Pawtucket 5, Durham 3. JP Howell was better his second trip to the mound for Durham but still not doing anything to make Joe Maddon regret his decision to pick Edwin Jackson for the 5th spot of the Rays rotation. In 5.2 innings, he struck out 3 with no walks but gave up 8 hits and 2 runs. Seth McClung came on in the 8th with a 3-2 lead and left the game with the Bulls losing 5-3. In one inning McClung gave up 4 hits and a walk that led to 3 runs. The big blow was a bases loaded double. McClung claims that he was just working on things in the spring and that was why his numbers were less than stellar. Must still be working on things.

Chatanooga 6, Montgomery 3. Reid Brignac was 1-4 with a double and Evan Longoria was 0-3 with a walk. Gabriel Martinez hit his first home run of the year, a 3-run shot to supply all the offense. Chris Seddon struck out 7 with no walks in 5 innings, but gave up 7 hits and 5 runs.

Daytona 5, Vero Beach 1, gm 1. Jackson Brennan went 3-6 in the double header with 2 doubles a home run and 6 rbi.

Vero Beach 8, Daytona 1, gm 2. Jake McGee struck out 6 in 6 innings with no walks to pick up his first win. He surrendered 4 hits, all singles. Center fielder Jackson Brennan hit a grand slam in the 7-run 5th inning.

Columbus 5, Greenfield 2. The “experts” may soon have to add another name to the Rays growing list of pitching prospects. Woods Fines, with one of the great names in baseball, had his second straight outing in which he pitched 5 scoreless innings. He gave up 5 hits, all singles. Woods a 6’5″ righty and 14th round pick out of high school in 2004 had a solid outing last year in Hudson Valley going 7-3 with a 2.47 era in 14 starts. Josh Papelbon, the younger brother of Red Sox closer Jonathon Papelbon pitched a scoreless 9th.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…

  • The Bulls are hitting .212 in the first seven games.
  • Jeff Niemann will go to the mound in the series finale tonight.
  • The second game of the double-header was the first win of the season for Vero Beach.
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