Durham 9, Toledo 5 (Durham leads 2-0). The Bulls scored 5 in the first 2 innings, and eventually had a 9-2 lead after 6 innings. Justin Ruggiano backed up his 2 home run performance in game 1 with a 3-3 night, reaching base 5 times and 2 RBI. Ellliot Johnson homered for the second straight game. Jeff Niemann struck out 7 in 5 innings, and managed to only allow 2 runs despite giving up 5 hits and 4 walks. Shawn Bleepin’ Camp and Brian Shackelford combined to get the last 7 outs without allowing a baserunner.

Montgomery 6, Mississippi 5 (Montgomery leads 1-0). Reid Brignac’s 2-out single in the top of the 9th broke a 5-5 tie and gave the Biscuits the early lead in their first-round series. Tim Corcoran gave up a 1-out double in the bottom of the 9th but struck out the side to pick up the save. Bragnac got the Biscuits started with a 2-run double in the top of the first as Montgomery jumped out to a 3-0 lead. John Jasowas 1-5 and drove in 2 runs. Wade Davis struck out 6 in 4 innings, but was touched for 5 runs.

Vermont 12, Hudson Valley 7. Catcher Mike McCormick hit his 8th home run and drove in 3, but the ‘Gades bullpen allowed 5 runs in the top of the 9th.


  • Sergio Pedroza and Jake McGee were named to the FSL post-season all-star team. Pedroza, who was acquired along with Joel Guzman from the Dodgers for Julio Lugo has been promoted to Montgomery and placed on their playoff roster. [Vero Beach Rays]


  1. Robert Rittner says:

    Camp's performance this year was dismal, and I have no intention of defending him, but....

    I attended quite a few games he pitched, and while I have no stats to back it up, it always seemed that he was beaten on grounders through the hole or dribblers that infielders couldn't quite get to in time or weak flares into no-man's land. At some point in each inning, he did yield at least one screaming line drive up the alley or over the outfielders' heads, usually after a walk and 2 weak grounders.

    There is no question he gave up a lot of hits (and did so last year too) and too many home runs for a sinker ball pitcher. Also, this year he uncharacteristically was walking too many batters but...

    He was reasonably effective in 2006 and has been terrific at Durham. I think it fair to speculate that part of his problem this year was an awful infield defense that sabotaged an extreme ground ball pitcher. And on the plus side, he struck out better than 8/9 innings while in TB.

    So I see a ground ball pitcher who ordinarily has fine control and can get the strike out. I think the Rays may have better options in the bullpen right now, but also think Camp may get another chance-and deserves it.

  2. Chris in Raleigh says:

    Fun game at the DBAP last night. Folks in my section of the stands wondering who's wearing Elliot Johnson's uniform for the playoffs. He came in batting .207, but whomever that is, he's hit two homers, a single and a triple in the two games.

    We can't complain about Camp, even if he is something of a human rain delay (as is Niemann). He's done well by us here in Durham.

  3. The Professor says:

    I do beieve that Camp was the victim of being a groundball pitcher on a team that cant field groundballs, but that would be acceptable if he had an ERA something closer to 4.50. The rest is all him.

    As for Elliot Johnson. Maybe the guy they promoted from Montgomery (the guy that had 41 extrabase hits in 2006) finally showed up and the batboy that was filling in has resumed his normally scheduled duties.


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