Durham 5, Gwinnett 3. Adam Kennedy hit a no out 2-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th. He was 3-5…Ray Sadler had tied the game earlier with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th…Mitch Talbot made his second start and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings. He struck out 3…Dewon Day struck out 2 in 2.2 scoreless innings…Reid Brignac and Justin Ruggiano were both 0-5 with a strike out…Matt Joyce was 0-4 with 3 strike outs and a walk as the right fielder. That included a strike out in one at bat against one lefty reliever.

Chattanooga 10, Montgomery 2. Another rough outing for newcomer Aneury Rodriguez who gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 6 walks in just 2.2 innings. He struck out 1…Desmond Jennings had a triple and 2 walks in 4 plate appearances. He also stole 3 bases, including home, yes, home…The rest of the lineup managed one hit.

St. Lucie 5, Charlotte 2. Alex Cobb allowed 2 unearned runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 1…Matt Fields was 1-4 with a double.

Bowling Green 6, West Virginia 5. Big night for Matt Moore who struck out 6 in 5 shutout innings. He allowed only 1 hit, a leadoff double, and 2 walks…Jake Jefferies was 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

Notes from Down on the Farm

  • Jason Isringhausen has accepted a minor league assignment after all. He will first join Montgomery this weekend and then at some point will pitch with Durham before a final decision is made. [St. Pete Times]
  • The Hardball Times gave each farm system a dollar value. The Rays are fifth at $180.82 million. [The Hardball Times]




  1. bobrittner says:

    So what is the complaint about Isringhausen now? That he balked at the move initially? That he insulted players in rehab?

    Perhaps he is a difficult personality. It does not seem to faze the Rays front office so I cannot fathom why it should bother fans unless we are so addicted to celebrity gossip, and to the elevation of such pap to the status of real news, that we feel confident about making inane judgments about them as they are featured in the media.

    Given the current performance of the bullpen, while certainly not something to get hysterical about, shouldn't we want to see whether he is capable of supplementing it should the need arise? Might he be more useful than Wheeler or provide some backup for Percival? Or are we really more concerned that his baleful influence will upset the fragile psyches of Garza and Shields and Balfour et al and destroy the harmony of the clubhouse the way he did in Oakland and St. Louis when they contended most years winning around 100 games, division championships, pennants and even the World Series.

    He may no longer be the effective pitcher he was then-that is what the Rays are trying to determine-but apparently his personality was not a hindrance to success. Unless we think crotchety old age (36) has made him toxic I see no reason to worry about that now.

    • Joe D. says:

      This move shows me that he's stubborn and finally realized that needs more work. I'm sure going from top notch closer to 'veteran' fighting for a roster spot is humbling for him.

      Maybe him accepting an assignment, and riding on a few Minor League buses is exactly what he needs to put into perspective where his career is.

      I hope that he does make it to the Major League level again and I hope it's for the Rays. What he may have lost physically over the years, I'm sure that with his experience he can make up at leas a good portion of it with knowhow.

      If the young Rays pay attention to how he goes about his business I'm sure that they could learn some things from him and how he's been able to be a 36 year old in MLB whose services are still coveted.

      But, there has to be some respect going both ways too, he has to respect that these guys just as talented as and have worked just as hard as he has to get where they are. He has to realize that James Shields earned his prime locker spot. James was a 16th Draft pick that lost his 2002 season to injury. Minor Leaguers in spring training are not "High Schooler" they are professional baseball players.


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