GCL Rays Swept by GCL Orioles

Ryan Caldwell was 3 for 4 with a double in Saturday's game.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Ryan Caldwell was 3 for 4 with a double in Saturday’s game. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The GCL Rays lost to the GCL Orioles 5-2 on Saturday morning, resulting in the Rays being swept in the brief two game series.

Both clubs were held scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Orioles struck for a pair of runs. A two run single by Carlos Diaz scored Ryan Mountcastle and Gerrion Grim to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

The Rays battled back to tie the game in the top of the fifth. Ryan Caldwell doubled to right to lead off the inning. Joseph Astacio followed with a bunt single, moving Caldwell to third. Caldwell scored on a sac fly by Oscar Rojas and Astacio later scored on a single by Blake Grant-Parks to tie the game.

The Orioles regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. An RBI single by Daniel Fajardo would score Branden Becker and Frank Crinella to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead.

The Orioles added an insurance run in the eighth as the Rays fell 5-2.

Sandy Brito suffered the loss for the Rays and is now 0-2 on the year.

The Rays are off on Sunday before beginning a four game series against the GCL Red Sox on Monday.

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Stone Crabs Snap Losing Streak in Win Over Bradenton

Armado Araiza scored two of the three Stone Crabs runs.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Armado Araiza scored two of the three Stone Crabs runs. (Photo: Jim Donten)

It only took half the month, but the Stone Crabs finally put a win in the win column during the month of August after beating the Bradenton Marauders 3-1 on Friday night at Charlotte Sports Park. The win snapped the current season high losing streak.

The game started as an all-out pitching duel with Brent Honeywell making the most of his start after having his last outing cut short by rain. Honeywell threw six scoreless innings before turning he hill over to Chih-Wei Hu who was just activated from the disabled list.

While Honeywell and Hu were keeping the Marauders off the scoreboard, the Stone Crabs hitters were finding a way to get on the board. The Stone Crabs broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Armando Araiza singled to lead off the inning. He later scored on an RBI single by Kean Wong to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

The Stone Crabs added another run in the eighth. This time it was Araiza getting it done again as he went deep to left for a solo home run that extended the lead to 2-0.

The Stone Crabs went deep again in the eighth when Yoel Araujo struck a solo homer to make it 3-0.

Bradenton scored their lone run of the night in the bottom of the ninth. An RBI single by Jordan Steranka scored Austin Meadows. But that is all they would get as the Stone Crabs held on for a 3-1 win.

Honeywell picked up the win and Hu earned the save.

The Stone Crabs wrap up the series on Saturday night at McKechnie Field. German Marquez will get the ball in the finale.

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Game Photos from 8/7: GCL Rays at GCL Orioles

Garrett WhitleyClick on the photo above to view a gallery of photos from last Friday’s GCL Rays game against the GCL Orioles.

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Long Ball Dooms GCL Rays in Loss to GCL Orioles

Joseph Astacio scored the only run of the afternoon for the GCL Rays.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Joseph Astacio scored the only run of the afternoon for the GCL Rays. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The GCL Rays had a hard time keeping the ball in the yard as they fell to the GCL Orioles 3-1 on Friday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Rays took the field with Ernesto Frieri on the mound, pitching a one inning rehab assignment for the Rays. He gave a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts before turning the mound over to regular G-Rays starter Abrahan Rodriguez.

The Orioles took the lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Gerrion Grim to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Rays tied the game in the sixth inning. Joseph Astacio singled to lead off the inning. He would later score on an RBI single by Adrian Rondon to tie the game.

The Orioles regained the lead in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Seamus Curran, his first professional homer. They would add an insureance run a little later in the inning on a RBI single by Branden Becker to score Daniel Franco and give the O’s a 3-1 lead.

The Rays went down in order in the eighth and the ninth as they fell 3-1.

Jesus Ortiz suffered the loss for the Rays. Kory Groves was the winning pitcher and Jake Bray got the save for the Orioles.

