AAA Durham Bulls
After falling behind 5-0 after three-and-a-half innings, the Bulls scored nine unanswered runs on their way to an 11-6 victory over Louisville.
Carlos Hernandez (2-2) got the win for Durham, allowing five runs in six innings. He struck out a season-high eight and walked only one. Jason Isringhausen gave up a run in the eighth, raising his ERA to 6.00 during his rehab assignment.
Justin Ruggiano and four others who had multiple hits powered the Bulls offense. Ruggiano went 3-for-3, including a double and two walks, and drove in three runs. Jon Weber (2-for-5), Reid Brignac (2-for-3), Chris Richard (2-for-3), and newcomer Joe Dillon (2-for-3, 2 RBI) did the most damage. Ray Sadler hit a three-run homer in the third inning.
Lefty James Houser (1-1, 4.91) closes out the series tonight against Louisville.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
In what is almost silly at this point, the Biscuits scored first for the 14th-consecutive road game, and Rhyne Hughes homered for the second-straight game as Montgomery defeated Mobile 4-2 for their fourth win in a row.
Jason Cromer (3-1) pitched seven solid innings for the Biscuits. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking three. Calvin Medlock picked up his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.
The Biscuits got on the board in the first after Desmond Jennings led off the game with a double. He scored two batters later on a groundout by Jason Perry.
Hughes drove in three runs and went 2-for-3 on the night. He leads the league with 12 homers. Also, Rashad Eldridge continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4. He is batting .488 (20-for-41) in his last 10 games.
Montgomery has won four straight to get back to .500 (17-17) and go for the sweep tonight. LHP Ryan Morse (2-4, 4.39) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Cody Evans (2-3, 3.68) for the BayBears.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
Jesse Darcy pitched six effective innings, but the Stone Crabs couldn’t muster anything off Palm Beach starter Nicholas Addition, losing 2-0 on Thursday night.
Darcy (0-3) allowed only two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out four, but Addition and two Cardinals relievers were better.
The Stone Crabs got only three hits and didn’t draw a walk all night. Two of the hits were doubles by Ryan Royster, and the other hit was a single by Emeel Salem.
David Newmann takes the mound tonight in game two of the series.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Aside from a solo home run by Matt Wrigley in the seventh inning, the Hot Rods couldn’t do much else, dropping the series finale 8-1 against Savannah.
Wrigley’s homer, his second of the season, broke up a no-hitter by Sand Gnats starter Jeurys Familia.As a team, the Hot Rods finished with only three hits.
Bowling Green starter Matt Moore (2-2) was erratic once again. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, while walking six. He also threw two wild pitches in the first inning, leading to runs for Savannah. It was his shortest outing of the season, and the six walks upped his season total to 26 in 28 innings pitched.
The Hot Rods used three relievers following Moore, and all allowed runs. Chris Andujar gave up two in his 3 1/3 innings, and Tyree Hayes and Marquis Fleming surrendered one each.
Bowling Green opens a four-game series at home against the Charleston River Dogs tonight. Hot Rods righty Shane Dyer (0-2, 4.40) gets the ball against Charleston lefty Manny Banuelos (1-0, 3.18).
Notes from the Farm
*According to the St. Petersburg Times, reliever Chad Bradford, who has been on the DL since the season began after offseason right elbow surgery, threw in his first extended spring game Wednesday. He said he'll likely have three more spring appearances before a possible minor-league rehab assignment, and added that he is still “several weeks away.”