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The Undercards: Richie Shaffer Stays Hot

By Drew Jenkins

It was a rough day for the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Every full-season team, including the Rays, dropped their games.

Triple-A International League: Gwinett Braves 7, Durham Bulls 1

Nate Karns had a tough start for the Bulls, giving up 6 runs in 4.1 innings while striking out 4 and walking 2. In his last 10 starts Karns has posted  great 2.56 ERA, but he ha struggled in his last 2 starts to continue his inconsistent season. After him Cory Burns threw 2.2 shutout innings while striking out 2. With the game out of reach they turned to usual catcher Mayo Acosta, who fired a scoreless inning. Meanwhile Jeremy Moore‘s solo homer was all the offense the Bulls could muster.

Double-A Southern League: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) 6, Montgomery Biscuits 2

Victor Mateo struggled with his control, walking 6 batters in his start. That led to him giving up 4 runs over 5.0 innings. After Mateo Parker Markel came on in relief, throwing 1.1 innings. Then Braulio Lara and Andrew Bellatti each gave up a run as they combined to throw the final 2.0 innings.

On offense Richie Shaffer stayed hot, going 1 for 2 with a homer and 3 walks. As the season winds down Shaffer has been doing well at the plate, hitting .333/.452/.697 over his last 10 contests. Shaffer has struggled this season and has lost his luster as a prospect, but maybe, just maybe he is finally making strides with his plate approaching and pitch recognition. Taylor Motter also had a nice day, going 3 for 5.

High-A Florida State League: St. Lucie Mets 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2

Austin Pruitt had a so-so start, throwing 6.1 innings and striking out 7 while walking none, but giving up 4 runs in the process. Jordan Harrison finished the final 1.2 innings while giving up an unearned run. Pruitt remains an interesting name to keep an eye on in the Rays system, putting up a solid 3.76 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP for Charlotte this season. On offense Jake DePew had a nice performance, going 3 for 4. Marty Gantt was solid as well, going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.

Low-A Midwest League: Fort Wayne TinCaps (SDP) 12, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3

The pitching staff struggled mightily for the Hot Rods, giving the offense little chance to win the game. Ben Griset gave up 5 runs (3 earned) in 4.0 innings of work. He was followed by D.J. Slaton, who gave up 6 runs in 2.0 innings, and Andrew Hanse, who gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings. Willy Adames had a great day on offense, going 3 for 4 with a double, a home run, and 3 RBIs.