Columbus 5, Durham 2. We admit we took a double-take when we saw the Bulls were playing Columbus. We momentarily forgot about the Columbus Clippers the former AAA affiliate of the Yankees. They are now the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals and not the low-A affiliate of the Devil Rays…the Columbus Catfish. Jeff Niemann was not his usual dominating self. He worked 5 innings and gave up 4 hits and 2 walks that led to 3 runs. He struck out 4. His ERA is now 3.00 on the season. No Bulls had more than one hit and Justin Ruggiano had the only extra-base hit, a double.
Birmingham 10, Montgomery 1. Derek Feldkamp’s line looked an awful lot like Niemann’s. 5 innings, 5 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs. But the bullpen had a meltdown and gave up 7 runs over the last 3 innings. Reid Brignac returned to action after missing two games and went 1-4. Evan Longoria was 0-2 with 2 walks.
Daytona 5, Vero Beach 4. Jake McGee posted his best start of the young season. In 5.2 scoreless innings he struck out 9 and gave up only 2 hits and 1 walk. On the season he has 19 strikeouts in 14.2 innings and a 0.61 ERA. The left hander will not be in Vero Beach all season. He probably shouldn’t be there now.
Columbus 5, Augusta 1. Another lefty, Ryan Morse, is making the Devil Rays look like geniuses for selecting him in the 13th round of the 2005 draft. Last night he worked 6 innings and gave up only his 2 earned run in three starts. On the season he has given up only 11 hits and 2 walks in 18 innings. In 16 career starts, over three levels, he is 8-5 with a 2.44 ERA.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Reid Brignac missed the last two games with a tweaked hamstring. We had previously reported that he was pulled from Saturday’s game because he fouled a ball off his foot.
- The Catfish victory over Augusta ended the GreenJacket’s 12-game winning streak, and gave them their first loss. Green Jackets? What is their mascot? A Tiger or a 2-iron?