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Down on the farm April 12: Colome dominates again

Durham is playing Norfolk... again

Alex Colome is a big part of Durham's fast start
Alex Colome is a big part of Durham's fast start
Jim Donten

Rainouts cost half the organization games on Thursday, but the most interesting note comes from Durham. J.D. Martin is taking Mike Montgomery's spot in the rotation due to forearm soreness, per Adam Sobsey.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-1)

Alex Colome had his second strong start as Durham downed Norfolk 9-0. Colome fired six more scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven. He now has 11 strikeouts and four walks in 11 innings through two starts. While the Bulls piled up nine runs, most of those came against Scott Proctor, not starter Jair Jurrjens. Durham pounded out five doubles, including two by Mike Fontenot, and seven Bulls reached base multiple times. In the seventh inning, Durham scored seven two out runs to provide more than enough insurance for the bullpen. Josh Lueke recorded all four of his outs via strikeout to end the game. Perhaps responding to scathing criticism by Kevin Gengler, Wil Myers drew three walks.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-2)

Montgomery was rained out.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-3)

Charlotte handed Bradenton their seventh straight loss with a 7-4 win over the Marauders. After falling behind early in the game twice, Charlotte took the lead for good on a fourth inning three run home run by 2012 breakout star Alejandro Segovia. Felipe Rivero struggled a bit again, allowing three runs in five innings but striking out five and walking none. Like Segovia, Hector Guevara drove in three of Charlotte's seven runs. Kyeong Kang reached base four times, and Drew Vettleson picked up his first multi-hit game of the season.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-2)

Bowling Green was rained out.


Star of the day- Alex Colome is almost certainly behind Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi on the depth chart for potential call-ups, but he's on fire to start the year.

Goat of the day- No complaints here again.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
J.D. Martin (0-0, 5.79) v. Freddy Garcia (0-0, 5.40)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV) DOUBLEHEADER
Albert Suarez (0-0, 0.00) v. Roenis Elias (0-0, 0.00)
Enny Romero* (0-0, 0.00) v. Hector Noesi* (0-0, 0.00)

Both games will be seven innings

Charlotte v. Ft. Myers 6:30 PM
Jesse Hahn* (0-0, 0.00) v. Matt Summers* (0-0, 6.75)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Dylan Floro (0-0, 0.00) v. Montreal Robertson (1-0, 0.00)
Sean Bierman* (1-0, 0.00) v. Hudson Randall* (0-1, 0.00)

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
3-5 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 23 R (12th) .659 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 5.87 ERA (12th) 1.81 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Jonathan Schoop (3), OF L.J. Hoes (6), LHP Michael Belfiore (24)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
2-4 (T-3rd in SL North)
Offense: 20 R (6th) .588 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.09 ERA (1st) 1.03 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Taijuan Walker (2), SS Brad Miller (9), RHP Carson Smith (16), OF Leon Landry (17), 2B Jack Marder (20), OF Francisco Martinez (22), OF Julio Morban (24), 3B Vinnie Catricala (26), RHP Chance Ruffin (27)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
7-0 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 41 R (1st) .781 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (3rd) 1.11 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Miguel Sano (1), 2B Eddie Rosario (8), RHP Madison Boer (22), LHP Jason Wheeler (25), RHP Adrian Salcedo (27), 1B Kennys Vargas (29), RHP Matt Summers (30), RHP Zack Jones (33)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
4-2 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 37 R (4th) .783 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (4th) 1.25 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Schotts (5), OF Danry Vasquez (6), RHP Montreal Robertson (18), RHP Endrys Briceno (22), RHP Edgar De La Rosa (29)