Columbus 5, Durham 4. JK Ryu gave up 3 runs in 4.2 innings…Reid Brignac was 0-3 and is hitting .205…Joel Guzman hit his 3rd home run. He also committed his 5th error…Fernando Perez was 1-5 with 3 strike outs.

Tennessee 3, Montgomery 2. Wade Davis allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 3, walked 1 and gave up 5 hits…The Biscuits had 11 hits, but only one for extra bases, a solo home run by Patrick CottrellChris Nowak had three hits.

Vero Beach 3, Jupiter 1. Big night for Jeremy Hellickson who struck out 13 and walked none in 7 shutout innings. He allowed only 3 hits. Hellickson faced the minimum for the first 5.1 innings and only struggled in the 6th when gave up 2 singles and balked a runner to third. He got out of the mess by striking out the side…Neal Frontz also had a memorable night. He came on in the 9th inning and struck out FOUR batters in one inning. The second batter reached via wild pitch after the third strike got past the catcher.

Columbus 6, Rome 3. Glenn Gibson was a little better last night, but still gave up 3 runs in only 4 innings, having allowed single runs in each of the first 3 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2…Emeel Salem was 2-3 with 2 RBI and his 10th stolen base…Maiko Loyola hit his 2nd home run.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…

  • MiLB takes a closer look at Jeremy Hellickson’s masterful performance from last night in which he struck out 13. [MiLB]

“Once I got out there, I had command of my pitches,” the 21-year-old right-hander said. “I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes…The fastball felt good,” he added. “I was able to throw it in or out. The curve felt really good, better than it felt in the first two games.”

  • Baseball America spoke to Rays pitching coordinator about several Rays pitching prospects including Jeff Niemann (The pages of history are filled with guys who caught a break and never looked back), David Price (up to 90 feet now, and he’s reported no difficulty, no discomfort) and Heath Rollins (10 pounds heavier, 10 more pounds of muscle … He’s a 92, 93 guy at times, but he can spin the ball). [Baseball America]
  • The Rays have extended their player development agreement with the Durham Bulls through the 2010 season. This was far from a foregone conclusion after the numerous incidents involving several of the Rays top prospects in 2006, including BJ Upton, Delmon Young and Elijah Dukes as well as then manager John Tamargo. [Rays Report]
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