After several days of rainouts and suspended games, the GCL Rays finally got in a full day of baseball as they hosted the GCL Red Sox for a doubleheader at Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays lost both games of the twin bill as they were swept by the division leading Red Sox.
Game one picked up in the middle of the second inning after being suspended yesterday tied 0-0. It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to pick up the lead, scoring four runs in the third inning. The Red Sox put two runners on the bases following back to back singles by Andrew Noviello and Luis Alejando Basabe to lead off the frame. A line drive single by Jerry Downs would score Noviello and break the scoreless tie. Basabe and Downs would later score on a single by Roldani Baldwin to extend the lead. The final run of the frame came on an errant throw by catcher Rafelin Lorenzo that scored Baldwin to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.
The Rays reached the scoreboard in the fourth inning. A single by Rays first round draft pick Garrett Whitley gave the Rays a one-out baserunner. Whitley stole second and moved to third on a single by Oscar Rojas. A line drive by Adrian Rondon scored Whitley to make it 4-1.
The Red Sox added three more runs in the fifth. Downs and Isaias Lucena drew walks to put runners on first and second. A double by Tyler Hill scored Downs and moved Lucena to third. A two run single by Yoan Aybar extended the lead to 7-1.
The Red Sox posted another run in the bottom of the seventh. Aybar struck a single to right that scored Hill to increase their lead to 8-1.
But the Red Sox offense wasn’t quite done as they pushed across a pair of runs in the eighth. Tyler Spoon reached on an error to lead off the inning. He then scored on a double by Sean Coyle. Coyle would later score on a double by Downs to give the Red Sox a commanding 10-1 lead.
The Rays would pick up a run in the ninth to end the game on a good note. Devin Davis went deep to left for his first professional home run, a solo shot to give the Rays their second run of the afternoon. But it was too little, too late as the Rays fell 10-2 in the first game of the doubleheader.
Joe Disla suffered the game one loss, falling to 0-4 on the season. Pat Goetze was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox and Algenis Martinez notched the save.
After a brief thirty minute break in the action, both teams were back out on the field for the second game of the doubleheader.
The Rays picked up right where they ended the first game, striking for a solo run in the first inning. Jaime Ayende drew a walk to open lead off the inning. He then advanced to second and later stole third. While breaking for third, the throw from the catcher sailed down the line, allowing Ayende to score and giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.
The lead held until the top of the third when the Red Sox grabbed the lead. Jagger Rusconi and Yomar Valentin each picked up a walk to give the Red Sox baserunners. Rafael Oliveras tied the game with an RBI double that scored Rusconi. The Red Sox tried to grab the lead on a on a ground ball to the mound, but pitcher Junior Feliz cut Valentin down at the plate to preserve the lead. But it didn’t last long as a single to left by Chris Madera scored Oliveras to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
The Rays threatened in the fourth. Whitley drew a walk to open the frame. He then moved into scoring position on his second stolen base of the season. A ground out by Davis moved the tying run to third. Rojas then reached on a fielder’s choice and later stole second to give the Rays two runners in scoring position with just one out. But a strikeout and line out would end the inning and the threat.
The Rays would not get another chance with runners in scoring position as they suffered the 2-1 defeat and a sweep of the doubleheader.
Feliz suffered the loss in game two for the Rays. Yankory Pimentel was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox.
The series shifts to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers for game three of the four game set.