Friday, April 10, 2009

4/10: 4 Down, 4 Up

4 Up, 4 Down will be a daily feature here recapping the previous night's action. From each affiliate, we'll have one guy "up" and one guy "down" based on their performance, plus a few notes and honorable mentions if applicable.

First, last night's results:
Durham Bulls 2, Norfolk Tides 1
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West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx 7, Montgomery Biscuits 6
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Fort Myers Miracle 9, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4
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Bowling Green Hot Rods 8
, Hickory Crawdads 3
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4 Up
Durham Bulls - RHP Mitch Talbot: Talbot pitched 5 shutout innings, struck out 4, and didn't walk a batter. Ben Badler at BA says that his fastball was his best pitch, sitting at 91-92, while his curveball was good at times but inconsistent.

Montgomery Biscuits - RHP Jeremy Hellickson: Like Talbot, Hellickson threw 5 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out three. It wasn't a dominant outing, and Biscuits broadcaster Jon Laaser said his fastball was only around 90, but 5 scoreless is 5 scoreless.

Charlotte Stone Crabs - RHP Alex Cobb: Cobb had a terrific debut for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, going 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 7 and walking one. He peppered the strike zone all night long and got a healthy amount of swinging strikes.

Bowling Green Hot Rods - SS Tim Beckham: How about a long home run in his first at-bat of the year? He also added a single later, finishing 2 for 5 with 3 runs batted in. It's good to see some power from Beckham, and if this game is any indication, he won't be overmatched in full-season ball.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Andujar(1 hit, 6 strikeouts in 4 innings of relief), Reid Brignac(1-3 with a walk, but he did get caught stealing), Mike McCormick(2-run HR for Bowling Green)

4 Down
Durham Bulls - Can't really single anybody out here, no real prospect had a bad day(Ruggiano reached base on a walk and John Jaso collected a hit).

Montgomery Biscuits - RHP Eddie Morlan: Blew the save in Montgomery, didn't have any control at all.

Charlotte Stone Crabs - RHP Justin Garcia: He and Craig James combined to turn a 4-1 lead into a 9-4 defecit.

Bowling Green Hot Rods - LHP Matt Moore: His stuff was there, striking out 4 in 3 innings of work, but his control wasn't, issuing 6 walks and racking up a lot of pitches. He left in the 4th after allowing the first two runners to reach base, and they were driven home off Chris Andujar. He gets a pass because it's his first start of the year and he's in full-season ball for the first time, but 6 walks in 3 innings isn't going to cut it.

Dishonorable Mentions: Jake Jefferies(1-5 and struck out 3 times), Neal Frontz(blew a 4-1 Biscuits lead)

*B.J. Upton said he felt "great" after playing all 9 innings for the Stone Crabs.

*The first hits in both Bowling Green and Port Charlotte history were home runs, by Tim Beckham and Matt Fields, respectively.

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