Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday's Rays roundup

Bulls 3, Charlotte 2
Reid Brignac
doubled in Ray Olmedo, who had tripled, with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Russ Canzler doubled, tripled and scored twice. Dane De La Rosa retired all four batters he faced to end it, three via strikeout.

Stone Crabs 7, Tampa 0
Jake Thompson
threw eight innings with six hits allowed, one walk and seven strikeouts. Mike Sheridan and Ty Morrison had three hits each. Sheridan had two RBIs and scored once. Morrison scored twice and had an RBI. Tyler Bortnick singled, tripled, walked, was hit and scored twice.

Hot Rods 3, Dayton 1
Wilking Rodriguez
and Jimmy Patterson each threw four shutout innings. Patterson gave up just one hit and Rodriguez four. Julio Cedeno hit a solo home run and Robby Price hit an RBI double, walked and scored.

Williamsport 3, Renegades 2
Craige Lyerly
hit a two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning. Hudson Valley mustered two other singles and one walk. Starter Jake Floethe left after just one inning (?? lengthy rain delay). He gave up one run and has a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. Robert Dickmann went four innings, giving up one hit, three walks and two unearned runs. Brooks Belter threw three shutout innings of one-hit ball.

P-Rays 6, Greeneville 1
Ryan Brett
walked thrice, singled, stole, was caught stealing, erred, and scored twice. Drew Vettleson was 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two RBIs and run scored. Jake DePew singled, doubled and knocked in two runs. Cameron Seitzer walked thrice and scored once. Jeff Ames threw five shutout innings and gave up three hits. David Kubiak tossed four innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits.

Sunday: Suns 3, Biscuits 2 (10)

Kevin Mattison and Paul Gran hit back-to-back doubles to start the 10th inning, lifting the Jacksonville Suns to a 3-2 win over the Biscuits on Sunday.

Montgomery scored in the fourth when Henry Wrigley doubled in Tim Beckham and in the eighth when Isaias Velasquez came home on an error.

Zach Quate (4-5) served up the doubles, marking just the third run he's allowed in his last 16 appearances, covering 19 1/3 innings. Starter Jim Paduch gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings.

Though Joe Cruz close, Salem still out

While pitcher Joe Cruz is hopeful of returning soon, outfielder Emeel Salem, one of Montgomery's top offensive threats last year, remains out with a knee injury and doubts he'll play this year.

Salem said he and doctors still aren't sure what specifically is wrong with the knee, but it has kept him at Tampa Bay's rehab camp since spring training.

“I just need to rest it," Salem said. "We're going to focus on next season, I think, and make sure I'm 100 percent for spring training.”

Ranking the Rays ... Gomez, Wunderlich

For Saturday ...
1. Roberto Gomez, GCL: 5 no-hit innings, 1 baserunner (via error)
2. Phil Wunderlich, BWG: 5 RBIs, 2 2b's
3. Drew Vettleson, PRI: 2 2b's, 2 1b's, 2 RBIs, steal
4. Chris Rearick, BWG: 3 no-hit innings, 1 walk, 2 K's
5. Ryan Brett, PRI: HR, 2b, 2 steals, 2 RBIs, 2 runs

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday: Smokies 8, Biscuits 2

Nate Samson and Blake Lalli each hit two-run singles in a six-run sixth inning that pushed the Tennessee Smokies to an 8-2 win over the Biscuits on Saturday.

Samson and Lalli had Tennessee's only hits in the 11-batter inning, which included no earned runs. With two outs, Montgomery reliever Neil Schenk issued four straight walks before Samson's single chased him. A walk later, Lalli hit his single.

Tim Beckham hit his seventh home run in the third inning and singled. His error in the sixth led to the six unearned runs. Cole Figueroa tripled after Beckham's home run and scored on a Henry Wrigley single. Figueroa also singled and walked.

Saturday's Rays roundup

Charlotte at Bulls
Rained out.

Stone Crabs 5, Tampa 3 (11)
Omar Luna
hit an RBI single and Ty Morrison took a bases-loaded HBP in the 11th. Mark Thomas tied it with a pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth. Mike Sheridan walked twice and scored twice. Alex Koronis gave up three runs (one earned) in six innings. Josh Satow threw three shutout innings, allowing four hits. Tyler Bortnick singled, walked and stole.

Hot Rods 9, Dayton 3
Phil Wunderlich
doubled twice and had five RBIs. Keith Castillo singled, walked twice and scored twice. Robby Price singled, tripled, walked and scored. Chris Rearick threw three no-hit innings.

Williamsport 4, Renegades 1
Craige Lyerly
singled twice, stole and knocked in Jeff Malm, who singled and walked. Parker Markel surrendered two runs in five innings and watched his ERA soar to 0.89.

Greeneville 9, P-Rays 5
Drew Vettleson
was 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a steal. Ryan Brett doubled, homered, stole twice, had two RBIs and scored twice. Josh Sale doubled, walked twice and scored. Reinaldo Lopez's 5 1/3 innings included three hits, four walks and two runs (one earned).

GCL Rays 4, Orioles 3 (10)
Roberto Gomez
threw five no-hit, no-walk innings and struck out four. Todd Glaesmann had two singles, an HBP and three runs scored. Brandon Choate doubled and walked. Theron Geith blew a save and improved to 4-0.

Good news for Cruz: He'll return in 'two weeks, tops'

Pitcher Joe Cruz may not miss the rest of the season after all. Cruz, who left the Biscuits in early June and said he was headed for season-ending surgery, was able to avoid the knife and is close to returning.

Cruz said he's scheduled to throw two innings Wednesday for the GCL Rays and return to the Biscuits in "two weeks, tops." After leaving the Biscuits, Cruz had a cortisone shot in his shoulder and rested for a month before starting a throwing program.

"It feels like night and day from when I was in Montgomery," Cruz said. "My body feels better and my arm is great. It's a big difference."

Cruz, after leading the Florida State League with 13 wins last year, was 3-5 with an 8.43 ERA in 11 starts for Montgomery.

"I can't wait to get back out there," Cruz said. "It's been a good rehab assignment for me, and I want to try to get back to my old self."

