Durham 9, Columbus 8. Mitch Talbot struck out 7 in 5 innings, but allowed 6 runs (5 earned). Shawn Camp pitched the 9th inning for his first save. Evan Longoria made his AAA debut, playing third base and batting 6th. He was 0-3 with a strike out, but had a first inning sac fly to drive in a run. He also committed a throwing error which led to a run. Joel Guzman, who has been shifted to first base with the promotion of Longoria, was 2-4 with his 15th home run and 3 RBI.
Tennesee 5, Montgomery 3. The Biscuits committed to errors which led to 3 unearned runs being charged to Wade Davis. In all Davis allowed 4 runs in 6 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 3 and dropped to 4-2 at AA. Reid Brignac was 3-4 and hit his second home run in three games. He now has 15. Rhyne Hughes was 0-4 and is now 0-7 since being promoted.
Brevard County 5, Vero Beach 2. Doug Waechter dropped to 0-4 in 4 Vero Beach rehab starts. He allowed 5 runs in 4.1 innings. He gave up 9 hits but id not walk a batter.
Columbus 2, West Virginia 0. After missing a start, Wade Townsend returned and pitched 6 scoreless innings despite battling control problems. He allowed 3 hits and walked 5, while striking out 4. Cesar Suarez was 3-4 and drove in one of the Catfish 2 runs. He also stole his 25th base.
Tri-City 7, Hudson Valley 1.
Princeton 3, Greenville 2.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Jeff Niemann’s shoulder is fine but he will miss two starts. While the setback is minor for the team, being shutdown for two weeks could be a big setback for the big right hander. In his last few starts, Niemann was beginning to show that he was ready to make the jump to the major leagues. With this latest shut-down, Niemann may have endangered any chances of making his big league debut in 2007 as the team will take every precaution. [MLB]
- Joel Guzman will continue to receive playing time at third base but he is comfortable with the move to first base. With Carlos Pena firmly entrenched at first base at the Major League level, we have to wonder what the long-term plans are for Guzman and Wes Bankston. We will have to wait and see how long the team will allow two spots on the 40-man roster to go to two players that appear to have no future with the ball club. We expect one or both to be traded this off-season. [Herald-Sun]
“I’m pretty comfortable over there,” he said. “I played winter ball down in the Dominican Republic, and I played first and third over there. Last year when I was with the Dodgers, I played pretty much around first, third and he outfield. It’s nothing new, not like I’m lost over there.”