Toledo 4, Durham 0. Mike Prochaska walked 6 in 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned). The Bulls collected only 4 hits, 2 by Justin Ruggiano who also stole his 22nd and 23rd bases of the season. Evan Longoria was 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.
Montgomery 7, Chattanooga 4. Gabriel Martinez broke a 3-3 tie in the 7th inning with a 3-run home run. He had 4 RBI total. Josh Arhart added a solo home run later in the inning, his first since last year. Arhart missed considerable action this year with a back injury.Rhyne Hughes was 2-3 with an RBI and he is now hitting .323. Reid Brignac was 1-3 with 2 walks and scored 3 runs. He also stole his 13th base.
Lakeland 7, Vero Beach 6. JT Hall was 3-4 and hit his 8th home run and his 15th double. The Rays rallied to score 3 in the 9th to tie the game, but Kevin Lynn allowed an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning when first baseman Shawn Williams committed an error with two outs that allowed the runner from third to score.
Columbus 15, Greensboro 9. Jeremy Hellickson is now 11-2 after striking out 10 and walking only 1 in 5 innings. He did struggle and allow 6 runs including 2 home runs. He received plenty of offensive support as the Catfish scored in 7 different innings. Ryan Royster hit 2 home runs and drove in 6. He now has 23 on the season. Six other players added at least 2 hits apiece, including Quinn Stewart who hit his 19th home run and Cesar Suarez who was 3-6 and drove in 3.
Hudson Valley 6, Lowell 5. After only 4 extra-base hits in his first 40 hits, Stephen Vogt has a double and a home run in his last two games. Last night he went 3-4 with his 3rd home run and he drove in 4. Jesse Darcymoved to 4-4 after holding Lowell to 2 runs in 5 innings.
Johnson City 6, Princeton 0. Tyree Hayes dropped to 3-5 after giving up 6 runs in 5 innings. No Rays were able to manage more than one hit and all six hits were singles.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Although he may never where a AA uniform again in his professional career, Evan Longoria is still a strong candidate to win the Southern League’s MVP award this year. [Montgomery Advertiser]
Longoria left the Biscuits with a .307 average, 21 home runs and 76 RBIs — all among the league leaders in the high-profile Triple Crown categories.
Entering Friday, more than a week after his departure, he was seventh in batting average, second in home runs and second in RBIs. Longoria’s double-figure lead in runs scored had been whittled to five by Friday.
“He’s a legitimate candidate,” Huntsville Stars manager Don Money said. “He’s got good power, he plays third base well. Everything he does is good. He’s got a good approach at the plate.
“I’d have no problem if he won.”