Durham 9, Syracuse 5. The Bulls took the 3rd game of their opening series and got their first win of the season. Jeff Niemann made his first AAA start and was impressive. He struck out 7 in 5 innings with only 1 walk. He gave up 4 hits and 2 runs including a solo home run. He threw 87 pitches (54 for strikes) with his fastball usually near 90 and as high as 94. Wes Bankston went 3-5 with a home run and 5 rbi. Chad Orvella had his second straight shaky outing, giving up 3 hits, a walk and 3 runs in 1.1 innings.

Montgomery 6, West Tenn 5. The Biscuits won their 3rd straight to open the season. Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria have started the season on fire. They collected 2 hits apiece again last night. Brignac is now 6-11 and Longoria is 7-11 in their first 3 games. The Dirtbag, Longoria, also had a double and 2 rbi. James Houser did not have his best stuff, but still picked up the win. He gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings.

St. Lucie 7, Vero Beach 6. Garrett Groce was 3-4 with a home run and now has 6 hits in 3 games. Mike Wlodarczyk went 4, giving up 2 runs. He struck out 1.

Kannapolis 4, Columbus 1

  • Bulls manager Charlie Montoya thinks the pitching will be good enough to lead Durham to the International League title this season. He may be right, but they are not going to score many runs with their current lineup. Then again, the tear that Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria are currently on, could have them in Bulls uniforms sooner, rather than later.
  • Of course last season, Charlie Montoya led many of his current Bulls to the Southern League championship as members of the Biscuits. A title this season in Durham could lead to a fresh winning attitude that will accompany these players as they are promoted to the D-Rays.


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