Durham 3, Norfolk 0. Jeff Niemann pitched 6 scoreless innings, striking out 4 and walking 1 to pick up his 11th win. Three relievers combined to complete the shutout, with Chad Orvella pitching a 1-hit 9th with 2 strike outs for his 14th save. Jorge Cantu was 2-4 and hit a home run. Jason Pridie was 2-3 to raise his average to .330 since being promoted to Durham.
Montgomery 6, Mobile 5. Gabriel Martinez drove in Reid Brignac with a 1-out single in the 10th inning for the victory. Chris Mason struck out 6 and allowed 1 run in 6.1 innings, but failed to add to his league leading 13th victory when Dale Thayer blew a 5-1 lead in the 9th inning. Evan Longoria was 3-5 with a 3-run home run, his 20th, in the 1st inning. He is now hitting .307. Fernando Perez was 2-4, with his 6th home run and he stole his 23rd base. Reid Brignac was 1-3 with a double.
Jupiter 5, Vero Beach 4. Jake McGee struck out 8 and walked 2 in 7 shutout innings. Rhyne Hughes was 1-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
Columbus 3, Augusta 1. Jeremy Hellickson allowed 1 run in 6 innings for his 8th win in 10 decisions. He struck out 4 and walked 2 while allowing 3 hits. Quinn Stewart was 3-4 and hit his 14th home run. Matt Fields was 2-4 with his 21st double.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Princeton was rained out.
- Chris Mason is 3 wins short of the Devil Rays minor league record set last year by Andy Sonnanstine. [Stacy Long’s Riverwalk Talk]