Rays’ minor league teams did well this past week. Only the Charlotte Stone Crabs had a losing record while the Bowling Green Hot Rods went an impressive 5-1. Check out a small snapshot that was each team’s week. Note: overall record in parentheses.
Record: 4-3 (15-12)
Game of the Week: April 30 – Durham Bulls 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
The Bulls banged out 19 hits and everyone but two hitters had two hits
Top Performance (Hitter): Justin Ruggiano (April 30) – 4 for 6, 2 runs batted in, run scored
Top Performance (Pitcher): Edgar Gonzalez (April 30) – 5 shutout innings, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts
Record: 4-3 (11-15)
Game of the Week: April 27- Montgomery Biscuits 17, Mississippi Braves 2
Top Performance (Hitter): Evan Longoria in his rehab assignment hit three homers in four games.
Stephen Vogt (May 2) – 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI
Top Performance (Pitcher): Shane Dyer (April 27) – 6.1 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER
Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv.)
Record: 2-4 (9-16)
Game of the Week: April 30 – Charlotte Stone Crabs 5, Fort Myers Miracle 4
The Stone Crabs trailed 4-1 going into the ninth and scored four to walk off with the win.
Top Performance (Hitter): Hak-Ju Lee – 14 game hitting streak that came to an end May 2.
Top Performance (Pitcher): Alex Colome (April 29) – 7 IP, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts
Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
Record: 5-1 (15-10)
Game of the Week: May 3 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 6, Dayton Dragons 0
The game was only seven innings because it was the second game of a double header, but the Hot Rods pitching staff held the Dragons to only two hits.
Top Performance (Hitter): Phillip Wunderlich (May 3) – 3 for 3, HR, 2 runs
Top Performance (Pitcher): C.J. Riefenhauser (April 29) – 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 11 strikeouts. The Hot Rods that day struck out 16.
J.P. Howell is beginning his way back to the Rays. He made two starts this week for the Stone Crabs and pitched an inning in each appearance. On other days, he was seen at Tropicana Field. If only other minor leaguers could spend their off days with the big club as well.