Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday's Rays roundup

Bulls 1, Indianapolis 0
See earlier posts.

Palm Beach 7, Stone Crabs 4
Derek Dietrich singled, walked twice and scored. Mikie Mahtook singled, stole, scored teice and threw out a runner at home.

Wisconsin 7, Hot Rods 2
Roberto Gomez didn't allow an earned run in five innings. Jeff Malm singled, RBI'd and scored.

MLB benches Young for 7 games

Delmon Young has been suspended by Major League Baseball for seven days, retroactive to Friday when he was allegedly used anti-Semitic comments during a pre-dawn hotel brawl.

Guyer out with ankle injury

Durham outfielder Brandon Guyer hasn't played since Tuesday with an ankle sprain. Tampa Bay says he's on the disabled list, though the Bulls list him on their active roster.

Delving into Durham's skid

Some numbers from Durham's 13-game losing streak ...

Runs: 34 for/88 against
Batting average: .226/.286
Extra-base hits: 18/47*
ERA: 6.12/3.58
Walks issued: 63/34

*--That was 31 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs.

Durham wins, Durham wins, Durham wins

The Durham Bulls snapped their 13-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Indianapolis today.

Jesus Feliciano doubled in Shawn O'Malley with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Bulls starter Matt Torra gave up one hit (in the top of the eighth) and walked one in eight innings.

Durham's last win was April 15 at Gwinnett. Since, the Bulls have lost four at Charlotte, four at Pawtucket, two at Norfolk and three at home to Indianapolis.

Paduch to Bulls; Fleming back to Biscuits

The Biscuits and Durham Bulls have swapped pitchers with Jim Paduch moving up and Marquis Fleming returning to Montgomery.

Fleming had a 9.00 ERA in 13 innings this season with hitters compiling a .315 average and 10 walks off him. He was a Southern League All-Star in 2011 and had a long stay in major league spring training this year.

Paduch had a 4.05 ERA in 13 1/3 innings, plus had two of Montgomery's three saves. He also made a spot start earlier this year for Durham.

12:04 update: Paduch will go into Durham's rotation with Alex Torres demoted to the bullpen, Adam Sobsey of the Independent Weekly reports. Torres is 1-3 with a 10.38 ERA in five starts with 19 hits allowed and 21 walks in 17 1/3 innings.

Paduch is scheduled to start Wednesday.

Mobile, Chattanooga snare SL's weekly awards

Mobile left fielder Marc Krauss and Chattanooga right-hander Matt Magill won the Southern League's weekly awards.

Krauss was 10-for-24 with seven runs scored and seven RBIs for the week that ended Sunday. He hit five doubles, two triples and a home run. On Wednesday, he had three doubles, walked twice, scored twice and had two RBIs at Chattanooga. Krauss has a .272 average.

Magill allowed one run in seven innings in each of two victories. The 14 innings included 11 hits, five walks and 13 strikeouts. Magill is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts.

Ranking the Rays ... De La Rosa, Romero

For Sunday ...
1. Dane De La Rosa, DUR: 2 2/3 perfect innings
2. Enny Romero, CHA: 6 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 K's
3. Cole Figueroa, MGM: 3 walks, 2 RBIs
4. Ryan Carpenter, BWG: 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, 5 K's
5. Alex Cobb, DUR: 6 1/3 innings, 2 runs, 8 hits, 0 walks, 5 K's

Today (times Central, p.m.) ...
DUR (Matt Torra (1-2, 6.85) vs. Indianapolis (Jeff Locke 2-1, 3.86), 12:05
MGM off
CHA (Albert Suarez 0-0, 4.50) vs. Palm Beach (Carlos Martinez 0-1, 2.12), 5:30
BWG (Roberto Gomez 1-0, 4.95) at Wisconsin (Andy Moye 1-0, 2.35), 12:05

Morning reading

Cole Figueroa is reaching noteworthy heights with an on-base streak, Alex Colome has departed and the Biscuits Booster Club feeds the players. That's what you'll find in today's notebook. There's also the main story of Montgomery's 5-3 loss Sunday to the Birmingham Barons. Plus, a photo gallery from Mickey Welsh.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday's scary Rays roundup

Indianapolis 2, Bulls 0
Dane De La Rosa threw 2 2/3 perfect innings. (See below for the no-hit news.)

