Durham 2, Scranton WB 0. With Jeff Niemann getting the call to Tampa Bay, Kevin Lynn made his first start for the Bulls and posted a strange line. In 4.2 innings, he only allowed 1 hit and no runs, but he did walk 4…Grant Balfour pitched the final 3 innings for the save. He did not give up a hit, only walking 1…Fernando Perez drove in both runs with a double in the 5th…Reid Brignac did not play.

Carolina 9, Montgomery 2. Mike Wlodarczyk got knocked around for 5 runs in 4.1 innings…Wade Townsend pitched a perfect 8th with a strikeout…The Biscuits had 11 hits and 3 walks but managed only 2 runs, with 1 coming from Erold Andrus with a solo home run as the first batter of the game.

Savannah 11, Columbus 7. Jeremy Hall struck out 5 in 5 innings, allowing 2 runs but the bullpen would allow 9 runs in the final 2 innings…4 Catfish had 2 hits apiece including Stephen Vogt who had a double and a triple and drove in 3.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…

  • Baseball America talks to Rays pitching coordinator Dick Bosman about Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson is the Rays 8th best prospect on our Meta-Analysis of top prospects. Bosman says that Hellickson came to camp bettered prepared than he did in years past, noting that Hellian is at a point this year that he did not reach until June or July a year ago. [Baseball America]


“He’s starting to figure out what spring training is about,” Rays pitching coordinator Dick Bosman said. “He’s finally figuring out that winter time is when you get stronger and you prepare for spring training, so that when you go to spring training, you prepare for the season. And the last couple years before this one, he kind of used spring training and extended spring to get ready for the year. This year he has responded very well.”

  • The Herald-Sun interviews the Bulls’ Chris Richard who is in his 14th pro season. [Herald-Sun]
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