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Minor League Minute for Friday, August 24th

AAA Durham-The Bulls beat Norfolk 7-6 last night on a walkoff solo home run by Darnell McDonald in the bottom of the ninth. McDonald, whose blast was his 13th of the year, finished 2 for 5 on the evening, one of five Bulls players with multiple hits. LF Brent Butler, RF Delmon Young, and 3B Rodney Nye each also added two hits, while Young and Nye both doubled and scored a run and Nye had three RBI. Luis Rivas had three hits, one of them a three run homer. Wes Bankston scored twice and doubled for his only hit of the day. Kevin Witt was held hitless. On the mound, Jim Magrane gave up 10 hits over six innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out three, while Al Reyes gave up a run and struck out two in two innings. Edwin Jackson blew the save for Durham, but got the win thanks to McDonald. He surrendered one run and a hit, but threw two wild pitches for Durham.

AA Montgomery-The Biscuits throttled the Jacksonville Suns 5-3 in extra innings last night to take the first four games of a five game tilt in Jacksonville leading to the rubber game today. Jeremy Owens hit the go-ahead two run blast in the top of the tenth inning, pinch-hitting for Patrick Breen, and the Biscuits took a two game lead over the Suns in the SL South. Elliot Johnson and Michael Coleman each had two hits, with Coleman adding a solo home run, while Breen tripled and was hit by a pitch. Reid Brignac, Evan Longoria, and Justin Ruggiano were each held hitless in the meat of the Biscuits' order, while Gaby Martinez and Jason Pridie picked up one hit. Charion Isenia added two. On the hill, Mitch Talbot pitched a spectacular eight innings for the Biscuits, walking three, surrendering but two hits and two runs while striking out five to put Montgomery in position for the win. Brian Henderson pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter, while Jean Machi went the final 1.2 innings, giving up the tying run to the Suns and blowing the save, but earning the win by closing out Jacksonville in the bottom of the tenth. Montgomery looks to sweep the Suns tonight in Jacksonville, and will send Mike Prochaska to the mound to accomplish this.

A+ Visalia-The Oaks could not complete a ninth inning rally with the tying run on third base and fell 5-4 to the Modesto Nuts late last night. Chris Nowak each had a hit, and not Visalia player had more than one on the night, while Nowak stole a base and hit a ninth inning sacrifice fly. Sergio Pedroza was held hitless. The poor offensive showing rendered useless a good showing by Jon Barratt for Montgomery. Barratt struck out eight while giving up three runs over five innings. He also threw two wild pitches.

A- Southwest Michigan-The M-Rays were not in action last night, but will return to the field today to take on the Dayton Dragons at seven. Wade Davis gets the nod for Battle Creek.

SS Hudson Valley Renegades-Brooklyn scored all the runs they needed and the two teams scored the whole night's worth of runs in one full inning as the Cyclones dispatched of Hudson Valley 3-2. John Matulia had two hits for the 'Gades to raise his average to .244, while Joseph Callender managed three hits to lead the Hudson Valley offense, so much as it was. Ryan Royster doubled in the game's only two runs in his only hit of the night, while Scott Gummo and Jairo de la Rosa doubled and had two hits each. Woods Fines shut out Brooklyn over six innings, striking out five, but walking four and giving up four hits. Joseph Muro was charged with all three Brooklyn runs in relief, though Erik Walker blew the save officially.

RK Princeton Devil Rays-The P-Rays withstood a late Elizabethton rally to pick up the 9-7 win over the E-Twins. Desmond Jennings had two hits, one a double, and drove in four runs for Princeton. Nevin Ashley had three hits, doubled, and drove in two, while Mike McCormick doubled in his only hit of the night. Andrew Lopez also picked up a lone hit and drove in one. The real star of the show, however, was shortstop Shawn O'Malley, who garnered two hits, scored three times, doubled, hit a solo home run, and drove in two. He helped to back up a shaky pitching staff that was led by Tyree Hayes, who surrendered four runs, seven hits, and two walks while striking out five in five innings. Jason Ragan gave up just one run in three innings of work, while Ryan Zimmerman failed to record an out and gave up the E-Twins' last two runs. Alex Trafton mopped up the mess to close out the ballgame.