Palm Beach 3, Stone Crabs 0
Enny Romero gave up one run on five hits in six innings.

Wisconsin 5, Hot Rods 2
Matt Rice had two hits. Ryan Carpenter's six innings included two runs on five hits.

Including the Biscuits, Tampa Bay minor leaguers hit .134 today (16-for-119) and were .083 (2-for-24) with runners in scoring position.

Former Biscuit part of no-hitter vs. Durham

The Durham Bulls were no-hit today in a 2-0 home loss to Indianapolis. It was also their 13th straight loss, which ties a team record set in 1995.

Justin Wilson went 7 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out nine. Former Biscuit Jose Diaz recorded two outs and Doug Slaten worked a perfect ninth for Indianapolis.

Sunday: Barons 5, Biscuits 3

Corey Smith and Andy Wilkins both homered to help the Birmingham Barons complete a five-game sweep of the Biscuits with a 5-3 win Sunday.

Smith hit a two-run shot to cap a three-run third inning that gave Birmingham the lead. Wilkins led off the sixth with a blast to right.

The Biscuits were swept in a five-game home series for just the third time. The Jacksonville Suns took five games in June 2007 and April 2008.

Montgomery was last swept at home in a three-game series with the Barons in July 2010. The Biscuits have suffered five-game sweeps on the road twice: at Birmingham in July and August 2009.

Biscuits infielder Cole Figueroa walked three times and had two RBIs. Figueroa has reached base in every game this season and, dating to last year, has a 27-game on-base streak, which ranks third in team history.

Hak-Ju Lee had two of Montgomery's six hits, walked and scored twice. After a bunt single in the fifth, he scored on a Henry Wrigley groundout. In the ninth, he scored on a Figueroa groundout.

Biscuits' Colome goes to extended spring training

Alex Colome, who hasn't pitched since suffering an oblique injury April 11, left the Biscuits for some extended spring training time in Port Charlotte, Fla., today.

"He's feeling really good, going through treatment, throwing off flat ground and going through conditioning," manager Billy Gardner said. "It's just a matter of getting him built back up."

Colome will miss Montgomery's upcoming 10-game road trip to Tennessee and Chattanooga. He could return during the Biscuits' home series May 11-15.

Sunday's lineups

It's the final game of a 15-game homestand for the Biscuits, who will try to avoid a five-game sweep at the hands of the Birmingham Barons. For Montgomery today, Omar Luna hits second for the second time this season (April 11 at Mississippi) and Brad Coon hits sixth for the first time.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Omar Luna 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Brad Coon cf (left)
David Wendt c
Emeel Salem lf (left)
Joe Cruz rhp

Tyler Saladino ss
Drew Garcia 2b (switch)
Seth Loman dh (left)
Corey Smith 3b
Andy Wilkins 1b (left)
Jon Gilmore lf
Luis Sierra c (left)
Kenny Williams rf (switch)
Justin Greene cf
Cameron Bayne rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Garvin, Partridge

For Saturday ...

1. Grayson Garvin, CHA: 6 shutout innings, 2 hits, walk, 3 K's
2. Jacob Partridge, BWG: 4 shutout innings, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 K
3. Chris Archer, DUR: 6 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks, 5 K's, loss
4. Frank De Los Santos, MGM: 8 batters faced, 9 outs recorded, 1 hit
5. Henry Wrigley, MGM: HR, 2b, 2 RBIs
HM: Drew Vettleson, BWG: 8th outfield assist

