The injury bug has decimated the Tampa Bay Rays all season, but finally it appears they are getting healthy. Wil Myers recently made his return, and it looks like David DeJesus and Ryan Hanigan will be joining him in the near future. Both DeJesus and Hanigan played for High-A Port Charlotte on Sunday.
Triple-A International League: Durham Bulls 5, Gwinnett Braves 3
Enny Romero had a nice outing for the Bulls, going 5.0 innings and letting up 2 runs while striking out 7 and walking 2. Romero’s 3.96 ERA in his last 10 games is an improvement over his season’s 4.76 mark, though his strikeout and walk rates have remained about the same. Behind him, Merrill Kelly threw a pair of scoreless innings while allowing 3 hits and 2 walks and striking out 1. C.J. Riefenhauser followed with a scoreless inning of his own. Riefenhauser has had uncharacterstic walk issues this year- posting a 4.2 mark against his career 2.8 mark. But he may be turning a corner in that category as he has only walked 1 batter in his last 6 outings. Adam Liberatore finished things off, allowing 1 run in his inning of work.
Offensively Nick Franklin was the only player who had multiple hits, going 2 for 4. Jeremy Moore had just 1 hit, but it was a solo shot. He also added a 2nd run scored after he walked. Hak-Ju Lee also had a nice day, going 1 for 1 with 2 walks, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. The Rays are still waiting for Lee to turn the corner with his hitting, but so far he has little to show as he is hitting .205/.289/.273 on the year.
Double-A Southern League: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) 9, Montgomery Biscuits 4
Albert Suarez had a rough start for the Biscuits, giving up 8 runs (6 earned) over 5.2 innings while striking out 3 and walking 2. Suarez never really found his groove as he allowed runs in 4 of the 6 innings that he pitched in. Kevin Brandt then allowed 1 run in 2.1 innings of work.
Richie Shaffer had a nice day at the plate, going 1 for 2 with a double, 2 walks, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Shaffer’s overall numbers this year is not great, but he is hitting .343 in his last 10 games, so maybe something is finally clicking for Shaffer. Kes Carter also had a nice day, going 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, and Alejandro Segovia added a pair of hits as well.
High-A Florida State League: Charlotte Stone Crabs 5, Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 2
David DeJesus and Ryan Hanigan continued their rehab for the Stone Crabs with as the DH and catcher respectively. DeJesus went 1 for 4 while Hanigan went 1 for 3. Expect both back when rosters expand in September. Johnny Field had a great day for the offense, going 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Both Tyler Goeddel and Marty Gantt also added multi-hit performances.
Jared Mortensen had a nice day for the Stone Crabs, going 7.0 innings and letting up 2 runs while striking out 7 and walking 2. Behind him, Ryan Garton threw 0.2 scoreless innings before Colton Reavis added 1.1 shutout innings of his own. Reavis, the Rays’ 30th round pick in 2013, has put up quite a nice season between Low-A and High-A, posting a 2.18 ERA and a 66-25 K-BB ratio in 62.0 innings.
Low-A Midwest League: Fort Wayne TinCaps (SDP) 6, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3
Chris Kirsch had a tough start for the Hot Rods, going 5.2 innings and allowing 5 runs (3 earned) while striking out 2. Kirsch’s 2.70 ERA on the year is solid, but his 81-36 K-BB ratio in 130.0 innings is nothing too special. After him, Josh Kimborowicz let up 1 run in 2.1 innings. Meanwhile the offense managed just 5 hits, none by the same person. Willy Adames did have an RBI triple.
Short Season-A New York-Penn League: Connecticut Tigers 8, Hudson Valley Renegades 2
Hunter Wood was roughed up in his start, giving up 4 runs in just 3.2 innings of work. Ryan Pennell likewise struggled, giving up 4 runs in 2.0 innings. Edwin Fierro then had a nice outing, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out 1. Hunter Lockwood had a nice day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a run scored, but not much else was doing for the offense.
Advanced Rookie Appalachian League: Game 1: Princeton Rays 2, Danville Braves 1
Resuming a game from all the way back on July 8th, the P-Rays pulled out with the victory. Hyrum Formo let up 1 run in 3.0 innings and was followed by Greg Maisto, who threw 4.0 shutout innings. Steve Ascher the let up no runs in 2.0 innings pitched. The P-Rays managed just 3 hits, with Angel Moreno accounting for 2 of them.
Game 2: Danville 3, Princeton 1 (7 innings)
In game 2 the offense once again mustered just 3 hits, this time none by the same players. Trevor Lubking had a decent start, giving up 1 run in 4.1 innings of work. Damion Carroll followed by letting up 2 runs in 1.1 innings, and Michael Velasquez threw 1.1 shutout innings to finish things off.
The Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays were off