phpCxWxweGwinnett 4, Durham 0. Mitch Talbot allowed 3 runs in 5 innings on 6 hits and 4 walks. He is now 3-3 with a 4.10 ERA…The Bulls managed only 3 hits, 2 by Ray SadlerReid Brignac was 0-4 with 2 Ks and Matt Joyce was 0-4 with 1 K. Brignac also committed his 8th error on the young season.

Montgomery, Mobile. Brandon Mann allowed 4 runs in 3 innings…Eddie Morlan pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief and has a 2.37 ERA this season…Jason Perry homered for the second time in 5 games since being plucked out of an independent league. He is 7-19 overall (.368) with 2 doubles and 2 home runs.

Jupiter 7, Charlotte 4. Daren Downs allowed 7 runs in 3.1 innings for his first loss of the season…Cody Cipriano homered for the third time in 6 games.

Bowling Green 5, Savannah 2. Frank de los Santos gave up 1 run in 6 innings, striking out 4 and walking only 1…Tim Beckham was 2-4 with an RBI double and a bunt single. He is now hitting .314 but has 27 strikeouts in 27 games with only 4 walks…Jake Jefferies (above) hit his 3rd home run, a 3-run shot.

Notes from Down on the Farm

  • David Price says his slider has been “bad” early in the season and we learn from Stacy Long that Price is working on a new pitch, a spike curveball (Ed. note: a spike curveball is just a chic name for a knuckle curve. The issue is some pitchers use different grips on the knuckle curve. Back when the knuckle curve first became popular, many pitchers used the fingertip of their index finger, like a knuckleball. This is the same as the spike curve. Nowadays a lot of pitchers throw the knuckle curve with their index finger curled and the first joint of the index finger on the ball, like so). [Biscuit Crumbs]
  • Jeremy Hellickson and Desmond Jennings were named the Rays minor league pitcher and player of the month, respectively. [Montgomery Biscuits]
  • Here is an interview with Jason Isringhausen, in which he discusses his future with the Rays or “another team.” Maybe we are reading to much into it, but even though he says all the right things, he just doesn’t sound like he is very happy about being in Durham. (thanks Chris)  [AUDIO]




  1. Huh? says:

    Actually Stacy knows what she's talking about you don't. Different pitches.

    • Funny, as a guy who caught and pitched in college AND threw a knuckle curve...back then 90% of the guys i knew threw it with the fingertip on the seam, LIKE A KNUCKLE BALL.

  2. more like duh says:

    did your mom name you "huh"? you should be pissed.

    and no, they are not different pitches. it is the same pitch with different grips, just like you can have 500 different grips for a changeup, but they are all changeups.


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