Durham 8, Louisville 4 (Bulls lead 1-0). Jeremy Hellickson struck out 12 in 5.2 innings, but gave up 2 home runs and 3 runs total. He walked 3…Joe Dillon, Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez each had an RBI in the 3-run 5th and each had an RBI in the 5-run 6th. Rodriguez stole a base but also committed 3 errors.

Charlotte  7, Ft. Myers 4 (series tied 1-1). Alex Cobb held Ft. Myers to 1 run in 5 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3…Drew Anderson went 3-5 and Henry Wrigley had 2 hits.

Notes from Down on the Farm





  1. How close is Hellickson to making a impact on the major league level next season?

    • that is going to be a big question heading into 2010. Right now the rotation is set (Shields, Garza, Niemann, Price and Davis). All of those guys should be pitch well, if not great. All of those guys are reasonably priced and under team control for a long time. So the only way Hellboy is in the big leagues as a starter next year is if one of those 5 is injured or fails completely. Even then, the Rays won't abandon a one of those guys with anything less than 15-20 starts. There is a very good chance Hellickson will not be a big contributor next season.


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