AAA Durham Bulls
Trailing 3-0 heading into the sixth inning, the Durham Bulls used the longball to climb past Louisville, winning 4-3 in the second game of the series. Jon Weber hit a two-run shot in the sixth, and Chris Richard hit a two-run blast on the first pitch he saw from Louisville's Homer Bailey, giving the Bulls a lead they would not relinquish.
Wade Davis pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out four. Reliever Joe Bateman, acquired via free agency just four days ago, pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Jason Childers, Randy Choate and Winston Abreu (fourth save) pitched the final two innings to preserve the victory.
Justin Ruggiano continued to struggle, going 0-for-4 to lower his average to .212. Reid Brignac (1-for-4) and Matt Joyce (1-for-3) each doubled.
The Bulls (19-14) play the third game of the series against Louisville tonight.
AA Montgomery Biscuits In a game delayed for an hour and 21 minutes by rain, the Montgomery Biscuits got another strong performance by starter Heath Rollins, and Rhyne Hughes hit his league-leading 11th home run, and the Biscuits defeated Mobile 4-1.
Montgomery scored first for the 13th consecutive road game, using three straight singles in the second inning to lead 1-0. Rollins pitched six scoreless innings before allowing a run in the seventh. He went 6 1/3, allowing one run and four hits, while walking one and striking out two. Eddie Morlan pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Rashad Eldridge continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double and his eighth stoleln base. Desmond Jennings reached base three times (1-for-3, two walks) and stole his 10th base of the season.
The Biscuits send Jason Cromer (2-1, 5.12) to the mound against Mobile's Barry Enright (1-2, 3.94).
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs Their game against the Jupiter Hammerheads was postponed. The Stone Crabs open a three-game series tonight at Palm Beach.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods Michael Jarman pitched eight strong innings, and the offense came from Justin Reynolds and Isaias Velasquez, as the Hot Rods defeated Savannah 6-2.
Jarman (3-2, 2.53) allowed only two runs on four hits in his eight innings of work. He faced the minimum of 18 batters from innings three through eight, retiring 10 straight to end his night. In all, he got 15 ground-ball outs during his eight innings of work.
Reynolds went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs. He hit an RBI ground-rule double in the third, an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth.
The one negative in the victory was the 0-for-4 by Tim Beckham. He struck out twice and left two runners in scoring position. He is still batting .333 in his last 10 games.
The series concludes tonight as LHP Matt Moore (2-1, 3.20) faces Savannah righty Jeurys Familia (2-2, 1.21).
Notes from the Farm
*Hot Rod players Jake Jefferies, John Mollicone, Joe Cruz, and Michael Jarman and manager Matt Quatraro visited area schools and nursing homes for the first time this week.
*Durham catcher John Jaso is 7-for-33 in his last 10 games, including two for his last 18.
*Durham starter Wade Davis threw 97 pitches to get 17 outs. It should be noted that 11 of the 12 outs on balls-in-play were fly balls.
*Joe Dillon made his Durham debut, going 0-for-2 and getting plunked in the seventh inning.