Durham 4, Charlotte 3. The Bulls now lead the wild card race by a game and pulled within 1.5 games of division leading Rochester with 20 games remaining. JK Ryu allowed only 2 hits and 1 run in 5 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 1. Jason Pridie was 2-5 and hit a solo home run in the Bulls’ 3-run 7th inning. Justin Ruggiano was 3-5 with a double and Evan Longoria was 1-3 with his 4th double, a walk and a strikeout. Ruggiano stole his 25th base. Jay Witasick only allowed one base runner to reach (via error) in his one inning rehab stint. Chad Orvella pitched a perfect 9th for his 18th save.
Jacksonville 7, Montgomery 2. Wade Davis dropped to 4-3 in 11 AA starts after allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in 4.1 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3. John Jaso drove in both runs with a 2-run home run, his 10th.
Columbus 11, Hickory 5. Ryan Royster did not homer, but did go 2-4 with a walk and his 88th RBI. Nevin Ashley did hit 2 home runs and drove in 4, while going 4-5. He now has 9 home runs and is hitting .282. Quinn Steward was 3-3 and hit his 21st home run.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Vero Beach was postponed due to rain while Hudson Valley and Princeton had the night off.
- The Hudson Valley Renegades hosted the New York-Penn league all-star game last night. Maiko Loyola, Emeel Salem, and Mike McCormick started for the AL squad. Loyola and Salem both went 1-2, and McCormick was 0-1. Jason Ragan pitched 1 inning of relief and gave up 1 hit. [MiLB]
- Mike McCormick finished second in the home run derby. [MiLB]