Durham 3, Richmond 2 (Durham leads series 2-1). After six innings, the Bulls were hitless against Francisley Bueno, with only one batter reaching base, on a Justin Ruggiano 4th inning walk. Luckily for Durham, Bueno had reached his pitch limit. The Braves switched pitchers for the 7th inning. 3 hits and a hit batter later, the Bulls had a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish. Catcher Michel Hernandez who is replacing the recently promoted Raul Casanova, came through for the second straight game. This time it was a 2-run single that gave the Bulls the lead. Jae Seo pitched the first 7 innings, striking out 6 and walking none as he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits. Shawn Camp allowed a hit and 2 walks, but managed to record the final 5 outs for the save.
Montgomery 2, Huntsville 1 (Series tied 1-1). Montgomery got on the board in the SL championship series behind the pitching of Jake McGee. McGee struck out 6 and walked none in 6 innings. He allowed 1 run on 6 hits. Chris Nowak homered in the 4th to give the Biscuits 1-0 lead and John Jasohomered in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie. Huntsville got a runner to second with one out in the eighth, but Nick DeBarr and Tim Corcoran were able to work out of the inning.
Columbus 6, West Virginia 0 (Columbus wins series 3-0). The Columbus Catfish are the champions of the South Atlantic League. Jeremy Hellickson pitched the first 3 innings, allowing only one walk and no hits. He did not return after a rain delay. Four relievers combined for 6 innings of 4-hit, 2-walk, shutout ball. Matt Fields, Cesar Suarez and Ryan Royster all homered for the Catfish.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- John Manuel of Baseball America takes a look at Jeff Niemann and his 2007 campaign and his most recent dominating performance in the IL playoffs. Manuel projects Niemann as a middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Rays “who can dominate when it all comes together, as it did Wednesday.” [Baseball America]