Durham 5, Richmond 1 (Series tied 1-1). Jeff Niemann tossed a career-high 8 innings, striking out 9 and walking none in what may have been his best performance since he was drafted in 2004. He allowed 6 hits and 1 run. Niemann got stronger as the game progressed. Five of the six hits he allowed came in the first 4 innings, including a third inning solo home run. He faced only one over the minimum in his final five innings of work. Shawn Camp struck out 2 during a perfect 9th inning. Evan Longoria got the scoring started for the Bulls with a 2-out RBI single in the first. He came through again in the sixth with an RBI double that broke a 1-1 tie. With two recent call-ups by the Devil Rays, the Bulls had two new members in their lineup and each contributed. Michel Hernandez drove in 2 with a single in the sixth and Brooks Badeaux drove home Hernandez with a double in the eighth for the final run.
Huntsville 8, Montgomery 4 (Huntsville leads 1-0). Despite being staked to first inning 3-0 lead, Wade Davis couldn’t hold it as he had trouble finding the strike zone as he walked 4 and allowed 7 hits that led to 4 runs (3 earned) before being pulled with 1 out in the 5th. Chris Nowak hit a 3-run home run in the first. Gabby Martinez added a solo home run to account for all the Biscuits runs.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Jeff Niemann rose to the occasion at just the right time. Not only did he get the Bulls back into the IL Championship series, but he did it in front of Andrew Friedman who was in attendance. Friedman may be contemplating a September call-up for Niemann. [Herald-Sun]