Buffalo 3, Durham 0. Jae Kuk Ryu gave up 2 runs in 5 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 2. Juan Salas struck out 2 in 1 inning of work but gave a run on 2 hits. Seth McClung was typical AAA Seth McClung. He struck out 3 in 2 scoreless inning but walked 2. The Bulls managed only 5 hits with no hitter getting more than 1.
Montgomery 7, Mobile 5. Chris Mason struck out 4 in 5 innings and gave up only 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. The Biscuits trailed 3-0 after 7 innings. They tied the game with 3 in the 8th on a Patrick Breen solo home run, an RBI single by Reid Brignac and a passed ball. After falling behind 5-3 in the bottom of the 8th, the Biscuits responded with 4 in the top of the 9th. Matt Spring hit a two-run home run, his 3rd, and Brignac capped the scoring with a 2-run shot of his own, his 9th of the year. Dale Thayer got the final 5 outs of the game to move his record to 7-0 to go along with his 15 saves.
Columbus 8, Charleston 7. Ryan Morse allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings. Jairo De La Rosa hit a 3-run home run for Columbus to start their scoring in the 5th. Quinn Stewart hit his 11th home run, a solo shot in the 6th. Cesar Suarez had a 2-run double in the 7th, followed by a 2-run single by Seth Dhaenens. Nevin Ashley stole his 14th base and Desmond Jennings was 2-5 and stole his 37th base.
Princeton 2, Johnson City 1.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Jeff Niemann has been removed from the IL All-Star team due to his commitment to pitch in major league baseball’s future’s game. He has been replaced on the roster by Justin Ruggiano.
- Reid Brignac’s struggles are a big mystery.
- A closer look shows that Reid Brignac is only struggling against right-handers, a sign that the left-handed hitter is just in a prolonged slump.
- The Hardball Times takes a look at Reid Brignac’s numbers and suggests that he is likely to turn it around before the end of the season.
Beyond the decreased power numbers, his performance only looks bad because of an ugly batting average. I doubt that will last. Brignac’s .262 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is unusually low given his well above-average rate of hitting line drives. If he continues to make good contact, he will probably finish the season with a batting average closer to .280 than .240, and his on-base and slugging percentages will consequently start to look like those of a top prospect once again.
- Before last night’s rally, the Montgomery Biscuits were 0-135 as a franchise in road games in which they trailed after 8 innings.
- Both games of the double-header for Vero Beach were rained out. They will play a double-header today.
- The Hudson Valley Renegades game versus Aberdeen was postponed due to rain.