Rays Prospects

Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Blake Snell Allows Run But K’s 12

By Robbie Knopf

Blake Snell had tossed 49 straight scoreless innings, including 46 this season, but it was just a streak. No player is as good as his best stretch as a professional, and we knew that Snell was going to fall back to earth. However, how far was he going to fall? Was breaking the scoreless streak going to cause him to lose his focus? As it turned out, the answer was no. Snell did allow a run, but he turned in another spectacular outing.

Triple-A International League: Durham Bulls 4, Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders (NYY) 2

Matt Buschmann was starting alongside three of the Tampa Bay Rays’ best pitching prospects on Saturday, but he managed to deliver an outing as good as anyone’s. He went 7 innings allowing no runs on 2 hits, striking out 6 while walking 2. His groundout to flyout ratio was an incredible 10-1. Buschmann, 31, has put up solid numbers for the Bulls this season, going 4-3 with a 3.02 ERA and a 43-18 strikeout to walk ratio in 56.2 innings. Amid the Rays’ pitching merry-go-round, we have to be rooting for him to make his MLB debut.

Taylor Motter led Buschmann’s run support by going 2 for 5 with a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored. J.P. Arencibia went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk while Luke Maile, Jake Elmore, and Eugenio Velez went 1 for 3 with a walk as well. Maile scored a run while Velez stole his 10th base of the season and drove in a run.

Double-A Southern League: Montgomery Biscuits 2, Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 1

Blake Snell‘s scoreless streak ended in the first inning of this game on a two-out RBI single by Willson Contreras. Then Snell settled right back in. He wound up going 6 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 12 while walking 2. Snell had done a lot of things this season, but he had never broken his career-high of 10 strikeouts that he set in 2013. He could only tie it in his first start of the year on April 9th. Now he can cross that off the list as he continues his spectacular year.

Snell is now 6-0 with a 0.17 ERA in 52 innings between Charlotte and Montgomery on the season. It all started with two incredible relief appearances behind a rehabbing Drew Smyly, and it hasn’t stopped since, even with the streak over. As Baseball America remarked on their last Prospect Hot Sheet, he has touched the high-90’s on his fastball while his breaking ball and changeup have looked increasingly more like plus pitches. It is exciting to see his continuing progress.

The Biscuits were down 1-0 until the eighth inning. Patrick Leonard began the inning with a hit-by-pitch before Justin O’Conner delivered a game-tying RBI double. A couple of batters later, Hector Guevara delivered the go-ahead hit, an RBI single. Leonard and Guevara also had hits earlier in the game, and now you have heard about all four Montgomery hits.

The Biscuits actually 3-hit the Smokies as their relievers were quite effective behind Snell. None of them allowed a hit, with Matt Lollis striking out 2 while walking 1, Parker Markel striking out 2, and Bryce Stowell striking out 1.