Saturday's lineups

It's the series finale between the Biscuits and Smokies.

Shawn O'Malley 2b (switch)
Tim Beckham ss
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley 1b
Brett Nommensen rf (left)
Greg Sexton dh
Kyeong Kang lf (left)
Craig Albernaz c
Isaias Velasquez cf
Nick Barnese rhp

Jim Adduci cf (left)
Nate Samson ss
Ty Wright lf
Blake Lalli 1b (left)
Josh Vitters 3b
Rebel Ridling dh
Matt Spencer rf (left)
Luis Flores c
Matt Camp 2b (left)
Brooks Raley lhp

System check

Stats through Friday.

International League South

(59-47, tied for first place)
C Stephen Vogt was 2-for-4 in his debut Friday.
LHP Matt Moore, in two starts and 13 innings, has six hits allowed and 20 strikeouts.
LF Leslie Anderson has a .281 average and 58 RBIs.
LHP Alex Torres is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his last five starts.
RHP Ryan Reid has allowed one run over 9.1 innings since returning to the Bulls.

Florida State League South

(19-16, third place, 0.5 GB)
RHP Scott Shuman has a 5.79 ERA, 46 walks and 65 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.
LHP Kyle Lobstein snapped a six-start losing streak Thursday and is 7-8 with a 3.98 ERA.
SS Hak-Ju Lee is hitting .320 with 72 runs scored.
LHP Adam Liberatore has a 1.95 ERA since May 1.

Midwest League Eastern

(15-17, sixth place, 8 GB)
OF Steve Tinoco, with a .319 average in July, is hitting .280.
RHP George Jensen has allowed one run in six innings in each of his last two starts.
LHP Chris Rearick has a 1.71 ERA.

New York-Penn League McNamara

(21-19, third place, 9 GB)
1B Jeff Malm has 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.
LHP Ryan Carpenter threw five no-hit innings in his pro debut Wednesday.

Appalachian League East

(21-17, second place, 1 GB)
RF Drew Vettleson has a .452 average and 10 RBIs in his current nine-game hitting streak. He's hitting .313 with 27 RBIs.
RHP Reinaldo Lopez has a 1.32 ERA in 27.1 innings.

Gulf Coast League South

(13-16, tied for third, 4 GB)
LHP Theron Geith is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.98 ERA in nine appearances.
SS Jonathan Quinonez has a .289 average and 13 RBIs.

Those who strayed from the Rays

3B Gabriel Martinez finished the season with a 14-game hitting streak at Laguna of the Mexican League. He was a combined .323 with 20 home runs, 68 RBIs and 78 runs scored in 96 games between Laguna and Saltillo.
RHP Jose Veras has a 3.26 ERA in 52 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
RHP Aneury Rodriguez is 0-4 with a 4.95 ERA for the Houston Astros.
LHP Darin Downs has a 3.24 ERA in three games at Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins).
RHP Nick DeBarr is 3-4 with seven saves and a 4.15 ERA at independent Fort Worth.
OF Joey Gathright has a .348 average for independent Yuma.
OF Ryan Royster was released by independent Brockton. He was hitting .264.
RHP Rayner Oliveras has a 3.22 ERA at independent Quebec.
LHP Jason Cromer, who had a 3.38 ERA with independent Somerset, has retired.

Ranking the Rays ... Lyerly, Tinoco

For Friday ...
1. Craige Lyerly, HV: HR, 2b, walk, steal, 3 RBIs, 2 runs
2. Steve Tinoco, BWG: 3 1b's, HBP, 2 runs, RBI, outfield assist
3. Andrew Bellatti, HV: 5 shutout innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 K's
4. Cody Rogers, BWG: HR, 1b, walk, error, 2 runs, outfield assist
5. Andy Sonnanstine, DUR: 8 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday: Biscuits 7, Smokies 4

Henry Wrigley's go-ahead, two-run single highlighted a four-run sixth inning that gave the Biscuits a 7-4 win over the Tennessee Smokies on Friday.

Kyeong Kang, who homered for the fourth time in five games, and Tim Beckham each scored twice for Montgomery. Matt Sweeney's two-run single capped the four-run sixth.

Biscuits starter Alex Colome, after giving up one run through five innings, ran into sixth-inning trouble. He gave up two runs in the sixth before leaving with just one out. Colome was making his Riverwalk debut.

Marquis Fleming (4-2) escaped the jam and worked 2 2/3 innings for the win. Zach Quate worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

Friday's Rays roundup

Gwinnett 5, Bulls 0
Stephen Vogt
was 2-for-4 in his debut. John Matulia singled and walked. Andy Sonnanstine gave up three earned runs over eight innings.

Tampa 6, Stone Crabs 5 (14)
Hak-Ju Lee
tripled and walked twice. Tyler Bortnick walked and was hit twice. Reid Fronk singled and walked twice. Mike Jarman threw four shutout extra innings.

Lake County 9, Hot Rods 7
Cody Rogers
homered, singled, walked, erred and scored twice. Steve Tinoco was 3-for-4 with an HBP, an RBI and two runs scored. Each also registered an outfield assist. Phil Wunderlich hit a solo home run. Nick Schwaner doubled, walked, stole and knocked in two runs. Enny Romero threw just three innings (hmmm) and gave up four runs on six hits and no walks.

Renegades 9, Auburn 1
Andrew Bellatti
threw five shutout innings, with two hits allowed, one walk and six strikeouts. Craige Lyerly hit a three-run home run, singled, walked, stole and scored twice. Juniel Querecuto had two singles, a walk, a steal, an RBI and a run scored. Jeff Malm scored twice and knocked in a run.

Pulaski 4, P-Rays 3
Cameron Seitzer
hit a solo home run, singled and was plunked. Jake DePew had two RBIs. Drew Vettleson singled and walked.

GCL Orioles 5, Rays 1
James Harris
doubled, singled, stole and erred. Omar Narvaez singled, walked and scored.

Sweeney snaps team-record hitless streak

Montgomery's Matt Sweeney hit a two-run single in the sixth inning Friday to snap a Biscuits-record 30-at bat hitless streak. His last hit was an second-inning infield single June 27. The previous record was a 28 at-bats by Cody Strait from April 29-May 12, 2010.

