Durham 7, Norfolk 3 (gm 1). Jeff Niemann picked up his 5th win in 7 decisions. He allowed 3 runs in 6 innings on only 1 hit, but he did walk 5 and struck out 4…Fernando Perez was 3-4 and scored 2 runs…Justin Ruggiano finished 2-4 with 2 RBI…Reid Brignac and Joel Guzman each went 0-4.
Norfolk 3, Durham 2 (gm2). Mike Prochaska worked 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 9 hits…Joel Guzman and Reid Brignac were each 0-3 and in the double-header went a combined 0-14…Fernando Perez had a hit in 4 at bats.
Mobile 12, Montgomery 8. To say that Jeremy Hellickson did not have a good double-A debut would be kind. In 4.2 innings, he gave up 8 hits. 5 of those were home runs as he allowed 8 runs in all. He did not walk a batter, but only struck out 1…Rhyne Hughes had 2 doubles in 5 at bats…Chris Nowak and Erold Andrus were each 2-4. Nowak drove in 2…Gaby Martinez was 2-5 with 2 RBI.
Vero Beach 3, Sarasota 1 (13). Ryan Morse held Sarasota to 1 run in 6.2 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2…Matt Fields’ 13th home run, a solo shot in the 7th tied the game…Desmond Jennings scored on a wild pick-off attempt for the go-ahead run in the 13th…Ryan Royster would later add an RBI single…Rocco Baldelli DH’d and batted second going hitless in 6 at bats. He earned the golden sombrero with 4 strike outs.
Columbus 12, Charleston 3. Jason Ragan gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings…Stephen Vogt was 3-4 and drove in 3…Quinn Stewart had 3 hits in 5 at bats.
Staten Island 4, Hudson Valley 3. Tyree Hayes allowed 3 runs in 6 innings on 9 hits and no walks. He struck out 3…This year’s 3rd round pick, Jacob Jefferies, a catcher, was 4-4 with a double and an RBI. He is hitting .345 in his first 2 weeks as a pro.
Princeton 5, Burlington 3. In one of the stranger stat lines you will ever see, Matt Moore the Rays 8th round pick last season gave up 3 runs without allowing a hit in 5 innings. He struck out the side in the first and retired the first 8 batters he faced. However in the 4th inning, 2 errors, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch led to 3 unearned runs.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Bus League Baseball runs down the recent debuts of top picks in the amateur draft including a home run by Delmon Young…what a tease. [Bus Leagues Baseball]
- This profile of Fernando Perez originally included the word “smartly” in the title. We have written before on how much it annoys us that every piece on Perez has to revolve around the fact he went to Columbia University, almost as if Perez is somehow overcame a handicap. [MiLB]