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AAA Durham Bulls
A costly error and four hits off closer Dale Thayer led to five runs in the top of the ninth, and the Bulls lost to Louisville 7-6.
David Price pitched effectively, but was unable to get through five innings, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs while striking out five. He threw 76 pitches, 51 for strikes, and didn’t walk anybody, showing more control than he has had in his past few starts.
The Bulls used four relievers to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings before turning the lead over to Thayer (0-1). Chad Orvella, Jason Isringhausen, Randy Choate and Winston Abreu held the lead for the Bulls, allowing only two hits.
For Durham, Ray Olmedo and Chris Nowak hit back-to-back homers (their third and first, respectively) in the fifth inning, and Chris Richard reached base all four times he batted. Matt Joyce, the source of sports radio "call-up" fodder, was the DH and went 0-for-5. Reid Brignac played second base and went 1-for-5,
Ironically, the Bulls were hurt most by former Ray Johnny Gomes, who hit his seventh home run of the season in the first inning off Price. Gomes then plated the winning runs with a double in the ninth off Thayer.
Wade Davis takes the mound for the Bulls tonight.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
Aneury Rodriguez pitched five scoreless innings, and the Biscuits scored first for the 12th consecutive road game, and then held on for a 5-4 win against Mobile.
Rodriguez (1-5) allowed just one hit in his five innings, striking out five and walking four. The lone hit was in the fifth inning, and the BayBears loaded the bases before Rodriguez got a strikeout and fly out to end the threat.
Rashad Eldridge had three hits for the Biscuits, and top prospect Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4, dropping his average to .394 for the season. He also walked and scored three runs.
Mobile rallied in the ninth off Biscuits closer Calvin Medlock. They had the tying run at second base, but Medlock got out of the jam to earn his seventh save of the season.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
After a pitcher’s duel for 7 ½ innings, the Stone Crabs broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and they went on to defeat the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-2.
Greg Sexton plated Shawn O’Malley with the go-ahead run, and then Sexton scored on a two-out base hit by Reid Fronk. Matt Gorgen allowed a solo homer in the top of the ninth, but got the three outs for his fifth save in as many chances this season.
Justin Garcia (3-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief, and O’Malley went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. He also stole his ninth base of the season.
The Stone Crabs send Jesse Darcy (0-2, 6.44) to the mound tonight in the final game of the three-game series.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Top prospect Tim Beckham extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games, but saw his RBI streak come to end, and that was the difference in a 3-2 loss to Savannah.
The real story was the porous defense by Bowling Green. Three errors led to two unearned runs in the top of the third, and another error in the fifth added pitches to the inning and sent starter Joe Cruz to the showers after only 4 1/3. Cruz (0-1) took the loss, allowing one earned run on three hits, while walking four and striking out five.
Beckham wasn’t the only Hot Rod that couldn’t get a hit with a runner in scoring position. As a team, Bowling Green was 0-11 in that situation, and they left 10 men on base.
The teams continue their series tonight, with lefty Michael Jarman (2-2. 2.63) on the mound for the Hot Rods.
Notes from the Farm
* Montgomery outfield Rashad Eldridge is on a tear since May 2. In ten games, he has gone 18-for-42 (.429) with nine runs and nine RBI. He is 10-for-19 (.526) in his last four games.
*RHP Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless inning for Durham on Tuesday night. His ERA is now 5.40 in his minor league appearances this season.
*Infielder Matthew Hall has been assigned to the Charlotte Stone Crabs from Durham. He played one game for Durham, going 0-for-3.