GCL Rays Doubleheader Swept by GCL Red Sox Following Game Two Loss

Chris DeMorais had the only extra base hit for the Rays in game two.

Chris DeMorais had the only extra base hit for the Rays in game two.

The GCL Rays trailed much of the second game as they lost to the GCL Red Sox 4-1 in game two of Monday’s doubleheader.

The Red Sox offense picked up right where it left off in the first game by scoring a pair of runs in the second inning. Derek Miller delivered a two run single to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

The Red Sox scored another pair of runs in the fifth. They loaded the bases with two walks and a single. A bases loaded walk to Victor Acosta scored the first run and the second came via a passed ball to increase the Red Sox lead to 4-0.

The Rays avoided a shut-out by scoring their lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Oscar Sanay led off the inning with walk. He later scored on a sacrifice by Jose Rojas. But the Rays couldn’t push across any more runs as they fell 4-1.

Deivy Mendez was charged with the loss for the Rays.

The Rays are back at it Tuesday night under the lights at Charlotte Sports Park as they host the Red Sox again. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Oscar Sanay (2B): 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored
  • Cade Gotta (CF): 1 for 3
  • Bill Pujols (3B): 1 for 3
  • Jose Rojas (C): 0 for 2 with an RBI
  • Josh Rapacz (1B): 0 for 2
  • Christian Knott (RF): 0 for 3
  • Matt Ford (SS): 0 for 3
  • Chris DeMorais (DH): 1 for 3 with a double
  • Jaime Ayende (LF): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Deivy Mendez (Loss, 1-3): 2 unearned runs on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks in 4 innings pitched
  • Tommy Lawrence: 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks in 3 innings
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Stone Crabs Drop Second Straight to Clearwater

Tyler Goeddel reached base in each of his four plate appearances.

Tyler Goeddel reached base in each of his four plate appearances.

A late game rally fell one run short as the Stone Crabs lost to the Clearwater Threshers 4-3 on Monday night at Bright House Field.

The Threshers went right to work, scoring in the first inning. Art Charles singled home Roman Quinn to give Clearwater a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs didn’t trail long as they tied it up in the second on one swing of the bat by Justin O’Conner. O’Conner took the offering over the left field wall to tie the game 1-1.

Clearwater regained the lead in the seventh. Charles drove home two runs with a triple to center. He later scored on an RBI single by Brian Pointer to give the Threshers a 4-1 lead.

The Stone Crabs bounced back to score two runs in the top of the eighth. They loaded the bases after back to back walk to Johnny Field and Tommy Coyle followed by a single by Leonardo Reginatto. Pat Leonard drove home Field and Coyle with a single to left to pull the Stone Crabs to within a run of the lead. But they stranded the tying and go ahead runs to lose 4-3

Jordan Harrison was the losing pitcher for the Stone Crabs. Jordan Guth was the winning pitcher for Clearwater and Cody Forsythe earned the save.

The Stone Crabs head back to Bright House Field for game three of the four game set on Tuesday. Austin Pruitt will be on the hill for the Stone Crabs against Jeb Stefan for Clearwater.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Johnny Field (CF): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s
  • Justin O’Conner (C): 1 for 4 with a solo homer
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 2 for 2 with 2 walks
  • Josh Sale (DH): 0 for 4
  • Granden Goetzman (LF): 0 for 4
  • Ariel Soriano (RF): 0 for 4

Pitchers

  • Jordan Harrison (Loss, 0-2): 4 runs on 3 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks in 5 2/3 innings
  • Kevin Brandt: 1 1/3 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts and a walk
  • Colton Reavis: 1 no-hit inning
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GCL Rays Lose Game One of Doubleheader Against GCL Red Sox

Tim Beckham was 3 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI's in a rehab appearance.

Tim Beckham was 3 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI’s in a rehab appearance.

The GCL Rays watched an early lead slip away and a late game rally fall short as they dropped game one of Monday’s doubleheader against the GCL Reds Sox at Charlotte Sports Park. Despite a late game rally to force extra innings, it was one run in the top of the eight by the visiting Red Sox that would make the difference.

The Rays jumped out to an early lead in the first inning by pushing across three runs. Zacrey Law singled to center to get things going. The rehabbing Tim Beckham followed with a single to right. Cade Gotta then drew a walk to load the bases with one out. David Rodriguez struck a two run double to put the Rays on the scoreboard. The third run of the inning came on a ground ball by Jeremy Hadley to make it 3-0.

