Durham 3, Pawtucket 0. Ben Hendrickson started but was pulled after the 1st inning with shoulder tightness. Nick DeBarr relieved and pitched 4 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts. Bulls pitchers did not allow a base runner until the 7th inning…Grant Balfour picked up his 4th save with 2 strikeouts in the 9th…Dan Johnson hit his 3rd home run, a solo shot…Joel Guzman had yet another 2-hit game, his 5th in the past 9 games…Fernando Perez was 1-3 with a double and a walk…Reid Brignac was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and is hitting .241.
Birmingham 7, Montgomery 4. Wade Davis only gave up 3 hits in 6 innings, an infield single and 2 bloopers. He did walk 4 and gave up 2 runs. He struck out 6, leaving with the score tied 2-2….Erold Andrus drove in 2 with a 3-5 night…Ronnie Merrill scored two runs on 1-4 at the plate and is now hitting .323.
Dunedin 5, Vero Beach 2. Brandon Mann gave up 5 runs (3 earned) in 6.1 innings…No Devil Ray had more than 1 hit and Matt Fields was the only with an extrabase hit, a double…Ryan Royster and Nevin Ashley had RBI.
Columbus 11, Greenville 5. Alex Cobb picked up his 5th win despite giving up 4 runs in 6 innings…Emeel Salem was 3-5 with his 23rd stolen base of the season…Greg Sexton was 4-5 with 2 doubles and a grand slam and 5 RBI…Mike McCormick added a 2-run double and an RBI groundout.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Finally some news on Jeff Niemann. Stacy Long reports that Niemann had a throwing session yesterday that went well and is scheduled to start on Friday. Niemann has not made a start since being demoted on April 20. He has been sidelined with what Long calls a “stiff shoulder”. [Biscuits Batter]
- Mike Wlodarczyk has been bumped from the Montgomery rotation and replaced with Wade Townsend. Townsend began the season in the bullpen in as he adjusted to his new mechanics which are designed to lower the risk for further injury. [Montgomery Advertiser]