Late Offensive Explosion Lift GCL Rays to Victory

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Vidal Brujan continues to hit the ball well against the Red Sox, hitting .541 and recording a hit in all games played against them this season.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

The GCL Rays and GCL Red Sox were locked into a great pitching duel through much of the afternoon until both teams combined for ten runs in the final three innings with the Rays walking away with a 6-4 win. With the win, the Rays have pulled out of last place in the division and hold the second longest winning streak in the league at the moment.

The starters for each team really set the tempo with Rays starter Jesus Ortiz and Red Sox starter Hildemaro Requena exchanging zeroes through the first six innings. It wasn’t until the managers went to the bullpen before any team would get a run.
The Red Sox broke the scoreless tie in the tip of the seventh inning. Juan Barriento struck a solo home run to left to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

The Rays countered with a huge eighth inning. They home team batted around in the inning to produce six runs in the process. The inning opened with back to back extra base hits, a double by Vidal Brujan followed by an RBI triple by Jesus Sanchez to tie the game. The triple for Sanchez was his league leading fifth of the season. Sanchez later scored on a single by Michael Brosseau to give the Rays the lead.

The offense continued to put runners on the bases as Jose Tonton was hit by a pitch and Gilbert Marrero drew a walk to load the bases with just one out. Brosseau scored on a passed ball. Then a single by Ryan Caldwell scored both Tonton and Marrero. Caldwell would later score on a single by Deion Tansel to give the Rays a 6-1 lead.

The Red Sox mounted a rally in the top of the ninth. They pushed across three runs before Jayson McKinley got the remaining two outs of the inning to secure the victory.

Anthony Parente earned the win and improved to 2-1. McKinley picked up the save, his first. Devon Fisher was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.

The series shifts to JetBlue Park for the finale on Thursday.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Vidal Brujan (2B): 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored
  • Jesus Sanchez (CF): 1 for 4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored
  • Michael Brosseau (3B): 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Jonathon Arrowood (DH): 0 for 4
  • Jose Tonton (RF): 1 for 2 with a run scored
  • Gilbert Marrero (1B): 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored
  • Alexander Alvarez (C): 0 for 4
  • Ryan Caldwell (LF): 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Deion Tansel (SS): 3 for 4 with an RBI

Pitchers

  • Jesus Ortiz: 6 scoreless innings with 3 hits, 3 strikeouts and a walk
  • Sam Long: 1 run on 1 hit with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 1 inning
  • Anthony Parente (Win, 2-1): 1 no-hit inning with a walk
  • Bryce Zak: 3 runs on 3 hits with a walk in 1/3 inning
  • Jayson McKinley (Save, 1): 2/3 no-hit inning
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GCL Rays Cruise to Win Over GCL Red Sox

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Juan Carlos Arias belted a three run homer in the ninth inning.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

The GCL Rays push their winning streak to six games as they cruised to a 9-2 win over the GCL Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon at JetBlue Park. The Rays jumped out to a commanding lead by the second inning and never looked back.

Vidal Brujan led off the game with a double to left. He then scored on an RBI single by Jesus Sanchez. Sanchez would later score on a sac fly by Jose Tonton to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

The Rays increased their lead in the second. Michael Brosseau scored on an error for the first run of the inning. Two more runs came on a double to center by Jonathon Arrowood. Arrowood then scored on a single by Tonton to extend the lead to 6-0.

Both clubs exchanged scoreless innings until the bottom of the eighth when the Red Sox pushed across their first run of the afternoon. An RBI single by Raiwinson Lameda scored Rafael Oliveras to make it 6-1.

The Rays answered with three runs of their own in the ninth inning. A single by Tonton and a walk by Josh Lowe set the table for Juan Carlos Arias who took an offering deep to left for a three run homer to increase the lead to 9-1.

The Red Sox added one more run in the ninth on an RBI single by Chad Hardy. But it was too little, too late as the Rays cruised to their sixth straight win.

