Durham 9, Columbus 8. After three straight strong starts, Jason Hammel was knocked around last night. He gave up 6 hits and 5 walks in 4 innings that led to 5 runs. Tim Corcoran pitched 3 scoreless innings as the Bulls rallied. Joel Guzman went 2-5 with his first home run and Shawn Riggans added his second. Jorge Cantu went 3-4 with a walk and Elliot Johnson added two doubles.
Birmingham 3, Montgomery 2. Fernando Perez went 2-4 with 4 stolen bases. Mike Prochaska gave up only 1 hit in 5 scoreless innings.
Vero Beach 7, Jupiter 6. Greg Dupas without giving up a hit, but the Rays rallied in the bottom of the 9managed to blow a 2-run lead in the 9thth with walk-off RBI single by Erold Andrus.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM….
- Last year’s high-A club, the Visalia Oaks, had quite a collection of talented hitters. Do you know who was named the team MVP? The California League MVP, Reid Brignac? Nope. #3 overall pick Evan Longoria who tore up the 3 levels last year? Nope. Catcher John Jaso (.308-10-55)? Nope. Patrick Breen (.282-21-63)? Nope. Try Fernando Perez. Perez had one heck of a season, that was a bit overshadowed by some of the bigger names on the team. He hit .307 with 33 steals and a minor league-leading 123 runs scored. He also had a very solid .398 OBP…With all the outfielders at the major league level and the top prospects at other positions, Perez has been kind of lost in the shuffle. But after, reading his “Player Journal” this week at MILB.com it is hard not to root for this kid. We have been around the game long enough to get a sense of when a player “gets it” and when they don’t. Fernando Perez “gets it” as well as any minor leaguer we have ever heard.
- Evan Longoria is the only player to have played every game for the Biscuits. Yet somehow the Dirtbag is still a wimp. OK, must be a joke.
- Jason Pridie had been strictly a center fielder before this season. Last night he started in right for the first time, and he started in left earlier this season.
- Poor Brooks Badeaux. It’s not good when you are still in AA and a former coach says that you will be a good coach if you stay in the game. You don’t mind it after 10 years in the majors, but not so much when you are still in AA.