Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Scores and Highlights from 5/29

Indianapolis Indians 3, Durham Bulls 1
The Bulls could not overcome an early deficit as they fell to the Indians for the second straight night. The Bulls outhit the Indians but failed to turn those hits into runs as they were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring positions. The lone run for the Bulls came on a solo homer by Jeff Salazar in the fifth inning. Reid Brignac was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles to lead the offense. Chris Archer was charged with the loss. Alex Torres and Josh Lueke chipped in with a no-hit inning each.

Montgomery Biscuits 4, Mississippi Braves 1
The Biscuits used a big fourth inning to back a dazzling performance from starter Matt Buschmann to beat the Braves and even the series. Trailing by a run, the Biscuits offense struck for four runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. Greg Sexton was 2 for 4 on the night with a double and an RBI. Tyler Bortnick was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Ty Morrison picked up three stolen bases. Buschmann pitched 7 innings, recording 6 strikeouts to earn the win. Frank De Los Santos came on in the end, throwing 2 no-hit innings to notch the save.

Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, Jupiter Hammerheads 2
Despite watching an early lead disappear, the Stone Crabs rallied in the eighth to beat the Hammerheads and put a stop to the 5 game skid. The Stone Crabs broke the scoreless tie by scoring two runs in the fourth inning. They clinged to the lead until the top of the sixth when the Hammerheads struck with two runs of their own to tie the game. The game remained tied until the eighth inning when Mikie Mahtook delivered a two run blast to give the Stone Crabs the win. CJ Riefenhauser was strong in the start, striking out 7 in five inning on the mound but departed with a no-decision. Jimmy Patterson was the winner for the Stone Crabs and Chris Rearick picked up the save.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 8, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2
 The Hot Rods offense continues to roll as delivered eight extra base hits to defeat the Tin Caps 8-2 on Tuesday night. The Hot Rods took the lead in the second and never looked back as they took 3 of 4 in the series against Fort Wayne. Juniel Querecuto led the way by going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Jeff Malm was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles. Ryan Brett was 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI. Jake Hager and Matt Rice each went deep for the Hot Rods. Felipe Rivero picked up the win, striking out 7 in the process. Andre Bellatti earned the save.

VSL Tigers 5, VSL Rays 3
The VSL Rays gave up an early lead to suffer their seventh loss in a row. The Rays jumped out to a two run lead in the second inning but it didn't last long as they gave up five runs in the middle innings to take the loss. The Rays offense managed just two hits on the afternoon but managed five stolen bases once aboard. Carlos Vaamonde drove home two runs in the game. Kevin Cazorla suffered the loss.


  1. Off the subject of these games specifically, can someone explain how Durham is able to carry 26 active players?

  2. Gimenez and Vogt haven't reported yet, even though they are listed. Should be a move soon to get them back to 25. I think they have 72 hours to report.

    1. Thanks! Looking further, I would expect at least one more move in the short-term, assuming Brandon Allen completes his rehab stint successfully. He was out of options when the Rays signed him. Do the Rays have options on him or will they have to reinstate him to the ML team? When (or if) Longoria, Jennings and/or Keppinger get healthy, that will open the floodgate and precipitate a domino effect that will ripple down several levels, since they never seem to DFA anyone. Just my thoughts.

    2. I imagine the Durham move will be Albernaz to Hudson Valley/inactive. Or it could be Acosta I guess. Either way, they will still be with the Bulls, just not available to play on the active roster.

      If Allen is out of options then he's out for everyone, options run with the player, not the team.

      Lots of moves coming up: Jennings to rehab this week, Farnsworth sounds close, Longoria, Keppinger, Allen's rehab is just about up. Then there are the who-knows-when guys, Niemann, Fuld, and Chirinos, who must have had some concussion. And for Durham Beckham will be eligible to play again in June.

  3. Stopped by XST for a few innings yesterday, both Ian Kendall & Brandon Henderson cruised through their stints and looked strong.

    Bailey catching one of the games looked as though he healthy, which is good news.

  4. Spann and Ames how r they Hudson valley will have a strong pitching staff. Any thoughts

  5. The Rays have managed pretty well through all of these injuries, moving people to 60 day DL to get new guys added to the 40. They haven't really lost anything with all of these new additions. However, things will get very interesting as players start to come back. Going to have to make some hard decisions soon. The good thing is, we may be able to give Durham some nice pieces for the stretch run. :)