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Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay dominant in return to mound

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Missing time due to shoulder fatigue did not stop Brendan McKay from striking out nearly every batter he faced Saturday.

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With two days left in the season, there are four Rays affiliates still playing. Montgomery and Bowling Green are in the postseason. Hudson Valley is a game up with two to play, and Durham is a game down with two to play, but its game recap from Friday suggested the Bulls own the tiebreaker against Charlotte.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (74-63)

Durham fell a game behind Charlotte with a 3-2 loss to Gwinnett. This came despite the impressive return of Brendan McKay. In his first start since going on the injured list with shoulder fatigue, the lefty struck out eight in three scoreless innings. The Stripers were happy to see him leave and scored a run in each of the three innings after he departed.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP (.967)

LHP Brendan McKay: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K (0.84)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (42-22)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (42-25)

Bowling Green clinched the second-half division and a playoff berth with a 5-4 win over South Bend. The Hot Rods were outhit, 15-4, but they never trailed. Chris Betts homered in the fourth to give them a 3-0 lead, and his RBI single in the sixth put them back ahead, 4-3. In the ninth, they took the lead for good on Ford Proctor’s RBI double. Easton McGee allowed three runs in 4 23 innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (.644)
RF Ruben Cardenas: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.794)
C Chris Betts: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.740)

RHP Easton McGee: 4 23 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (3.67)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (42-31)

Hudson Valley moved back into sole possession of first place with a 9-1 win over Aberdeen. With two games to play, the Renegades are a game up on both Aberdeen and Brooklyn. They had two run-scoring outs in the first, and Greg Jones hit an RBI single in the second. Jones also hit an RBI double in the three-run eighth. Rodolfo Sanchez struck out six and allowed a run in six innings.

SS Greg Jones: 5-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI (.857)
3B Nick Sogard: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS (.716)

RHP Rodolfo Sanchez: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (3.41)
RHP Ryan Jackson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (0.00)

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

Durham vs. Gwinnett 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Touki Toussaint (1-5, 7.71)

Montgomery vs. Pensacola 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Charlie Barnes (3-3, 2.96)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 2:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Hudson Valley vs. Aberdeen 4:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
79-58
Offense: 720 R (2nd) .808 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (1st) 1.33 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cristian Pache (1), RHP Ian Anderson (2), OF Drew Waters (3), RHP Kyle Wright (4), RHP Bryse Wilson (6), LHP Tucker Davidson (10), RHP Patrick Weigel (13), RHP Huascar Ynoa (19), RHP Chad Sobotka (22)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Minnesota)
37-30 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 536 R (5th) .684 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Alex Kirilloff (1), SS Royce Lewis (2), RHP Jhoan Duran (6), OF Trevor Larnach (7), C Ryan Jeffers (8), RHP Griffin Jax (14), C Ben Rortvedt (22), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (28)

South Bend Cubs
37-29
Offense: 568 R (9th) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (6th) 1.28 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cole Roederer (4), OF Brennen Davis (5), 2B Chase Strumpf (7), OF Nelson Velazquez (13), RHP Jose Albertos (15), RHP Riley Thompson (20)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
41-32 (T-2nd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 306 R (5th) .677 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.36 ERA (1st) 1.08 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Kyle Stowers (22), SS Jean Carmona (26)

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