Today (times Central, p.m.) ...
DUR (Alex Cobb 0-2, 4.09) vs. Indianapolis (Justin Wilson 1-3, 3.97), 4:05
MGM (Joe Cruz 2-2, 5.02) vs. Birmingham (Cameron Bayne 2-0, 2.61), 2:05
CHA (Enny Romero 0-1, 4.24) vs. Palm Beach (Drew Benes 0-2, 6.43), 4:30
BWG (Ryan Carpenter 3-1, 3.13) at Wisconsin (David Goforth 2-1, 6.27), 1:05

Morning reading

Of course, I had to focus on winning pitcher/St. James graduate Brandon Kloess with the game story from Montgomery's 8-7 loss to Birmingham on Saturday. In the notebook, read about a big catch by one Biscuit, plus a big dive taken by another.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday: Barons 8, Biscuits 7

St. James graduate Brandon Kloess was the winning pitcher Saturday for the Birmingham Barons in an 8-7 win over the Biscuits.

Kloess pitched the bottom of the eighth, getting out of a bases-loaded situation, before Barons left fielder Justin Greene homered to lead off the ninth.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Kloess hit Kyeong Kang with a pitch and walked Montgomery's next two hitters. Hak-Ju Lee, who hit a two-run double in the second inning, grounded out to end the threat.

Saturday's Rays roundup

Indianapolis 2, Bulls 0

Chris Archer gave up two runs on two hits with five walks in six innings. Will Rhymes doubled and walked. Durham has lost 12 straight.

Palm Beach 2, Stone Crabs 1
Grayson Garvin fired six shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Jimmy Patterson gave up a run in both the eighth and ninth innings. Hector Guevara and Mikie Mahtook each singled twice, with Mahtook adding a caught stealing. Robby Price doubled and walked.

Hot Rods 6, Wisconsin 0
Trevor Shull, Jacob Partridge and Austin Hubbard combined on a four-hitter. Shull and Partridge (3-0) each went four innings. Jake Hager singled twice and had two RBIs. Jeff Malm tripled, walked, RBI'd and scored twice.

Wrigley ties team XBH April mark, near RBIs

Henry Wrigley, with an RBI double in the fifth inning, tied a team record for April extra-base hits. He has 14. So did Rhyne Hughes (2009), Elliot Johnson and Michael Coleman (both 2006).

Wrigley has 18 RBIs and has some work to do in that department. Chairon Isenia had 23 in 2005. After that, Reid Brignac had 20 in 2007. Erold Andrus in 2008 and Matt Fields in 2010 each totaled 19 April RBIs.

Wrigley hits 6th April home run

Henry Wrigley hit a no-doubt home run in the third inning Saturday for his sixth homer of the year. He ranks now second in Biscuits history for April homers. Only Rhyne Hughes has more (nine in 2009).

Those who hit five April homers: Matt Fields (2010), little-known Evan Longoria (2007) and Ryan Christianson (2006).

Crabs catcher also sidelined by injury

Nevin Ashley's broken hand isn't the first for a Rays minor league catcher this year.

Charlotte's Luke Bailey is also out with a broken right hand, farm director Mitch Lukevics said. Bailey hasn't played since April 14 and will be "out for a while," Lukevics said. He's still on the Stone Crabs' active roster and is able to catch bullpens.

The Rays have a long list of hurt catchers this year ...
Robinson Chirinos (concussion)
Jose Lobaton (shoulder)
Chris Gimenez (groin, has returned)
Ashley (broken hand)
Bailey (broken hand)

Saturday's lineups

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Omar Luna lf
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Mark Thomas c
Brad Coon cf (left)
Kyle Lobstein lhp

Tyler Saladino ss
Drew Garcia 2b (switch)
Corey Smith 3b
Seth Loman 1b (left)
Jose Martinez rf
Jared Mitchell cf (left)
Jon Gilmore dh
Damaso Espino c
Justin Greene lf
Simon Castro rhp

Ashley to Durham's DL

Durham catcher Nevin Ashley has gone on the disabled list with the broken hand he suffered Friday. Craig Albernaz has been activated by the Bulls.

