The Tampa Bay Rays always put together great depth, and that has shown once again this year. Mike Montgomery continues performing for the Durham Bulls, yet there simply isn’t room for him on the big league roster. He once again was stellar on Monday.
Triple-A International League: Durham Bulls 8, Norfolk Tides (BAL) 0
Mike Montgomery started for the Bulls and was dominant, going 7.0 innings allowing 0 runs on just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. Montgomery’s ERA is now at 3.36 as he continues his good season. C.J. Riefenhauser would throw the final 2.0 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.35.
On offense, Wilson Betemit would smack his 12th home run of the year as part of a 2-5, 3 RBI performance. Justin Christian went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored as he continues a nice season. Cole Figueroa would go 2-4 with 2 runs scored to cap off a solid day for the Bulls.
Double-A Southern League: Game 1: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) 6, Montgomery Biscuits 2 in 7 innings
Playing a pair of 7 inning games to make up for Sunday’s rainout, the Biscuits did not have a great day. In game 1, Roberto Gomez was the starter, but would last only 4.0 innings while giving up 4 runs. Matt Lollis continued his struggles behind Gomez by going 1.0 innings and giving up 2 runs. In his last 10 games he has an ugly 6.46 ERA. Sam Runion would then throw 2.0 scoreless innings.
Offensively, the Biscuits would manage 12 hits, but only one of them for extra bases and they would manage just 2 runs. Taylor Motter went 2-4 with a double to lead the offense. Luke Maile, Cameron Seitzer, and Jake Hager would all also smack two hits, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Game 2: Blue Wahoos 9, Biscuits 2 in 7 innings
Mike Colla was the starter in game 2 and he too struggled, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) in 4.1 innings. Santiago Garrido would get 2 outs while giving up 2 runs of his own before Matt Ramsey calmed things down with 2.0 scoreless innings. On offense, Ryan Brett, Alejandro Segovia, and Richie Shaffer would all smack doubles. However, the Biscuits would manage just 4 hits as a whole.
High-A Florida State League: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5, Port Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
Leonel Santiago had a great start, going 7.0 innings and giving up just 1 run while striking out 6. But behind him, Parker Markel and Ryan Garton struggled by giving up a combined 4 runs in the final 2.0 innings. Justin O’Conner had a big day at the plate, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles, but other than him the offense couldn’t do much in this game. Ryan Hanigan continued his rehab, and while he went 0-3, he caught the entire game as he is nearing his return.
Low-A Midwest League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 2, Fort Wayne Tincaps (SDP) 1
Jaime Schultz continued his surprising year in this start, going 6.0 scoreless innings and giving up just 3 hits while striking out 8. Through just 5 starts, he has a 0.78 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 28 innings. Stone Speer would give up a run in 2.2 innings after Schultz, and Colton Reavis would get 1 out to earn the save.
The offense would have just 5 hits, though 4 were for extra bases. Oscar Hernandez and Granden Goetzman both smacked triples. Johnny Field and Ariel Soriano would also add doubles. No Hot Rod would have multiple hits, but it hardly mattered given the pitching performance.