Columbus 12, Durham 6. Mitch Talbot got knocked around yesterday, giving up 8 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. It was his third straight shaky outing since pitching 6 hitless innings on April 9. Wes Bankston, Shawn Riggans and Justin Ruggiano had 2 hits apiece. Catcher Josh Johnson pitched a scoreless 9th. Best we can tell, it was his first appearance as a pitcher since 2002 when he gave up 4 runs in one-third of an inning, in the Twins organization.

Montgomery 13, Huntsville 6. Fernando Perez was 2-2 with his first home run, his 7th stolen base and 3 walks. Jason Pridie was 2-5 with his first home run. Reid Brignac was 0-5 and Evan Longoria was 1-4 with 2 runs scored. Longoria is hitting .303. Chris Mason continues to dominate the Southern League. In 6 innings, he gave up only 1 unearned run and struck out 7 with no walks. The first 18 pitches he threw were strikes and he struck out the side in the 2nd inning on 9 pitches. On the season he has a 1.54 ERA and a 20:3 strike out to walk ratio.

Brevard County 4, Vero Beach 3. Wade Davis was overpowering, striking out 8 in 7 innings with no walks. He gave up 3 hits and no runs. Greg Dupas gave up a game-tying home run in the 9th and the Rays lost in 11 after taking a 3-2 lead in the top half of the inning.

Columbus 6, Rome 2. Jeremy Hellickson made his 2007 debut and it was a good one. In 6 innings he gave up only 1 hit and 1 unearned run. He struck out 6 and walked 2.



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  1. Chris Wise says:

    What has been striking this year about the Bulls is the striking (out, that is). They lead the International League in strikeouts, 217 so far (next in league is Louisville with 158) That's 1.12 SO per inning. Hard to figure out just why. A bit short on players with AAA experience (for that matter, coaches with AAA experience) and that may be a factor.

    Pitching has been OK. Starters have, mostly, done a decent job of keeping us in the game. Relievers, with the notable exception of poor Mr. Peguero, have also done reasonably well. Peguero, by the way, started out the season with an ERA of 108.00 (8 runs scored in 2/3 of an inning). He's got it down to 13.97 now. On the other hand, he did get tossed out of the game Tuesday night when he hit his second batter. Unfairly, in my opinion. He obviously was having control problems.

    The big changes for us this year are the new coaching staff and the absence of BJ, Delmon Young, Elijah Dukes, and Kevin Witt. We don't have anyone like Elijah here who can crush the ball (and sorely miss first baseman Kevin Witt who did so well for us last year). We really don't miss the thrill of wondering just what BJ might do with the ball (got really tired putting all those e-6s in my scorecard).
    Really young team this year. Only one real veteran in the bunch (catcher Raul Cassanova).
    If they could just quit striking out so much.


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