The Undercards: Blake Snell, Pitching Lead The Way
Wednesday night was a good night for the farm system, as the Rays minor league teams went 4-2 for the day. The Durham Bulls were off, preparing for their contest on Thursday.
Montgomery Biscuits 7, Mississippi Braves 1
The Biscuits scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth, and four times in the seventh as they defeated the Braves 7-1. Kyeong Kang had a two run home run, and the Braves made 2 errors leading to 4 unearned runs. Gary Moran took the loss, giving up 7 runs (3 earned) over 6.2 innings on 10 hits while striking out 7 batters. Matt Buschmann picked up the victory, allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits and 2 walks over 6.1 innings, while striking out 4. Kang and Shawn O’Malley each had two hits for the Biscuits.
Tampa Yankees 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
Despite pounding out 11 hits, the Stone Crabs were held to only a single run in the ninth inning in the 6-1 loss to Tampa. Tampa starter Nick Turly worked out of trouble all night, yet managed to escape without giving up a run despite 5 hits and 4 walks in his 5 innings of work. Charlotte starter C.J. Reifenhauser gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings, allowing 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 batters. Todd Glaesmann, Lucas Bailey, Cody Rogers, and Hector Guevara each had two hits. Leadoff hitter Kevin Kiermeier did not have an official at bat, going 0-0 with 3 walks.
Great Lakes Loons 9, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
A close game turned into a runaway, as the Loons scored four times in the top of the eighth and twice more in the top of the ninth to pull away with a 9-2 victory. The Loons scored three times in the first two innings, with all three runs unearned, as the Hot Rods committed three errors on the night. Starter Jake Floethe commited two of the errors, giving him a total of five on the year. For the game, Floethe lasted 6 innings, giving up the 3 unearned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5. Jason McEachern was hammered by the Loons, giving up 4 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks over 1.1 innings of work. Darnell Sweeney, Pratt Maynard, and Nick Akins all had two hits for the Loons. Cameron Seitzer was 2-3 with a run scored for the Hot Rods.
Hudson Valley Renegades 4, State College Spikes 2
The Renegades broke open a 1-1 game with a three run eighth inning, and held on to defeat the Spikes 4-2. Joey Rickard walked to start the top of the eighth, moving to third on a one out single by Thomas Coyle. Rickart and Coyle both scored on a single by Luke Maile. Maile made it to third on a throwing error by Jesus Vasquez, and scored on a Ryan Dunn sacrifice fly. Ian Kendall picked up the victory in relief, allowing a run on a ninth inning home run by Samuel Gonzalez and a walk, while striking out 3 batters. Jake DePew was 2-3 with a walk in the victory.
Princeton Rays 6, Pulaski Mariners 0 (6 innings)
In a weather shortened affair, Blake Snell shut out the Pulaski Mariners 6-0. Princeton exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth inning, with four singles, an error, and two sacrifices providing the damage. The Rays tacked on another run in the top of the fifth, as Andrew Toles reached on an error, and scored on a William Argo double. Snell went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 2 hit batsmen while striking out 6 Mariners. Snell pitched to one batter in the sixth, hitting him, before the game was called. Argo and Oscar Hernandez each had two hits in the game.
GCL Rays 2, GCL Red Sox 1
Rays pitchers Jordan Harrison, Stepan Havlicek, and Jason Wilson combined on a 2 hitter, as the Rays downed the Red Sox 2-1. The lone Red Sox run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jeremias Pineda doubled, then advanced to third on a throwing error after a strikeout, and scored on a passed ball. The Rays scored twice in the top of the sixth, as Bralin Jackson had an RBI groundout, followed by an RBI single by Benjamin Kline. Harrison pitched up his first professional victory, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk over 5 innings, while striking out 5 batters. Yoel Araujo went 2-3 for the Rays.