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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Newcomer, veterans lead Durham to doubleheader sweep

Until Saturday, catcher Dashenko Ricardo hadn’t had a hit in affiliated baseball since 2013.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-9)

Durham bashed four home runs in its Game 1, 11-2 win over Gwinnett. The Bulls already led 3-1 when newcomer Dashenko Ricardo went deep in the fourth, extending their lead to 4-1. It was his first hit in affiliated baseball since 2013. An inning later, Jake Smolinski, Jason Coats, and Andrew Velazquez all homered. Ryan Merritt allowed a run in five innings.

The Bulls rallied to sweep the doubleheader with a 3-2 win in Game 2. They only had two hits, but one was extremely timely. With two outs in the sixth, Kean Wong cleared the bases with a double. Their previous hit was a leadoff single in the third by Emilio Bonifacio. They threw five pitchers at the Stripers, none of whom pitched longer than Mike Franco’s 2 13 innings.

CF Andrew Velazquez (1): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Andrew Velazquez (2): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K (.895)
1B Nate Lowe (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
1B Nate Lowe (2): 0-for-2, 1 R (.956)
DH Nick Solak (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
LF Nick Solak (2): 0-for-2, 1 K (.838)
RF Jake Smolinski (1): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.717)
LF Jason Coats (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.509)
C Dashenko Ricardo (1): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (2.334)

LHP Ryan Merritt (1): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (7.27)
LHP Colin Poche (2): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K (15.88)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-6)

Montgomery had more solid pitching in its 5-0 win over Mississippi. In their last three games, the Biscuits have only allowed three runs. Although he walked five, Ricardo Pinto managed five scoreless innings. Ivan Pelaez threw the next three innings, and Curtis Taylor completed the shutout. The first run scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, and the Biscuits added four insurance runs in the eighth.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K (.796)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K (.925)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (.690)
DH Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, 1 BB (.556)

RHP Ricardo Pinto: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K (5.93)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-11)

Charlotte gained an early lead and cruised to a 7-2 win over Fort Myers. The first four batters of the game drew walks and helped lead to three first-inning runs. An inning later, the first four batters reached again, but this time, the Stone Crabs scored four runs. With the early run support, Tommy Romero had a nice outing, allowing just a run in five innings with four strikeouts.

SS Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (.784)
3B Tyler Frank: 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K (.451)
DH Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-4, 4 RBI (.420)
LF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K (.683)

RHP Tommy Romero: 5 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (1.93)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-7)

Shane McClanahan had a rough outing in Bowling Green’s 8-3 loss to Great Lakes. In five innings, he walked four batters, including three in the four-run second inning. The Loons made him pay with a pair of run-scoring extra-base hits. The Hot Rods scored the next three runs, but Great Lakes put the game away with another four-run inning in the seventh.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (.745)

LHP Shane McClanahan: 5 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (4.70)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

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Sunday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham vs. Gwinnett 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jake Faria (1-0, 6.35) vs. TBA

Montgomery @ Mississippi 2:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Sam McWilliams (1-0, 3.60) vs. Tucker Davidson (0-0, 1.00)

Charlotte is off.

Bowling Green is off.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
7-7 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 65 R (9th) .767 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (3rd) 1.17 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Austin Riley (1), RHP Kyle Wright (4), RHP Bryse Wilson (6), LHP Luiz Gohara (10), LHP Kolby Allard (14), C Alex Jackson (23)

Mississippi Braves
7-6 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 56 R (4th) .700 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.77 ERA (2nd) 1.36 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Ian Anderson (2), OF Drew Waters (7), OF Cristian Pache (8), LHP Kyle Muller (11), LHP Joey Wentz (12), RHP Patrick Weigel (13), 3B CJ Alexander (18), RHP Huascar Ynoa (19), LHP Tucker Davidson (21), SS Ray-Patrick Didder (30)

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