The three runs came at a cost as the Rays lost Law in the inning. He suffered a leg injury on the single by Beckham and was replaced by Christian Knott.

The Red Sox bounced back to tie the game in the top of the third. The Red Sox capitalized on three hits, an error and a hit by pitch to score three runs to tie the game 3-3.

The Red Sox took their first lead by scoring in the forth. Rafael Oliveras singled home Rafael Devers to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.

The Red Sox added to their lead in the sixth inning. An RBI single by Oliveras and an RBI double by Trenton Kemp increased their lead to 6-3.

The Rays used their home field advantage to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Ford doubled home Bill Pujols for the first run of the inning. Then a two run triple by Beckham to tie the game and force extra innings.

But the Red Sox didn’t waste any time in scoring as they scored on a passed ball to regain the lead in the eighth.

The Rays put the tying run on the bases in the bottom of the eighth but failed to get him home as they dropped the first game of the doubleheader by the score of 7-6.

Edwin Fierro suffered the loss for the Rays.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Oscar Sanay (2B): 1 for 4
  • Zacrey Law (CF): 1 for 1
  • Christian Knott (PR-RF): 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored
  • Tim Beckham (DH): 3 for 4 with triple, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Cade Gotta (LF-CF): 0 for 2 with 2 walks and a run scored
  • David Rodriguez (C): 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s
  • Jeremy Hadley (RF): 0 for 4 with an RBI
  • Bill Pujols (3B): 2 for 4 with a run scored
  • Isias Alcantar (1B): 0 for 4
  • Matt Ford (SS): 1 for 4 with a double, RBI and a run scored

Pitchers

  • Henry Centeno: 4 runs on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts in 4 innings
  • Joselito Cano: 2 runs on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings
  • Edwin Fierro (Loss, 0-1): 1 run on 3 hits with a walk in 2 1/3 innings
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Series Preview: GCL Rays vs GCL Red Sox

Red SoxThe GCL Rays open the week with a five game series against the second place GCL Red Sox. The Rays and Red Sox are neck and neck in the season series with the Rays trailing by one game 3-4. As a team, the Rays are hitting .282 and have a team ERA of 2.62 in the series.

The Rays enter the series in first place of the division with a 16-9 record. They have a one game lead over the Red Sox in the division.

By the Numbers

GCL Rays

 

GCL Red Sox

16-9

Record

14-9

.233

Batting Avg

.234

.330

Slugging Pct

.331

.322

On Base Pct

.329

105

Runs Scored

120

183

Hits

173

44

Doubles

39

10

Triples

7

4

Home Runs

6

21

Stolen Bases

26

2.13

Earned Run Avg

2.55

76

Runs Against

73

195

Strikeouts

134

1.15

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.18

Players to Watch
IF Michael Chavis (Red Sox 1st Round Draft Pick in 2014 Draft)
P Jake Cosart (Red Sox 3rd Round Draft Pick in 2014 Draft)
C Ryan Lavarnway (on MLB rehab assignment)
OF Joseph Monge (leads Red Sox in hitting)
IF Josh Ockimey (Red Sox 5th Round Draft Pick in 2014 Draft)
P Javier Rodriguez (leads Red Sox in pitching, tied for league lead in wins)

Schedule
7/21/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park (Game One/4:00)
7/21/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park (Game Two)
7/22/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park (6:30)
7/23/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Red Sox at JetBlue Park (6:30)
7/24/14: GCL Rays vs GCL Red Sox at JetBlue Park (6:30)

Travel Guide
The Red Sox play at JetBlue Park. The stadium is located at 11500 Daniels Parkway near Southwest Florida International Airport. It is 50 miles from Charlotte Sports Park or about an hour drive. From Charlotte Sports Park, head east on El Jobean Road until you reach Toledo Blade Blvd. Turn left on Toledo Blade and follow it north until you reach I-75. Head south on I-75 until you reach Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway). Head east on Daniels Parkway until you reach the ballpark.

Admission to Gulf Coast League games is free.

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Stone Crabs Shut Out in Opener to Clearwater

Tommy Coyle tripled for the second consecutive game.

Tommy Coyle tripled for the second consecutive game.

Even a big league arm couldn’t counter a dazzling performance by Clearwater’s starter Mark Leiter as the Stone Crabs were shut-out by the Clearwater Threshers 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field.

