Durham 10, Columbus 4 (11 inn). The Bulls scored 6 in the top of the 11th after there were 2 outs, to break a 4-4 tie. Alex Cannizaro had the big blow, a bases-loaded double that scored 2 to put the Bulls up for good. Chris Richard capped the inning with a 2-run home run…Reid Brignac was 1-4 with 2 walks…Evan Longoria was given the night off…Mitch Talbot started the game. He cruised through the first 5 frames allowing only 1 run, but the wheels fell off in the 6th. He gave up 3 hits to the first four batters in the 6th before being pulled. All 3 runners would eventually score.
Carolina 7, Montgomery 1. Jake McGee had trouble finding the strike zone. He was removed after only 2 innings, after 3 hits and 4 walks. He did strike out 4…The Biscuits had 13 baserunners (5 hits, 8 walks) but could only manage 1 run.
Jupiter 3, Vero Beach 2. Jeremy Hellickson had his second straight strong start throwing 6 innings of 1-run ball. His only rough patch was in the 2nd when 2 singles and a walk led to a run. He retired 9 of the last 11 faced…An RBI single by Ryan Royster in the 8th tied the game, but Brian Baker gave up a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 9th…The Devil Rays (still) managed only 4 hits.
Rome 10, Columbus 5. Glenn Gibson, who came over from the Nationals for Elijah Dukes, got roughed up for the second time in two starts this year. He gave up 7 runs (6 earned) in 3.2 innings on 7 hits and 4 walks…Three Catfish had 2 hits apiece including Emeel Salem who stole his 4th base and Mike McCormick who is now 9-20 in the first 6 games.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Former first-round pick Wade Townsend has made three appearances this year, all out of the bullpen. Townsend is currently changing his mechanics to avoid further injury to his elbow. It is unclear if the switch to relief pitcher is a permament move or temporary.