Indianapolis 6, Durham 1. First a quick note about yesterday’s post. We erroneously stated that Jason Hammel was pulled because of an “undisclosed injury”. It now appears that Hammel was on a very small and very strict pitch count, that saw him removed in the middle of an inning. This was done due to the possibility that he will be called up to spot start in place of Jae Seo who is nursing a sore hamstring. The minor league seasons are starting to enter the home stretch. With two weeks left in the season, this is the last chance for many of these players to make an impression on the Devil Rays front office. Last night the Bulls managed only an 8th inning sacrifice fly by Wes Bankston. The top three batters in the order each collected two hits, but only Delmon Young’s leadoff single in the 8th lead to a run. In four separate innings, the Bulls managed to get two runners on and failed to score. J. P. Howell was not much better on the mound, with his worst minor league performance since being acquired from the Royales With Cheese. He bailed himself out of trouble in the first and third by picking runners off base. However, it fell apart in the 5th inning, when 4 hits, 2 walks and a fielding error to all 6 runs.
Montgomery 8, Jacksonville 4. The newest Biscuits are still hot (sorry….that was really bad, and we will never let that happen again). Justin Ruggiano went 3-5 with 2 doubles and all 3 hits drove in a run. Ruggiano is now hitting .337 with 19 RBI in 24 games since coming over from the Dodgers. Ruggiano seems to be very similar to Ben Zobrist. He was struggling a bit in AA for an organization where advancement is slow. Once he came to the Devil Rays, he is aware that AA in this organization is a lot closer to the majors and has turned it up a notch…Evan Longoria hit his 5th AA home run (his 17th home run in 52 professional games), a 2-run shot in the 3rd. He also added a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning. Andrew Friedman has stated that Longoria will start 2007 in AA. We wonder if he still feels that way…Andy Sonnanstine picked up his 14th win, good for 3rd in all of minor league baseball. It was not Andy’s best performance, but it was good enough. In 7 innings, he struck out 8 and only allowed 5 hits and 1 walk, but 2 of those hits were home runs that produced 3 of the 4 runs he allowed.