AAA Durham Bulls
Mitch Talbot allowed a first-inning run, and the Bulls offense lacked punch, save for one home run, as they were defeated 5-3 by Lehigh Valley on Friday night.
Talbot (3-4) went five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out two. He also hit two batters. Chad Orvella (2 2/3 innings) and Randy Choate (1/3 inning) allowed only two hits in relief, keeping the Bulls in the game.
The lone offense for Durham came courtesy of a three-run homer by Chris Richard in the seventh. Matt Joyce finished 2-for-4, John Jaso was 0-for-2 with two walks and Jon Weber led-off and went 0-for-5. Ray Olmedo got the start at shortstop, replacing Reid Brignac, who was called up to the Rays.
The series continues at Lehigh Valley tonight.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
A bases-loaded walk gave Jacksonville a literal “walk-off” 3-2 victory over the Biscuits on Friday night in Florida.
Biscuits starter Brian Baker pitched five shutout innings but got a no-decision. He allowed just two hits, while walking two and striking out four. Michael Wlodarczyk and Neil Frontz each allowed a run in relief. Eduardo Morlan (1-2) pitched the ninth and took the loss.
Matt Spring hit a two-run homer in the eighth to provide the offense. Fernando Cortez and Drew Anderson added two hits apiece. The first six batters in the Biscuits lineup combined to go 0-for-19, including Desmond Jennings returning after a day off to go 0-for-3.
The series continues tonight in Jacksonville with righty Heath Rollins (4-3, 3.63) starting for Montgomery against lefty Graham Taylor (2-2, 3.38) for Jacksonville.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
Rain was once again a factor in Charlotte, but the Stone Crabs were winning 3-2 after five innings when the game was called, giving Charlotte the victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals.
David Newmann (2-2) got the win, pitching five innings and allowing two runs and three hits. He walked one and struck out five.
After the Cardinals scored twice to open the fifth, the Stone Crabs scored all their runs in the bottom of the inning.
Cody Cipriano singled to start the frame, then scored on Greg Sexton’s triple. Sexton scored on Reid Fronk’s sacrifice fly, then Matt Hall was knocked in by Pedro Powell to give Charlotte the lead.
The Stone Crabs begin a two-game set against Fort Myers tonight, with the game being played in Fort Meyers. Jeremy Hall will start for Charlotte, who’ll host the game on Sunday.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
The Hot Rods got 12 hits but managed only two runs in losing 4-2 to the Savannah Sand Gnats on Friday night.
Tim Beckham was 3-for-5 with a double, but he was caught stealing for the fifth time, and he also committed his 11th error of the season.
Anthony Scelfo, Mike McCormick, and Jason Tweedy all had multiple-hit games, with Tweedy driving in both Bowling Green runs. As a team, the Hot Rods left 11 on base and went 0-for-2 with the bases loaded.
Starter Shane Dyer (0-3) pitched five innings, allowing only two earned runs on eight hits, while walking none and striking out six. His ERA is 3.98, yet he does not have a win this season.
The teams will play a pair of seven inning games Saturday to wrap up the four-game set. The Hot Rods will have lefty Frank De Los Santos (3-2, 3.15) start game one followed by righty Chris Andujar (4-2, 2.91) in the nightcap.
Notes from the Farm
*The Rays, as everyone knows, called up INF Reid Brignac and RP Dale Thayer from Durham. SP David Price is expected to be called up Monday to start the Rays’ game against Cleveland.
*Alex Jamieson, catcher, has been assigned to Durham from the Hudson Valley Renegades. Jamieson has been moved between Hudson Valley and Durham based on Durham’s need, and has appeared in four games for the Bulls. It should be noted that the Renegades season doesn’t begin until June 19, so he actually just stays with the Bulls when assigned to Hudson Valley.
*Desmond Jennings has made the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet this week, his third time on the list (out of a possible six lists) this season. For the week, “Deezy” hit .429, going 9-for-21 with two doubles and a home run. He walked four times and was 4-for-4 on stolen bases.