Durham 6, Indianapolis 3. Jeff Niemann started but was pulled after just 5 pitches due to an injury. We will have more on this later. Justin Ruggiano collected 3 hits and his 19th stolen base, while Jason Pridie was 2-5 to raise his average to .328. Joel Guzman was 2-5 with 2 RBI, his 51st and 52nd. Calvin Medlock, who was acquired in the Jorge Cantu trade, made his Durham Bulls debut, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk in 3 shutout innings.

Montgomery 9, Birmingham 3. Fernando Perez broke a 3-3 tie in the 10th with a 2-run single and Evan Longoria was 3-6 and added a grand slam in the 6-run 10th inning. It was his 21st home run of the year. Chris Mason allowed 3 runs in 6 innings, but remains at his league leading 12 wins after his second straight no-decision. Dale Thayer is now 3rd in the SL in wins, moving to 9-0, all in relief, with 2 perfect innings.

Vero Beach 8, Jupiter 6. Jackson Brennan was 2-3 and hit his 7th home run. Patrick Cottrell was 3-5 and drove in 3. Rhyne Hughes was 1-3. He is hitting .329.

Columbus 5, West Virginia 2. Jeremy Hellickson gave up 2 runs in 5 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks.

Vermont 12, Hudson Valley 10
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Bristol 6, Princeton 4
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NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Jeff Niemann was removed from his start after just 5 innings for precautionary reasons. The injury is described as shoulder fatigue. No word as to whether Niemann will miss any starts. [Durham Bulls]
  • In his latest journal for MiLB Fernando Perez discusses what it is like to be a professional ballplayer with the constant threat of being traded. [MiLB]

It’s all very interesting among players. There are conspiracy theories that we air as we stretch and throw, or sit around hotel rooms. I heard someone say once there are probably 10 teams that want you more than the team that owns you. There might be some truth to that.

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