Richmond 8, Durham 1. Jeff Niemann was knocked out in the 6th inning after giving up 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits including 2 home runs. He struck out 6 and did not walk a batter. His ERA is now 4.10. Ben Zobrist committed 2 errors and went 0-4 in his second game since his demotion.
Montgomery 11, West Tenn 8. Evan Longoria homered for the third time in 4 games, after going 2-5. He is now hitting .320 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI in 36 games. The Rays are going to be hard-pressed not to promote the Dirtbag to Durham in the very near future. Greg Norton went 2-4 and is now 7-25 in his rehab assignment, but was restricted to DH duties again as he continues to experience soreness in his knee. With Carlos Pena’s performance to date, we wouldn’t not be surprised if Norton is shut down again for a couple of weeks. Derek Feldkamp was chased early after giving up 6 runs in 2+ innings.
Columbus 4, Rome 3. Quinn Stewart drove in the winning run with a walk-off double in the 11th inning. Maiko Loyola had 4 hits and Nevin Ashley hit his 2nd home run. Ryan Morse, struck out 6 in 6.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits. He did not walk a batter.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Wade Davis is posting some impressive numbers for Vero Beach and has already been named FSL pitcher-of-the-week twice this season. Davis is learning that it is not about stats at this level.
After Davis got off to a strong start last year, Lichtenstein said, “He was looking to move up, and he was wondering why it wasn’t happening. We had talks about that, that it’s not under our control and we need to take care of business where we’re at.
“I don’t think (the numbers) at all,” Davis said. “You look at them from time to time to see what you can improve on, but it’s not a big deal at this point in time. It doesn’t dictate what’s going on out there.”
- A Q&A session with Justin Ruggiano a prospect that came over from the Dodgers last season in the Mark Hendrickson and Toby Hall that also netted the Rays Jae Seo and Dioner Navarro.