Ranking the Rays ... Luna, Figueroa, Garcia

Bar set mighty low for Friday ...

1. Omar Luna, MGM: 2-run 3b, 1b, outfield assist
2. Cole Figueroa, MGM: HR, walk, 2 runs scored
3. Nate Garcia, CHA: 1 perfect inning
4. Josh Lueke, DUR: 1 perfect inning
5. Tyler Goeddel, BWG: 2b, walk, RBI, error

Today (times Central, p.m.) ...
DUR (Chris Archer 1-3, 8.00) vs. Indianapolis (Rudy Owens 0-2, 2.84), 4:05
MGM (Kyle Lobstein 1-2, 3.98 ERA) vs. Birmingham (Simon Castro 1-1, 3.75), 7:05
CHA (Grayson Garvin 0-2, 6.39) vs. Palm Beach (Anthony Ferrara 1-1, 3.18), 5:30
BWG (Trevor Shull 0-0, 6.30) at Wisconsin (Mark Williams 0-2, 4.64), 6:35

Morning reading: Thompson was once a goalie

If you're so inclined, you can read here about Montgomery's messiness in Friday's 11-3 loss to Birmingham. The notebook has items on Jake Thompson's past as a hockey goalie and the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association planning a Sunday presentation. There's also a story on Delmon Young and the charges he faces.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ashley suffers broken hand

Durham catcher Nevin Ashley was hit by a foul ball and broke his hand tonight, Adam Sobsey of the Independent Weekly reports.

Friday: Barons 11, Biscuits 3

Tyler Saladino hit his first home run and finished with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Birmingham Barons' 11-3 win over the Biscuits on Friday.

Andy Wilkins walked three times and scored three runs for the Barons, who have won the first three games of the series.

Montgomery scored in the first when Omar Luna hit a two-run triple. Cole Figueroa, one of the runners who scored in the first, hit his third home run in the eighth inning.

The Biscuits committed three two errors that led to six four unearned runs for Birmingham. (Scoring change.)

Friday's Rays roundup

Indianapolis 13, Bulls 2

Alex Torres was showered with seven runs in one-plus inning. Nine of the 12 batters he faced reached base. Leslie Anderson doubled and singled.

Brandenton 9, Stone Crabs 2
Wilking Rodriguez gave up six runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Derek Dietrich tripled, scored, RBI'd and GIDP'd.

Beloit 6, Hot Rods 3
Felipe Rivero gave up two runs, both in the first, and threw five innings. Tyler Goeddel doubled, walked, and RBI'd. Taylor Motter singled twice. (Announced attendance in Beloit: 293.)

City background on Delmon Young

Here's what I sent to the office to "localize" the Delmon Young story for Saturday's paper. I'm told the 2006 bat-hits-umpire incident with Durham was already included. Not sure how much of this they'll insert.

Young was with the Biscuits in 2005 and was the Southern League's most valuable player, but he also had at least two tempermental on-the-field incidents.

On April 29, 2005, Young chest-bumped an umpire after being ejected and drew a three-game suspension. On April 23, Young was hit in the back by a pitch and threw his bat over his head toward the pitching mound. He was not ejected.

Young had a .336 average with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs in 84 games that year for the Biscuits.

Young was born Sept. 14, 1985, at Maxwell Air Force Base while his dad, Larry, served in Montgomery as a recruiter for the Navy. While the family lived in Montgomery, Dmitri Young, Delmon's older brother and a future major leaguer, starred on the varsity baseball team at Alabama Christian as a seventh- and eighth-grader.

Friday's lineups

The Barons have called an audible for today's third game of the series and will send left-hander Pedro Hernandez to the mound. Scheduled starter Simon Castro has been pushed to Saturday.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Omar Luna lf
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Greg Sexton dh
Brad Coon cf (left)
David Wendt c
Shane Dyer rhp

Tyler Saladino ss
Drew Garcia 2b (switch)
Andy Wilkins 1b (left)
Corey Smith 3b
Seth Loman dh (left)
Jose Martinez rf
Jared Mitchell cf (left)
Damaso Espino c
Kenny Williams lf (switch)
Pedro Hernandez lhp

Eastern League derby a little over the top

The circus is coming to Reading, Pa., for the Eastern League All-Star Game's home run derby.

