Abbreviated version today with only two affiliates playing...
Durham Bulls 5, Charlotte Knights 4 (12 innings)
Notes: Durham had a veritable offensive explosion by their standards, improving to 8-2... The Bulls walked home the tying and go ahead runs in the 8th, but were bailed out by a Ray Sadler solo HR to make it 2-2. The HR came on a 3-2 count with 2 outs in the 9th... The Bulls hit solo HRs in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th innings(Sadler, Reid Brignac, Matt Joyce, and Jon Weber)... Jason Childers gave back the runs in the 10th and the 11th but wound up getting the win... Dewon Day finally closed it out.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
Notes: Charlotte improved to 4-6... Darin Downs pitched a complete game... Emeel Salem picked up two hits, including a triple.
Bowling Green Hot Rods Postponed(rain)
Durham Bulls - SS Reid Brignac: Went 3-6, all three hits for extra bases(two doubles and a home run). Brignac has been spraying line drives early in the season, and has an .872 OPS to show for it. His plate approach still isn't ideal, but he's hitting very well so far this year.
Charlotte Stone Crabs - LHP Darin Downs: Went the distance, allowing 3 runs(2 earned) on 6 hits. He struck out 7 and didn't walk any. In two starts, he has a 1.93 ERA and a 15-0 K-BB rate.
Durham Bulls - OF Justin Ruggiano: Just can't seem to get going this year, taking an 0-5.
Charlotte Stone Crabs - SS Shawn O'Malley: 1-5 at the plate and committed his 4th error in the field.