Eduard Rosillo picked up the win for the Rays to improve to 2-0. Tyler House notched his first pro save. Jhonathan Diaz was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.
The series shifts to Port Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for noon.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Vidal Brujan (2B): 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored
  • Jesus Sanchez (RF): 2 for 5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Rene Pinto (C): 2 for 5 with a run scored
  • Jonathon Arrowood (1B): 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Jose Tonton (CF): 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored
  • Josh Lowe (3B): 0 for 2 with 3 walk and a run scored
  • Juan Carlos Arias (DH): 2 for 5 with a 3 run homer
  • Moises Gomez (LF): 0 for 5
  • Michael Brosseau (SS): 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored

Pitchers

  • Eduard Rosillo (Win, 2-0): 5 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks
  • Kevin Williams: 1 runs on 6 hits in 2 1/3 innings
  • Tyler House (Save, 1): 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings
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Stone Crabs Drop Finale to Daytona

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Riley Unroe got the Stone Crabs lone scoring rally started in the sixth.  (Photo by Jim Donten)

After winning the first two games of the series, the Stone Crabs had to settle for a series split against the Daytona Tortugas after losing the series finale 9-2 on Monday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Stone Crabs had difficulty containing the Daytona offense as a big fifth inning squashed any chances of the Stone Crabs taking the finale.

The Tortugas struck first off the rehabbing Ray Alex Cobb. Yorman Rodriguez led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He would later score on a double by Gavin LaValley to give the Tortugas a 1-0 lead.

Daytona extended their lead in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Aristides Aquino, his third of the series to make it 2-0.

But things really got ugly in the fifth inning when Daytona struck for five runs to put the game out of reach. When the dust settled, the Stone Crabs were staring up at a seven run deficit.

The Stone Crabs picked up a pair of runs in the sixth to avoid being shut-out. Riley Unroe got things started with a single to right. He scored on a single by Joe McCarthy. McCarthy later scored on an RBI single by Mac James to make it 7-2.

Daytona quickly countered those runs by adding a run in the bottom of the sixth and another in the seventh to hand the Stone Crabs the 9-2 loss.

Cobb suffered the loss and is now 0-2 in his rehab appearances with the Stone Crabs. Wendolyn Bautista was the winning pitcher for Daytona.

The Stone Crabs will have a day off on Tuesday before returning to action on Wednesday night as they open a four game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Charlotte Sports Park.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Riley Unroe (2B): 2 for 4 with a run scored
  • Joe McCarthy (LF): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Mac James (C): 1 for 4 with an RBI
  • Alec Sole (SS): 0 for 2
  • Grant Kay (1B): 2 for 4
  • Jace Conrad (RF): 1 for 3
  • Cristian Toribio (DH): 2 for 4
  • Thomas Milone (CF): 0 for 3
  • Matt Eureste (3B): 2 for 3 with a double

Pitchers

  • Alex Cobb (Loss, 0-2): 1 run on 2 hits with 1 strikeout and 1 walk in 1 inning
  • Benton Moss: 7 runs, 5 earned on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts in 5 innings
  • Ian Gibaut: 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings pitched
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GCL Rays Sweep Doubleheader Against GCL Red Sox

The GCL Rays extended their winning streak to five games following a sweep of Monday’s doubleheader against the GCL Red Sox. The Rays took game one 6-2 and then won game two by the score of 9-2.

Game one started out as a see-saw battle with both teams exchanging runs early. The Red Sox took the lead in the first inning. Lorenzo Cedrola was hit by a pitcher to lead off the game. He later scored on an RBI single by Juan Barriento to put the Red Sox in front 1-0.

The Rays bounced back in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Vidal Brujan singled to center get things started. He later scored on a triple by Josh Lowe to tie the game.

But the Red Sox regained the lead by scoring in the top of the second. Raiwinson Lameda doubled to left and later scored on an RBI single by Samuel Miranda to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

The Rays grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back. Deion Tansel reached on an error followed by double by Gilbert Marrero to give the rookie Rays two runners in scoring position with one out. Ryan Caldwell collected the RBI’s with a single to left that scored both runners and gave the Rays a 3-2 lead.

The Rays added a run in the fifth. Jesus Sanchez singled to left to lead off the inning. He later scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 4-2.

