Durham 9, Toledo 3. JK Ryu had his best start since being converted back from a relief a pitcher. In 6 shutout innings, he struck out 7 and walked only 1. Dale Thayer made his AAA debut for the Devil Rays and struggled with his control. He gave up 2 hits and walked 3 which led to 3 runs. He was unable to complete the 7th inning. The big news though came from Jason Pridie and Evan Longoria both of whom are trying hard to tempt the Rays brass into a September call-up. Pridie was 1-3 with a home run and 2 RBI. It was Pridie’s 3rd home run in the past two games to go along with his .315 average and .924 OPS in 39 AAA games. Evan Longoria was 2-4 with his 2nd double and 2nd home run. He drove in 2. In his first week at AAA, Longoria is 8-23 (.348) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI. He has also walked 5 times to only 3 strike outs and has a 1.162 OPS.
Chattanooga 6, Montgomery 4. Jake McGee’s AA debut was one he would rather forget. In 2 innings, McGee allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and 6 walks. Four of the walks came in the first inning, including one with the bases loaded. He struck out 4. Fernando Perez was on base 4 times (1 hit, 3 walks) and stole his 27th base. Reid Brignac was 0-4 with a walk and 2 strike outs.
Lakeland 6, Vero Beach 1. The Rays managed only 2 hits.
Greensboro 4, Columbus 3. Ryan Morse walked 4 in 6 innings, but only gave up 1 run. Ryan Royster was 3-4 and hit his 21st home run. He is hitting .318 with 76 RBI.
Hudson Valley 7, Batavia 5. The ‘Gades scored 4 in the 8th inning to rally for the win. The big blow was a 3-run home run by Reid Fronk, his third of the year. Fronk, the Rays 7th round selection this year, was 2-4 and drove in 4.
Burlington 9, Princeton 7. Chris Andujar struck out 3 and gave up 2 runs in 4 innings.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Jake McGee admitted to being nervous for his first AA start. [Montgomery Advertiser]
McGee’s first-inning totals included 43 pitches and only 18 strikes.
“I was pretty nervous and I threw the ball all over the place in the first inning,” said McGee, whose 1162/3-inning totals at Class A Vero Beach included only 39 walks and 145 strikeouts.
“It’s pretty frustrating, but at least I got my first outing out of the way.”