Durham 6, Norfolk 3. Mitch Talbot improved to 7-6 after holding Norfolk to 1 run in 6.2 innings. He struck out 4 and walked none…Chris Richard (15) and Joel Guzman (15) homered for the Bulls. Guzman finished 3-4 with 3 RBI. Fernando Perez was 2-5 and Justin Ruggiano added 2 hits in 4 at bats…Reid Brignac did not play.
Mobile 5, Montgomery 3. Jino Gonzalez started but was pulled after 2 innings. He had not allowed a run…John Jaso went 2-4 with a walk. He is hitting .254.
Sarasota 6, Vero Beach 0. Brandon Mann dropped to 3-9 after giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits in 5 innings…The D-Rays managed only 4 hits.
Columbus 5, Rome 4. Alex Cobb gave up 3 runs in 6.1 innings, all on solo home runs…Greg Sexton was 3-5 with 2 RBI, including the walk-off single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.
Princeton 8, Burlington 7 (11). Tim Beckham went 1-4 with 2 walks and 2 strike outs. He played shortstop for the first time and did make a throwing error on his first fielding chance. He later handle two ground balls, a pop up and a line drive. In 3 games he is 2-11 (both singles).
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Josh Kalk of The Hardball Times was in attendance for Tim Beckham’s debut and gives us his impressions. [The Hardball Times]
While he only went one for four with an infield hit Tim Beckham showed some of the tools that made him the first overall pick in the draft. By signing early he is only helping himself getting a jump on other high draft picks that have yet to sign. I would be very surprised if rookie ball gave Beckham much of a challenge and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was promoted to Single-A ball late in the year. The Rays could also leave him partnered with his brother Jeremy in rookie ball all year to aid his comfort level. I’ll be checking in with the Beckhams throughout the year so look for more updates as the season goes on.