AAA Durham Bulls Reid Brignac hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, and two Bulls relievers kept Rochester off the board as Durham won 4-3 for their fourth-straight win.
Starter Mitch Talbot got a no-decision but pitched six strong innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out 10. Randy Choate (3-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Dale Thayer got four outs for his sixth save of the season.
Justin Ruggiano and Chris Richard (now with a 10-game hitting streak) each went 2-for-4, and Chris Nowak was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Nowak led off the seventh inning with a double, and then moved to third on Ray Olmedo’s bunt single. Brignac followed with a deep fly ball to right, knocking in Nowak with the eventual winning run.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
The Biscuits had no answer as the Mississippi Braves scored eight runs in the sixth inning en route to a 12-1 victory, ending their five-game winning streak.
Rhyne Hughes knocked-in the only run for the Biscuits, who managed just four hits off Mississippi. It was Hughes’ league-leading 32nd run batted in.
Brandon Mann (2-1) allowed three earned runs to take the loss for Montgomery. He pitched into the fifth inning, but the trouble didn’t really begin until the sixth.
Chris Mason opened the frame and got only two outs. He surrendered four hits, walked two batters, and allowed five earned runs. He has allowed 20 earned runs in his last 16 innings (10 games), and his ERA is 11.25 in that span.
Neal Frontz relieved Mason, but he wasn’t much better. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, including a home run.
Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 for the Biscuits and is now hitting .387 (14-for-37) in his last 10 games.
RHP Aneury Rodriguez (1-5, 5.91) will make the start for Montgomery against LHP Jonny Venters (2-1, 1.56) for Mississippi in game two of the series this afternoon.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
The Stone Crabs went only 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, but they still avoided the sweep by defeating the Palm Beach Cardinals 2-1 on Saturday night.
Jeremey Hall (4-2) pitched five innings to get the win for Charlotte. Brian Flores and Matt Gorgen (sixth save) each pitched two innings of relief, and neither one allowed a hit.
After Palm Beach took the lead in the bottom of the second, the Stone Crabs answered in the top of the third.
Matthew Hall singled and was followed by a Reid Fronk walk. Both baserunners scored on a double to center by Matt Fields.
Charlotte returns home this afternoon to open a three-game series against the St. Lucie Mets. Darin Downs (5-1) is on the mound for the Stone Crabs.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
The Hot Rods split a doubleheader on Saturday against the Charleston River Dogs, dropping the first game 6-2, but bouncing back to win the nightcap 5-4.
Frank de los Santos (3-2) got the win after pitching five innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four. Josh Satow allowed a run in earning his second save of the year.
Jake Jefferies drove in two runs for the Hot Rods, going 2-for-4. As a team, though, Bowling Green was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Tim Beckham went 0-for-3 and is now 2-for-18 (.111) in his last five games.
In Game One, Shane Dyer earned a no-decision despite pitching five innings of one-run ball. He allowed just five hits and struck out five. Also, new Hot Rod outfielder Kyeong Kang also recorded his first hit and first RBI, both coming ona double in the second inning, and Mike Sheridan hit a solo home run.
The teams play this afternoon in game three of their series. Righty Joe Cruz (0-1, 1.76) faces Charleston righty Brett Marshall (1-3, 5.34).
Notes from the Farm
*Durham outfielder Chris Richard, with his two grand slams on Friday, was only the fifth International Leaguer, and first since 1957, with two grand slams in the same game.
*The Bowling Green Hot Rods placed LHSP Michael Jarman on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 15th. He was replaced on the roster by reliever Diego Escheverria, who was assigned to the Hot Rods from the Hudson Valley Renegades.
*The Venezuelan Summer League Rays have signed the following minor league free agents: RHP Dennis Moya, OF Ismel Antunez, OF Franklin Alcala, 2B Roan Salas, SS Keiverson Reyes, IF Leonardo Reginatto, SS Hector Guevara, IF Federico Eder, 3B Leopoldo Correa, C Omar Narvaez, C Wilmer Dominguez, LHP Luis Wilches, RHP Wilmer Sabala, LHP Felipe Rivero, LHP Carlos Orasmo, RHP Joynerd Gonzalez, RHP Hector Aguilera, and RHP Eli Echarry.