AAA Durham Bulls (5-6)
BULLS 2, Scranton/WB 0-CF Fernando Perez doubled in the Bulls' only two runs of the ballgame in the fifth inning off of Yankees LHP Kei Igawa, but it would prove to be enough as the Bulls shut out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to break a three game losing streak.
|BULLS 2, Scranton/WB 0|
|CF Fernando Perez
||1-3, 2B (2), BB, 2 RBI (8), SB (3)
|3B Joel Guzman
|RP Calvin Medlock
||W (1-0), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 7 TBF, 35 Pitches
|RP Grant Balfour
||SV (1), 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 9 TBF, 32 Pitches
BULLS Up Next-at Scranton/WB, 11:05 ET (RH Mitch Talbot)
AA Montgomery Biscuits (3-7)
News-Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Biscuits LHP Jon Barratt has gone on the voluntarily retired list, ending (for now, at least) his baseball career.
"It's something that he's been thinking about," manager Billy Gardner said after today's loss at Carolina. "He said he just didn't have the passion anymore."
There could be any number of reasons behind Barratt's retirement, and as he enters private life you hate to speculate on what those reasons might be. Maybe he really did lose his passion for baseball and wanted to pursue something else, in which case I commend him and wish him the best luck in the world. Scott Autrey did something very similar several years ago. Still, Barratt was only 23 years old and a fifth round draft pick just five years ago. He most recently found success in with A+ Visalia in 2006, when he posted a 2.93 ERA in 110.2 innings for the Oaks. He regressed to a 5.46 ERA last year with Montgomery, but he fared far worse in 2005, when he posted a 6.59 ERA in Visalia. Still, if you're an ex-fifth round pick retiring from baseball at 23, it probably isn't performance-related. Here's wishing Barratt the best of luck wherever life takes him.
Carolina 9, BISCUITS 2-LHP Mike Wlodarczyk struggled in his second start of the year for Montgomery, but he was far from alone as the Biscuits dropped their third in a row at the hands of the Carolina Mudcats.
|Carolina 9, BISCUITS 2|
|RF Sergio Pedroza
|3B Chris Nowak
||1-4, CS (1)
|1B Rhyne Hughes
||1-4, 2B (2), RS
|DH Gaby Martinez
|C Matt Spring
||2-4, 2B (1), GIDP
|SP Mike Wlodarczyk
||L (0-1), 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 23 TBF
|RP Jeff Kamrath
||0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 7 TBF, 1-1 IRS
|RP Wade Townsend
||1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3 TBF
BISCUITS Up Next-at Tennessee, 7:15 ET (LH Jake McGee)
A+ Vero Beach Devil Rays (3-7)
V-RAYS Up Next-at Daytona, 7:05 ET (RH Heath Rollins)
A- Columbus Catfish (4-7)
Savannah 11, CATFISH 7-The Columbus offense pounded out ten hits and the Catfish took a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but the bullpen was unable to hold it as they were downed by the Sand Gnats.
|Savannah 11, CATFISH 7|
|CF Emeel Salem||0-4, RS, BB, GIDP, SB (9)
|RF Maiko Loyola
||2-4, 2 RS, SB (3)
|LF Stephen Vogt
||2-3, 3 RS, 2B (2), 3B (1), BB, 3 RBI (7), SB (2)
|1B Henry Wrigley
||2-4, 3B (2), RBI (5), SB (1), E (1, fielding)
|SP Jeremy Hall
||5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 22 TBF
CATFISH Up Next-at Savannah, 7:00 ET (LH Glenn Gibson)