Durham 6, Columbus 2. The Devil Rays sure can’t beat the Yankees…but hey! our AAA team can beat up your AAA team. Delmon Young drove in 2 with a double and added a solo home run in the 7th, his 6th home run of the season. Ben Zobrist went 0-3 but had 2 walks and his 4th stolen base. B. J. Upton went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and his 43rd and 44th stolen bases. Chris Seddon was very hittable. He gave up 5 hits and 2 runs in the first two innings, but settled down, working into the 8th inning without allowing any more runs to pick up his 8th win.
Jacksonville 3, Montgomery 2. Second base prospect Elliot Johnson is an extra-base machine. Last night he went 2-4 with his 14th home run. He is now 4th in the Southern League in home runs. He also has 15 doubles and leads the league with 10 triples. His .301 batting average is good for 5th and his .508 slugging is 2nd in the league.
San Jose 3, Visalia 0. The California League is known as a hitter’s league. That distinction did not help the Oaks last night as they only managed 2 hits. Really nothing worth mentioning here, so let’s move on.
SW Michigan 3, Fort Wayne 1. Right fielder James Hall hit a 2-run double in the top of the 10th inning. Greg Reinhard pitched a strong game, working 6.2 innings. The only hit he allowed was a 4th inning solo home run. He walked 2 and struck out 6.
Aberdeen 2, Hudson Valley 1. Jeremy Helickson was the Devil Rays 4th round pick in 2005. Hellickson is not a typical pitcher, which was one reason he fell to the 4th round in the draft. Hellickson is a right-handed pitcher that is only 5-11. The other reason was that in the state of Iowa, the high school baseball season is only a couple of weeks old when the amateur draft takes place, so scouts did not get a good sense of how Jeremy had progressed from his junior to his senior seasons. Last season, he struggled a bit in 4 late season relief appearances with Princeton. This season Hellickson is showing that good things can come in small packages. Yesterday, he made his 8th start with Hudson Valley. In 7 innings, he gave up 3 hits, no walks and 2 runs. He struck out 8. On the season, he has worked 41 innings, and allowed 24 hits and 9 walks. He has struck out 46 and has a 2.20 ERA. Jeremy Hellickson is very young and is still a long ways from pitching at the Pit, but he is off to a promising start.