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Another one of the team’s trade acquisitions made his organizational debut Tuesday.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago White Sox Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

I would guess the Rays were very interested in how Durham pitched Tuesday. Trevor Richards, Anthony Banda, and Jose Alvarado were among the pitchers the Bulls used to shut out Syracuse. They would probably love to see all three playing key roles in the majors in the final weeks of the season. It was Banda’s longest outing yet this season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (64-50)

Trevor Richards made his organizational debut in Durham’s 5-0 win over Syracuse. With a single and two walks, he got into some trouble, but he threw a scoreless inning. After Vidal Nuno threw the second, Anthony Banda got the bulk of the work with four innings. Jose Alvarado pitched the seventh, and Cole Sulser took care of the final two innings. Nate Lowe hit an RBI single in the first, and the Bulls scored three in the second.

1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.939)

RHP Trevor Richards: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (0.00)
LHP Anthony Banda: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Jose Alvarado: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (0.00)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (29-16)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-15)

Charlotte was edged by Bradenton, 2-1, in eight innings in the resumption of their suspended game. Ronaldo Hernandez grounded into a run-scoring double play to tie the game in the first, but that was it for the Stone Crabs’ offense. They only had three hits over the final seven innings. Tobias Myers was good, striking out five and allowing just an unearned run in five innings.

The Stone Crabs couldn’t hold off the Marauders in an 8-7 loss in Game 2. They had leads of 4-0 and 6-4 but couldn’t keep Bradenton off the board. A two-run single in the seventh tied the game, and a two-run homer in the eighth gave Bradenton its first lead. Michael Plassmeyer allowed four runs — two earned — in 5 13 innings.

DH Wander Franco (1): 1-for-3, 1 BB
SS Wander Franco (2): 1-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K (.912)
C Ronaldo Hernandez (1): 1-for-4, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez (2): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI (.713)
RF Moises Gomez (1): 0-for-3
DH Moises Gomez (2): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.686)
LF Garrett Whitley (1): 0-for-2, 1 BB
LF Garrett Whitley (2): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K (.724)
RF Izzy Wilson (2): 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K (.647)
1B Kaleo Johnson (2): 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SB (.708)

RHP Tobias Myers (1): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 K (2.71)
LHP Michael Plassmeyer (2): 5 13 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 6 K (2.44)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-18)

Zack Trageton pitched Bowling Green to a 6-1 win over Lansing. In six innings, he allowed just a run and had seven strikeouts. Jordan Qsar hit an RBI triple in the first, and the Hot Rods led by three before the Lugnuts got on the board. Bowling Green closed the game with three unanswered runs, including one a half inning after Lansing scored.

CF Grant Witherspoon: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI (.747)

RHP Zack Trageton: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (2.92)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-21)

Hudson Valley lost a narrow game to Brooklyn, 2-1. The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Pedro Diaz’s RBI single drove in Jordyn Muffley in the top of the seventh. John Doxakis and Steffon Moore each threw three scoreless innings, and Hector FIgueroa struck out four in two scoreless frames. However, the Cyclones scored two off Andrew Gross in the ninth.

LF Pedro Diaz: 2-for-3, 1 RBI (.500)

LHP John Doxakis: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (2.29)
RHP Hector Figueroa: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (2.10)

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-25)

Nick Schnell homered twice in Princeton’s 11-2 win over Pulaski. His first-inning homer two batters into the game gave the Rays a 2-0 lead and started a six-run rally that inning. He doubled and scored in the second and went deep again in the fifth. With the early run support, Jose Lopez was sharp, striking out eight in five scoreless innings.

DH Nick Schnell: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.847)
1B Jake Guenther: 3-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.882)
2B Angelo Armenta: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.692)

LHP Jose Lopez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K (2.57)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (16-16)

The GCL Rays prevailed in the resumption of their suspended game against the GCL Red Sox, 5-4, in 11 innings. The teams traded runs in the 10th. In the 11th, the Rays got a leadoff single and an intentional walk to load the bases. After a flyout, Alberto Figuereo drew a walk-off, bases-loaded walk. Seth Johnson threw two more scoreless innings, clearly in a game that was suspended before he was promoted to Princeton.

JJ Goss earned his first professional win in the GCL Rays’ 2-1 win in Game 2. After Ryan Sherriff made his organizational debut with a scoreless inning, Goss entered in relief and threw two scoreless frames. Johan Lopez hit a sacrifice fly in the first, and Johampher Arrendoll’s RBI single in the fourth proved to be the decisive run.

1B Grant Kay (2): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K
DH Johan Lopez (1): 3-for-5, 1 R (.771)
1B Freddvil Chevez (1): 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K (.800)
CF Daiwer Castellanos (2): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B (.641)

RHP Seth Johnson (1): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (0.00)
LHP Ryan Sherriff (2): 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP JJ Goss (2): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (8.00)

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

Durham vs. Syracuse 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Arturo Reyes (7-6, 5.19) vs. TBA

Montgomery @ Birmingham 8:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. Bradenton 12 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. Conner Loeprich (1-0, 1.50)
TBA vs TBA

Both games will be seven innings.

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Troy Watson (5-2, 3.72)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 p.m. ET
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Pulaski 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Leonard Pestana (0-3, 9.82)

GCL Rays vs. GCL Pirates 10 a.m. DOUBLEHEADER

Both games will be seven innings.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Mets
57-57 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 558 R (10th) .770 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.70 ERA (2nd) 1.46 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Walker Lockett (13), OF Braxton Lee, TE Tim Tebow

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
23-19 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 436 R (6th) .683 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (9th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Micker Aldofo (6), OF Blake Rutherford (8), OF Luis Gonzalez (9), 1B Gavin Sheets (14), SS Laz Rivera (16), RHP Alec Hansen (17), RHP Zack Burdi (18), OF Luis Basabe (23), RHP Codi Heuer (26), OF Joel Booker (27), RHP Tyler Johnson (29), LHP Kodi Medeiros (30)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
26-19 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 447 R (3rd) .696 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (5th) 1.21 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Oneil Cruz (3), OF Travis Swaggerty (4), OF Cal Mitchell (8), RHP Max Kranick (12), OF Lolo Sanchez (13), RHP Osvaldo Bido (17), C Deon Stafford (22), LHP Braeden Ogle (28), 1B Mason Martin (30)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
15-29 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 441 R (13th) .646 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (14th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Parker Meadows (7), SS Wenceel Perez (11), C Sam McMillan (27), RHP Wilkel Hernandez (30)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
28-22 (2nd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 189 R (9th) .698 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.04 ERA (3rd) 1.09 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Michel Otanez (26)

Pulaski Yankees
31-15 (1st in AL East)
Offense: 230 R (5th) .723 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (1st) 1.15 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Antonio Cabello (8), IF Anthony Volpe (9), OF Anthony Garcia (15), LHP T.J. Sikkema (18), OF Ryder Green (30)

GCL Pirates
12-22 (6th in GCL South)
Offense: 113 R (17th) .633 OPS (17th)
Pitching: 4.74 ERA (18th) 1.54 WHIP (18th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Quinn Priester, OF Sammy Siani

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Kevin Padlo was on this week’s Hot Sheet at Baseball America.