AAA Durham Bulls
Mitch Talbot allowed two runs in the first inning, and the Bulls offense couldn’t muster anything off Gwinnett starter Kris Medlen, dropping the series finale 4-0 on Monday afternoon.
Medlen, who leads the International League in ERA (0.96), allowed only two fourth-inning hits, but John Jaso grounded into a double play to end the threat. Talbot (3-3, 4.10) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking four. Dewon Day allowed the fourth run in his two innings of work.
The biggest story of the night, though, was the Durham debut of pitcher Joe Bateman. Bateman, a 28-year-old righty, pitched a scoreless eighth while striking out two.
The Bulls open an eight-game homestand tonight against Louisville. David Price starts for Durham and will look to regain the control he hasn’t shown much this season.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
Brandon Mann, making his first Double-A start in place of Jeremy Hellickson, got the win, and Rhyne Hughes drove in three runs as the Biscuits held off a late Mobile rally, winning 8-4 to open a five-game series.
Montgomery was winning 8-2 until Neal Frontz allowed four runs in the bottom of the eighth, recording only two outs. Closer Calvin Medlock came in and struck out Evan Frey with the tying runs on base, then got a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixth save.
Mann (2-0) cruised through the first four innings without allowing a hit, and then walked Chris Rahl with two outs, who then scored on a single by Pedro Ciriaco.
Jason Perry hit his second homer of the season for the Biscuits, and Rashad Eldridge (3-for-5), J.T. Hall (2-5), Perry (2-4), and Jason Bowers (2-4) led the offensive attack.
The Biscuits send righty Aneury Rodriguez (0-5, 7.00) to the mound in game two of the series. He’ll face Mobile’s Wes Roemer, who is making his Double-A debut.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
Starter Darin Downs allowed seven runs on nine hits in the first two innings, as the Stone Crabs were defeated 7-4 by the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Downs (5-1) had only allowed six total runs this season coming into Monday’s start, but Jupiter jumped on him early. His ERA jumped from 1.34 to 2.92 after pitching just 3 1/3 innings. Relievers Rayner Oliveros and Austin Hinkle pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to keep Charlotte in the game.
Cody Cipriano, who went 1-for-4 with his fourth homer of the season, led the Stone Crabs offense. He is hitting .319 with 17 RBI through the first 21 games of the season.
Right-hander Alex Cobb (1-2, 2.79) starts tonight for the Stone Crabs.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Frank De Los Santos rebounded after a poor outing last week, and Jake Jefferies hit a three-run homer, pacing the Hot Rods to a 5-2 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats.
De Los Santos (2-2) allowed only one run in six innings, and only had five batters reach base. He struck out four, walked one and hit a batter in his longest outing of the season.
Jefferies’ homer, in the bottom of the third, gave him 20 RBI for the season, trailing only Tim Beckham for the team lead. Beckham went 2-for-4 with a double while driving in his 23rd run of the year.
The Sand Gnats did their damage in the top of the eighth off reliever Marquis Fleming, but closer Jamie Bagley came in and got four outs for his seventh save of the season.
Notes from the Farm
*The Rays are still waiting to hear about Shawn Riggan’s shoulder after he saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
*Durham infielder Elliot Johnson is expected to miss a month after breaking a thumb
*Outfielder Kyeong Kang was assigned to Bowling Green from the Hudson Valley Renegades, and RHRP Diego Echeveria was assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades from Durham.