Friday's lineups

Brett Nommensen makes his Double-A debut in right field and hits leadoff for the Biscuits in the fourth game of the five-game series with the Tennessee Smokies.

Nommensen hit leadoff in just one game (June 6 vs. Bradenton) and was mostly in the 3 hole with the Charlotte Stone Crabs this year. He was 20-for-25 on steals, which would easily lead the Biscuits.

Brett Nommensen rf (left)
Tim Beckham ss
Cole Figueroa 2b (left)
Henry Wrigley 1b
Kyeong Kang lf (left)
Greg Sexton 3b
Matt Sweeney dh (left)
Craig Albernaz c
Isaias Velasquez cf
Alex Colome rhp

Jae-Hoon Ha cf
Jim Adduci rf (left)
Ty Wright lf
Blake Lalli c (left)
Josh Vitters dh
Rebel Ridling 1b
Nate Samson 3b
Junior Lake ss
Matt Camp 2b (left)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Partridge, Bortnick

For Thursday ...
1. Jacob Partridge, HV: 5 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 4 K's
2. Tyler Bortnick, CHA: 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 steals, walk in DH
3. Drew Vettleson, PRI: HR, 2 1b's, 2 runs scored, steal
4. Alex Torres, DUR: 5 2/3 shutout innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 6 K's
5. Robby Price, BWG: HR, 1b, walk, 2 runs

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shelby, Nommensen promoted to Bulls, Biscuits

Biscuits outfielder John Shelby has been promoted to Triple-A Durham and Charlotte's Brett Nommensen is moving up to Montgomery.

Nommensen was hitting .282 with 48 runs scored and 43 RBIs for the Stone Crabs. He was 20-for-25 on steals. The third-year pro was an eighth-round draft pick in 2009.

Shelby had a .259 average and 12 home runs in 89 games with the Biscuits. Picked up in a trade from the White Sox near the end of spring training, Shelby will be making his Triple-A debut.

Thursday: Biscuits 5, Smokies 1

Shane Dyer won for the first time since June 8, leading the Biscuits to a 5-1 victory over the Tennessee Smokies on Thursday.

Dyer (5-6), who worked six innings, giving up one run on eight hits, had lost five straight decisions. The Biscuits turned three double plays behind him. Shawn O'Malley scored twice and hit an RBI double, while Cole Figueroa and Greg Sexton had two RBIs each.

Thursday's Rays roundup

Gwinnett 2, Bulls 0
Daniel Mayora
singled twice and walked. Ray Olmedo singled and doubled. Alex Torres threw 5 2/3 shutout innings with three hits allowed, three walks and six strikeouts.

Stone Crabs 3, Brevard County 2 (Game 1)
Tyler Bortnick
hit a two-run single in the fifth. In the first inning, he walked, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch. Kyle Lobstein gave up one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Stone Crabs 3, Brevard County 2 (Game 2)
Anthony Scelfo
had two singles, a walk and an RBI. Omar Luna singled, doubled and scored twice. Ty Morrison singled home Luna to win it with one out in the seventh. Kirby Yates allowed one hit in 2 2/3 shutout innings. He struck out five.

Lake County 5, Hot Rods 4
Robby Price
homered, singled, walked and scored twice. Steve Tinoco had two hits, two RBIs and an HBP.

Renegades 3, Auburn 1
Chris Winder
singled, doubled and knocked in two runs. Jacob Partridge threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit with two walks and four strikeouts.

P-Rays 7, Pulaski 5
Drew Vettleson
was 3-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a steal. Joel Caminero homered and scored twice. Ryan Brett walked thrice with an RBI and run scored. Cameron Seitzer hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth. Shay Crawford struck out all four batters he faced.

GCL Twins 1, Rays 0
Ariel Soriano
singled and walked. Omar Narvaez walked twice. Hector Duarte threw five shutout innings and Jacob Faria gave up one hit over four shutout innings.

Rays send Durham's Lopez to Brewers

Durham infielder Felipe Lopez has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to Triple-A Nashville, according to the Pacific Coast League's transactions page.

QUICK UPDATE: Lopez fetched cash considerations from Milwaukee, according to St. Petersburg Times baseball savant Marc Topkin.

Lopez was initially headed to Durham after spring training before Evan Longoria's oblique injury rerouted him to the majors. Lopez hit .216 in 32 games with the Rays and .305 in 48 with Durham. He's been in the majors each of the last 11 years.

Clevenger moves up from Smokies

Montgomery's Stephen Vogt wasn't the only catcher to play Tuesday that's no longer at Riverwalk as of today. Tennessee's Steve Clevenger has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa after Iowa lost Welington Castillo to a hamstring injury. Clevenger was hitting .278 in 74 games.

Thursday's lineups

Shawn O'Malley 2b (switch)
Tim Beckham ss
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley lf
Kyeong Kang rf (left)
Greg Sexton 1b
Matt Sweeney dh (left)
Isaias Velasquez cf
David Wendt c
Shane Dyer rhp

Jae-Hoon Ha cf
Jim Adduci rf (left)
Ty Wright dh
Blake Lalli 3b (left)
Rebel Ridling 1b
Matt Spencer lf (left)
Nate Samson 2b
Luis Flores c
Matt Camp ss (left)
Trey McNutt rhp

Rays, Bulls swap out more relievers

Rob Delaney, after being called up and pitching Wednesday for the Rays, has been sent back to Triple-A Durham, and Tampa Bay called up Mike Ekstrom. That's 18 transactions between the Rays and Bulls since July 15.

Tarp out yet again

Sure, it would be otherwise, if we had our druthers,
but yes -- oh, yes -- the infield is currently covered.

3:20 update ...
Just as I posted that, a group sprang to life,
hit the field, grabbed the tarp, to all's delight.
They pulled and they folded and they moved it aside.
May the tarp stay hidden for the rest of the night.

3:30 update ...
Oops, the tarp didn't go as far as I'd hoped.
Making me dread the details of the previous post.
It's sitting, folded, just off the infield dirt.
In case the clouds provide a quick, rainy squirt.

