Durham 3, Charlotte 2. JP Howell continues to perform well at the AAA level. Yesterday, he struck out 9 and walked none while allowing 2 runs in 7.1 innings. He gave up 9 hits and improved to 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA. In an interesting move, the organization has been using Shawn Camp to close games since being demoted. He picked up his third save with 4 strikeouts as he recorded the final 5 outs. He allowed 2 hits and a walk. Wes Bankston was 3-4 and hit a solo home run in the Bulls’ three-run third. Evan Longoria was 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .300.

Montgomery 5, Chattanooga 3. James Houser struck out 7, but gave up 6 hits and 4 walks in 4 innings. Tim Corcoran picked up the save with a perfect 9th. Three Biscuits picked up two hits apiece, including Rhyne Hughes who is now hitting .343.

Vero Beach 5, Lakeland 1 (7 innings/Rain). Jay Witasick started the game for his second rehab outing. He worked one innings, striking out 1 and walking 1, giving up no hits or runs. Josh Butler came on in relief and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. Jackson Brennan was the only Rays hitter with more than one hit, going 2-3 with a walk.

Columbus 8, Greensboro 6. Woods Fines started and gave up 8 hits and 2 runs in 4 innings. Ryan Reid, the Rays 7th round pick in 2006, pitched the final 3 innings without giving up a run to pick up his 6th win. Ryan Royster (24), Quinn Stewart (20) and Matt Fields (15) all homered for the Catfish and drove in 2. Royster was 3-5 and is now hitting .321.

Lowell 2, Hudson Valley 1. Alex Cobb
, the Rays 4th round pick last year, made his 11th start, throwing 6 shutout innings. He struck out 1 and walked 3, giving up 3 hits. The bullpen blew the lead giving up single runs in the 8th to tie and the 9th for the loss.

Johnson City 3, Princeton 1
(11 innings). Jeremy Hall pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits and striking out 6 while walking none. He is now 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 10 starts, allowing only 1 run in his last three starts.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Mike Potter sits down with Joel Guzman and talks to the slugger about being traded, changing positions and getting off to a slow start [Durham Herald-Sun]
  • If you want to know what kind of person Montgomery pitcher Chris Mason is. All you need to know is that in his next start, he will be sporting his 4th hair color of the season. However, this incarnation will be for a good cause as he will dye his hair pink to raise breast cancer awareness. Mason leads the SL in wins and ERA. [Montgomery Advertiser]
  • Baseball America’s JJ Cooper and Matt Eddy discuss the Durham Bulls and their young prospects, including Evan Longoria and Jason Pridie. [Durham Bulls]
  • Rays Digest takes a close look at Jeremy Hellickson. [Rays Digest]
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