Durham @ Buffalo (ppd.). This game was called in the 3rd inning and will be concluded today. Joel Guzman hit his 14th home run to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead prior to the rain…Jeff Niemann had retired the first 6 batters before giving up a solo home run to lead off the third.
Vero Beach 7, Brevard Co 2. David Price started for the D-Rays, working 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7. The run came in the first inning when Price gave up a lead off single. That runner stole second and third, sandwhiching a pair of strikeouts, and then scored on another single. Nevin Ashley bailed out Price in the second with 2 outs and runners on first and second, following a pair of walks, Ashley picked the runner of first to end the inning. In the third, Price bailed himself out. After a leadoff triple, Price struck out the next three batters, the final one looking. Price retired 9 of the final 10 batters he faced…Rocco Baldelli made his first regular season appearance since last season as the D-Rays DH. He batted second and went 1-3 with a pair of walks. He walked in the 1st and was forced at second base. In the 2nd, he singled home 2 runs, and was again forced at second. In the 5th he grounded out to short. In the 7th he flied out to center. In the 8th, he walked with a runner on first. He was replaced by a pinch-runner.
Columbus (all-star break)
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Montgomery manager Billy Gardner says that both Jake McGee and Wade Davis need to be more consistent in the second half. [Montgomery Advertiser]
McGee, who is scheduled to start tonight, is 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA but has sometimes had control issues. He’s totaled 32 walks and 62 strikeouts in 70 innings…Davis is 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA and is 8-of-14 on quality starts but also hasn’t been a rock of consistency.
“Both are definitely going to have to be more consistent,” Gardner said. “I think expectations can precede you and there was a lot expected from both…I think they’ve done better than people give them credit for. The expectations were so high, I don’t think anybody could have lived up to them.”
- Princeton and Hudson Valley begin their short-season schedules today.
- Emeel Salem is expected to be 100% by next Spring Training after breaking his elbow. At the time of the injury Salem was leading all of professional baseball in stolen bases. [Rays Digest]
- Former Devil Ray Jared Sandberg is a bench coach for the Hudson Valley Renegades. [Poughkeepsie Journal]