Durham 5, Columbus 4. Raul Cassanova tied the game in the 9th with a lead-off home run, and Chris Richard gave the Bulls the lead with an RBI single. Andy Sonnanstine struggled through 4 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs, although only 1 was earned. Jeff Ridgway picked up his first save with a scoreless 9th.
Montgomery 6, Birmingham 4. Reid Brignac and Brooks Badeaux each had 2-out RBI singles for the Biscuits in the 9th inning, to break a 4-4 tie. Evan Longoria was 1-5 with a 2-run double. James Houser gave up 2 runs in 6 innings.
Vero Beach 6, Daytona 4. Wade Davis had to be pulled with one out in the 5th after giving 4 runs. He struck out 6. Greg Dupas picked up his second save with two perfect frames with 3 strike outs. First baseman Rhyne Hughes was 3-4 with a double and a RBI.
Augusta 1, Columbus 0. Neal Frontz gave up a two-out RBI single in the top of the 9th inning. The Rays 2nd round pick in last years draft, Josh Butler, pitched his second straight dominate game. He threw 6 shutout innings, with 3 hits, no walks and 4 strike outs. He has now thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings and has not given up a run since the second inning of his first start.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Josh Butler still only has 5 career professional starts, but considering he was drafted out of college and is 22 years old, he is not likely to be in Columbus for very long.
- Both the Montgomery Biscuits and the Columbus Catfish were recipients of the first annual CNBC Minor League Logo Awards.
- Jason Pridie a natural center fielder, played center for the first time last night and lead off. He answered with only his 2nd and 3rd extra-base hits of the season.