Durham 8, Richmond 5. The Bulls took the first game of a 4-game set against Richmond. The leapfrogs Durham past Richmond into first place in the South division by half a game. Jeff NIemann returned from the DL and gave up 3 runs in 4 innings on a very tight leash. He was limited to 71 pitches. He struck out 4 and walked 1. Wes Bankston hit 2 solo home runs and now has 14 on the year. Justin Ruggiano added his 19th homer. He finished 2-5 and is hitting .306. He also stole his 26th base. Evan Longoria was 3-4 with 3 singles and an RBI.
Montgomery 7, Birmingham 3. The Biscuits scored all 7 runs in the final four frames after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. The win puts Montgomery in a first place tied in the redundant Southern League South division. Jake McGee struck out 8 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits. Gabby Martinez was 4-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. He has 15 on the year. Reid Brignac was 1-5 and scored two runs.
Palm Beach 3, Vero Beach 1. Mike Wlodarczyk allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. Rocco Baldelli DH’d and lead off, going 0-3 with a strikeout and managed to not pull a hamstring walking between the batters box and the dugout. He is scheduled to play 3 innings in center field tonight. Mark Mulder pitched the first four innings for Palm Beach on a rehab assignment, allowing 2 hits and 1 unearned run.
Charleston 3, Columbus 0. The Catfish managed only 3 hits and saw their lead in the South division drop to 1.5 games. Jeremy Hellickson struck out 4 and walked 3 in 6 innings. He gave 1 run on 4 hits.
Aberdeen 4, Hudson Valley 1 (game 1). Brian Flores, a 13th round lefty out of Arizona State, gave up 2 unearned runs in 4 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1. Shortstop Kevin Colon is committing errors at an Uptonian pace, with his 14th in just 29 games.
Hudson Valley 6, Aberdeen 0 (game 2). Diego Echeverria and Ryan Zimmerman combined for a 5-hit shutout. All-Star Mike McCormick was 2-3 with an RBI.
Princeton 6, Kingsport 2. 5th round pick Dustin Biell went 3-5 with a double and his 7th stolen base. Tyree Hayes improved to 4-6 after giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 1.