Columbus 4, Durham 1. The Bulls managed 10 hits but only 1 run. The one run came via Evan Longoria’s first home run at AAA. He was 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .313 with 4 RBI in 5 games. Justin Ruggiano collected 3 hits in 4 at bats and Jon Weber was 2-4 and is now hitting .352 in 16 games since being acquired by the Devil Rays. Jae Seo gave up 4 runs in 7 innings to drop to 5-3 with the Bulls.
Vero Beach 6, Clearwater 4. One of the hottest hitters in the minors right now is Sergio Pedroza. Pedroza hit his 19th home run yesterday. It was the fourth straight in which he has homered and 6th in the last 10. He also has 3 doubles and 11 RBI in the last 4 games. Doug Waechter had his best start since moving his rehab to Vero Beach. He struck out 5 and walked none, allowing 1 run over 6 innings to pick up his first win in 5 starts.
Batavia 6, Hudson Valley 4. Jason Ragan allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings. His record fell to 5-5 with a 2.78 ERA on the year. Maiko Loyola picked up his 17th stolen base in 37 games since being demoted from Columbus. He is hitting .322. The Rays 12th round pick, Stephen Vogt, was 5-5 with 2 RBI to raise his average to .282. On the season he has 21 strikeouts and 19 walks to go along with 26 RBI. But, of his 40 hits, only 4 are for extra bases ( 2 double, 2 home runs).
Danville 4, Princeton 3. Nick Barnese, the Rays 3rd round pick this year, a high school pitcher, made his 5th professional start, striking out 4 and walking none in 5 innings. He gave up 6 hits and 4 runs (3 earned). He is now 1-2 with a 2.42 ERA.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- The Montgomery Biscuits and Columbus Catfish had scheduled off-days on Tuesday.
- Jake McGee has been promoted to AA Montgomery and will make his first start on Thursday. McGee was 5-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a FSL best 145 strikeouts. The move rejoins McGee with longtime teammate and rival Wade Davis. Both players will likely start the 2008 campaign at Montgomery with the team aiming for 2009 Major League debuts. [Montgomery Advertiser]
They both admit they feed off each other’s success. Last year, McGee and Davis finished 1-2 in strikeouts, in that order, in the Class A Midwest League. Davis had a 3.02 ERA, six-hundredths of a point behind McGee.
McGee was fifth among Tampa Bay prospects in a preseason Baseball America list. Davis was eighth.
“When he goes out and has a good outing, I try to go out and have a better one,” Davis said. “It’s the same thing off the field. When we’re working out, we’ll both try to do better than the other.
“It’s good. I think it will be good for both of us.”
- The Durham Bulls Athletic Park was named the “2007 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballpark” by PETA. [Durham Bulls]