Evan Longoria has been promoted to AAA Durham. He hit .307-21-76 with a .930 OPS in 105 games. He is tied with for the lead league in home runs and leads the SL in RBI and Runs (78). Despite a stellar glove, Joel Guzman will be moved permanently to first base to make room for Longoria. Guzman started at first base for the Bulls on Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see if a strong month at AAA will tempt the Devil Rays front office to bring The Dirtbag to the Trop for a September call-up. [Montgomery Advertiser]
Indianapolis 5, Durham 3. JP Howell was masterful for the Bulls, striking out 12 and allowing only 1 walk and 2 hits in 7 shutout innings. Howell left the game with a 3-0 lead but the bullpen was unable to protect it as Chad Orvella and newly acquired Brian Shackelford combined to allow 5 runs in the 9th inning on 3 home runs. Shackelford allowed a walk-off 2-run home run to the only batter he faced. Jason Pridie was 0-3 and Joel Guzman was 0-4.
Montgomery 6, Birmingham 2. Reid Brignac was 1-4 with his 14th home run. He also committed his 20th error of the season.
Columbus 4, West Virginia 0. Heath Rollins moved to 12-4 with 7 shutout innings. He allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. Ryan Royster hit his 16th home run, a 3-run shot in the first.
Vermont 6, Hudson Valley 1.
Princeton 6, Elizabethton 3.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Rhyne Hughes (.329-12-57) and infielder Aaron Sisk were promoted to AA Montgomery. Sisk was recently named the FSL offensive player of the week when he hit 6 home runs in the week ending July 15.
- Both Jeff Niemann and Wade Townsend are currently sidelined but neither injury is considered serious. [TBO]
- Evan Longoria was named the top prospect in the “MLN FAB50 Baseball 2007 Rankings”, a mid-season look at minor league talent. [The Raw Feed]
- Jeremy Owens was named the IL’s batter-of-the-week. He is the 5th Bull to win a weekly award. [Our Sports Central]
- Behind the Dugout takes a look at three of the Devil Rays’ top pitching prospects. [Behind the Dugout]
- Vero Beach and Jupiter were postponed due to rain.