4 update ...
The tarp is gone, put away.
Time for a big hip, hip, hooray.
Biscuit batting practice is on the way.

Kang can swing for fences, team streak mark

Outfielder Kyeong Kang has homered in three straight games for the Biscuits, something accomplished just 11 previous times for the team. Nobody has gone deep in four straight games, so Kang will go for history tonight.

Henry Wrigley -- July 7-10, 2010 (rainout July 9)
Matt Fields -- June 20-24, 2010, his last three games with Biscuits (no game June 21, didn't play June 22, demoted)
Rhyne Hughes -- April 28-30, 2009
Chris Nowak -- Sept. 12-14, 2007 (first three games of championship series)
Matt Spring -- July 4-7, 2007 (didn't play July 6)
Evan Longoria -- May 12-14, 2007
Michael Coleman -- Sept. 13-15, 2006 (last three games of championship series)
Jeremy Owens -- June 5-7, 2006, starting a five-homer, seven-game stretch
Ryan Christianson -- April 30, May 2 and May 4, 2006 (no game May Day, didn't play May 3; also homered twice May 4)
Michael Coleman -- April 29-30, May 2, 2006 (no game May Day)
Elijah Dukes -- June 27-28, 30, 2005 (no game June 29)

Ranking the Rays ... Moore, Carpenter

For Wednesday ...
1. Matt Moore, DUR: 8 shutout innings, 3 hits, 13 K's
2. Ryan Carpenter, HV: 5 no-hit innings, 1 walk, 3 K's, 8 groundball outs in pro debut
3. Drew Vettleson, PRI: 2 2b's, 1b, 2 RBIs, outfield assist, .321 in July
4. Eli Echarry, GCL: 6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 K's
5. Reid Brignac, DUR: 3 1b's, run scored in Durham season debut

Wednesday's Rays roundup

Bulls 4, Gwinnett 0
Besides that Matt Moore guy, Leslie Anderson and John Matulia each hit solo home runs. Reid Brignac was 3-for-4 in his Durham return debut.

Brevard County at Charlotte
Rained out.

Lake County 9, Hot Rods 4
Luke Bailey
hit a two-run double in the seventh and a solo homer in the ninth. Phil Wunderlich singled, walked, HBP'd and scored. Jason McEachern, in his Bowling Green return debut, gave up six runs on 10 hits in five innings. Austin Hubbard threw two perfect innings.

Auburn 3, Renegades 1
Ryan Carpenter
threw five no-hit innings and walked one in his professional debut. The Renegades had four singles and one walk.

Pulaski 6, Princeton 5 (10)
Drew Vettleson
was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs and threw out a runner at home. Jake Hager singled twice and scored twice. Jake DePew was also 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a steal. Matt Spann posted a book-rule quality start on eight hits.

GCL Rays 5, Twins 2 (12)
Jonathan Quinonez
walked, was hit by a pitch, stole and scored twice. He knocked in Edward Dorville, who had tripled, with the go-ahead run. Cesar Perez and Brandon Martin each were 2-for-6. Eli Echarry threw six innings, allowing one run on three hits.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Albernaz moving down to take Vogt's spot

Catcher Craig Albernaz is being demoted from Triple-A Durham to fill Stephen Vogt's roster spot with the Biscuits. Albernaz has been with Durham all season and was hitting .167 in eight games. It will be the fifth season he's played for Montgomery.

Vogt sent to Triple-A Durham

Catcher Stephen Vogt was promoted to Triple-A Durham after tonight's game, stripping the Biscuits of their most productive hitter. Vogt leads Montgomery with a .301 average, 13 home runs and 85 RBIs. He ranks second in the league in RBIs.

Wednesday: Biscuits 4, Smokies 0

Chris Archer and two relievers combined on a five-hitter in the Biscuits' 4-0 win over the Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday.

Archer (5-6) allowed four hits over seven innings, marking the second time this month he's blanked the Smokies -- his former team -- for seven. He walked four and struck out two.

Kyeong Kang, who homered, and John Shelby scored two runs each for Montgomery. Tennessee left nine runners on base against Archer and 13 total.

Moore ties career high with 13 strikeouts

Matt Moore tossed eight shutout innings tonight in his second start at Triple-A Durham and tied a career high with 13 strikeouts. He gave up three hits. The Bulls downed Gwinnett 4-0. Moore also whiffed 13 on Aug. 7, 2010, for the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Durham's Guyer goes on disabled list

Outfielder Brandon Guyer has been put on the disabled list at Triple-A Durham, which leaves the Bulls in compliance with the International League roster limit.

Rays add 1 pitcher, swap 2 others with Durham

Tampa Bay has promoted right-handers Rob Delaney and Jay Buente from Triple-A Durham and sent down left-hander Cesar Ramos to the Bulls. After Buente made his Rays debut Tuesday, he went back to Durham.

The Rays had to add Delaney to the 40-man roster. Delaney, who was with the Rays in May before being outrighted to Durham, had a 1.78 ERA and gave up 37 hits in 50 2/3 innings with the Bull.

Buente, plucked off waivers from the Marlins in May, had a 6.67 in 27 innings at Durham. Ramos had a 4.22 ERA in 46 games with the Rays.

Wednesday's lineups

David Wendt makes his first start at Riverwalk and Cole Figueroa is hitting third for just the second time this season. (He was third for a game last week at Jackson.)

Shawn O'Malley 2b (switch)
Tim Beckham ss
Cole Figueroa dh (left)
Henry Wrigley 1b
Kyeong Kang rf
Greg Sexton 3b
John Shelby lf
Isaias Velasquez cf
David Wendt c
Chris Archer rhp

Jae-Hoon Ha cf
Jim Adduci rf (left)
Ty Wright lf
Blake Lalli 1b (left)
Josh Vitters 3b
Steve Clevenger c (left)
Matt Spencer dh (left)
Junior Lake ss
Matt Camp 2b (left)
Marco Carrillo rhp

Maybe a roof would stop future spoofs?

I arrive at the stadium and what do I see?
No, not the infield. It's the tarp staring back at me.
Raindrops fall all around. Thick clouds are abound.
The weather this month has definitely been lame.
But tonight -- as of right now -- there will be a game.
Water shoots sideways and I sit here and moan.
Will the Biscuits eventually demand a retractable dome?

