Durham 5, Pawtucket 0. It was the Mitch Talbot show in Durham last night. Talbot made his first AAA start and still hasn’t allowed a hit. He worked 6 innings, walked 2 and struck out 4. The PawSox broke up the no-hitter with a 2-out single in the 8th off of Steve Andrade. Andrade did strike out 5 over two innings. Chad Orvella pitched a scoreless 9th with 2 strikeouts. Hopefully he never unpacked his bags from spring training, because the Rays are going to be calling him soon.

West Tenn 9, Montgomery 2
. The Biscuits hopes of going 140-0 were spoiled last night by West Tenn. Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria went a combined 1-8.

St. Lucie 5, Vero Beach 3. Matt Walker struck out 5 in 5 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.

Greenville 6, Columbus 5.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…

  • Jeff Niemann and Jason Hammel set the bar high with their impressive debuts. Mitch Talbot was not about to fall behind. After pitching 6 hitless innings, he did admit that he was a little disappointed at being pulled after only 80 pitches (48 for strikes). Edwin Jackson’s spot in the rotation is secure for now after his impressive first start on Monday night (1 walk, consistently hitting 96-97 despite not pitching in 10 days). If Joe Maddon is true to his word, Casey Fossum is going to have to be much better in his next couple of starts if he wants to retain his spot in the rotation. Niemann is not likely to be promoted before he has had 10-12 AAA starts, due to his previous injury, but Hammel and Talbot, along with JP Howell, who struggled in his first start, are competing to be receive the first shot if the Rays decide to make a change.
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