Triple-A Durham Bulls (12-4)
It's been a rough start to the year for Nathan Karns, but he registered a dominant start that led to a 3-0 Bull's victory. Karns went seven scoreless innings, the only blemishes being two singles and a walk. He struck out nine batters and three 66 of his 96 pitches for strikes. Adam Liberatore and Jeff Beliveau both pitches scoreless innings, each notching two strikeouts. As has been the case most of the year, Jerry Sands was the dominant force in the lineup, reaching base three times. Wilson Betemit and Mike Fontenot picked up RBIs.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-6)
Four pitchers combined to limit the Pensecola Blue Wahoos to one run in the Biscuit's 3-1 victory. Grayson Garvin received the start, lasting three innings and allowing no runs to drop his season ERA to 1.00. Also of note was his 6/0 strikeout/walk ratio. Matt Niel allowed the only run in his 2.2 innings of work, but Andrew Bellatti and Braulio Lara kept the Wahoos off the board to close out the game. Ryan Brett, Taylor Motter, Curt Casali, and Jake Hager had two hit nights.
Advanced Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-10)
DJ Slaton's miserable season in relief contributed to another loss for the Stone Crabs. Austin Pruitt posted a solid start, going 6.1 innings and allowing three runs. However, Slaton allowed fives runs in only one inning and picked up the loss. Tyler Goeddel had a big night on the offensive side, going 3-4 with his first home run of the year.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-12)
A disastrous start to the season continued on Friday for the Hot Rods as they fell by the score of 7-1. The game started miserably from the onset as Chris Kirsch surrendered five runs in the first inning. The Hot Rods scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a double by Juniel Querecuto. Granden Goetzman posted two more hits, while Oscar Hernandez once again forgot to bring a bit to the batters box (.037 average on the year. Yikes!).
Star of the Day: Nate Karns had his first dominant outing of the year.
Goat of the Day: DJ Slaton has cost the Stone Crabs a few games this year.