Although no official announcement has been made by the Rays, Tim Corcoran and Chad Orvella were unavailable for last night’s game for the Durham Bulls as they have been promoted to the Rays to replace the demoted Ruddy Lugo and the suspended Juan Salas, as reported by the Durham Herald-Sun. The move is not a surprise as both pitchers have experience at the Major League level. Orvella had a 2.76 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. After a slow start, he had been much stronger and nearly unhittable recently as he has only allowed 1 run and 3 hits in his last 14.1 innings. Corcoran had a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings with Durham.
Durham 7, Norfolk 4. With the Bulls short two reliever, JP Howell knew he had to work deep into the game and struck out 8 in 7 innings. He did give up 4 runs in the 6th inning, but did not walk a batter. Elliot Johnson was 2-4 with his 4th home run. Justin Ruggiano was 3-4 with a double.
Montgomery 2, Tennessee 1. Chris Seddon gave up only 1 run on 6 hits and no walks in 8 innings. He struck out 4. Reid Brignac was 1-4 with his 4th stolen base and Evan Longoria was 0-2 with a walk.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Desmond Jennings of the Columbus Catfish was named the Devil Rays minor league player of the month. In 24 games he hit .320 with 2 home runs and 12 stolen bases, that included a 17-game hitting streak.