There wasn’t a ton of action in the Tampa Bay Rays organization on Tuesday, as a combination of rain-outs and off-days meant only 3 of their affiliates were playing. All three of those teams did manage to pull out with the win.
Triple-A International League: Durham Bulls 8, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 5
Mike Montgomery struggled in his start, throwing 4.1 innings and allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. In his last 4 starts, Montgomery has struggled mightily, throwing to a 9.88 ERA in 13.2 innings. Behind him, C.J. Riefenhauser went 2.2 shutout innings, working around 3 hits and 2 walks to do so. Josh Lueke finished things off by allowing 2 runs in his 2.0 innings.
Justin Christian was once again at the center of the offense, as he went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, an RBI, and a run scored. Christian has been red hot lately, hitting .386/.413/.614 in his last 10 games. Also contributing nicely were Ali Solis and Wilson Betemit, who each had 3-hit performances and a run scored. As a whole the Bulls smacked 14 hits- more than enough to get the job done despite the disappointing pitching.
The Double-A Montgomery Biscuits were off
The High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs had their double-header canceled because of rain
Low-A Midwest League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 2, South Bend Silver Hawks (ARI) 1
The Hot Rods got a good start from Chris Kirsch, who went just 5.0 innings while allowing 2 hits and no walks while striking out 4. You do have to wonder why Kirsch didn’t stay in the game longer with how great he was pitching. The bullpen did pick up where Kirsch left off, with William Gabay throwing 2.0 shutout innings and Brad Schreiber throwing a shutout inning of his own. Brian Miller earned the save, allowing 1 run in 1.0 innings in his Hot Rods’ debut. The 2014 15th rounder has the potential to be a quick to the big leagues middle reliever, and the fact that he is the first Rays 2014 draftee to reach full-season ball further attests to that.
On offense the Hot Rods managed just 4 hits but still managed to pull out with the win. Willy Adames accounted for one of the runs with a solo homer- his 7th of the year and 1st in the Rays organization. The other was the product of an Elias Torres sac fly, which drove in Julian Ridings after he tripled.
The Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades were off
Advanced Rookie Appalachian League: Princeton Rays 5, Danville Braves 4
Starter Trevor Lubking didn’t have a great outing, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) in 4.0 innings. However the bullpen picked up the slack in a big way. Damion Carroll threw 1.1 scoreless innings before Mario Fernandez threw 2.1 shutout innings and Tomas Michelson threw 1.1 perfect innings.
Offensively it was Cristian Toribio who led the way, going 2 for 3 with a triple, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Toribio carried a solid .280/.339/.480 line into this game, and he could be a real sleeper in the Rays system as a good all-around shortstop. Also contributing to the P-Rays offense were Nick Ciuffo and Taylor Hawkins, who each went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Ciuffo hasn’t been inspiring with the bat so far as a pro, but in his last 10 games he has shown signs of improvement, hitting .317/.364/.537.
The Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays were rained out