Ranking the Rays ... Kang, Hall, Seitzer

For Tuesday ...
1. Kyeong Kang, MGM: 1b, 3b, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs
2. Matt Hall, CHA: HR, 2b, 3 RBIs, 2 runs
3. Cameron Seitzer, PRI: 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, steal, 3-for-8 in DH
4. Henry Wrigley, MGM: HR, 2b, 1b, 4 RBIs
5. Russ Canzler, DUR: HR, 2 1b's, 2 runs

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday: Smokies 9, Biscuits 8 (10)

Nate Samson's two-out home run in the 10th inning capped the Tennessee Smokies' 9-8 win over the Biscuits on Tuesday in a wild game at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Biscuits scored four times in the bottom of the ninth -- Henry Wrigley and Kyeong Kang each hit two-run homers -- to force extra innings. Wrigley finished with four RBIs.

Tuesday's Rays roundup

Gwinnett 9, Bulls 3
Russ Canzler
singled twice, hit a solo home run and scored twice. John Matulia hit a solo home run. The Bulls whiffed 13 times. (Gwinnett's Julio Teheran improved to 11-1, threw six innings, allowed one run, struck out nine and has a 1.67 ERA.)

Brevard County 8, Stone Crabs 6
Matt Hall
doubled, homered, had three RBIs and scored twice. Tyler Bortnick singled, walked twice and scored. Hak-Ju Lee singled, doubled, walked and scored. Dustin Biell was 3-for-4 with a triple.

Bluefield 11, P-Rays 4 (Game 1)
Drew Vettleson
had two RBIs and tripled, while Jake Hager doubled, singled, walked and scored. Deshun Dixon doubled, tripled, RBI'd and scored.

P-Rays 8, Bluefield 3 (Game 2)
Cameron Seitzer
homered twice, singled, stole and had three RBIs. Justin O'Conner doubled, walked and scored twice. Eduar Quinonez gave up two runs on two hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

GCL Rays 3, Red Sox 1
Trevor Shull
threw four shutout innings, Blake Snell tossed two shutout innings, and Joan Guerrero allowed one run over three innings. Matthew Johnson singled, walked and scored. Jonathan Quinonez walked twice.

There will be a rain delay

The tarp is on the infield and there are showers falling, so tonight's game won't start on time.

7:05: The tarp is being pulled and they're starting to chalk the lines. I'd guess about 7:35.

Tuesday's lineups

It's the opener of a five-game series between the Biscuits and Tennessee Smokies.

Shawn O'Malley 2b (switch)
Tim Beckham ss
Stephen Vogt c (left)
Henry Wrigley 1b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Greg Sexton dh
Kyeong Kang rf
John Shelby lf
Isaias Velasquez cf
Jim Paduch rhp

Jae-Hoon Ha cf
Jim Adduci rf (left)
Ty Wright dh
Rebel Ridling 1b
Josh Vitters 3b
Steve Clevenger c (left)
Nate Samson 2b
Matt Spencer lf (left)
Junior Lake ss
Ryan Searle rhp

Russell clears waivers, heads to Bulls

The Biscuits should be in line to add a player -- and return to the 24-man Southern League roster limit -- after Durham added a player. Relief pitcher Adam Russell, designated for assignment last week by the Tampa Bay Rays, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Triple-A Bulls, who now are 1 over the International League ceiling.

Ranking the Rays ... Floethe, Castillo

For Monday ...
1. Jake Floethe, HV: 5 shutout innings, 3 hits, 0 walks, 2 K's
2. Keith Castillo, BWG: tying 2-run HR in 9th, 2 1b's, 3 RBIs
3. Tyler Bortnick, CHA: 2b, walk, hbp, 3 runs scored
4. Kevin Kiermaier, BWG: 2b, 3b, steal, 2 runs scored
5. Mark Thomas, CHA: 2-run HR, 2-run 1b, walk, 2 runs scored

Monday's Rays roundup

Toledo 6, Bulls 2
J.J. Furmaniak
hit a solo home run and singled. Russ Canzler doubled and singled. Nevin Ashley singled and walked. Ryan Reid threw 3 2/3 shutout innings with one hit, no walks and five strikeouts.

Brevard County 8, Stone Crabs 7
Mike Sheridan
had four RBIs and Tyler Bortnick scored three times. Bortnick doubled, walked and was HBP'd. Mark Thomas hit a two-run homer and scored twice. Hak-Ju Lee singled twice, stole and scored.

Hot Rods 4, Peoria 3
Luke Bailey
scored on an error with two outs in the ninth to cap a three-run rally. Keith Castillo's two-run homer tied it after Nick Schwaner hit a two-out double. Bailey singled, went to second on a Kevin Kiermaier walk, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error. Castillo had three hits and three RBIs. Schwaner also tripled and scored twice.

Renegades 2, Mahoning Valley 0
Mickey Jannis, Jake Floethe and Robert Dickmann combined on a six-hitter. Jannis (three innings) and Floethe (five) each gave up three hits. Ryan Church hit a two-run double in the fifth. Craige Lyerly singled, stole twice and scored.

P-Rays at Bluefield
Mother Nature
threw a no-no.

GCL Red Sox 9, Rays 5
Jonathan Quinonez
hit a two-run homer. James Harris singled, walked twice and scored. Matthew Johnson singled and walked.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Biscuits step back on FIP scale

Instead of having an overly fallow blog day and remembering the fielding independent pitching stat, here's a repeat from our May 31 post and a look at Montgomery's current pitchers.

FIP is meant to indicate what a pitcher's ERA should be, if not for the differences in defense. The "luckiest" Biscuit at the moment, except for one-start Alex Colome, is Neil Schenk, whose ERA is almost a run less than it supposedly should be. The "unluckiest" Biscuit is Matt Bush, whose ERA is more than double what it should be, according to FIP.

