Durham 3, Richmond 1. Andy Sonnanstine is going to make it very difficult for the Rays to ignore him. He is the only starting pitcher at Durham that is not on the 40-man roster, but so far in 2007 he is making the rest of the IL look like…well like the 2006 Devil Rays. His latest start was a 7 inning, 2 hit, 1 run and 10 strikeout domination. He now has an ERA of 2.05 in 8 starts with only 35 hits in 52.2 innings. He also has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 57:9. In his last 5 starts he has given up only 22 hits in 36.2 innings with 38 strike outs and only 5 walks. In those 5 starts he is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.24. Seth McClung struck out 4 in 2 perfect innings for his second save. Don’t look now, McClung is having a very strong campaign at Durham. In his last 16.1 innings, he has given up only 8 hits and 1 run and struck out 21. He is still struggling a bit with the control as he has 12 walks in 22.1 innings this season. Ben Zobrist had his first hits since his demotion and went 2-4. Elliot Johnson hit his 5th home run.
Montgomery 12, West Tenn 4. Evan Longoria’s days at Montgomery may be numbered. Last night Longoria hit his 10th home run and went 3-4. He is now hitting .333 on the season. More impressively he has now homered in 3 straight games and 4 of the Biscuits last 5. The only concern at this point would be what to do with Joel Guzman, another highly touted prospect, who is currently manning third base at AAA. Longoria is clearly a priority for the Devil Rays so if they decide to move Longoria to Durham, Guzman would have to find a new home. With Wes Bankston at first base, Guzman is likely headed to the outfield, which is unfortunate considering his plus glove. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and it could happen sooner rather than later…Chris Mason struck out 4 in 6 innings and only allowed 3 hits and 1 run.
Vero Beach 12, Daytona 7. First baseman Rhyne Hughes added 3 more hits including his 4th and 5th home run of the year. His average is up to .368 which leads the FSL. Erold Andrus also hit 2 home runs.
Columbus 6, Rome 5. Woods Fines allowed 5 runs in 4+ innings.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- This just in, Evan Longoria is pretty good.