Durham 15, Charlotte 5. The Bulls scored 12 runs in the 5th inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 15-4 lead. The big blow was a 3-run double by Jason Pridie who finished 2-5 with a home run and 5 RBI. Justin Ruggiano had 3 hits in 4 at bats. Evan Longoria was 0-4 with a run scored. Brian Shackelford who came over from the Reds in the Jorge Cantu deal, pitched 2 innings, giving up 4 hits and a run. In 7 appearances with the Bulls, he has now thrown 8.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 11 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5.

Montgomery 7, Jacksonville 2. Jake McGee, in only his second AA start, took a no-hitter into the 5th inning and finished with 6.1 innings, allowing only 1 hit and no runs. He struck out 7 while walking 2 and was consistently in the upper 90s. Nick DeBarr pitched the final 8 outs, giving up only 1 hit. while striking out 2. Reid Brinac was 1-4 and John Jaso was 2-4 with his 11th home run and 2 RBI. He is hitting .317.

Palm Beach 7, Vero Beach 1 (game 1). Patrick Cottrell had 2 of the Rays’ 4 hits and Aaron Sisk picked up the only RBI.

Palm Beach 5, Vero Beach 4 (game 2). Mike Kamrath was touched with a bit of bad luck as 4(!) errors and a single led to 5 unearned run in the first inning. He would only allow one more base runner in the next three innings before being pulled. Jackson Brennan was 3-3 with a double and a triple and 2 runs scored.

Columbus 4, Hickory 1. Jeremy Hellickson moved to 12-2 in just 19 starts, with 6 shutout innings, allowing only 2 base runners (both singles). He struck out 7. The 20-year old lowered his ERA to 2.69. Ryan Royster was 1-3 with a walk.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM

  • The Montgomery Biscuits decided not to allow Chris Mason to dye his hair pink for breast cancer awareness, feeling it would be too much of a distraction. [Stacy Long’s Riverwalk Talk]

“I’ll go with dark blue or something,” Mason said. “Something not as drastic. I don’t know what blue stands for.”

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  1. Chris Wise says:

    For those who've never experienced it (I certainly hadn't), have to pass on how much fun it is to sit in the stands and watch your guys just pour it on. 7 of 9 Bulls got two at bats in the 5th inning. Charlotte pitchers (4 of them) went into total meltdown (4 walks). Even our least favorite player these days (Elliot Johnson) got on base with a walk. Five in a row from the team who beat our brains out last year. A good night in spite of the 100 degree heat at game time. 12 runs, 9 hits, 4 walks, 1 left on base. Think I'll save my scorecard.

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