All eyes turned to the mound at Clearwater as Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was making a rehab start to align him for a return for the Rays. But it was Leiter who stole the show, striking out eight in a complete game shut-out.

Clearwater ended the scoreless in the bottom of the third. Brian Pointer drove home two runs with a double to left to give the Threshers a 2-0 lead.

The Threshers added two more in the fourth. Corey Bass had an RBI double and then scored on a single by JP Crawford to give them a 4-0 lead.

Clearwater added their fifth and final run in the sixth. Chris Serritella tripled to right and then scored on a ground ball by Roman Quinn to make it 5-0.

The Stone Crabs offense comprised just five hits, but four of them were of the extra base variety. But it wasn’t enough as they fell 5-0.

Hellickson suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs. Leiter picked up the win for Clearwater.

The series resumes on Monday at Bright House Field in the battle of the Jordan’s. Jordan Harrison (0-1, 4.22) will oppose Jordan Guth (1-3, 2.58) for Clearwater.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Johnny Field (CF): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 1 for 4 with at riple
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Justin O’Conner (C): 1 for 3
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (DH): 0 for 3
  • Marty Gantt (RF): 0 for 3
  • Josh Sale (LF): 0 for 3
  • Jonathan Quinonez (3B): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Jeremy Hellickson (Loss, 0-1): 4 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk in 5 innings
  • Jose Molina: 1 run on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts in 3 innings
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Game Photos from 7/18: GCL Rays at GCL Orioles

GCL RaysClick on the photo above to see photos from Friday’s GCL Rays game against the GCL Orioles from Ed Smith Stadium.

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Series Preview: Stone Crabs vs Clearwater Threshers

Clearwater ThreshersThe Stone Crabs head north to Bright House Field for a four game series against the Clearwater Threshers. This is the second and last meeting of the season agasints the Phillies affiliate. The Stone Crabs hold a 3-1 advantage in the series this season. The Stone Crabs are hitting .248 and have a team ERA of 2.31 against the Threshers this season.

The Stone Crabs are in fifth place in the division with a 10-18 record on the second half. Clearwater is in fifth place of their division with a 11-17 record.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Clearwater

10-18

Record

11-17

.260

Batting Avg

.227

.377

Slugging Pct

.339

.330

On Base Pct

.283

395

Runs Scored

314

849

Hits

715

164

Doubles

135

39

Triples

29

47

Home Runs

53

91

Stolen Bases

47

4.19

Earned Run Avg

4.68

473

Runs Against

505

572

Strikeouts

599

1.42

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.49

Players to Watch
IF Reid Brignac (on MLB rehab assignment)
IF Art Charles (2014 FSL All-Star)
IF JP Crawford (Phillies #3 Prospect by Baseball America)
IF Angelo Mora (leads Clearwater in hitting)
C Carlos Ruiz (on MLB rehab assignment)
P Ethan Stewart (leads Clearwater in pitching)

Matchups
7/20/14: CHA Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00) vs CLE Mark Leiter (1-1, 5.29) at Bright House Field
7/21/14: CHA Jordan Harrison (0-1, 4.22) vs CLE Jordan Guth (1-3, 2.58) at Bright House Field
7/22/14: CHA Austin Pruitt (6-4, 3.97) vs CLE Colvin Kleven (3-8, 4.93) at Bright House Field
7/23/14: CHA Blake Snell (2-5, 4.65) vs CLE Jeb Stefan (6-8, 5.80) at Bright House Field

Travel Guide
The Clearwater Threshers play their home games at Bright House Field which is located at 601 North Old Coachman Road in Clearwater. The stadium is 92 miles from Charlotte Sports Park or just under 2 hours away.

Tickets for games at Bright House Field can be purchased by visiting the Threshers Website and are $10 for premium box, $7 for Field Box and $5 for Berm. Full-Season Ticket holders with the Stone Crabs can use their VIP card for free admission to the Stone Crabs road games inBrevard County.

The official FSL hotel for games in Clearwater and Dunedin is the La Quinta Inn Clearwater Central located at 21338 US Highway 19 North . Rooms start at $79 a night. You can call them at (727) 799-1565 or visit their website for more information.

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Stone Crabs Drop Finale to Lakeland

Tommy Coyle was 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 runs scored.

Tommy Coyle was 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 runs scored.

