AAA Durham Bulls
Wade Davis had his worst outing of the season as the Bulls were defeated 9-3 by the Buffalo Bisons on Friday night.
Davis (5-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out two allowed a home run, a solo shot to rehabbing Mets infielder Alex Cora.
The only Bulls offense came via a three-run homer by Matt Joyce, his fifth of the season. Brandon Chaves had a couple more hits and is now hitting .533 since being called up from Montgomery.
In relief, Chad Orvella pitched one inning, and it wasn’t a good one. He allowed two runs on two hits while walking two batters. His ERA for the season now stands at 6.91.
Durham and the Bisons play again this evening with Carlos Hernandez on the mound for the Bulls.
Desmond Jennings broke out of a mini slump in a big way, but he couldn’t do it all himself, and the Biscuits were hammered by the MudCats 8-3 on Friday night.
Aneury Rodriguez (2-7) took the loss, going only 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and walking four. He gave up a home run, and he only struck out one batter.
Jennings, who was 4-for-his-previous-28, reached base all five times at bat. He was 3-for-3 with two walks, including a double and his sixth home run. He also drove in two and scored a run.
Montgomery and Carolina close out their series this afternoon with lefty Jason Cromer (4-2, 4.23) on the mound for the Biscuits against Carolina’s Curtis Partch (0-0).
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
David Newmann pitched well, but Clearwater starter Kyle Drabek was even better, throwing a complete-game shutout as the Threshers defeated the Stone Crabs 4-0 on Friday.
Newmann (2-3) allowed just one run on four hits in five innings, but that was too much on this night. Drabek, the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates ace Doug Drabek, surrendered only five singles while striking out seven for his first complete game of the season.
Emeel Salem singled twice and was the only Charlotte player to reach base more than once. Third baseman Greg Sexton made his 10th error of the season.
The Stone Crabs face the Tampa Yankees tonight at Steinbrenner Field with Jeremy Hall (4-3) on the mound for Charlotte.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Jamie Bagley blew his third save of the season, allowing two runs in the top of the ninth as the Hot Rods were defeated 5-4 by the Rome Braves.
Frank De Los Santos started for Bowling Green and gave up three runs in the first, but rebounded and pitched five innings. He allowed six hits, including a homer, while walking one and striking out three.
Marquis Fleming pitched three innings of hitless relief before handing the game to Bagley (0-3), who promptly allowed three soft singles, two walks and a wild pitch.
The Hot Rods got a triple by Kyeong Kang, two hits by Jake Jefferies, and a 1-for-3 night plus a walk from Tim Beckham. He also made his 12th error of the season, and Mike McCormick struck out three more times and is hitting just .163 on the season.
The second game of the series is tonight with righty Joe Cruz (1-1, 3.12) on the mound for Bowling Green against righty Jacob Thompson (2-4, 5.19) for the Braves.
Notes from the Farm
*RHRP Elvin Perez has been assigned to the Princeton Rays from the DSL Rays. The 23-year-old was 4-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 24 games last season for the DSL Rays. In 35.2 innings he struck out 32, walked 11, and allowed no homeruns.
*Cristian Vasquez has been assigned to the GCL Rays from the DSL Rays. The 19-year-old shortstop hit .163/.308/.225 in 129 ABs for the DSL Rays last year.
*The Dominican Summer League Rays play their first game today, hosting the DSL Mets. For a little background on the DSL, teams play a 72 game schedule ending this year on August 21st. The active roster limit is 35 and there are no age limits on players, but no player may have four or more years of prior minor league service. Draft-eligible players may not participate in the DSL, with the exception of two players from Puerto Rico on each team.