The Rays added a pair of runs in the sixth. Brujan drove home Tansel and later scored himself on a single by Sanchez to give the Rays the 6-2 margin of victory.

Jayson McKinley picked up the win in game one with Bryce Zak recording the save. Yorvin Pantoja was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.

After a brief break, the teams were back out on the field for game two of the doubleheader. Game Two saw some big league talent as Kevin Kiermaier got the start in center in his first rehab appearance since having surgery.

The Rays offense wasted no time picking up where they left off, posting a pair of runs to the scoreboard to take the lead in the second inning. Juan Carlos Arias drew a walk. He then moved into scoring position after stealing second. Arias scored on a double by Michael Brosseau. Brosseau wouldn’t stay on second long as he moved to third on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Alexander Alvarez, manager Jim Morrison got aggressive and called a double steal. The gamble paid off with Brosseau scoring to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

The Rays picked up five more in the fourth inning. Moises Gomez and Brosseau opened up the frame with back to back singles. Alvarez followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. They went station to station following a walk to David Parrett and later a single by Deion Tansel. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Kiermaier reached on an error, two runs scored and Kiermaier found himself on second. Tansel would later score on a wild pitcher to give the Rays a 7-0 lead.

The Red Sox got on the board via the long ball in the fifth. Nicholos Hamilton drew a walk to lead off the inning. Then Alan Marrero went deep to left to make it 7-2.

But the Rays weren’t done yet, pushing across a pair in the sixth. Parrett singled to center and later scored on a double by Tansel. Tansel later scored on a ground out by Sanchez to give the Rays the 9-2 win.

Matt Vogel picked up the win in game two. Angel Padron suffered the loss.

The series shifts to JetBlue Park on Tuesday.

Game One Box Summary

Hitters

  • Vidal Brujan (2B): 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Jesus Sanchez (CF): 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
  • Josh Lowe (3B): 1 for 4 with a triple and an RBI
  • Rene Pinto (C): 0 for 3
  • Jose Tonton (RF): 0 for 3
  • Moises Gomez (DH): 0 for 3
  • Deion Tansel (SS): 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored
  • Gilbert Marrero (1B): 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored
  • Ryan Caldwell (LF): 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s

Pitchers

  • Austin Franklin: 2 runs on 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk in 4 innings
  • Jayson McKinley (Win, 1-2): 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits and 3 strikeouts
  • Austin Sweet: 1/3 scoreless inning with 2 hits and a walk
  • Bryce Zak (Save, 1): 2/ 3 no-hit inning

Game Two Box Summary

Hitters

  • Deion Tansel (SS): 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
  • Kevin Kiermaier (CF): 0 for 2, reached on an error
  • Jesus Sanchez (CF): 0 for 1 with an RBI
  • Jose Tonton (RF): 1 for 4
  • Jonathon Arrowood (1B): 1 for 4 with a double
  • Juan Carlos Arias (3B): 0 for 3 with a run scored
  • Moises Gomez (LF): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Michael Brosseau (2B): 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Alexander Alvarez (C): 0 for 1 with 2 walks and a run scored
  • David Parrett (DH): 1 for 2 with an RBI and 2 run scored

Pitchers

  • Zack Trageton: 3 scoreless innings with a hit and 3 strikeouts
  • Matt Vogel (Win, 1-1): 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks in 1 2/3 inning
  • Joe Graziano: 2 1/3 scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout
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Trio of Stone Crabs Play in All-Stars Futures Game

Futures-Game-LogoIIIThree former Stone Crabs got recognition for their play this season with a trip to San Diego and a spot in the XM All-Star Futures game on Sunday night at Petco Field. Representing the Rays organization this year were Willy Adames, Chih-Wei Hu and Ryne Stanek.

Adames went 0 for 2 with a strikeout and grounding into a double play.

Hu pitched a perfect frame, striking out two of three hitters faced.

Stanek pitched the final inning for the US and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits with a strikeouts and a walk.

The World Futures beat the US Futures 11-3.

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Eight Run Inning Sinks Stone Crabs

The Stone Crabs came out to Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Sunday looking to win their third straight against the Daytona Tortugas. However a big sixth inning from the home team sent the Stone Crabs back to the hotel with a 10- loss.