Pitcher .... innings-----ER--HR-BB-K's----FIP----ERA
Archer ..... 100 1/3-----54--7--57--92----3.98----4.84
Barnese .... 86 1/3-----31--5--45--65----4.01----3.23
Bush ........ 36 2/3-----22--3--18--58----2.57----5.40
Colome ..... 5 1/3-------1--0---4----3----4.33----1.69
DLSantos .. 56 ---------28--3--18--33----3.68----4.50
Dyer ........ 107 --------57--9--28--48----4.18----4.79
Espinosa ... 31 1/3-----16--5--11--17----5.24----4.60
Fleming ..... 57 1/3----16--3--27--87----2.26----2.51
Paduch ..... 45 1/3-----25--7--18--41----4.59----4.96
Phillips ...... 44 --------23--7--14--36----4.59----4.70
Quate ....... 46 1/3----18--3--16--32----3.70----3.50
Schenk ...... 51 1/3----17--3--26--40----3.92----2.98

BayBear, M-Brave best in Southern League week

Mobile third baseman Ryan Wheeler and Mississippi left-hander Brett Oberholtzer were the Southern League's players of the week.

Oberholtzer was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts, including a seven-inning three-hitter last Monday against Tennessee. He's won four straight starts and is 8-9 with a 3.70 ERA.

Wheeler was 10-for-25 with six runs scored, 10 RBIs and seven extra-base hits for the week ending Sunday. He's hitting .312 with 73 RBIs this year.

Ranking the Rays ... Markel, Rivero

For Sunday ...
1. Parker Markel, HV: 5 shutout innings, 2 hits, walk, 6 K's; 3-0, 0.50 ERA in 7 starts
2. Felipe Rivero, PRI: 5 shutout innings, 2 hits, HBP, walk, 7 K's
3. Taylor Motter, PRI: 2 HRs, 2b, 3 runs, 4 RBIs
4. Craige Lyerly, HV: 2 1b's, 3b, walk, steal, run
5. Jake Hager, PRI: solo HR, 2 2b's, walk, 3 runs

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday's Rays roundup

Bulls 2, Toledo 1
Andy Sonnanstine
allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings. He needed just 83 pitches. Felipe Lopez singled, doubled and hit a solo home run in the fifth. J.J. Furmaniak singled in Leslie Anderson in the fourth. Furmaniak also doubled.

Dunedin 6, Stone Crabs 5
Mike Jarman
gave up a two-run home run in the ninth. He also had a single and two walks charged to him. Matt Hall hit a solo home run in the fourth, doubled and had two RBIs. Tyler Bortnick doubled twice, walked and stole.

Hot Rods 5, Peoria 2
Cody Rogers
singled twice and knocked in two runs. Derek Dietrich hit his 14th home run. Keith Castillo singled twice and Luke Bailey singled and walked. Wilking Rodriguez, just off the DL, gave up one hit over 2 2/3 shutout innings. Chris Rearick's perfect ninth netted his 15th save.

Renegades 6, Mahoning Valley 0
Parker Markel
, Justin Woodall and Stayton Thomas combined on a three-hitter. Markel gave up two hits and a walk in five innings. Woodall tossed two perfect frames with four strikeouts. Thomas had a hit and walk in his two inning. Chris Winder singled, walked, stole and scored twice. Jeff Malm hit a three-run homer in the first. Craige Lyerly singled twice, tripled, walked, stole and scored.

P-Rays 9, Bluefield 4
Taylor Motter
homered twice, doubled, scored three times and had four RBIs. Jake Hager homered, doubled twice, walked and scored three runs. Cameron Seitzer had three hits, including a double, walked twice, scored and knocked in two runs. Felipe Rivero threw five shutout innings and struck out seven.

Ranking the Rays ... Lara, Riefenhauser

For Saturday ...
1. Braulio Lara, BWG: 6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, walk, 7 K's
2. C.J. Riefenhauser, CHA: 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, walk
3. Alex Colome, MGM: 5 1/3 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 4 walks
4. Jonathan Quinonez, GCL: 2 1b's, walk, steal, run
5. Stephen Vogt, MGM: 2-for-6, 3 RBIs, 2 runs, cs, gidp in DH

Saturday's Rays roundup

Bulls 9, Toledo 2
Felipe Lopez
, Daniel Mayora and Ray Olmedo knocked in two runs each. John Matulia was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Brandon Guyer and Dan Johnson each walked twice. Alex Torres allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Stone Crabs 3, Dunedin 2
C.J. Riefenhauser
went five innings in his debut, giving up one run on four hits and a walk. Brett Nommensen hit an RBI triple and scored in the eighth. Reid Fronk singled, walked and stole.

Peoria 2, Hot Rods 1
Julio Cedeno
homered to lead off the fourth. Cody Rogers singled, doubled and had an outfield assist. Braulio Lara's six innings included one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Mahoning Valley 7, Renegades 4
Matt Rice
singled, walked twice and scored. Dave Laufer threw two shutout innings.

Elizabethton 3, P-Rays 1
Felix Gonzalez
was 3-for-4 with a steal and a caught stealing. Josh Sale and Jonathan Koscso each singled twice. Ian Kendall gave up two unearned runs in five innings.

GCL Rays 2, Orioles 1
Jonathan Quinonez
scored in the 10th on a double steal-plus-error. Quinonez singled twice and walked. Brandon Martin scored on a ninth-inning groundout. James Harris walked twice. Bruedlin Suero threw six innings, allowing one run. Zach Butler threw two perfect innings.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday: Biscuits 3, Generals 1 (Game 2)

Alex Colome took a shutout into the sixth inning and won his Biscuits debut with Montgomery's 3-1 win over Jackson in Saturday's doubleheader finale.

Colome gave up four hits and walked four over 5 1/3 innings. Kyeong Kang hit a solo home run and finished with two RBIs.

Saturday: Biscuits 4, Generals 2 (Game 1)

Stephen Vogt had three RBIs in the Biscuits' 4-2 win over the Jackson Generals in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Vogt hit a two-run triple and scored on a Henry Wrigley groundout to make it 3-2 in the third. Vogt singled in Tim Beckham in the sixth. Beckham doubled twice and scored twice.

Biscuits closer Zach Quate squirmed out of a jam of his own creation in the seventh (and final) inning. He gave up singles to the first two batters. After a flyout, a groundout put both runners in scoring position before a flyout ended it.

