Gwinnett 3, Durham 0. [Ed. note: Where the heck is Gwinnett and why do they have a triple-A ballclub?][see comments, thanks Chris] David Price was strong in his second start, giving up just 1 unearned run in 5 innings, but was removed after 65 pitches. He struck out 6 and walked just 1…Chad Orvella pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief…The Bulls managed just 3 hits. One was a double by Matt Joyce, who was 1-3 with a walk. His double and a strike out came off a left-handed pitcher.

Montgomery 5, Chattanooga 1. Heath Rollins picked up his first win, giving up 1 run in 6 innings on 6 hits and no walks. He struck out 2…Eddie Morlan pitched 2 scoreless innings…Desmond Jennings was 1-4 with a double.

St. Lucie 8, Charlotte 7. Jesse Darcy struck out 6 and walked none in 4 innings, but was touched for 8 hits and 3 runs…Emeel Salem had 3 singles and a walk in 7 plate appearances and his first stolen base…Matt Fields was 1-5 with 3 Ks.

Bowling Green 5, West Virginia 4. Shane Dyer gave up only 1 unearned run in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 3…Tim Beckham was 3-5, scored 2 runs and drove in 1. He was caught stealing in his only attempt. Beckham is now 8-29 (.276) on the season…Jake Jefferies was 0-3 with 2 walks.

Notes from Down on the Farm

  • takes a closer look at the Rays new baseball academy in Brazil. []
  • Rays Prospects has the stats for all of the minor league starting pitchers (through Wednesday). [Rays Prospects]
  • Watching Durham Bulls Baseball is not sure what the method is behind Charlie Montoyo’s madness. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]
  • The Bull Gator gets to know the logos for the Rays’ farm system. [The Bull Gator]
  • Rays Prospects reviews the past week for the Stone Crabs. [Rays Prospects]




  1. Chris Wise says:

    Re: Gwinnett, see my post:

    Unlike the Bulls, with Richmond, the Atlanta Braves owned the whole shebang, so when negotiations for a new stadium broke down, they did a deal closer to home.

  2. Gwinnett is actually the county the Braves new AAA affiliate is located in. The stadium is mere blocks from the Mall of Georgia, which was the biggest in the Southeast when it was built like 10 years ago (don't know if it still is), and is in between the cities of Buford and Lawrenceville (site of birth -- remember that, there's going to be a quiz).

    Like Chris said, when a stadium deal didn't work out in Richmond, VA where the Braves had been for like 25-30 years, they moved closer to home. Gwinnett Stadium is about 35 min away from Turner Field (pretty much a straight shot up I-85) making call-ups and demotions a lot easier and cheaper.

    The best part about the Gwinnett Braves is that the stadium is only like 20 min from my house, so now, while I won't get to make a trip to Tampa every year and the Braves and Rays don't play interleague series, I'll be able to see the teams AAA play each year (well except for the next two when I'll be in California for grad school).

  3. Adam Sobsey says:

    Price reached the five-inning max with 65 pitches; he worked much more efficiently last night than he did in his first outing. More detailed accounts of both can be found here:


    • Interesting he would be on an inning limit with such good pitch efficiency

      • Adam Sobsey says:

        According to Charlie Montoyo, it's 75 pitches or five innings as per the Rays' front office, whichever comes first. That applies to all the Bulls' starters (although Talbot got some wiggle-room the other day, reaching 83 pitches).


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