Durham 10, Rochester 6 (14 inn). Second straight strong start for JP Howell as he tries to get back on the radar with the Rays front office. Howell threw 5 shutout innings of 1-hit, 1 walk ball. He struck out 3. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. Joel Guzman hit his 6th home run and drove in 4. Justin Ruggiano added his 4th home run.
Montgomery 7, Mississippi 6 (12 inn). In his first game since being promoted from Columbus, Matt Spring hit a grand slam. Spring, the Rays 4th round pick in 2004, was hitting .197 with 1 home run and 8 RBI at Low-A. Chris Mason pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.
Tampa 9, Vero Beach 8. Rhyne Hughes hit his 6th home run and went 1-4. He is now hitting .327. Paul Moviel had his worst outing of the year, allowing 9 runs on 12 hits in 4+ innings.
Charleston 3, Columbus 2. Wade Townsend struggled with his control as he walked 5 and gave up 4 hits in 5 innings, but scrambled to only give up 2 runs. Nevin Ashley hit his 3rd home run.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Reid Brignac is struggling early in the season. In 44 games he is hitting .249 with only a .666 OPS. He has 10 doubles and 4 home runs with a 30 to 12 strike out to walk ratio.