Scranton 6, Durham 1 (game 1). Ben Hendrickson gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings…The Bulls had 2 hits, both singles. Both came in the 4th when Elliot Johnson scored on a Reid Brignac base hit.

Scranton 4, Durham 3 (game 2). After tying the game in the top of the 7th on a throwing error, the Bulls blew the game in the bottom half of the 7th on a suicide squeeze…JK Ryu allowed 3 runs in 5 innings…Still batting in the 8th hole, Reid Brignac was 0-4…Joel Guzman and Chris Richard were each 2-4.

Montgomery 7, Huntsville 6. James Houser was ejected after the fist pitch of the 2nd inning after hitting Matt LaPorta. LaPorta hit 3 home runs in the first 3 games of the series…Gabby Martinez and Erold Andrus hit home runs for the Biscuits. Andrus’ home run tied the game in the bottom of the 8th and then the winning run scored from 3rd base in the bottom of the 10 on a throwing error.

Vero Beach 4, Palm Beach 1. Heath Rollins stretched out his arm a bit, going 8 innings to pick up his first win of 2008 after setting the Rays organizational record for wins last year. He struck out 4 and walked none…Garrett Groce was 2-4 and Ryan Royster was 1-4. Royster is hitting .213…Neil Walton was 3-4 with his 1st home run and he stole his 2nd base of the year.

Asheville 3, Columbus 0. Glenn Gibson took the loss, but had his best outing in the Rays organization allowing only 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 4 and walked none…The Catfish managed only 4 hits, all singles. Only once did they get a runner to second base.

NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…

  • Jeremy Hellickson comes in at #10 on the latest Baseball America “Prospect Hot Sheet”. It sounds like to us that the Rays may have another pitcher in the top 20 overall next offseason. [Baseball America]


As if the Rays need another stud pitching prospect, here comes Hellickson and his 41-2 K-BB ratio in 29 innings…The 6-foot-1 righthander has electric stuff and has had very good control since area scout Tom Couston signed him as a fourth-rounder in 2005 out of an Iowa high school. Hellickson uses his terrific arm action to helps him generate plus velocity on his fastball, which is complemented by a curveball and a changeup.

  • The star-studded rotation at Montgomery has struggled a bit as a whole recently. In the last trip through the roation, the starters’ ERA is 6.91. [Montgomery Advertiser]
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