AAA Durham Bulls
The Bulls put five runs on the board in the third inning and that was all the team needed as they defeated the Buffalo Bison 5-2 on Sunday.
James Houser (2-1) got the win for Durham, working five innings and allowing one run on eight hits, with four walks and a strikeout. Winston Abreu was the last of three relievers, and he worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save of the year.
Ray Sadler (1-for-4) and Ray Olmedo (1-for-3) each drove in a pair of runs for the Bulls, and Justin Ruggiano was 2-for-4 with a double. Rashad Eldridge was hitless in his Durham debut after being recalled for the game.
Recent call-up Chris Mason, who was 2-2 with a 7.71 ERA for Montgomery in 16 relief appearances, will start the final game of the series this morning.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
The league-leading 14th home run by Rhyne Hughes was not enough for the Biscuits as they were defeated by Jacksonville 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday.
Lorenzo Scott, who homered on the first pitch of the ballgame, hit a solo shot to lead off the 10th, giving the Suns the lead. He was 3-for-5 with two homers and two RBI.
Hughes reached base five times in the game, but Montgomery stranded 14 runners, including Hughes on four separate occasions. He was 2-for-5 with a homer and three walks, but he only scored one run. As a team, the Biscuits were 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
Ryan Morse got a no-decision for Montgomery. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, while walking three, striking out five and allowing two homers. Calvin Medlock (0-1) pitched two innings and took the loss.
Desmond Jennings reached base only once in six plate appearances.
The teams play game two of their series tonight with lefty Brandon Mann (3-2, 3.93) starting for the Biscuits versus Willie Glen (1-3, 4.19) for Jacksonville.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
The Stone Crabs got a terrific start from Darin Downs, but the offense let him “down” in losing 3-2 to Tampa on Sunday.
Downs allowed only two runs in seven innings, but he did not get a decision. He scattered seven hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Kevin Boggan (0-3) pitched the eighth inning and allowed the winning run.
Emeel Salem was the lone bright spot in the Charlotte offense, going 2-for-4. He was the only Stone Crab with more than one hit, and the team only had seven singles for the game, while striking out seven times.
Alex Cobb (1-2) is set to start game three of the series this evening at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Tim Beckham homered and drove in two runs, but the Hot Rods still lost their sixth-straight game, 5-3 to the Rome Braves on Sunday.
Beckham, who made his 13th error as well, went 2-for-3 with his third homer. The rest of the Hot Rods only got three singles off Braves pitching.
Michael Jarman (3-4) struggled and took the loss for Bowling Green. He went only four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, while walking none and striking out three. Tyree Hayes and Josh Satow combined to pitch five scoreless innings to keep the game within reach.
The teams ends their four-game series tonight with lefty Matt Moore (2-2, 4.33) starting for Montgomery against Braves righty Randall Delgado (1-4, 4.68).
Notes from the Farm
*Free agent outfielder Joe Gaetti was signed and then assigned to the Biscuits. He is the son of former Major League infielder Gary Gaetti and joins his third team of 2009.
*Rashad Eldridge was promoted to Durham from Montgomery. He batted .284 with 10 stolen bases for the Biscuits this season.