Durham 5, Louisville 0. Jeff Niemann tossed his first career shutout, a 4-hitter. He struck out 6 and walked none, needing only 106 pitches. He retired the final 12 batters he faced. It was a great performance for a pitcher that had failed to work past 6 innings in his previous 5 starts, giving up 15 runs in his last 4 starts…Fernando Perez drove in a pair and stole his 41st base…John Jaso continues his dominating performance since being promoted to triple-A. Last night he hit a 2-run home run, his 4th, and walked 3 times in 4 plate appearances. He is now hitting .318/.383/.541 in 24 games for the Bulls.
Montgomery 6, Tennessee 4. Jeremy Hellickson struck out 5, but lasted only 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits and a walk. He is now 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 double-A starts…Gaby Martinez was 2-3 with a double and a walk…Patrick Cottrell homered and drove in 3.
Daytona @ Vero Beach (ppd. wet field)
Charleston 10, Columbus 8. Jason Ragan gave up 7 runs in 3.2 innings…Mike McCormick hit a 2-run home run, his 10th.
Hudson Valley (off-day)
Elizabethton 4, Princeton 3. Tim Beckham was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts. He also committed 2 errors on groundballs in the second inning.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
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