The Undercards: Ryne Stanek Makes His High-A Debut

By Joe Saunders

Every Rays’ affiliate was back in action Tuesday, but the story of the day was 2013 first rounder Ryne Stanek making his High-A debut with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Stanek had been solid down in Low-A for Bowling Green and impressed in his first outing for the Stone Crabs.

Triple-A International League: Norfolk Tides 7, Durham Bulls 4

Mike Fontenot singled home Robby Price in the top of the first to get the scoring started in top of the first. Norfolk got the run back in the bottom of the 3rd but Jeremy Moore hit a 2-run homer in the 5th to put the Bulls up 3-1. Mikie Mahtook singled in a 4th run in the 5th but things would only go down hill from there. Norfolk scored 6 unanswered runs to bury the Bulls. Alex Colome only lasted 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks while not striking out a batter.

Double-A Southern League: Mississippi Braves 7, Montgomery Biscuits 4

The Biscuits scored in each of the first 3 innings but it wouldn’t be enough as the Braves totaled 18 hits on the night. Ryan Brett went 1 for 4 with a stolen base and Taylor Motter went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs. Biscuits’ starter Mike Colla allowed 12 hits in 5 innings but was able to hold the Braves to just 3 runs. Cory Burns and Jim Patterson each allowed home runs and couldn’t stop the Braves’ offense. Kes Carter also went 2 for 4 with a double.

High-A Florida State League: Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, Jupiter Hammerheads 1

Ryne Stanek made his debut for the Stone Crabs and was very impressive. Stanek went 6 innings and only allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 3 and walking just 1. Kevin Brandt threw 3 shutout innings in relief. After falling behind in the 3rd inning, the Stone Crabs scored 4 unanswered runs. Granden Goetzman went 1 for 3 with a double while Jonathan Quinonez went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI’s. Yunel Escobar went 1 for 4 with a run scored in his rehab start.

Low-A Midwest League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Jacob Faria went 6 strong innings en route to a Hot Rods’ victory. He allowed just 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 7 and not walking a batter. Juniel Querecuto, Darryl George and James Harris all had multi-hit games and recorded an RBI a piece to help out the cause. Some other notables included Kean Wong who went 1 for 3 with walk and Oscar Hernandez who went 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Short Season-A New York-Penn League Game 1: Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Hudson Valley Renegades 0

The Renegades got shut out in game 1 of the double header against Brooklyn and only managed 1 hit in the game. Enderson Franco went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 in the losing effort.

Game 2: Hudson Valley Renegades 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 0

Edgar Gomez and Isaac Gil combined to shutout the Cyclones in Game 2. The Renegades finally put together some offense led by Hunter Lockwood , who homered. Leopodo Correa and Zach Marberry each had multi-hit games as well. Casey Gillaspie went 1 for 3.

Short Season-Rookie League Appalachian League: Danville Braves 1, Princeton Rays 0

Princeton’s game was suspended in the 3rd inning due to rain. The two teams will make up the game on 8/24.

Short Season-Rookie League Gulf Coast League: GCL Rays 6, GCL Red Sox 4

Taylor Guerrieri made his second rehab start and allowed 3 unearned runs in one inning of work on two hits while striking out 1 and walking 1. Cameron Varga then took over and pitched 3 innings and only allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 1 and not walking anyone. Zacrey Law made his professional debut and went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Cade Gotta, Jonathan Freemyer and Matt Reida each had multi-hit games.