McEachern's Bowling Green debut Wednesday

Pitcher Jason McEachern, freshly promoted from short-season Hudson Valley to Bowling Green, will make his season debut for the Hot Rods on Wednesday at Lake County. To create roster space for McEachern, the Hot Rods put infielder Hector Guevara on the disabled list.

System check

Stats through Friday.

International League South

(56-43, first place, 0.5 GB)
LHP Matt Moore gave up one run in five innings in his debut Friday. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven.
3B Daniel Mayora is 11-for-24 with nine runs scored in his last five games. He's hitting .275.
IF Felipe Lopez, who has 10 RBIs in his last five games, has a .302 average and 34 RBIs in 43 games.
OF John Matulia homered twice Thursday and is hitting .194.

Florida State League South

(16-12, third place, 2 GB)
SS Hak-Ju Lee has a .282 average and .329 on-base percentage in July, his worst month of the season. He's scored 15 runs in 17 games this month.
LHP Kyle Lobstein has lost six straight starts and is 6-8 with a 4.11 ERA. On Friday, he took a shutout into the sixth before giving up three runs and leaving with one out.
RHP Deivis Mavarez has recorded 8 2/3 shutout innings in his last four appearances. He has a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings this year.

Midwest League Eastern

(13-14, sixth place, 6 GB)
RHP Victor Mateo picked up his 10th win with three no-hit innings Friday. Starter Enny Romero, Mateo and Steve Hiscock combined on a one-hitter.
IF Robby Price has a .423 average and eight runs scored in his current seven-game hit streak. He has a .265 average, 61 walks and 57 runs scored in 88 games.

New York-Penn League McNamara

(17-17, third place, 9 GB)
1B Jeff Malm, with a two-homer game Thursday, has a .306 average, 10 homers and 26 RBIs.

Appalachian League East
(18-13, tied for first place)
2B Ryan Brett has scored 22 times in 27 games. He has a .315 average.
RHP Jeff Ames, after throwing five no-hit innings Wednesday, is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA.

Gulf Coast League South

(13-16, tied for third, 4 GB)
LHP Shay Crawford hasn't allowed an earned run, has given up five hits and totaled 21 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. His three shutout innings Monday included eight strikeouts.

Those who strayed from the Rays

CF Fernando Perez, after being released by Triple-A Iowa (Cubs), has a .200 average after five games with Triple-A Buffalo (Mets).
RHP Dale Thayer has 10 saves and a 2.74 ERA in 36 games at Triple-A Buffalo (Mets).
C Matt Spring is hitting .262 in 11 games for Double-A Portland (Red Sox).
LHP Chris Seddon is 6-5 with a 5.83 ERA with Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners).
LHP Justin Dowdy has a 5.18 ERA for Triple-A Fresno (Giants).
RHP Brian Stokes has nine saves and a 3.73 ERA for independent Camden.
RHP Jose Diaz is 4-4 with a 5.99 ERA and 45 walks in 79.2 innings at independent Long Island.
RHP Nick DeBarr has a 3.32 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 40.2 innings with independent Fort Worth.

Heath Rollins retires

Missed this two weeks ago: Heath Rollins, who had a 4.34 ERA at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in Kansas City's system, retired. He was a Biscuit from 2008-10 and went to the Royals in December's minor league Rule 5 draft.

Fleming rejoins Biscuits from Durham

Reliever Marquis Fleming, after making two appearances for Triple-A Durham, is coming back to the Biscuits. The Bulls are adding Dane De La Rosa from the majors. Also hearing that starter Jason McEachern has been promoted from Hudson Valley to Bowling Green, which is the latest from the Matt Moore-to-Durham/Alex Colome-to-Montgomery/C.J. Riefenhauser-to-Charlotte string.

Ranking the Rays ... Romero, Mateo

For Friday ...

1. Enny Romero, BWG: 4 no-hit innings, 3 walks, 7 K's
2. Victor Mateo, BWG (above): 3 no-hit innings, 0 walks, 4 K's, 10th win
3. Matt Moore, DUR: 5 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 walks, 7 K's
4. Drew Vettleson, PRI: 2-run HR, 3 RBIs
5. Robi Estrada, BWG: 1b, walk, 2 steals, run

Photo: Bowling Green Hot Rods

Jennings to majors; Brignac demoted

Outfielder Desmond Jennings has been promoted to the Rays and shortstop Reid Brignac dropped to Triple-A Durham in a swap of former Biscuits. Jennings had a .275 average for the Bulls and his ascension may be a sign that Tampa Bay is interested in dealing B.J. Upton. Brignac was hitting .193.

Friday's Rays roundup

Bulls 4, Toledo 3
Matt Moore
worked five innings in his debut, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. John Matulia doubled home Nevin Ashley to cap a three-run eighth inning. Ashley had singled in Daniel Mayora. Brandon Guyer homered and walked.

Dunedin 3, Stone Crabs 2
Anthony Scelfo
left after injuring his head on a first-inning catch in foul territory. Deivis Mavarez threw two perfect innings. Kyle Lobstein gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Brett Nommensen and Tyler Bortnick each had a hit, walk and RBI. Ty Morrison singled and doubled.

Hot Rods 2, Burlington 0
Steve Hiscock
surrendered a one-out single in the ninth to break up a no-hitter. Enny Romero threw four innings and Victor Mateo (10-4) followed with three. Romero walked three and Mateo none. Robi Estrada singled, walked, stole twice and scored.

Staten Island 2, Renegades 1
Brian Bryles
doubled, walked and scored. Matt Rice and Cesar Guillen each singled and walked. Jacob Partridge gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Charlie Cononie threw 2 2/3 innings of one-hit, one-walk ball.

P-Rays 5, Elizabethton 4
Drew Vettleson
hit a two-run home run and finished with three RBIs. Ryan Brett singled, doubled and scored twice.

GCL Orioles 3, Rays 1
Ismel Antunez
walked twice and was caught stealing. Granden Goetzman singled and walked. Jacob Faria threw three shutout innings before Hugo Duarte went five innings, with five hits and four walks.

