Durham 7, Columbus 1. Delmon Young, continued his torrid hitting, going 2-5 with his 8th home run. Kevin Witt went 0-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Catcher Shawn Riggans has been hot lately and last night was no different. He went 3-5 with his 11th home run, a 2-run shot in the 5th. Wes Bankston went 2-5 with a double and is now hitting .344 over his last 32 at bats. Finally, he is young, but we might be seeing exactly why the Royals gave up so quickly on their 2004 first round draft pick, J. P. Howell. He is looking more and more like a AAAA pitcher. He struggled mightily last year with the Royals and looked very hittable in his short stint this season with the Rays. Back in Durham he is once again dominating AAA hitters. Last night, he struck out 6 in 7 innings and allowed only 4 hits, 2 walks and a run. Just goes to show that nobody in the minors can hit a breaking ball, but in the show, without a fastball, all hitters can sit back and tear into a breaking ball if it doesn’t hit the perfect spot…Joel Guzman was not in the lineup. He was removed from Wednesdays game with a sore hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.

Montgomery 4, Chatanooga 3
. Evan Longoria was out of the lineup once again with a bruised shin. Justin Ruggiano, recently acquired from the Dodgers was 0-3 with a walk and Reid Brignac was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. The big news was Jason Cromer. After a 1-out walk in the first, Cromer settled down and retired the next 21 batters in a row. He took a no-hitter into the 8th inning where he allowed a walk and home run, his first and only hit. He finished the 8th inning and was relieved in the 9th. His final line was 8 innings, 1 hit, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts and 2 runs.



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