(Charlotte Sports Park), Port Charlotte, Fla Aug 28, 2014 — Matt Reida went 3-4 with 2 home runs to lead the Rays past the Twins 3-1 in the final game of the season. Angel Yepez earned his second win of the season and Tommy Lawrence picked up his fourth save. Cade Gotta returned to action today after being removed from a game earlier in the week when he was hit in the head with a pitch. Gotta went 2-4 with a double. Christian Knott stayed hot at the plate; he doubled, and Oscar Sanay and Jaime Ayende singled in the season ending win.
The Rays bats came alive today. David Rodriguez was 3-4 with a double and a triple, Bill Pujols and Christian Knott tripled, and Isaac Alcantar was 3-4 with 3 RBI as the Rays beat the Twins 5-2. The Rays outhit the Twins 10-3. RHP Luiz Nunez notched his first win of the season. The Rays play their final game of the summer tomorrow, which has been moved up to 10 am.
Marty Gantt was 2 for 3 with double and an RBI.
The Stone Crabs were officially eliminated from the playoffs following a 5-2 loss to St Lucie Mets on Tuesday at Tradition Field. The Stone Crabs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Marty Gantt and an RBI by Jonathan Quinonez. The lead held much of the game until a four run seventh by the Mets. The Mets added an insurance run in the eighth to hand the Stone Crabs the loss. Austin Pruitt was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. The series concludes on Wednesday at Tradition Field with Blake Snell starting the finale.
Stone Crabs catcher Justin O’Conner and shortstop Leonardo Reginatto were named Florida State League Postseason All-Stars today. The joined the best of the Florida State League on the postseason list.
O’Conner hit .282 with 31 doubles, 2 triples, and 10 home runs in 80 games with the Stone Crabs before being promoted to Double-A.
Reginatto hit .316 with 16 doubles and 2 triples in 94 games before being promoted to Double-A.
Both players were also mid-season all-stars for the Stone Crabs this season.
The GCL Rays committed four errors in a 4-3 loss to the Twins at the Port Charlotte Sports Complex today, and the Red Sox beat the Orioles 4-2, eliminating the Rays from the playoffs at the end of the week. Outfielder Cade Gotta, who hit two home runs in yesterday’s win, was removed from today’s game for precautionary reasons after being hit in the head by a pitch in the first inning. Shortstop Bill Pujols was 2-4 with a double and an RBI today. RHP Abrahan Rodriguez took the L for the Rays, who continue their season ending series with the Twins tomorrow. RHP Ryne Stanek threw a 1-2-3 first inning for the Rays in a rehab start.
The Stone Crabs rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to defeat the St Lucie Mets and keep the push for the playoffs alive. Johnny Field was the hero of the night , delivering a game winning grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Stone Crabs to victory. The Stone Crabs trailed early until scoring four runs in the fifth capped by a two run double by Jake DePew, an RBI single by Juniel Querecuto and the fourth run scoring on error. The Mets regained the lead an inning later and held the narrow lead until Field’s big fly in the ninth. Nick Sawyer picked up the win and Zach Cooper the save.
GCL Rays pitchers Henry Centeno and Michael Velasquez were promoted to the Princeton Rays yesterday.
Centeno is 4-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 11 starts for the GCL Rays. Centeno was signed by the Rays as an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2010. He spent the first three years in the system with the VSL Rays before coming stateside this season.
Velasquez was 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 8 games out of the GCL Rays bullpen. He made his P-Rays debut last night in which he pitched 1 1/3 no-hit innings against Danville. Velasquez was signed as an undrafted free agent this season.
Cade Gotta had two home runs in Monday’s game.
The GCL Rays scored 9 runs in the fifth inning and pounded out a total of 16 hits on their way to a rain shortened 12-3 rout of the host GCL Twins Monday. Oufielder Cade Gotta homered twice, left fielder Zac Law went 2-3 with 4 RBI and first baseman Jose Rojas was 2-3 with a pair of RBI. The Rays also played error free baseball for the first time in several games. Deivy Mendez earned the Win on the mound for the Rays, who take on the Twins again tomorrow at Charlotte Sports Complex. The Rays remain 3 games back of the Division leading Red Sox with 3 games left on the schedule.
Today’s GCL recap comes from Mark Moran, father of GCL pitcher Spencer Moran. Mark has offered to assist with the GCL Rays coverage on Claw Digest. Thanks for your help Mark.
Stone Crabs reliever Kevin Brandt has been promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits. Brandt has dominated the competition out of the bullpen this season, not allowing an earned run in his last six appearances. Brandt is 3-2 with 4 saves and has a 1.17 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 30 games for the Stone Crabs this season. His performance on the mound resulted in a trip to the FSL All-Star Game this season.
Brandt was drafted by the Rays in the 18th round of the 2012 Draft.
Former Stone Crabs pitcher Kyler Lobstein made his major league debut yesterday for the Detroit Tigers. He pitched 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Lobstein allowed 3 runs on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts and 4 walks.
Lobstein was drafted by the Rays in the second round of the 2008 draft. He spent the 2011 season with the Stone Crabs where he was the FSL pitcher of the week three times during the season.