AAA Durham Bulls
Matt Joyce had his best game as a Bull, driving in six RBI, and Chris Nowak drove in three runs, as Durham crushed Rochester 13-2 on Wednesday night.
Joyce was 3-for-5 with three doubles, and the six batted in give him 24 RBI on the season. Every Bull starter had at least one hit except for Justin Ruggiano, who went 0-for-2 but walked three times.
Brandon Chaves, playing in his second game at Triple-A this season, was 4-for-4, and the Bulls as a team finished with eight doubles and a season-high 17 hits.
Mitch Talbot (4-4) pitched six effective innings for the victory. He allowed two runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out five. In the second inning, he escaped a no out, bases-loaded jam, and allowed both runs in the fourth inning.
The Bulls and Red Wings conclude their series this afternoon with Matt DeSalvo making his Durham debut.
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AA Montgomery Biscuits
Brandon Mann pitched eight shutout innings, including 6 2/3 perfect ones, as the Biscuits shutout the Carolina Mudcats 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Mann (3-2) allowed only two hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out two on the night. Calvin Medlock pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save of the season.
Montgomery got all three runs in the sixth inning. Rashad Eldridge singled home Fernando Cortez, and Eldridge was knocked in on a double by Cesar Suarez. Suarez would later score on a sacrifice fly after he stole third.
Desmond Jennings was 0-for-3 with two walks, and he stole his 16th base of the season.
The teams play game three of the series today with righty Heath Rollins (5-2, 3.38) starting for the Biscuits against lefty Travis Wood (3-3, 1.38).
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
The Stone Crabs and Threshers split a doubleheader, with Clearwater taking game one 8-7 in 11 innings, and Charlotte winning game two 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Shawn Williams singled home Greg Sexton in the top of the seventh for what held up as the winning run. Matt Fields gave the Stone Crabs the lead in the second inning with a solo homer, his third of the day and ninth of the season.
Rayner Oliveros pitched five shutout innings but got a no-decision. He gave up no runs on three hits, while striking out four batters. Matt Gorgen (2-0) blew his first save of the season, but he also picked up the win.
In Game 1, the Stone Crabs got on the board in the first inning courtesy of a grand slam by Matt Fields. He homered again in the fifth to give Charlotte a 5-3 lead, but they couldn’t keep the Threshers from scoring.
Clearwater got back-to-back homers in the bottom of the seventh off Austin Hinkle to tie the game and force extra innings. But the Stone Crabs responded and took the lead 7-5 with two runs in the top of the ninth.
Paul Phillips (1-1) blew the second save of the game for Charlotte by surrendering a two-run tying homer in the bottom of the ninth. He took the loss after allowing the winning run in the bottom of the eleventh.
In all, the bullpen blew two saves, gave up three home runs and 10 hits.
Alex Cobb started for the Stone Crabs and went five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking none and striking out five.
The teams play again tonight in Clearwater with Jesse Darcy starting for Charlotte.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Tyree Hayes, making his first start since September 2008, lasted only three innings, and the Hot Rods were defeated 7-2 by Charleston on Wednesday.
Hayes (2-3), filling in for the injured Shane Dyer, allowed three runs (all in the first inning) and five hits. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out a lone batter.
The RiverDogs did the rest of their damage off Josh Satow. Satow allowed three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Kyeong Kang was 1-for-2 with an RBI for Bowling Green, and the Hot Rods finished their eight-game road trip with a 3-5 record.
The team will enjoy a day off on Thursday before beginning a four-game series at home against the Rome Braves.
Notes from the Farm
*Outfielder John Matulia was assigned to the Charlotte from Montgomery. He had been on the Biscuits' reserved list, playing in extended spring training, since May 20th.
*Outfielder Pedro Powell was assigned to Montgomery from Class A-Advanced Charlotte. He batted .308 with no homers, 10 RBI and 12 steals for the Stone Crabs.
*Biscuits outfielder Jason Perry was placed on the disabled list after breaking a bone in his wrist. He is expected to miss 3-6 weeks.
*Rehabbing reliever Chad Bradford made his second appearance for Charlotte. He pitched one inning, threw 17 pitches and allowed one hit.