AAA Durham Bulls
Ray Sadler drove in five runs and Carlos Hernandez pitched his best game of the season as the Bulls defeated Buffalo 10-2 on Saturday.
Hernandez (4-2) went eight innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, while walking none and striking out five. Joe Bateman pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit while striking out one.
The Durham offense was sparked by Sadler. He went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, his sixth of the season. Jon Weber also hit his sixth, a three-run shot a few batters before Sadler’s in the sixth inning. Weber finished 2-for-4 with three RBI.
The teams play again Sunday afternoon at Durham Athletic Park.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
The Carolina Mudcats scored five runs in the first en route to a 19-hit, 9-3 victory of the Biscuits on Saturday night.
Jason Cromer (4-3) took the loss for Montgomery, going just three innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits. He didn’t have a walk or a strikeout. Neal Frontz, Ryan Reid and Eduardo Morlan all gave up a run in their combined five innings of relief.
The Biscuits scored in the first inning after Pedro Powell singled, stole both second and third, then scored on a Desmond Jennings ground out. But Cromer surrendered five in the bottom of the frame to put Montgomery in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.
Jennings was 1-for-5 with an RBI, and he also stole his 17th base of the season. Cesar Suarez went 3-for-3, and Rhyne Hughes wnet hitless again, going 0-for-5.
The Biscuits are back home tonight as they open a series against the Jacksonville Suns. Lefty Ryan Morse (2-4, 4.74) will get the ball for Montgomery.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
Three hits by the slumping Reid Fronk and four innings of relief by Chad Bradford, Ryan Flores and Matt Gorgen helped the Stone Crabs defeat the Tampa Yankees 8-5 on Saturday.
Fronk, who was 3-for-his-last-28, went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He started the Charlotte fourth inning, in which they scored five runs, by roping a double to lead off the frame.
Jeremy Hall (5-3) started and got the win for the Stone Crabs. He went five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits, while walking two, striking out four, and serving up two gopher balls. Gorgen pitched two innings for his eighth save of the year.
Charlotte had 11 hits, including two each by Shawn O’Malley and Cody Cipriano. Every starter except Matt Fields and Ryan Royster had at least one hit, but the team did leave 11 men on base.
The teams play again on Sunday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Darin Downs (5-2) starts for the Stone Crabs.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
The Rome Braves pounded out 16 hits, including five in a six-run ninth to defeat the Hot Rods 11-2 on Saturday in front of a standing-room only crowd in Kentucky.
Starter Joe Cruz (1-2) took the loss, even though he went six innings and allowed just two runs. He gave up six hits, didn’t walk a batter, and had six strikeouts. Neil Schenk gave up three runs in the his one inning of relief (the seventh) before Diego Echeverria opened the flood gates in the ninth, when he allowed six runs on five hits.
Bowling Green couldn’t get anything done on offense, managing only five hits, including the first homer of the season for Robi Estrada. Tim Beckham and Kyeong Kang were both 0-for-4, with Beckham striking out once and Kang striking out twice.
The teams play game three of their series on Sunday afternoon. Lefty Michael Jarman (3-3, 2.50) will start for the Hot Rods against righty Zeke Spruill (6-2, 2.83).
Notes from the Farm
*The Tampa Bay Rays recalled outfielder Matt Joyce from Durham. Reliever Dale Thayer, who became a popular figure in the Bay Area because of his mustache, was sent to the Bulls.
*Righty reliever Chris Mason was assigned to Durham from the Biscuits. He was 2-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 16 games for Montgomery.
*Durham placed righty Dewon Day on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to May 28.
*Please see www.rayspropects.com for all the moves related to the Dominican Summer League and Venezuelan Summer League teams.