Williams, but came up just short of tying the game with two men on base. The loss dropped the Biscuits to 39-29 in the second half.

Nick Ciuffo 2-for-5 R

Brett Sullivan 2-for-5

Nathan Lukes 2-for-4 R BB 2 K

Justin Williams 2-for-4 2B 3 RBI BB

Anthony Misiewicz 6 IP 7 H 2 ER 6 K 0 BB

Advanced Class-A Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (69-65)

The Stone Crabs engaged in a double header with the Bradenton Marauders, getting shut out for nineteen innings in two losses. In game one starter Michael Santos gave the Crabs six shutout innings to work with, but couldn't get any runs of support for his outing. Immediately after he exited, the Crab pen gave up two runs in the seventh inning, and the Marauders extended their lead in the ninth inning with a three spot to take a 5-0 lead. The Crabs could only muster up four hits in the game as they were shutout.

In game two, it was more of the same. Starter Travis Ott shut down the Marauders for six innings, and the Crabs offense only put up two hits into extras. The Marauders eventually walked off on a Ke'Bryan Hayes sac-fly to take the 1-0 win. The Crabs second half record now sit at 38-28.

Game 1

Michael Santos 6 IP 6 H 0 ER 4 K BB

Kevin Padlo 0-for-3 K

Lucius Fox 0-for-4 K

Game 2

Ryan Boldt 1-for-4 2 K

David Olmedo-Barrera 1-for-4 3 K

Travis Ott 6 IP 2 H 0 ER 6 K 2 BB

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (70-65)

The Hot Rods punched their ticket to the postseason after a 5-0 victory over In the bottom of the third inning, catcher Rene Pinto doubled down the left field line to score Josh Lowe and Garrett Whitley. Later on in the fifth inning, a wild pitch gave the Hot Rods another run, and another run would come home on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Whitley in the seventh inning. The Hot Rods broke through for another run in the eighth inning and held until the end of the game. Willy Ortiz, Orlando Romero and Joe Serrapica combined for the team shutout. Bowling Green is now 39-29 in the second half

Josh Lowe 1-for-2 2B R 2 BB K

Garrett Whitley 0-for-1 RBI R BB K

Jesus Sanchez 1-for-4

Rene Pinot 1-for-4 2B 2 RBI

Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades (41-30)

It took extra innings, but the Renegades topped the Vermont Lake Monsters in 4-3. The two teams went into the tenth inning tied at one, but the Lake Monsters, pulled away with two runs in the top of the tenth. In the bottom half, however, the Renegades would draw a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to one. A wild pitch tied the game up, and back-to-back walks gave Hudson Valley a literal walk-off walk.

Brendon McKay 1-for-4 RBI BB K

Drew Strotman 6 IP 2 H ER 6 K 0 BB

Rookie-Level GCL Rays (28-32)

The Gulf Coast Rays were edged out late against the GCL Orioles in a 2-1 loss. Rehabbing Jake Fraley doubled in a run in the sixth inning to give the Rays an initial 1-0 lead. In the seventh inning, however, the Orioles tied it up. With a tie game in the ninth inning, the Orioles put up the go-ahead run and were able to hold onto the lead for a 2-1 victory. The loss dropped the Gulf Coast Rays to 28-32.