Rochester 5, Durham 3. The Bulls managed only 4 hits, but one of them was Kevin Witt’s 30th home run of the season. At this point, it looks like Witt is trying to hit Andrew Friedman in the back of the head with every swing. This is starting to get ridiculous. We understand that their is politics involved and other factors that are keeping Witt in Durham right now, but what else does he need to do? Witt has 11 more home runs than anybody else in the International League. B. J. Upton stole his 45th base.
Birmingham 5, Montgomery 3. Yet another strong outing for Jeff Niemann who continues to work his arm back into shape. He pitched 5 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 6. At this point Niemann is showing that he has not lost his electric “stuff”. The only thing holding him back now is arm strength and control. We could not have imagined that he would be this overpowering so quickly after being out so long.
Visalia 11, San Jose 7. Evan Longoria picked up two more hits and went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI, but did strike out 3 times. He is now hitting .361 with the Oaks. Reid Brignac went 1-5 with an RBI and 3 strikeouts. He is now hitting .313, but also committed his 26th and 27th errors of the season.
SW Michigan 3, Ft. Wayne 2. The “other” pitching prospect for the SW Michigan D-Rays pitched a strong game. Matt Walker worked 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out 6.