The two game series concludes on Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

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Stone Crabs Drop Opener to Bradenton

Mike Marjama was 2 for 3 with a triple. (Photo: Jim Donten)

Mike Marjama was 2 for 3 with a triple. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs overcame an early defecit but couldn’t find a way to beat the Bradenton Marauders as they lost the series opener 5-2 on Thursday night at McKechnie Field
Bradenton took the lead in the first inning. Justin Maffei tripled to right to lead off the inning. He then scored on a ground out by Austin Meadows to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Marauders added to their lead in the second. Michael Fransoso singled to left. He advanced to third on a single by Chris Diaz. Then an errant pick-off throw scored Fransoso and increased the lead to 2-0.

The Stone Crabs fought back to tie the game in the fourth. Kean Wong opened the inning with a single to left. Wong later scored on an RBI triple my Mike Marjama. Marjama then scored on a single by Granden Goetzman. But the Stone Crabs wouldn’t get anything else out of the inning as they stranded two runners in scoring position but tied the game 2-2.

Bradenton regained the lead in the fifth inning. A two run double by Meadows gave the Maruaders a 4-2 lead.

Bradenton added an insurance run in the seventh. Harold Ramirez singled home Chris Diaz to increase the lead to 5-2.

The Stone Crabs threatened in the eighth but were retired without a run as they lost the opener 5-2.

Greg Harris was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Henry Hirsch was the winning pitcher and Dovyda Neverauskas earned the save.

The series resumes on Friday night at McKechnie. Brent Honeywell (3-2, 4.50) will get the start for the Stone Crabs against Cody Dickson (10-5, 4.07) for Bradenton.

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Claw Digest-Stone Crabs Players of the Week: 8/6 to 8/12

Hitter of the Week
MTissenbaumaxx Tissenbaum has been swinging a hot bat as of late. Tissenbaum was 6 for 13 on the week with 3 doubles, a home run, 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. He had two big games against the Marauders including Friday’s 3 for 4 night with 2 doubles and a home run and Sunday’s perfect 3 for 3 afternoon. Tissenbaum has improved to .268 on the season with 8 doubles, a triple and a home run in 59 games.

Pitcher of the Week
KimborowiczIn a week when Stone Crabs pitching struggled, Josh Kimborowicz was a bright spot in the bullpen. He ptched five innings out of the bullpen and did not allow a hit or an earned run while striking out seven. His biggest night of the week came on Saturday against Bradenton where he pitched three no-hit innings and recorded five strikeouts. Kimborowicz is now 1-1 with a 1.43 ERA and 2 saves.

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GCL Rays Offense Heats Up in Win Over GCL Twins

Garrett Whitley had a career day, reaching base 5 times in as many appearances, finishing 3 for 3 with a double and a home run.  (Photo Jim Donten)

Garrett Whitley had a career day, reaching base 5 times in as many appearances, finishing 3 for 3 with a double and a home run. (Photo Jim Donten)

The Florida heat wasn’t the only thing hot in Port Charlotte this afternoon as the GCL Rays offense was red hot in a 10-3 win over the GCL Twins.

The Twins took an early lead in the first inning pushing across a run on a solo home run by Blake Schmit to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Rays matched the run and added another in the bottom of the first. Joseph Astacio and Garrett Whitley delivered back to back singles to put the Rays in business. A single to left by Oscar Rojas drove home both runners to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.

But the Twins bounced back with a two run inning of their own in the second. An RBI single by Christian Cavaness and an RBI triple by Scmit gave the Twins the lead again.

The lead didn’t last long as the Rays offense struck again in the bottom of the second, once again doubling their opponents tally. Juan Rodriguez got things started with a single to right. He later scored on an RBI single by Ryan Caldwell to tie the game. Following a walk to Astacio, Whitley cleared the bases with his second pro homer, a three run shot to give the Rays a 6-3 lead.

The Rays added a pair of runs in the seventh. The Rays loaded the bases with no outs following a single by Astacio, a walk to Whitley and Devin Davis getting hit by a pitch. A bases loaded walk to Adrian Rondon and a sac fly by Rafelin Lorenzo extended the lead to 8-3.

