The Rays farm system had a light night of action, with the Montgomery Biscuits, Charlotte Stone Crabs, Hudson Valley Renegades, and Princeton Rays were all off on Monday night. Here is this morning’s look around the minor leagues.
Toledo Mud Hens 7, Durham Bulls 5
Durham exploded for five runs in the top of the third innings, as Nevin Ashley homered to lead off the frame. After loading the bases with one out, Chris Gimenez hit a two run single, and Leslie Anderson and Cole Figueroa contributed RBI singles, putting the Bulls up 5-0. Toledo came back in the bottom of the inning, on Jerad Head‘s two out, two run home run. The Mud Hens scored twice more in the bottom of the fifth, as Don Kelly and John Lindsey each had two out RBI singles. The game became tied in the bottom of the seventh, when am error by Tim Beckham put Justin Henry on second. Henry would come around to score on Head’s RBI single. With two out and two on in the bottom of the eighth, Brad Davis doubled, plating two and giving the Mud Hens the eventual 7-5 victory. Ryan Reid picked up the loss, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits over three innings. Anderson, Feliciano, and Reid Brignac each had two hits in the loss.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 4
Scoreless into the top of the fifth, the floodgates opened in the top of the fifth. Back to back doubles by Jeff Malm and Cameron Seitzer put the Hot Rods on the board. After a walk, Kes Carter had an RBI single, driving in Seitzer. After an out, another walk loaded the bases. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly led to two more runs, as Bowling Green pulled out to a 4-0 lead. West Michigan got a run back in the bottom of the frame, as the Whitecaps had runners on second and third with no outs. A groundout lead to a run, but Ryan Carpenter managed to escape further harm. Bowling Green scored twice more in the top of the sixth, when Joshua Sale had a two out, two run single. The Whitecaps scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead to 6-3, however, the Hot Rods put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth. The Hot Rods scored four times on three consecutive RBI singles and a sacrifice fly, stretching out to a 10-3 lead. West Michigan got a run back in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough as the Hot Rods rolled to a 10-4 victory. Carpenter picked up the win, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 2 in 6 innings of work. Four Rays had 2 hits each, with Malm and Seitzer each hitting 2 doubles.
GCL Rays 7, GCL Red Sox 3 (8 innings)
The Rays jumped out on the Red Sox early and often, cruising to a 7-3 victory. Yoel Araujo kicked off the scoring with a two run, two out double in the first inning, giving the Rays an early 2-0 lead. A Bralin Jackson two out triple plated another run in the top of the second. The Rays tacked on another run in the top of the fourth, and two more in the top of the fifth, jumping out to a 6-0 lead. The Red Sox clawed back, scoring single runs in the bottom of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to pull within three. The Rays put another run up in the top of the eighth, as Armando Araiza had an RBI double. The game was called with two out int he top of the eighth, giving the Rays a 7-3 win. Matthew Ramsey picked up the victory in relief, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and a walk over 1.1 innings, striking out 2 batters. Araiza, Jackson, and Benjamin Kline each had two hits in the victory.