Indianapolis 6, Durham 3. Wes Bankston continues to hit the ball well since being promoted to Durham. Nobody has ever questioned that Bankston could hit the ball. The question is whether his power will ever develop. Last night he went 2-4 and hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning. It was only Bankston’s 3rd home run in 149 at bats since being promoted to Durham, and 7th home run all season. At 6′ 4″ and 200 pounds, the former 4th round pick (2002) is projected to be a good hitter with some pop, but despite a .302 average in AAA, the ball doesn’t jump off his bat…Delmon Young also went 2-4 and added his 56th RBI. Jason Hammel, was removed with 2 outs in the 3rd, with an undisclosed injury. He had yet to allow a hit.
Montgomery 8, Jacksonville 0. We are starting to get downright giddy about Jeff Niemann. We had been trying not to be too excited about some of his early success, because we knew it would be a while before he was all the way back. Well he is starting to consistently dominate hitters and the team is starting to let him work deeper into games. Last night Niemann threw 7 shutout innings, giving up only 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7. Jacksonville only threatened in the 5th when after a 1-out double, a walk and a ground out, the Sun had 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Niemann was able to get the final out on a fly ball to right. He is now 4-5 on the season with a 3.00 ERA…Justin Ruggiano continues to look impressive with his new organization, going 2-5, with a 2-run double in the 9th against his former team. It also says a lot that the team has Ruggiano hitting cleanup for a squad that features Reid Brignac, Evan Longoria, Patrick Breen and Eliot Johnson. Brignac went 1-3 with a double an RBI and 2 walks. Longoria, again batted 5th and went 1-5 with an RBI. The Biscuits beat Spike Lundberg in this game. Lundberg was 13-1 with a 2.03 ERA before last night’s start.