The Rays pushed across two more in the eighth, capitalizing on miscues by the Twins. Cody Semler reached on a force and then moved into scoring position following a wild pitch. Caldwell reached on an error, scoring Semler in the process. Then Caldwell moved along the bases and scored following two more wild pitched to give the Rays the 10-3 margin of victory.

Ty Nichols earned the win for the Rays, improving to 2-3 on the season. John Williams picked up his first save of the season.

The Rays now face the Orioles for a two game series with game one in Port Charlotte on Friday.

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Stone Crabs Losing Streak Reaches Double Digits

Andrew Velazquez had two hits on the night including a double in the first inning.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Andrew Velazquez had two hits on the night including a double in the first inning. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Stone Crabs were swept by the division leading Palm Beach Cardinals following a 4-3 loss in the series finale on Wednesday night at Charlotte Sports Park. The loss has extended the Stone Crabs losing streak to ten games.

The Stone Crabs took an early lead by scoring in the first inning. Andrew Velazquez doubled to center to lead off the inning. He then scored on an RBI single by Desmond Jennings to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.

But the lead was quickly erased as the Cardinals tied the game on a solo home run by Luke Voit in the top of the second.

The game remained tied at 1-1 until the top of the sixth when Palm Beach struck for three runs. Buddy Borden walked the bases loaded before being replaced by reliever Mike Franco. A wild pitch by Franco allowed the first run of the inning to score and broke the tied. The Cardinals got two more runs, one on a sac fly by Voit and another on an RBI single by Danny Diekroeger to give Palm Beach a 4-1 lead.

The Stone Crabs chipped away at the lead by scoring the seventh and the eighth. In the seventh it was an RBI single by Velazquez to score Jace Conrad. Then in the eighth Justin Williams drove home Willy Adames. But the Stone Crabs couldn’t find a way to score another run as they fell 4-3.

Borden was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs. Blake McKnight picked up the win and Keith Butler the save for Palm Beach.

The Stone Crabs head north to McKechnie Field for a three game series against the Bradenton Marauders. Greg Harris (1-1, 3.86) will start the series opener on Thursday against Luis Heredia (4-5, 5.72) for Bradenton.

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GCL Rays Walk-Off in Game Two of Doubleheader

Miguel Hernandez delivered a walk-off homer to stop the Rays losing streak.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Miguel Hernandez delivered a walk-off homer to stop the Rays losing streak. (Photo: Jim Donten)

A walk-off home run by Miguel Hernandez lifted the GCL Rays to a 1-0 win over the GCL Twins in game two of Wednesday doubleheader.

The game was a result of a weather suspension back on July 29 and resumed in the fifth inning tied 0-0 and would remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. That’s when Hernandez took a pitch from Twins reliever Moises Gomez deep to left, winning the game for the Rays.

Edrick Agosto picked up the win for the Rays. Gomez was the losing pitcher for the Twins.

The series concluded on Thursday in Port Charlotte.

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GCL Rays Drop Game One of Doubleheader

Oscar Rojas extended his hitting streak to five games with an RBI single in the fifth.  (Photo: Jim Donten)

Oscar Rojas extended his hitting streak to five games with an RBI single in the fifth. (Photo: Jim Donten)

The Rays rallied late to tie the game but it wasn’t enough as they lost to the GCL Twins 5-2 in game one of Wednesday doubleheader.

The Twins took the lead in the second inning by pushing across a pair of runs.  A double by Christian Cavaness would drive home both baserunners to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.

The Rays tied the game in the top of the fifth.  Blake Grant-Parks led off the inning with a single to right.  He later scored on an error following a squeeze play by Juan Carlos Arias.  Arias later scored on an RBI single by Oscar Rojas to tie the game.

But the Twins scored three in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead.  RBI singles by Robert Molina, Roni Tapia and Ruar Verkerk help give the Twins a 5-2 lead.

The Rays were retired in order the next two frames as they fell 5-2 in the seven inning contest.

Francisco Mena was the losing pitcher for the Rays.  Hector Lujan was the winning pitcher for the Twins.

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