Turns out it was disciplinary and not a trade, with the discipline coming from Major League baseball and not the team. James Houser was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Pitching prospect Houser suspended [tampabay.com]
Durham 3, Indianapolis 0. Jae Seo pitched 7.2 shutout innings. He struck out 4 and walked none. Elliot Johnson (10) and Wes Bankston (12) each homered for the Bulls. Johnson, who hit .281 with 46 extra-base hits last year for Montgomery, is only hitting .200 with 30 extra-base hits this season. Jay Witasick retired the final four batters to pick up the save. With the win, the Bulls remained 1 game behind in the division, but stretched their wild card lead to 2 games.
Jacksonville 11, Montgomery 4. Sure enough, we praise Reid Brignac for not committing an error in the month of August and one day later, he commits an error. His 21st on the year. He was 2-5 at the plate and is now hitting .251. Rhyne Hughes hit a 2-run home run, his second since being promoted to AA. The loss drops the Biscuits 2 games behind Jacksonville in the division.
Vero Beach 7, Brevard County 3 (game 1). Josh Butler worked only 3.2 innings before being pulled after giving up 2 runs on 2 walks and 5 hits.Jackson Brennan went 3-4 and drove in 3 while Garrett Groce was 2-3 including his 5th home run.
Brevard County 5, Vero Beach 3 (game 2). Garratt Groce and Christian Lopez both went 2-3. Groce had 1 RBI, while Lopez added 2 RBI, including a solo home run.
Asheville 3, Columbus 0. Will Kline struck out 4 and gave up 1 run in 4 innings. The Catfish managed only 3 hits on the night. The loss drops the Catfish division lead to a half game over Asheville.
Burlington 5, Princeton 4 (17 innings). Burlington first tied the game with a 2-out single in the top of the 9th. They then added 2 more in the top of the 16th only to have Princeton come back and tie the game in the bottom half of the frame with the second run coming on a Justin Reynolds RBI single. But a leadoff triple in the 17th followed by a sac fly proved to be the game-winner in the 17th. Omar Luna went 4-8 and Jeremy Hall gave up only 1 run in 8 innings.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- David Price will report to Columbus for workouts only. He is still not expected to see any live action until the fall instructional league. [TBO]