Report: Delmon Young arrested after N.Y. brawl

Former Biscuits outfielder Delmon Young, now with the Detroit Tigers, was arrested early this morning after a brawl at a New York hotel, according to the New York Post.

Ranking the Rays ... Lara, Suero, Lee

For Thursday's play ...

1. Braulio Lara, CHA: 5 shutout innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 6 K's
2. Eliazer Suero, CHA: 4 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 2 K's
3. Hak-Ju Lee, MGM: 5-for-9 in DH, 2b, 3b, run
4. Cameron Seitzer, BWG: 2 2b's, 1b, 2 RBIs
5. Drew Vettleson, BWG: 7th outfield assist

Today (times Central, p.m.) ...
DUR (Alex Torres 1-2, 7.71) vs. Indianapolis (Jo-Jo Reyes 2-0, 3.27), 6:05
MGM (Shane Dyer 2-1, 3.18) vs. Birmingham (Simon Castro 1-1, 3.75), 7:05
CHA (Wilking Rodriguez 0-2, 5.02) vs. Bradenton (Tyler Waldron 1-1, 7.24), 5:30
BWG (Felipe Rivero 2-1, 0.00) at Beloit (Madison Boer 1-2, 3.74), 6:30

Thursday's Rays roundup

Stone Crabs 1, Bradenton 0
Braulio Lara and Eliazer Suero combined on a three-hitter. Lara gave up two hits in five innings and Suero one in four. Each walked two. Mikie Mahtook's flyout in the third brought home Robi Estrada.

Beloit 8, Hot Rods 3
Cameron Seitzer doubled twice, singled and had two RBIs. After starter Jake Floethe gave up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings, Jason McEachern tossed 2 1/3 shutout.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday (Game 2): Barons 5, Biscuits 2

Jared Mitchell scored twice and Jose Martinez hit a two-run double to help the Birmingham Barons pull in a 5-2 over the Biscuits in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.

Mitchell singled and scored on an error in the second and doubled and scored on an Erik Morrison single in the fourth. Martinez's double came in the seventh, and final, inning.

After Hak-Ju Lee tripled to lead off the first inning, the Biscuits didn't have another runner get into scoring position until the sixth. Lee scored on a Tyler Bortnick groundout.

In the sixth, Montgomery loaded the bases with one out and made it 3-2 when Emeel Salem scored on a Cole Figueroa flyout. Henry Wrigley walked to reload the bases, but Omar Luna hit a sharp grounder to first to end the threat.

After Lee's triple, Barons starter Jose Quintana retired 10 straight hitters and faced the minimum until the sixth.

Colors come out for nightcap

With the quick turnaround, both teams will have different uniforms than usual. The Biscuits will wear their blue, road jerseys, while the Barons are scheduled to wear red.

Thursday's Game 2 lineups

Again, the nightcap is scheduled for seven innings.


Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley dh
Omar Luna lf
Greg Sexton 1b
Brad Coon cf (left)
Mark Thomas c
Emeel Salem rf (left)
Jake Thompson rhp

Tyler Saladino ss
Drew Garcia 2b (switch)
Andy Wilkins dh (left)
Seth Loman 1b (left)
Jose Martinez rf
Jared Mitchell cf (left)
Erik Morrison 3b
Luis Sierra c (left)
Justin Greene lf
Jose Quintana lhp

Thursday, Game 1: Barons 10, Biscuits 2

Jared Mitchell knocked in three runs and scored twice to lead the Birmingham Barons in a 10-2 win over the Biscuits in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.

The second game of the day-night twinbill will begin at 7:05.

Mitchell, who was a national champion in both football and baseball at LSU, singled home Birminghan's first run in the second inning. He singled and scored in the fourth to make it 3-0. After being intentionally walked in a three-run fifth, he hit a two-run triple and scored in a four-run sixth.

