Ottawa 2, Durham 0. JP Howell fell to 3-5 after giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings on 4 hits and 1 walk. Ben Zobrist’s bat is finally waking up. He had 2 hits in 4 at bats and has multi-hit games in 4 of the last 7 to raise his average to .246.
Montgomery 3, Huntsville 0. Chris Mason continues to dominate the AA Southern League. Last night he threw 7 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 2.39 and raise his record to 7-1. He allowed 5 hits and struck out 7 while walking none. Evan Longoria broke a 3-26 slump with 3 hits in 4 at bats and his 11th home run. He now has 40 RBI in 50 games this season. Reid Brignac was 0-3 with a walk.
St. Lucie 6, Vero Beach 5. Matt Walker gave up 3 runs in 5.2 innings. Rhyne Hughes has 3 hits and is now hitting .335.
Charleston 9, Columbus 1. Wade Townsend gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings. He allowed 5 hits and 4 walks and struck out 4. His fell to 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- For the 4th time this season already a Durham Bulls pitcher has been named IL pitcher-of-the-week. This time it is Mitch Talbot. Andy Sonnanstine and Jason Hammel (twice) have also won the award. Talbot entered the week with a 2-5 record and an 8.21 ERA. During the week he went 2-0 and pitched 14 innings with 6 hits and 5 walks. He allowed 1 run and struck out 10.
- Kevin Gengler of Tampa Bay’s Tomorrow has secured an interview with
LewisHeath Rollins (He goes by his middle name…Sorry Heath). We know we gave you these numbers yesterday, but it is worth repeating because we barely believe them ourselves…In his last 8 starts, Rollins has thrown 50 innings, with 24 hits, 10 walks and 49 strike outs. He has also only allowed 1 earned over that stretch for an ERA of 0.18.