Toledo 2, Durham 1, 11 innings. Great night for Jason Hammel. In 7 innings of work Hammel struck out 13 Mud Hens, including 5 of 6 batters in one stretch. In the 4th inning, he struck out the 2,3,4 hitters on 10 pitches. Even more impressive was that Hammel struck out 13 without walking a single batter. He did hit one batter and allow 4 hits and 1 run. He was not around for the decision as the game was still tied 1-1 at the end of 9 innings. The offense struggled as they managed only 7 hits, 4 of them by left fielder Brent Butler. Delmon Young went 0-5, Kevin Witt went 0-4, Joel Guzman went 1-4 and Wes Bankston went 0-4. Thats not good. Scott Dunn gave up the game-winning RBI double in the 11th.
Chatanooga 5, Montgomery 4, game 1. Jeff Niemann had what may have been his worst outing of the year. In 4 innings, he gave up 6 hits, 3 walks and 5 runs. HE struck out 4 and allowed 2 home runs to the Lookouts leadoff hitter Chris Dickerson. Reid Brignac went 2-3 and hit his 1st home since being promoted to AA. Evan Longoria went 0-3.
Chatanooga 7, Montgomery 3, game 2. Andy Sonnanstine appears to be coming back down to earth as the season enters the Dog Days of August. Sonnanstine struck out 5 in 5 innings, but he surrendered 6 hits, 1 walk and 3 runs (2 earned). He was cruising with only 1 hits allowed in the first 4 innings before running into trouble in the 5th. He did not earn a decision. Evan Longoria was lifted for a substitute after singling in his only at bat. No word on why he was removed from the game. Reid Brignac went 0-3.
High Desert 9, Visalia 5. Chris Mason continues to have an up and down season. Last night he allowed 6 runs in 4 innings on 8 hits and 4 walks. John Jaso went 1-3 with a double. Jaso, who may be the best catching prospect in the organization has been limited to DH duties for most of this season with nagging shoulder injuries.
Burlington 5, Princeton 3. Another catching prospect is Nevin Ashley, who was drafted in the 6th round this year out of Indiana State. Yesterday he went 2-3 with a home run and 2 RBI. In 39 games since being drafted he is hitting .341-4-25.