Indianapolis 9, Durham 1. JP Howell was roughed up for 9 runs (7 earned) in only 4 innings. Calvin Medlock pitched 3 shutout innings, with no hits, but did walk 2 and struck out none. Evan Longoria hit his third home run since being promoted to AAA to account for the Bulls only run. He also committed his second error.
Montgomery 3, Jacksonville 2 (11 innings). Chris Nowak walked with the bases loaded in the 11 inning to give the Biscuits the victory. The win pulls Montgomery within 1 game of the South division leader Jacksonville (anybody else find it strange that the Southern League has North and South divisions? No? Just us. Ok.). Nowak finished 3-4 and hit his 5th home run.
Vero Beach 8, Palm Beach 6. Mike Wlodarczyk gave up 5 runs in 6 innings, but got enough run support to improve to 8-5 on the year. He struck out 2 and walked 1 while giving up 7 hits. Patrick Cottrell was 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
Columbus 5, Asheville 3. Woods Fines pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits. He struck out 2. Ryan Royster was 0-3.
Brooklyn 7, Hudson Valley 1. Maiko Loyola and Stephen Vogt each collected 2 hits, the only hits for the ‘Gades on the evening. Vogt hit his 4th home run.
Burlington 6, Princeton 3 (game 1). Tyree Hayes gave up 5 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings to drop to 3-6. He struck out 4. Dustin Biell, the 5th round selection in this year’s draft, was 2-2 with an RBI.
Burlington 6, Princeton 3 (game 2). Matt Moore, the Rays 8th round pick, struck out 6 and allowed only 2 hits and a run in 2.2 innings, but walked 4. Dustin Biell, went 2-2 and was 4-4 in the double-header.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Seven of the Devil Rays’ minor leaguers will participate in the Arizona Fall League, including Reid Brignac, John Jaso, Evan Longoria, Jon Barratt, Nick DeBarr, James Houser and Evan Meek. [Stacy Long’s Riverwalk Talk]
- Reid Brignac has improved his defense considerably. Despite 20 errors in 2007, Brignac has played error-free in 14 August games. [Montgomery Advertiser]
Entering Thursday, Brignac led Southern League shortstops in total chances, assists and errors.
“He’s really established himself as a quality shortstop,” manager Billy Gardner said. “He’s really, to me, improved a great deal at shortstop.”