Durham 4, Syracuse 1. Brian Stokes continues to impress and make a bid for a shot at the big club’s rotation. Stokes, 26, has had a solid, if not spectacular ascent through the Devil Rays farm system since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 1998. Last night, the right hander picked up his first victory of the season while going 7 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 1 walk and no runs. He struck out 4. His ERA in 5 starts is now 1.93. Another player having a solid year for the Bulls is CF Darnell McDonald. The former first round pick of the Baltimore Orioles went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He is now hitting .327. B.J. Upton went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. He is now hitting .289. In the field, Upton did not commit any errors and turned two flawless double plays.
Montgomery 6, Mississippi 4. Andy Sonnanstine managed to “scatter” 10 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings and gave up only 2 runs (1 earned). Jason Pridie, who was returned to the D-Rays after failing to make the Minnesota Twins roster out of spring training went 1-4 with a walk and a RBI. He is hitting .235.
Visalia 5, San Jose 2. SP Christopher Mason pitched a gem to pick up his 2nd win of the season. He went 8 innings surrendering only a 1 hit and 1 walk. He struck out 6 and gave up 2 runs (1 earned). His ERA is now 1.86. SS Reid Brignac went 0-4 and committed his 10th error of the season. LF Patrick Breen hit his 7th home run and is now hitting .307.
SW Michigan 1, Peoria 0. Michael Wlodarczyk also had a very strong outing for the Devil Rays’ farm system. He went 8 innings giving up six hits and did not allow a r walk or a run. He struck 7 and his ERA is now 1.27 in 6 starts. C Matt Spring got the game-winning RBI in the 9th. He went 1-3 and is now hitting .273.