The Stone Crabs jumped out to an early lead in the third inning. Cristian Toribio opened the frame with a line drive single to right. He later scored on an RBI single by Joe McCarthy to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

But the Tortugas quickly recovered to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Jonathan Reynoso delivered a two-out single to center. From there, things got sloppy for the Stone Crabs. Reynoso was leading off first when catcher Armando Araiza threw down to first, but Reynoso had already broke from second. After being hit twice on the bases, Reynoso came all the way around to score and tie the game.

The game would stay tied until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Daytona offense would rough up the Stone Crabs. They sent twelve batters to the plate in the inning, resulting in seven hits and eight runs to take a commanding 9-1 lead.

Daytona would push across one more run in the bottom of the eighth to hand the Stone Crabs the 10-1 loss.

Chris Pike suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs. Tejay Antone was the winning pitcher for Daytona.

The Stone Crabs send Alex Cobb to the mound for his second rehab start in the series finale against Wendolyn Bautista (2-0, 1.33) for Daytona.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Jace Conrad (RF): 0 for 3 with a walk
  • Joe McCarthy (LF): 2 for 3 and a walk
  • Grant Kay (1B): 0 for 4
  • Justin Williams (DH): 1 for 4
  • Armando Araiza (C): 0 for 4
  • Alec Sole (SS): 0 for 3
  • Cristian Toribio (3B): 1 for 3 with a run scored
  • Thomas Milone (CF): 0 for 2
  • Matt Eureste (2B): 0 for 3

Pitchers

  • Chris Pike (Loss, 3-7): 8 runs, 3 earned on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings
  • Jose Alvarado: 2 runs on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks in 2 1/3 innings
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GCL Rays Win Third Straight

The GCL Rays got an assist from Mother Nature today as they defeated the GCL Orioles 7-6 in a rain shortened contest at Charlotte Sports Complex. Both offenses were throwing runs on the scoreboard before the skies opened forcing the game to be completed early in the top of the seventh.

The Rays jumped out to an early lead by scoring a pair of runs in the opening frame. Vidal Brujan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Jesus Sanchez followed with a single to left. Both runners would score on an RBI single by Rene Pinto to give the Rays the lead.

But the Orioles answered in the second with a three run inning to grab the lead. The Orioles loaded the bases for Alfredo Gonzalez who delivered a single to center that scored Garrett Copeland and Jaime Estrada. Gui Yuan Xu later scored on a passed ball to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead.

The Rays bounced back to tie the game in the third. Sanchez delivered a leadoff triple to left. He later scored on an RBI single by Chris Betts to tie the game.
The Orioles took back the lead in the fourth. A sac fly by Xu scored Copeland to put the Orioles back out in front 4-3.

The Rays wasted no time taking the lead back, posting four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Brosseau drew a walk and Brujan was hit by a pitch to put two runners on the bases. Then Sanchez delivered his second triple of the game to drive both runners home. Pinto cleared the bases with a homer to put the Rays in front 7-4.

The Orioles pulled to within a run of the lead in the sixth. Copeland led off the inning with a homer to left. Then an RBI single by Jake Ring made it 7-6.

The Orioles threatened in the top of the seventh, but the weather set in before any damage was done, giving the Rays the 7-6 win.

Tyler House picked up the win in his professional debut. Austin Sweet notched the save. Juan Echevarria was the losing pitcher for the Orioles.

The Rays are off on Sunday.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Vidal Brujan (2B): 0 for 2 with 2 runs scored
  • Jesus Sanchez (CF): 3 for 4 with 3 triples, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored
  • Rene Pinto (C): 2 for 4 with a home run, 4 RBI’s and 1 run scored
  • Chris Betts (DH): 1 for 2 with an RBI
  • Jose Tonton (LF): 1 for 4
  • Josh Lowe (3B): 0 for 3
  • Jonathon Arrowood (1B): 0 for 3
  • Yerson Santana (RF): 0 for 2
  • Moises Gomez (RF): defensive sub
  • Michael Brosseau (SS): 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored

Pitchers

  • Thomas Lebron: 4 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks in 3 innings
  • Tyler House (Win, 1-0): 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk in 2 1/3 innings
  • Angel Rodriguez (Hold, 1): 2/3 scoreless inning with 2 hits
  • Austin Sweet (Save, 1): 1 scoreless inning with 2 hits and 3 strikeouts
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McCarthy Leads Stone Crabs to Win Over Daytona

The Stone Crabs fought hard all game long as they topped one of the FSL’s hottest teams. The Stone Crabs strung together 14 hits to win the series opener against the Daytona Tortugas 7-5 on Friday night.

The Stone Crabs jumped out to an early lead by scoring in the first inning. Riley Unroe opened up the game with a single to right. He moved to third following a double by Joe McCarthy. Justin Williams plated Unroe with a ground out to first. McCarthy later scored on a line drive by Jace Conrad to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead.

The Tortugas cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first. Yorman Rodriguez singled to right and later scored on a sac fly by Gavin LaValley to make it 2-1.

The Stone Crabs increased their lead in the fourth inning. Thomas Milone drew a walk to lead off the inning. Milone stole second and later scored on a bunt by Unroe. Unroe didn’t stay on the bases lon as he scored on an RBI single by McCarthy. McCarthy would steal second and later scored on a single by Justin Williams to increase the lead to 5-1.

The Stone Crabs would pick up a pair of runs in the sixth. An RBI single by Williams scored Grant Kay. Then later in the inning, Armando Araiza drove home Mac James to make it 7-1.

Daytona picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth. Ty Washington doubled to second and later scored on an error to make it 7-2.

The Tortugas mounted a late game rally, picking up three runs in the final two frames. An RBI double by Angelo Gumbs plated a run in the eighth. Then a two run homer by Aristides Aquino in the ninth pulled the Tortugas to within two runs of the lead. But the Stone Crabs rallied to end the threat and take the series opener 7-5.

Henry Centeno picked up the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. Jeff Howell notched the save. Jake Paulson was the losing pitcher for Daytona.

The series continues on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Greg Harris (6-5, 3.10) will get the start for the Stone Crabs against Ismael Guillon (3-2, 2.98) for Daytona.

Box Summary

Hitters

  • Riley Unroe (2B): 1 for 4 with 3 runs scored
  • Joe McCarthy (1): 4 for 4 with a double, RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Grant Kay (SS): 1 for 5 with a run scored
  • Justin Williams (RF): 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s
  • Mac James (DH): 3 for 4 with a walk, RBI and run scored
  • Jace Conrad (LF): 2 for 4
  • Armando Araiza (C): 1 for 5 with an RBI
  • Cristian Toribio (3B): 0 for 5
  • Thomas Milone (CF): 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored

Pitchers

  • Henry Centeno (Win, 3-2): 1 run on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 innings
  • Diego Castillo: 1 unearned run on 4 hits with a strikeout in 2 innings
  • Nick Sawyer: 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walk with 2 strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings
  • Jeff Howell (Save, 1): 2/3 no-hit inning
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Rays Sign House and Parret, Assigned to GCL Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed two collegiate players to minor league contracts with assignments to report to Port Charlotte. Lefty Tyler House and catcher David Parrett were officially assigned to the GCL Rays today.

House went 7-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 16 starts during his senior year with the University of Central Missouri. During his junior year, he struck out team best 67 hitters in 67 2/3 innings worked.

Parrett joins the Rays organization after winning the National Championship with Coastal Carolina this year. He hit .151 with 4 doubles and 2 home runs in 48 games with the Chanticleers.

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Eureste Added to Stone Crabs

The Rays have promoted shortstop Matt Eureste from the GCL Rays to the Stone Crabs. Eureste has played in six games for the GCL Rays and was hitting .077 in 13 at-bats.

Eureste was signed by the Rays as a minor league free agent on June 23, 2016. He was originally draft by the Cleveland Indians in the 40th round of the 2011 draft but did not sign. He went on to play college ball at the University of Oregon where he hit .246 for the Ducks in 2015.

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