Durham Bulls. The Bulls swept a double-header yesterday against Buffalo after dropping the first two games of the series. On Friday, the team picked up 12 hits, including 2 hits apiece from Rocco Baldelli, B. J. Upton, LF Brent Butler, and 2B Fernando Cortez. However, the team only managed 2 runs in the 4-2 loss, surrendering a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 12th. Upton stole his 23rd base of the season. Durham took the opening game on Sunday 7-5, as Kevin Witt hit his league leading 14th home run, a grand slam. Elijah Dukes hit his 7th home run and drove in 2. Baldelli went 1-2 with a run scored and 2 walks as the DH. Chris Seddon surrendered 5 runs in 4 innings, on 6 hits and 2 walks. In the nightcap, the team wasn’t satisfied with only playing 7 innings, so they decided to go 16 before finally taking the game 3-2. Cortez drove in the winning run with a basehit off of Buffalo’s catcher Einar Diaz. Baldelli continues to show no signs of rust as he went 5-7 with a double and played all 16 innings in RF. He is now hitting .405 during his rehab assignment. Upton had a rough game, going 0-6 with a walk and 5 strike outs. Jason Hammel gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. He struck out 5.
Montgomery Biscuits. The Biscuits lost all 3 games this weekend to Chattanooga. On Friday Montgomery dropped the opener 5-1. The team only managed 4 hits, 3 by Jason Pridie who had a double and a triple and drove in the only run. On Saturday, they dropped the second game 5-4. Tony Peguero, gave up 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 6 innings, dropping his record to 5-6. The amazing Juan Salas pitched another 2 scoreless innings. In 28.2 innings this season, he has yet to allow an earned run (4 unearned). He has given up only 7 hits and has 43 strikeouts. The Biscuits dropped Sunday’s game 4-1. Jim Magrane pitched well, but dropped his record to 7-4. He went 5, giving up 5 hits, no walks and 1 run. He struck out 4. Jorge Cantu went 2-12 with an RBI in the 3 games.
Visalia Oaks. The Oaks dropped 2 of 3 to High Desert over the weekend. Reid Brignac went 5-11 in the first 2 games before being given Sunday off. Shawn Cumberland hit his 12th home run of the season on Saturday. On Friday, James Houser went 7 innings giving up 10 hits, 2 walks and 6 runs (3 earned). On Saturday, Christopher Mason won his 3rd straight start to improve to 5-2. He struck out 6 in 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs (3 earned).
SW Michigan D-Rays. The Rays dropped 2 of the first 3 games of a 4-game set to Kane County. The lone bright spot from the weekend was Sunday’s starter William Evers. Evers, making his first start after 15 relief appearances, went 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks and no runs. He struck out 3.