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.”