Friday: Generals 10, Biscuits 6

Jake Shaffer homered, had two RBIs, walked twice and scored twice in the Jackson Generals' 10-6 win over the Biscuits on Friday. Henry Wrigley and Greg Sexton each homered for Montgomery.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ranking the Rays ... D. Johnson, Caminero

For Thursday ...
1. Dan Johnson, DUR: 3 1b's, 2b, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 runs
2. Joel Caminero, PRI: 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 runs
3. Russ Canzler, DUR: 1b, 2b, HR, walk, 3 RBIs, 2 runs
4. Jim Paduch, DUR: 7-plus innings, 3 runs
5. John Shelby, MGM: HR, 1b, walk, 3 runs

Thursday's Rays roundup

Bulls 18, Rochester 3
Besides what's been posted here and here, Marquis Fleming threw two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and walked one. Eight of the nine hitters scored at least twice. Desmond Jennings singled and walked thrice.

Stone Crabs 4, Dunedin 3
Reid Fronk's
sacrifice fly in the ninth brought in the winning run. Hak-Ju Lee singled, walked and scored. Jake Thompson had a book-rule quality start before Mike Jarman tossed three innings with one hit, no walks and three strikeouts.

Hot Rods 6, Burlington 5
Robby Price
and Derek Dietrich each hit two-run home runs, walked and had three RBIs. Price also singled and scored again. Steve Tinoco had three hits.

Staten Island 8, Renegades 7
Jeff Malm homered twice and totaled three RBIs. Cesar Guillen, who had three hits, and Craige Lyerly each homered. Leonardo Reginatto singled and walked twice. Jason McEachern went just four-plus innings (hmmm) and gave up three earned runs on six hits. Justin Woodall threw two perfect innings.

Princeton Rays 12, Elizabethton 3
Joel Caminero
was 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Ryan Terry had two hits, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Deshun Dixon singled twice, walked and scored. Brandon Henderson struck out seven and gave up a run over three innings.

GCL Twins 7, Rays 5
Matthew Johnson
walked twice, stole once and scored twice. Todd Glaesmann, in his first game since a June elbow injury with Bowling Green, singled, stole twice and scored.

Thursday: Biscuits 11, Generals 9 (10)

Isaias Velasquez's two-run triple in the 10th inning led the Biscuits to an 11-9 win over the Jackson Generals on Thursday. John Shelby homered, singled, walked and scored three runs. Tim Beckham's three-run home run highlighted a seven-run sixth that gave Montgomery a 9-3 lead.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paduch returning to Biscuits

Pitcher Jim Paduch, after winning his Durham debut start today, is coming back to the Biscuits. Promoted Monday, Paduch worked seven-plus innings today in Durham's 18-3 win at Rochester, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk. He took a shutout into the seventh. The Biscuits stand at 2-under 22 on the par-24 Southern League roster limit.

Not just twice or thrice, Bulls hit 7 HRs

Durham set a Triple-A team record with seven home runs today in an 18-3 win at Rochester. Dan Johnson hit one and finished with five hits and four RBIs. John Matulia homered twice. The other homer hitters: Russ Canzler, J.J. Furmaniak, Daniel Mayora and Nevin Ashley.

Colome heading up from Charlotte

The Biscuits are getting right-handed starter Alex Colome from high-Class A Charlotte, which is adding left-handed starter C.J. Riefenhauser from Bowling Green.

Colome, who ranks seventh on Baseball America's preseason list of Tampa Bay prospects, was 9-5 with a 3.66 ERA for the Stone Crabs. In 105 2/3 innings, he held Florida State League hitters to a .214 average and totaled 92 strikeouts.

Colome is scheduled to make his Biscuits debut in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Jackson.

Riefenhauser was 6-5 with a 2.31 ERA with the Hot Rods and threw five shutout innings of one-run ball in each of his last two starts. His 101 1/3 innings featured a .212 average against and 99 strikeouts. He'll debut for Charlotte on Saturday.

Ranking the Rays ... Ames

For Wednesday ...
1. Jeff Ames, PRI: 5 no-hit innings, 1 walk, 6 K's
2. George Jensen, BWG: 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 6 K's
3. Joe Bateman, DUR: 2 1/3 shutout innings in '11 Bulls debut
4. Matthew Johnson, GCL: 2 runs, walk, outfield assist
5. Leslie Anderson, DUR: HR in 3rd, game-tying 1b in 8th

Wednesday's Rays roundup

Bulls 7, Rochester 6 (10)
Russ Canzler
homered in the 10th inning after Leslie Anderson singled in John Matulia to tie it in the eighth. Felipe Lopez hit a grand slam and Anderson a solo shot in a five-run third. Desmond Jennings doubled, walked and scored. Marquis Fleming gave up three unearned runs and recorded one out in his debut. Joe Bateman threw 2 1/3 shutout and Rob Delaney two shutout innings.

Lakeland 11, Stone Crabs 0
Hak-Ju Lee
and Ty Morrison each had two of Charlotte's six hits. Omar Luna walked twice. Alex Koronis went five innings, allowing four hits and four runs (two earned). Anthony Scelfo polished it off with a two-run eighth.

Hot Rods 7, Burlington 1
Derek Dietrich
hit a three-run home run and Phil Wunderlich a solo blast. Robby Price scored twice. Price and Wunderlich were plunked. George Jensen fired six innings of one-run ball with two hits, four walks and six strikeouts.

Renegades 5, Staten Island 4
Juniel Querecuto
tripled in two runs to cap a four-run eighth. Leonardo Reginatto was 3-for-3 with a run, RBI and error. Tanner Biagini singled, walked and scored twice. Brooks Belter gave up an unearned run in 3 1/3 innings.

Princeton Rays 5, Johnson City 3
Jeff Ames
threw five no-hit innings, walking one and striking out six. Deshun Dixon homered, hit an RBI single and walked. Jake Hager singled twice, stole, was nabbed stealing and scored. Ryan Brett stole home as part of a double steal.

GCL Twins 13, Rays 8
Matthew Johnson
walked, scored twice and had an outfield assist. Ariel Soriano had two RBIs, a single, a double, a run scored, a steal and a caught stealing. Isaac Gil with an odd line: 0.1 innings, 0 hits, 6 runs, 4 earned, 4 walks, 1 K.