Louisville 10, Durham 2. Jeff Niemann did not survive the 5th inning, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. Niemann is now 4-4 with a 4.29 ERA on the season and looks to be a long ways from the Trop. Justin Ruggiano, on the other hand, wants to be included among the Rays crowded outfield. Last night he hit a home run in the second consecutive game and his 5th in the past 8 games. He now has 9 on the season.
Montgomery 4, Carolina 3 (10 inn). James Houser struck out 7 and allowed 2 runs in 6 innings. Reid Brignac was 0-3 with 2 walks. Evan Longoria did not start, but came on to pinch hit in the 9th and struck out. Nick DeBarr gave up a leadoff home run in the 9th inning to blow the save, but Chris Nowak won it in the bottom of the 10th with a 1-out home run, his 2nd.
Vero Beach 5, Sarasota 3. Erold Andrus was 3-5 and hit his 7th home run.
Rome 5, Columbus 3. Woods Fines gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. Maiko Loyola stole his 14th and 15th stolen bases and Desmond Jennings stole his 22nd.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Justin Ruggiano was named the IL player of the week.
- Garrett Groce missed over a month with a dislocated shoulder, but you wouldn’t know it the way he is swinging the bat in his return.