Durham 5, Toledo 2 (Durham wins series 3-0). Evan Longoria just keeps getting better and better. On Friday the Dirt Bag powered the Bulls into the IL championship series with 2 home runs including a 2-out 2-run home run in the decisive 3-run 9th inning that broke a 2-2 tie. Jae Seo pitched 7 innings, striking out 7 and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Chad Orvella and Shawn Camp pitched perfect 8th and 9th innings to close out the game.
Mississippi 8, Montgomery 3 (Series tied 1-1). Jake McGee struck out 6 and walked only 1, but was touched for 3 rune (2 earned) in 5 innings. After tying the game in the top of the 8th on a Sergio Pedroza home run, the bullpen imploded and allowed 5 runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Columbus 7, Augusta 1 (Columbus win series 2-0). Jeremy Hellickson pitched the Catfish into the SALY finals with 6 strong innings. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits and no walks. He struck out 5. Three relievers combined for 3 hitless, shutout innings. Columbus scored all 7 runs in the 5th inning. Maiko Loyola had a 2-run home run in the inning and Quinn Stewart had a double and a triple during the inning.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Stacy Long was named Southern League’s Sportswriter of the Year. If you read this feature on a regular basis, you know that we link to “Stacy Long’s Riverwalk Talk” on a regular basis as a source for information on the Montgomery Biscuits. Both the Tampa Tribune and the St. Pete Times have “blogs” that cover the Rays. We read them all on a regular basis and we can tell you, without a doubt, that Long’s writing is far superior to anything that Times and Tribune writers produce. We understand that there are limitations to a “blog” associated with a newspaper, but if the Times and the Tribune want to know how to do it right, they need to look no further than Stacy Long. [Our Sports Central]
- The city of Durham renamed the DBAP following the Durham Bulls second game of the playoffs. It is now known as Goodman Field, in honor of the Bulls owner Jim Goodman. [Our Sports Central]