One of the ‘Big 3’ combines to No-Hit Peoria
Durham Bulls. On Friday, the Bulls lost to Columbus 8-2. Jim Magrane struggled from the mound, giving up 7 runs in 4.2 innings. He is now 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA since being promoted to AAA. Delmon Young went 0-3 and Kevin Witt was the only Bulls to manage more than 1 hit as he went 2-4 with a double and another home run (36)…On Saturday, the Bulls did their best D-Rays impersonation by blowing a late lead to lose 7-6 to Louisville. Chris Seddon was unspectacular giving up 4 runs in 6 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. However, he left he game with the lead. The bullpen then gave up 2 in the 7th and 1 in the eighth. Delmon Young went 0-5 with an RBI. Kevin Witt went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Brent Butler went 2-5 with a 3-run double in the Bulls 5-run 3rd…On Sunday, the Bulls were shutout by 3 Louisville pitchers, 2-0. Doug Waechter had his best start in a looooonnnnnngggggg time. He worked 7 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 1 and lowered his ERA to 8.01. Durham managed only 7 hits, 2 by Wes Bankston and 1 by Delmon Young who had his first hit of the weekend.
Montgomery Biscuits. On Friday night, Chattanooga defeated the Biscuits 8-3. Mitch Talbot, who was acquired from the Astros in the Aubrey Huff deal, struck out 11 in 5.2 innings and gave up 2 runs (1 earned). Evan Longoria returned from his minor shin bruise in grand fashion, going 3-5 with a double. Reid Brignac went 1-5 with 3 strikeouts…On Saturday to pitchers combined on a 3-hit shutout as the Biscuits prevailed 6-0. Mike Prochaska, who started the season in Durham, struck out 6 in 8 innings and allowed 3 hits and 3 walks. Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Hall-Hendrickson deal, went 2-5 with a 2-run single and an RBI double. Reid Brignac was moved into the 2-hole and responded by going 2-4 with a run scored. Evan Longoria went 0-4…On Sunday, the Biscuits began a series with Jacksonville with a 4-1 victory, behind the pitching of Tony Peguero and Marcus Carvajal. Peguero allowed 4 hits, 3 walks and 1 run in 5 innings to pick up his 10th win. Carvajal, who was acquired earlier this year from the Mariners worked 3 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts. Reid Brignac went 1-4 with a double and is now hitting .274 in AA. Evan Longoria was moved up to the 5-hole in the order and didn’t fare so well. He went 0-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Justin Ruggiano went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. Big game on Friday night in Battle Creek, Michigan. Mike Wlodarczyk and Celso Rondon combined to no-hit Peoria 12-0. Wlodarczyk only gave up 3 walks in his 8 innings of work. He retired the last 7 batters he faced and was removed before the 9th because he had reached his pitch count. Rondon continued the dominance by coming on in the 9th to strikeout all 3 batters he faced. Rondon was pitching in just his 2nd game for the D-Rays since being promoted from Hudson Valley.
Hudson Valley Renegades. Not really on the radar, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention first baseman Matt Fields big night on Saturday. Fields provided all of the Renegades offense by going 2-4 with a 2-run home run in the 6th and a solo shot in the 9th during Hudson Valley’s 4-3 loss. The Rays’ 44th round pick in 2004 is now hitting .259-5-26…More importantly, everyone’s favorite little righty from Des Moines, Iowa continued his mastery of the short-season New York-Penn league. He pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing only 6 hits and no walks. He struck out 5 to lower his ERA to 2.06 in Hudson Valley’s 3-1 victory over Aberdeen.