Rays Minor League Report-Howell Almost Back

By Unknown author

Here is a look at how the Rays’ minor league teams did this week through Tuesday. The overall record is in parenthesis.

Durham Bulls (AAA)

Record: 2-3 (22-16)

The Bulls had a tough week. After winning two of their first three games, they dropped a game 11-0 to the Syracuse Chiefs last Saturday. The rain came and washed out the last two games of the series. When the Bulls returned home, they blew an 8-3 eighth inning lead to eventually lose 11-8 in 10 innings.

Game of the Week: May 11–Durham Bulls 1, Indianapolis Indians 0

Top Performance (Hitter): Leslie Anderson (May 13)–2 for 5, 2 homers, 3 RBI

Top Performance (Pitcher): Alex Cobb (May 11)–6 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 5 K’s

On May 14, Michael Aubrey of the Syracuse Chiefs had an historic day, hitting four homers and drove in seven in an 11-0 rout of the Bulls.

Montgomery Biscuits (AA)

Record: 4-3 (19-20)

The Biscuits had a solid week, first taking two of three from the Chattanooga Lookouts and then splitting a series with the Birmingham Barons.

Game of the Week: May 16–Montgomery Biscuits 6, Birmingham Barons 4 (11 innings)

May 17–Montgomery Biscuits 14, Birmingham Barons 5

Top Performance (Hitter): Stephen Vogt (May 16-17)–Stephen has been red hot the last few days going 5 for 9 with a homer, four runs scored and six runs batted in.

Top Performance (Pitcher): Joseph Cruz (May 12)–6.1 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER

Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv.)

Record: 2-5 (13-26)

Losing three of four to the Flying Tigers of Lakeland helped make this a very bad week for the Stone Crabs.

Game of the Week: May 14–Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3

Top Performance (Hitter): Christopher Murrill (May 13)–4 for 5, three runs scored

Top Performance (Pitcher): Adam Liberatore (May 12)–3 IP, 0 ER in relief

Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
Record: 5-2 (22-17)

The Hot Rods had a good week, winning some exciting games, especially on May 12. Their only disappointing game was on May 13 when the South Bend Silver Hawks scored two in the eighth and two in the ninth to defeat the Hot Rods 4-2.

Game of the Week: May 12–Bowling Green Hot Rods 7, Fort Wayne TinCaps 6 (13 innings). Both teams scored two in the 10th and one in the 11th before the Hot Rods finally won it with a run in the 13th.

May 14–Bowling Green Hot Rods 6, South Bend Silver Hawks 0 (7 innings). 

Top Performance (Hitter): Todd Glaesmann (May 12)–2 for 2, two homers after he pinch ran for Steven Tinoco. Tinoco had a good game as well, going 3 for 4 with two runs batted in.

Top Performance (Pitcher): C.J. Riefenhauser (May 14)–7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 10 K’s, complete game shutout in the second game of a double-header

Other news:

J.P. Howell is about set to rejoin the the Rays. He had been rehabbing in Durham before the rain washed out one of his assignments. He went down to Charlotte to finish up his work and should be activated sometime this weekend against the Marlins.

The Rays have been fortunate this year with injuries. Evan Longoria was hurt for about a month and lately Jeff Niemann has been on the disabled list, but that has been it.