Durham 11, Toledo 8 (Bulls lead series 1-0). The Bulls got off to a fast start with Jon Weber, Jason Pridie and Justin Ruggiano hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs to start the game and giving Durham an early 3-1 lead. They stretched the lead to 6-2, including Ruggiano’s second home run of the game, before the defense failed JP Howell. Three errors in the top of the 6th led to 5 unearned run giving Toledo a 7-6 lead. The Bulls immediately answered with 5 runs in the next two innings including home runs by Wes Bankston and Elliot Johnson giving the Bulls 6 on the night. Chad Orvella pitched a perfect 7th and 8th, with Shawn Camp throwing the 9th, allowing 1 run on 3 hits.
Columbus 11, Augusta 2 (Columbus leads the series 1-0). The Catfish had an 8-0 lead by the 4th innings to support the strong pitching performance by Heath Rollins. Rollins tossed 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 walks and 1 run, while striking out 3. Matt Fields, Nevin Ashley and Quinn Stewart all homered for Columbus. Maiko Loyola led off and was 3-5.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- There is a new blog in the Devil Rays Universe that has the potential to be very interesting. George is the batboy for the Vero Beach Rays and he has started a blog entitled “Life Inside A Minor League Baseball Team”. Unfortunately the site was started after the regular season ended and the Rays will only be in Dodgertown for one more season, but we will be following along closely. [Life Inside A Minor League Baseball Team]
- Catcher John Jaso of Montgomery was named the Southern League’s player-of-the-month for August. He hit .378 with 20 RBI for the month. [Our Sports Central]
- Heath Rollins was named the SAL pitcher-of-the-week for the 4th time. Rollins led all of minor league baseball with 17 wins. [Basil’s Blog]