Durham 8, Ottawa 0. Bulls pitchers run their scoreless streak to 19 consecutive innings. Yesterday, Jason Hammel pitched a complete game 5-hit shutout. He struck out 6 and walked none to lower his ERA to 2.85. Justin Ruggiano hit a home run for the second consecutive game and now has 6. Ben Zobrist added his second.
Huntsville 12, Montgomery 3. Chris Seddon allowed 5 runs in 5 innings giving up 8 hits and 4 walks. Seddon added 3 wild pitches as he struggled with his control. His ERA is now 4.98. Reid Brignac was 1-4 and Evan Longoria went 0-4 and is now hitting below .300 (.289). Jason Pridie went 3-4 and is hitting .302. He added his 12th stolen base.
Columbus 3, Savannah 2 (14 inn). Josh Butler gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings. His ERA is now 2.41.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- When we saw that The Hardball Times had a post titled “Ten hitting prospects worth knowing about” we went eh and shrugged our shoulders. We assumed there would be a Devil Ray or two on there. Likely we would find the usual suspects like Evan Longoria and/or Reid Brignac. And quite frankly it just isn’t that exciting anymore. They are on all of these lists. But to our surprise neither made the list but another Rays prospect did…Desmond Jennings. Now they got our attention. We knew his bio and have seen the stats, but we really didn’t know much about him.
Jennings is positioned to lead the next generation of Rays outfield prospects. The former three-sport star is going to draw Carl Crawford comparisons, but he already is showing more patience at the plate than Crawford ever has by walking in 11% of his plate appearances. Jennings is a good contact hitter but is not just slapping the ball on the ground and using his speed to get on base; 16% of his batted balls are line drives and he already has a dozen extra-base hits. Jennings likes to run; he is 21-for-30 in stolen base attempts this year.
- Two consecutive seasons with the Durham Bulls’ pitching coach, Xavier Hernandez, has paid big dividends for Andy Sonnanstine.
- On Sunday, Mitch Talbot pitched 8 shutout innings with 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5.
- On Sunday Columbus pitcher Lewis Rollins picked up his 6th straight win as he worked 6 innings and allowed only 1 hit, no walks and 1 unearned run. He struck out 5. The only run allowed came after the Catfish committed 3 errors in the 5thinning. 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 a ridiculous ERA of 0.18. His ERA on the year is not quite as good at 1.04.