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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe brothers combine for 3 homers

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Durham and Montgomery lost Sunday, but it wasn’t due to a lack of power from Josh and Nate Lowe.

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies
Nate Lowe was OK with Durham in 2018, but he’s been much better in 2019.
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Nate Lowe hit a lot of home runs last season, and Josh Lowe has quite a bit of power potential. However, Sunday was the first time in their professional careers that they homered on the same day. It likely won’t be the last.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-10)

An early 6-2 lead wasn’t enough in Durham’s 7-6 loss to Gwinnett. Nate Lowe opened the scoring in the first with an RBI single, and RBI doubles from Christian Arroyo and Kean Wong made it 4-0. The Stripers scored two in the second, but Lowe immediately responded with a two-run homer. However, the Bulls had just three hits in the final six innings. Andrew Moore allowed four runs in five innings, and the final three runs came off Austin Pruitt.

2B Nick Solak: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.788)
1B Nate Lowe: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K (1.051)
DH Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB (1.013)

RHP Andrew Moore: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (13.50)
RHP Austin Pruitt: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K (4.76)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-7)

Josh Lowe stayed hot, but it wasn’t enough in Montgomery’s 10-inning, 7-6 loss to Mississippi. In the fourth, his solo home run tied the game, and in the sixth, his solo home run gave the Biscuits the lead. Tristan Gray also homered, and the game was tied at three through nine innings. The Biscuits scored three in the top half of the 10th, but Matt Krook allowed four in the bottom half of the inning, including the winning run on a bases-loaded walk. Sam McWilliams allowed two runs in four innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-5, 1 R (.728)
CF Josh Lowe: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB (1.079)
DH Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.522)
2B Tristan Gray: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.756)
C David Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K (1.139)
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (1.230)

RHP Sam McWilliams: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (4.00)
LHP Matt Krook: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K (12.60)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-11)

Charlotte was off.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-8)

Bowling Green was off.

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

Durham is off.

Montgomery @ Mississippi 11:35 a.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brendan McKay (0-0, 4.15) vs. Tucker Davidson (0-0, 1.00)

Charlotte vs. Tampa 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Frank German (0-1, 4.15)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Ryan Weathers (2-0, 2.16)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Mississippi Braves
8-7 (T-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)

Tampa Tarpons (Yankees)
6-11 (T-4th in FSL North)
Offense: 76 R (2nd) .645 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (11th) 1.42 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Estevan Florial (1), RHP Deivi Garcia (6), RHP Clarke Schmidt (13), C Jason Lopez (21), RHP Frank German (23)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
9-7 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 76 R (3rd) .651 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Ryan Weathers (13), SS Xavier Edwards (21)

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Friend of the site Jason Collette asked an interesting question about the MLB ball in Triple A that I hadn’t considered: