Durham 11, Ottawa 3. Two hits and two wild pitches led to a run in the first inning, but Jeff Niemann settled down and did not allow a run over the next 4 frames. Still, while Niemann was good, he was not dominating. He failed to record a 1-2-3 inning and allowed 5 hits and 2 walks along with the 2 wild pitches in those 5 innings. Justin Ruggiano is starting to heat up at the plate. He hit his 3rd home run in the past 4 games and 4th in the past 7. He now has 7 on the year and is hitting .290. Joel Guzman added his 7th home run. He hit 15 last year between Las Vegas and Durham.
Huntsville 19, Montgomery 4. James Houser gave up 6 runs on 9 hits and was pulled after 3 innings. As a team the Biscuits gave up 21 hits. Evan Longoria may be breaking out of his recent slump as he homered for the second straight game. He went 2-4 and is now back over .300 (.304). Jason Pridie added his 3rd home run and Reid rignac went 1-4.
Vero Beach 6, St. Lucie 4. Garrett Groce was 2-6 with 2 doubles and is now 6-15 in 4 games since his return from the DL. Jake McGee gave up 7 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings. He did not walk a batter as he struck out 5.
Columbus 8, Charleston 7. Woods Fines got knocked around for 11 hits and 7 runs in 4 innings. Nevin Ashley hit his 4th home run.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Heath Rollins was named the SAL pitcher-of-the-week. Rollins is the second member of the Columbus staff to win the award. Wade Townsend won the award in April.