Durham 8, Norfolk 4. A couple of things happened last night in the minors that are worth noting. We already wrote of Josh Hamilton’s reinstatement and his assignment to the short-season single-A Hudson Valley Renegades. In last nights Durham Bulls contest, Delmon Young hit his first home run of the season. That’s right folks, his first home run. So on the season, Delmon now has hit as many umpires as he has hit home runs. Let’s hope this is the start of a good run for Delmon. Kevin Witt also homered in the game, his International League leading 20th of the season. We would love to see Witt playing first base for the Devil Rays right now as Ty Wiggington has come back to earth after his torrid start. However, Witt’s promotion will probably not happen until Aubrey Huff is traded and Wiggington moves to third base.
Montgomery 7, Mississippi 6. Former first round pick Jeff Niemann made his third start of the season for the Biscuits. The good? The team is starting to stretch out his arm as Niemann worked into the 6th inning for the first time, throwing 5.2 innings. The bad? 7 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs (3 earned). He struck out 5. His ERA after 3 starts now stands at 4.50. A long ways to go for the big right hander.
Visalia 11, Stockton 8. Evan! Evan! Evan! Evan Longoria made his debut for the high-A Visalia Oaks, after thoroughly dominating the New York-Penn League for two weeks, and he picked up right where he left off. Longoria batted third and played third base. He went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. OK, forget moving Wiggington to thirdbase when Huff is traded. Just bring this kid up, put him at thirdbase and keep him there for the next 10 years. OK, we admit that might be rushing things a bit, but the Dirtbag is good.