AAA Durham Bulls (1-3)
BULLS 5, Toledo 4-3B Evan Longoria grounded into a double play and remained hitless on the season, but thankfully the other members of the Durham lineup didn't share the same luck as the Bulls won their first game of the year. The good news for Longoria was that he did reach base twice, on his first two walks of the year, and scored a run. Otherwise, the Durham offense was led by DH Fernando Perez and CF Justin Ruggiano, who each had 2 for 4 days. One of Perez's two hits was an RBI double, and he also drew a walk and stole a base. Also going 2 for 4 was LF Joel Guzman, who walked and drove in two of Durham's five runs, including the game winner in the ninth. Unfortunately for Guzman, he also made two errors in left field. SS Reid Brignac grounded into a double play and had just one hit among his five at bats, but it was a double.
Making his debut this season for the Bulls was RHP Chris Mason, who had a relatively successful outing. Throwing 76 pitches on the day, Mason gave up two unearned runs on three hits, one hit batsman, and one walk over 4.1 innings of work, while also striking out four. RHP Nick DeBarr followed him and gave up two runs in 1.1 innings of work, but RHPs Scott Munter and Grant Balfour closed out the game with 3.1 shutout innings.
BULLS Up Next-at Columbus, 7:05 ET (LH Mike Prochaska)
AA Montgomery Biscuits (2-2)
Chattanooga 8, BISCUITS 4 (8)-LHP James Houser had a decent first start for Montgomery, but a relative lack of offense and a sloppy defensive effort relegated the Biscuits to defeat in the first game of a double-header. Houser gave up just one earned run in five innings of work, but he gave up three unearned runs thanks to two Montgomery errors. He gave up just two hits and no walks while striking out five, though he did hit a batter. LHP Jino Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings following Houser's departure, but RHP Jeremy Flanagan took the loss after giving up the four winning Lookout runs in the "extra" eighth inning.
Offensively, the Biscuits could manage only five hits. 1B Rhyne Hughes had an especially bad day, going 0 for 3 with two of Montgomery's three errors. He did garner a walk and score a run though. 3B Chris Nowak had one hit, a two run homer in the fourth, and scored once more when he reached on a Chattanooga error. DH Gaby Martinez and C Matt Spring each had one hit, while had an RBI single.
BISCUITS 10, Chattanooga 1 (7)-The Biscuits' offense exploded for 10 runs on 11 hits as Montgomery routed the Chattanooga Lookouts in the second game of Sunday's double-header. C John Jaso and 1B Rhyne Hughes had two hits, each of which included a solo home run, and Hughes drew a walk as well to atone for his sins in the first game of the double-header. Even though Montgomery put up prolific numbers on the scoreboard, those two were the only players with multiple hits on the day. DH Sergio Pedroza and 3B Chris Nowak each had one hit, in Nowak's case a double, while LF Gaby Martinez reached base three times on one hit and two walks. He scored each time he reached. 2B Josh Asanovich had a three run homer and drew a walk to round out the lineup.
On the mound, RHP Richard De Los Santos pitched five shutout innings for the Biscuits before ceding control to RHP Wade Townsend and LHP Jon Barratt. Townsend's first appearance of the season was not a successful one, as he gave up one run on a hit and a walk. Barratt closed out the ballgame with a scoreless inning of work.
BISCUITS Up Next-vs Chattanooga, 8:05 ET (LH Mike Wlodarczyk)
A+ Vero Beach Devil Rays (3-1)
Daytona 9, V-RAYS 4-RHP Matt Walker made his return to the mound for Vero Beach, tossing four shaky innings as the V-Rays suffered their first loss of the season. Walker gave up three runs (two earned) over four innings of work, walking two and giving up four hits while striking out three. RHP Chris Kelly and LHP Ryan Morse followed Walker and proceeded to give up the other five Daytona runs in four collective innings. LHP Ryan Owen pitched a scoreless ninth.
Meanwhile on offense, four Vero Beach players had two hits on Sunday. 2B Chase Fontaine, 3B Cesar Suarez, DH J.T. Hall, and C Christian Lopez were those players, though only Lopez had an extra base hit (a double). Suarez drove in a run and walked, though he also had a throwing error. Fontaine walked as well, as did PH Garrett Groce. LF Ryan Royster went hitless, while CF John Matulia went 1 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI.
V-RAYS Up Next-vs Daytona, 7:00 ET (LH Brandon Mann)
A- Columbus Catfish (1-3)
Savannah 4, CATFISH 3 (7)-RHP Josh Johnson gave up all four Savannah runs during his four inning start, and it would be all that the Sand Gnats would need as the Columbus offense mustered up only three hits in the first game of a double-header. Johnson gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks in his first start of the season, giving way to RHP Jesse Darcy for the final three innings. Darcy pitched three perfect innings for Columbus with two strikeouts.
The Catfish fell just short offensively despite their three hit day, thanks to plenty of walks. CF Emeel Salem went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored, while 1B Henry Wrigley hit an RBI double and walked to lead the offense.
CATFISH 5, Savannah 0 (7)-RHP Jason Ragan threw for five of the Catfish pitching staff's seven shutout innings as Columbus notched their first win of the season in the second game of a double-header. Ragan gave up just three hits and a walk while striking out four; two Columbus pitchers combined to go the rest of the way.
On offense, CF Emeel Salem led the way with a walk, a run scored, and three stolen bases. RF Reid Fronk was also productive, hitting a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the third inning as the Catfish took control early. LF Stephen Vogt doubled, while C Michael McCormick went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.
CATFISH Up Next-at Rome, 7:00 ET (RH Jeremy Hall)