Four teams played on Sunday, but the Durham squad was particularly stacked with performances to remember.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (85-55)
Brent Honeywell needed just 74 pitches to go 5.1 shutout innings to collect his 12th win with the Bulls. No doubt he would have gone deeper into the game without a pitch count limit, but the Rays are playing it safe with their top pitching prospect now that his season innings total of 136.2 is at a career high. Chris Pike earned the save in a 10-2 game, because baseball. On the other side of the ball, the Bulls offense scored in all but 3 innings of the game. 8 of 13 hits went for extra bases, including 4 home runs.
Daniel Robertson 4-5, HR, 2B, hitting .400
Willy Adames 2-4, 2B (30), BB, K, hitting .279
Jake Bauers 1-3, 2B (31), 2 BB, K, 2 SB (20), hitting .263
Patrick Leonard 1-5, 2B (32), 2 K, hitting .271
Johnny Field 3-4, 2 HR (12), BB, hitting .262
Justin O'Conner 2-4, HR (1), hitting .194
Brent Honeywell (W, 12-8), 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.64 ERA, 74 pitches, 51 strikes
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (76-63)
Montgomery couldn’t figure out Chattanooga’s Randy LeBlanc as he held them to one run over 8 innings. Dalton Kelly was the only Biscuit to reach base more than once, and Nathan Lukes contributed a double for the only extra base hit. Ian Gibaut struck out the side in the 8th inning to bring his season ERA down to 2.22.
Advanced Class-A Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (69-66)
Charlotte scored first but gave up the lead quick and couldn’t come back. The issue was with the top half of the lineup, combining to go 0-15 out of the top 4 spots. David Olmedo-Barerra and Nathaniel Lowe contributed two hits each, while Riley Unroe and Jonah Heim drove in the only two runs. After Eduar Lopez gave up 4 runs over his 4.1 IP start, Fernando Baez, Yoel Espinal and Spencer Jones provided 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (70-65)
Spencer Moran started and gave up 2 runs over 5 innings, and J.D. Busfield piggybacked for 4 hitless innings and the win. Though Moran allowed 10 base runners over his 5 innings, he successfully picked off 2 at first base. Like the Charlotte game, the top 4 spots in the lineup was ineffective, going 1-15. In the 5 hole, Jesus Sanchez scored twice after working two walks, and Adrian Rondon contributed an RBI and a run after collecting his 2nd triple of the season.
Spencer Moran 5.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.70 ERA
J.D. Busfield (W, 5-8), 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.38 ERA
Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades (41-30)
Brendan McKay’s weekly start on the mound for the Renegades was postponed due to rain.