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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Durham takes commanding 2-0 lead over Indianapolis

The Bulls really only needed two players to earn another postseason win Thursday

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Jake Bauers was clutch in Game 2
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I apologize for the lateness. My internet went out when I usually write, so I had to wait a bit.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (2-0)

Yonny Chirinos and Jake Bauers teamed up to give Durham a 2-0 win over Indianapolis and a 2-0 edge in the semifinal series. Bauers opened the scoring with a second-inning homer off Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow, and his RBI single in the eighth added insurance. On the mound, Chirinos struck out four in seven strong innings.

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-2, 1 BB
1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

LHP Jonny Venters: one-third IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Yonny Chirinos: 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Hunter Wood: one-third IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-1)

A late home run from Nathan Lukes lifted Montgomery to a 3-2 win over Chattanooga to even their best-of-five series. The Biscuits initially took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Lookouts eventually tied the game in the seventh. In the eighth, Lukes greeted reliever Cody Stashak with a go-ahead solo homer. Starter Anthony Misiewicz allowed two runs in six-plus innings.

OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-3, 1 BB
OF Nathan Lukes: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

LHP Anthony Misiewicz: 6+ IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (72-65)

Bowling Green blew a 4-1 lead and ended its season with a 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne. After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Hot Rods rallied for four straight runs, including three in the fifth. Adrian Navas struck out six and only allowed a run in six innings, but the bullpen could not hold the lead. Joe Serrapica gave up a series-clinching, walk-off home run.

OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 4 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Luis Rengifo: 3-for-4, 1 R

RHP Adrian Navas: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (44-32)

Brendan McKay’s triple was Hudson Valley’s only hit in its 2-1 win to open its doubleheader with Aberdeen. With two outs in the first, his first professional triple scored Taylor Walls, and McKay scored himself on a passed ball. Jhonleider Salinas struck out four and allowed a run in two innings before handing the ball to four Renegades relievers.

Hudson Valley allowed runs early and often in its 10-3 loss to close the regular season. The Renegades fell behind 10-0 before Jean Ramirez’s solo homer in the fourth got them on the board. Hector Lopez started and allowed two runs — one earned -- in two innings, and Eduard Rosillo was hammered for eight runs — seven earned -- in two innings of relief.

SS Taylor Walls (1): 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB
DH Brendan McKay (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
2B Vidal Brujan (2): 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Oscar Rojas (1): 0-for-3, 3 K
C Rafelin Lorenzo (1): 0-for-3, 3 K
OF Carl Chester (2): 3-for-4, 1 R
OF Isaac Benard (2): 0-for-4, 2 K
C Jean Ramirez (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Jhonleider Salinas (1): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Hector Lopez (2): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Eduard Rosillo (2): 2 IP, 7 H, 8 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 1 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 @ Indianapolis 7:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Burch Smith (2-1, 1.65) v. Nick Kingham (9-6, 4.13)

Best-of-five series (Durham leads, 2-0)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (5-4, 3.62) v. TBA

Best-of-five series (Series tied, 1-1)

Bowling Green’s season is over

Hudson Valley is off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
Offense: 647 R (2nd) .736 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.48 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (1), RHP Tyler Glasnow (3), SS Kevin Newman (5), LHP Steven Brault (7), RHP Nick Kingham (11), RHP Clay Holmes (19), RHP Tyler Eppler (20)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
Offense: 659 R (1st) .726 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (1st) 1.25 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), RHP Fernando Romero (4), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), LHP Randy Rosario (31), RHP Zack Littell