Durham 6, Norfolk 0. Jeff Niemann did not give up a run in 5 innings, allowing only 2 hits. But he did struggle with his control walking 5 batters and throwing a wild pitch. Of his 92 pitches, only 52 were strikes…Ben Zobrist and Reid Brignac each hit 2-run home runs for the Bulls. For Bignac, it was his 7th and he drove in 3, finishing 2-3. He is hitting .272. Fernando Perez stole his 23rd base.
Mississippi 6, Montgomery 2. Jake McGee gave up 2 runs in 2 innings on a hit and 3 walks. He was pulled with soreness in his forearm…Chris Nowak was 2-4 with a double and Sergio Pedroza hit a solo home run, his 4th.
Vero Beach 2, Clearwater 0. Jeremy Hellickson pitched a gem in his 14th and final start for Vero Beach. He worked 7 shutout innings, allowing only a 2nd inning double and retiring the final 17 batters he faced. He struck out 4 and walked none. He improved to 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA and an 83-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio…Mike Wlodarczyk pitched a perfect 8th and 9th for his first save…Ryan Royster was 2-4 and drove in both runs…Rocco Baldelli was 1-4 with a strike out and, wait for it…wait for it…Rocco stole a base?!?!? The guy can’t play the field because of his legs and he is stealing bases?
Columbus v Charleston (ppd).
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Jeremy Hellickson will join his former Vero Beach teammate David Price in the Montgomery rotation after being promoted yesterday. Price and Hellickson will join Wade Davis and Jake McGee to form probably the best rotation in the minors, at least based on prospect status. [MiLB]
- Jake McGee will miss a couple of starts with forearm soreness. [Biscuits’ Batter]