The Stone Crabs Christmas in July failed to provide the ultimate present in the form of a series sweep as the Stone Crabs dropped the finale to the Lakeland Flying Tigers 9-4 on Saturday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

Lakeland scored first on Saturday night. Curt Powell led of the game with a walk. He would make his way around the bases and eventually score on a ground ball to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs matched the run and added another in the bottom of the first. Johnny Field opened the frame with a double to left. Tommy Coyle followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Field scored on an RBI single by Leonardo Reginatto to tie the game. Pat Leonard put the Stone Crabs in front with a sac fly to score Coyle and give the Stone Crabs a 2-1 lead.

Lakeland tied the game in the third. Powell doubled to right. He scored on an RBI single by Austin Green to tie the game 2-2.

Lakeland regained the lead in the fourth. An RBI double by James Robbins and an RBI single by Chad Wright gave the Flying Tigers a 4-2 lead.

Lakeland scored again in the fifth. Lance Durham and Jared Reaves each collected an RBI to make it 6-2.

The Stone Crabs squeezed out a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Coyle tripled to center to lead off the inning. Then a walk to Reginatto and Leonard got hit by a pitch to load the based. The first run of the inning came on a sac fly by Maxx Tissenbaum. Then Tyler Goeddel drove home a run to pull the Stone Crabs to within two runs of the lead.

Lakeland put the game out of reach in the seventh on a three run homer by Durham. The Stone Crabs never recovered as they lost 9-4.

Ryne Stanek suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs. Tommy Collier was the winner for Lakeland.

The Stone Crabs now head to Bright House Field for a series against the Clearwater Threshers. Jeremy Hellickson will get a rehab start against Mark Leiter for Clearwater.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Johnny Field (CF): 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored
  • Tommy Coyle (2B): 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 runs scored
  • Leonardo Reginatto (SS): 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Pat Leonard (1B): 0 for 1 with an RBI
  • Maxx Tissenbaum (C): 0 for 2 with an RBI
  • Tyler Goeddel (3B): 1 for 4
  • Marty Gantt (RF): 0 for 4
  • Josh Sale (LF): 0 for 4
  • Granden Goetzman (DH): 0 for 4

Pitchers

  • Ryne Stanek (Loss, 1-1): 6 runs on 8 hits with 3 walks in 5 innings
  • Marcus Jensen: 3 runs on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk in 3 innings
  • Ryan Garton: 1 no-hit inning
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GCL Rays Walk-Off Against GCL Orioles

In rather unusual fashion, a balk lead to the game winning run as the GCL Rays topped the GCL Orioles on Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park. The day really belonged to the Rays pitching staff, combining for eight scoreless inning, four of which were no-hit thanks to Cameron Varga.

The Rays took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Zacrey Law reached on an error to lead off the inning. Law later scored on an error to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.

The Rays pitching and fielding kept the Orioles off the scoreboard for much of the day. The Rays went eight full innings before surrendering a run to the Orioles in the top of the ninth.

Determined to not go into extra innings, the Rays pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth. Jeremy Hadley tripled to center to lead off the inning. He would later score on a balk to give the Rays a 2-1 walk-off win.

Michael Velasquez was the winning pitcher for the Rays.

The Rays will enjoy a day off on Sunday before hitting the field Monday to start another week of GCL baseball.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Zacrey Law (CF): 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored
  • Matt Ford (SS): 0 for 4
  • Jeremy Hadley (LF): 1 for 4 with a triple and a run scored
  • Isias Alcantar (1B): 0 for 4
  • David Rodriguez (DH): 1 for 2
  • Matt Reida (3B): 0 for 3
  • Bill Pujols (2B): 0 for 3
  • Jamie Mitchell (C): 0 for 1
  • Josh Rapacz (C): 0 for 2
  • Jaime Ayende (RF): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Taylor Guerrieri: 3 scoreless innings with 2 hits and 4 strikeouts
  • Cameron Varga: 4 no-hit innings with 5 strikeouts
  • Michael Velasquez (Win, 1-0): 1 unearned run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk
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Claw Digest-Stone Crabs Players of the Week: 7/10 to 7/16

Hitter of the Week
CoyleTommy Coyle led the Stone Crabs offense in the rain/all-star game shortened week. He was 7 for 19 with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 RBI’s. On Friday in Brevard, he was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. Coyle is hitting .253 with 10 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs in 82 games this season.

 

Pitcher of the Week
Reinaldo LopezReinaldo Lopez turned in a dominating performance in his only start this week. He pitched 7 shut-out innings on Saturday against Brevard County. Lopez is 5-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 19 games.

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