Ottawa 4, Durham 3. Huh? Andy Sonnanstine lost? That’s weird. Sonny got knocked around for 10 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings. He surrendered 2 home runs. We don’t mean to pile on Sonnanstine after one bad outing, because it is rare, but this is what we need to worry about. Remember he does not have the best “stuff”. A lot of people think that is refreshing. And believe us we are rooting for Sonny. The problem is, when a pitcher is dependent on “tricking” the batter with every pitch he has to be on top of his game every night out. On nights when a pitcher like Sonnanstine is not on top of their game, he will be very hittable…Wes Bankston hit his 7th home run. Jonny Gomes played left field and batted clean up. He went 1-2 with 2 walks in his first game since being demoted.
Huntsville 11, Montgomery 4. Jonathon Barratt only gave up 2 hits in 4 innings, but he walked 6 and allowed 3 runs. Reid Brignac was 0-3 and Evan Longoria was 1-4. John Jaso went 3-4 and is now hitting .329.
Vero Beach 9, St. Lucie 7. Wade Davis struck out 9 in 6 innings, but gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. He had a wild pitch and surrendered a home run. Garrett Groce was 2-5 and now has multi-hit games in 3 of 4 starts since returning from the DL.
Charleston 6, Columbus 2. Ryan Morse also struck out 9 in 6 innings. And like Wade Davis, he gave up 4 runs (3 earned). Nevin Ashley was 2-4 to raise his average to .281.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- The Vero Beach Devil Rays have 5 players that were named to the FSL All-Star team. Starting pitchers Wade Davis and Jake McGee will be joined by relief pitcher Eduardo DeLaCruz, catcher Christian Lopez and first baseman Rhyne Hughes.
- When Evan Longoria makes his major league debut, he will become the first player in Major League history to go by the name “Evan”. Well, that’s what we were told and who are we to doubt. We would rather go to the fridge and grab another beer than go verify the info. Be right back.
- Evan Longoria was one of only four of the top 20 prospects to receive a letter grade of A for the first one-fourth of the season.