Toledo 6, Durham 4 After pitching 6 hitless innings in his AAA debut, Mitch Talbot came back to earth a bit, giving up 6 hits and 4 runs before being pulled in the 4th inning. Steve Andrade and Chad Orvella combined for 3 hitless innings of relief. Jorge Cantu and Wes Bankston each went 3-4 and combined for 3 doubles. Cantu is now hitting .278.
Chatanooga 4, Montgomery 3. Evan Longoria went 1-2 with 2 walks and his second home run, a solo shot. Chris Mason gave up 2 runs and struck out 5 in 5.2 innings. Nick DeBarr blew a 3-2 lead in the 8th by giving up consecutive run-scoring doubles.
Palm Beach 10, Vero Beach 2. Matt Walker gave up 5 runs in 4 innings. Jackson Brennan went 3-3 from the lead off spot and scored both runs.
Asheville 5, Columbus 4. Catching prospect Nevin Ashley went 1-4 and is now hitting .375.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Chris Mason, the Rays 2005 2nd round pick, still has some cockiness in him, but the minors appear to have humbled him a bit. Despite a 5.02 ERA for Visalia in 2006, the organization saw enough to move him up to AA this season. So far he has been solid with a 2.53 ERA in his first two starts.