Columbus 9, Durham 1. Delmon Young continues to punish baseballs and opposing pitchers instead of umpires since his return from a 49-game suspension. Last night he went 2-3 with a double to raise his average to .343. Young is approximately 90 plate appearances short of qualifying for the league batting crown, otherwise he would be second in the IL. Darnell McDonald who recently had a 28-game hitting streak snapped, went 2-4 to raise his average to .310, which is good for 7th in the IL. He also has 11 home runs and 20 stolen bases on the season. B. J. Upton went 1-4 with his 8th home run to account for the team’s lone run. Unfortunately, the news of the day was that Upton also committed his 31st and 32nd errors of the season. Both were throwing errors. And this just in Doug Waechter has forgotten how to pitch. Last night? 4.1 innings, 10 hits, 7 runs (2 earned), 0 walks and 4 strike outs. Thanks to Upton and an error of his own, only 2 runs were earned and his ERA actually was lowered to 8.78 since being demoted. In 8 starts at Durham he is now 1-7 and is giving up more than 2 runners per innings.
Montgomery 4, Jacksonville 2. We are worried about Andy Sonnanstine. He gave up 2 runs last night! Sonnanstine, who had pitched 4 shutouts in his previous 7 starts, only worked 6 innings. However, he did pick up his 8th straight win, giving up 6 hits (2 solo home runs) 1 walk and 2 runs. He struck out 5.
Bakersfield 13, Visalia 5. Christopher Mason one of the Rays top pitching prospects in the low minors, was roughed up last night. In 4 innings, he gave 11 hits, 1 walk and 8 runs (7 earned). The loss drops him to 10-6 with a 4.33 ERA. The “Cajun God of Baseball”, Reid Brignac, went 3-5 to raise his average to .315, 7th in the CL. He also has 19 home runs, good for 4th. The “Dirtbag” Evan Longoria, had the night off, presumably to give the other team’s pitchers a night off.
SW Michigan 7, Quad Cities 3. With all the excitement at other levels recently we have not paid much attention to the the Big-3 pitchers for the SW Michigan D-Rays. Last night Jacob McGee did his best to grab our attention again. He struck out 11 in 6 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 run. On the season he is 6-8 with a 2.71 ERA for a team with little offense, and leads the ML in strikeouts by a wide margin. In 113 innings, he has 140 strikeouts. His teammate Wade Davis (6-8, 3.20) is 2nd with 126 strikeouts in 107 innings. Interestingly, the third part of the trio, Michael Wlodarczyk is also 6-8 (3.33 ERA).