AAA Durham Bulls
After falling behind 4-1, the Bulls rallied for five unanswered runs in defeating the Bisons 6-4 on Monday.
Brandon Chaves hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give Durham a 5-4 lead. Rashad Eldridge added an insurance run later that inning, and the Bulls held on for their third-straight victory.
Mitch Talbot was scratched from his scheduled start, and Chris Mason took his place and got a no decision. He went four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Chad Orvella had one of his best outings in relief, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless, followed by Jason Childers (6-1), who got two outs and earned the victory. Dale Thayer pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Chaves had a big night for the Bulls, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Eldridge, John Jaso and Ray Olmedo also had two hits apiece.
Durham starts a four-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens tonight with Matt DeSalvo (0-0, 6.75 ERA) on the mound.
AA Montgomery Biscuits
Pedro Powell had a two-run single as part of a five-run sixth inning as the Biscuits defeated Jacksonville 6-1 on Monday.
Brandon Mann (4-2) got the win, going six innings, allowing only one run on four hits, while walking three and striking out five. Eduardo Morlan and Brian Baker pitched three innings of scoreless relief. For Baker, he extended his personal scoreless streak to 17 innings.
Jason Bowers, Rhyne Hughes and J.T. Hall had two hits apiece for Montgomery. Desmond Jennings went 1-for-5 with his 14th double, and Powell drove in his first two runs of the season for the Biscuits.
The teams play again tonight with Heath Rollins (5-3, 3.83) on the mound for the Biscuits.
A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs
Alex Cobb pitched five solid innings, and the top-4 batters for the Stone Crabs accounted for nine hits and five RBI as Charlotte defeated Tampa 8-2 on Monday.
Cobb (2-2) stuck out six batters while walking only one, and he allowed just the two runs and five hits. Austin Hinkle and Rayner Oliveros pitched two innings each of shutout relief.
Matthew Fields did the biggest damage for the offense, going 2-for-5 with his 10th home run, a double and three knocked in. Shawn O’Malley went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored, and Emeel Salem and Greg Sexton each went 2-for-5.
Righty Jesse Darcy (0-5, 6.65) takes the mound in Tampa tonight.
A Bowling Green Hot Rods
Chris Andujar pitched four innings of relief, allowing just one run, after starter Matt Moore racked up a high pitch count, and the Hot Rods defeated the Rome Braves 7-4 on Monday.
Moore started and went four innings, allowing three runs (all unearned) on four hits, while walking one and striking out six. Andujar (6-2) allowed one run on two hits, while striking out three, in relief. Marquis Fleming pitched the ninth for his first save.
Michael Sheridan had the big hit for the Hot Rods, a two-run homer in the first, his sixth of the season. He went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, and Kyeong Kang also went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
Time Beckham committed his 14th error of the season, and he went 0-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
Shane Dyer (0-3, 3.98) returns from the disabled list tonight to face Lexington in the first game of a three-game set.
Notes from the Farm
*Chad Bradford arrived in Montgomery to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation assignment.
*Tim Beckham was named the Bowling Green Hot Rods Hitter of the Month, while Joseph Cruz was named Pitcher of the Month.
*According to Biscuits beat writer Stacy Long, Jake McGee suffered a minor setback in his return from Tommy John surgery due to forearm tightness. His rehab schedule was supposed to run through the end of May, but it has now been extended to June 26.
*Also according to Long, Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled to throw live batting practice this week. He threw a 35-pitch side session on Monday, the third time he’s thrown from a mound.