The Tampa Bay Rays farm system marched over the .500 mark after going 3-3 in games played Tuesday. One of the highlights was Jeff Niemann making his first rehab start at the AAA level for the Durham Bulls.
MINOR MATTERS: Organization Record 131-128 (.506)
DURHAM BULS 35-30, T-1st(+4.5), W2
NEXT GAME: Off day
NOTES: Jeff Niemann picked up the victory in the Bulls 1-0 win over Norfolk. The right-hander worked 5.1 scoreless frames allowing just three hits while fanning four ….. Jake McGee notched his fifth save ….. 3B Russ Johnson had the lone RBI in the game ….. LF Russ Canzler is second in the International League with a .409 on-base percentage and is third in walks with 37 ….. RF Brandon Guyer is sixth in the IL in batting (.319), fourth with 43 runs scored and has been hit by a pitch eight times, most in the circuit ….. DH Chris Carter is right behind Guyer being plunked seven times. He is also second in the league with 47 runs scored.
MONTGOMERY BISCUITS 31-34, 4th(-7.5), W3
NEXT GAME: @ Mobile (ARI) 1:05pm
PROBABLY PITCHER: RHP Nick Barnese (2-2, 3.35)
NOTES: SS Tim Beckham enters play today with 50 runs scored, second most in the Southern League ….. DH Daniel Mayora is 7thwith a .316 batting average. He also ranks 5thin on-base at .404 and tied for 3rdin runs scored ….. Stephen Voght has 57 RBI, second in the SL, 4thwith 252 at-bats and 6thwith 124 total bases.
CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS 28-36, 4th(-5.5), W1
NEXT GAME: vs. Bradenton (PIT 7:00pm
PROBABLE PITCHER: LHP Kyle Lobstine (5-2, 2.47)
NOTES:SS Hak Ju Lee, acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade, tops the Florida State League in batting average at .348, is second in on-base percentage at .427, tied for third with 47 runs scored, second in stolen bases with 18, fifth place tie for hits at 73 and his seven triples is tied for second ….. 2B Tyler Bortnick ranks 3rdin the FSL with a 420 on-base percentage and is tied for third with 17 stolen bases.
BOWLING GREE HOT RODS 37-28, 2nd(-0.5), W6
NEXT GAME: vs. West Michigan (DET) 8:05pm
PROBABLE PITCHER: LHP Braulio Lara (2-6, 5.77)
NOTES: The Hot Rods scored seven times over the first four frames and cruised to an 8-4 victory over the West Michigan White Caps. RHP Victor Mateo (7-4) picked up the win after firing six scoreless innings giving up just four hits.