AAA Durham Bulls
Five errors, including four by Ray Olmedo, helped the Buffalo Bison defeat the Bulls 13-5 on Thursday afternoon.
Olmedo made two throwing and two fielding errors, and Henry Mateo made a fielding error, accounting for four unearned runs.
James Houser (3-2) started and took the loss for Durham. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (all earned) on nine hits, while walking three and striking out one.
Two Bulls relievers (Julio DePaula- five runs and Calvin Medlock- three runs) were ineffective, allowing five hits and walking four guys. Catcher Alex Jamieson recorded the final two outs by the Bulls.
The Bisons came into the game last in the International League in batting, but managed 15 hits, 13 runs and seven walks.
Chris Nowak and Rashad Eldridge were the lone bright spots for Durham. Nowak went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, while driving in four runs. Eldridge was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.
The teams play game two of the series tonight with Jason Cromer starting for the Bulls.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
Chris Mason allowed four runs in four innings, and the Biscuits were held to just four hits as they were defeated 4-0 by Chattanooga on Thursday.
Rayner Oliveros, Ryan Reid and Paul Phillips pitched five innings of scoreless relief, allowing just three hits combined.
Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4 with a double, and Cesar Suarez had two singles for Montgomery.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
Darin Downs struck out nine over six innings, and Cody Cipriano had two hits leading the Crabs to a 7-2 over the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Downs (6-2) went six, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out nine. Brian Flores went three innings for his first save of the season.
Cipriano, who is batting .324 in his last 10 games, was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. John Matulia also had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI.
Pat Burrell, making his last first and last rehab appearance for Charlotte, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Shawn O’Malley was 1-for-4 with his 17th stolen base on the year.
The teams play again tonight with Alex Cobb (3-2) on the mound for the Crabs.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
The game was suspended after one-half inning and will be resumed and played to completion (nine innings) this evening. After the completion, the teams will play seven innings in Friday’s regularly scheduled game.
Notes from the Farm
*Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett makes his first rehab appearance tonight with the Stone Crabs. It is expected that he’ll DH tonight, then play shortstop on Saturday and Sunday.
*DH Pat Burrell was activated from the disabled list, and Matt Joyce was sent from Tampa Bay to Durham. Joyce was in an 0-for-15 slump for the Rays.