Right-hander Nestor Molina (3-1) fell one out shy of his first career complete game. In 6 2/3 innings, he gave up 10 11 (scoring change) hits, walked one and struck out seven.

Kyeong Kang homered in the fifth and hit an RBI triple in the sixth for Montgomery.

Thursday's Game 1 lineups

Yawn. Thursday's Game 1 lineups ...
BISCUITS: Lee ss, Bortnick 2b, Figueroa 3b, Wrigley rf, Sheridan 1b, Luna lf, Coon cf, Kang dh, Wendt c, Buschmann rhp

BARONS: Saladino ss, Garcia, 2b, Wilkins 1b, Smith 3b, Loman dh, Gilmore lf, Mitchell cf, Espino c, Williams rf, Molina rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Riefenhauser, Dietrich

For Wednesday's play ...

1. C.J. Riefenhauser, CHA: 5-plus shutout innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 8 K's
2. Derek Dietrich, CHA: 2b, 2 1b's, 3 runs, 2 RBIs
3. Matt Torra, DUR: 7 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 K's, loss
4. George Jensen, CHA: 3 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 K's
5. Jeff Malm, BWG: 2b, 1b, 2 runs

Today (all times Central) ...
DUR off
MGM (Matt Buschmann 0-0, 8.22) vs. Birmingham (Nestor Molina 2-1, 3.80), 10:35 a.m.
MGM (Jake Thompson 0-0, 3.86) vs. Birmingham (Jose Quintana (0-2, 2.66), 7:05 p.m.
CHA (Braulio Lara 1-0, 3.05) vs. Bradenton (TBA), 5:30 p.m.
BWG (Jake Floethe 2-0, 1.71) at Beloit (Matt Summers 0-2, 7.36), 6:30 p.m.

Morning reading

To start the series against Birmingham, here's a story on Barons reliever Brandon Kloess, a St. James graduate. Remember, it's a day-night doubleheader today with the opener at 10:35 a.m. and the finale at 7:05 p.m. Both games are seven innings, and you'll need a ticket for each game.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday's Rays roundup

Norfolk 4, Bulls 2
Jeff Salazar and Kyle Hudson each singled twice. Matt Torra gave up three earned runs in seven innings. Durham has lost 10 straight. Salazar left after two at-bats.

Stone Crabs 8, Bradenton 0
C.J. Riefenhauser (five-plus innings), George Jensen (three) and Nate Garcia combined on a four-hitter. Riefenhauser (3-0) struck out eight. Derek Dietrich scored three times and had two RBIs.

Beloit 9, Hot Rods 3
Jeff Malm scored twice and Matt Rice had two RBIs. Justin Woodall lost his debut, recording just two outs with three runs, three walks and two wild pitches. (Listed attendance in Beloit: 146.)

Former Tide DB joins Hot Rods

Justin Woodall, the former Alabama football safety now a left-handed pitcher in the Tampa Bay organization, was activated by low-Class A Bowling Green today. The Hot Rods put Parker Markel on the disabled list to make room for Woodall.

Woodall was on Alabama's 2009 national championship team and had a 2.25 ERA in 19 games last year for short-season Hudson Valley.

Ranking the Rays ... Suarez, Vettleson

For Tuesday's play ...

1. Albert Suarez, CHA: 6 innings, unearned run, 1 hit (in sixth), 2 walks
2. Drew Vettleson, BWG: 4-for-4, solo HR, 2 2b's, 2 runs
3. Ryan Carpenter, BWG: 6 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 2 walks
4. Will Rhymes, DUR: HR, 3b, 1b, 2 RBIs, 2 runs
5. Hak-Ju Lee, MGM: 3-run 3b, 2 1b's, CS

Today (times Central, p.m.) ...
DUR (Matt Torra 1-1, 8.22) at Norfolk (Dana Eveland 1-1, 2.41), 6:15
MGM off
CHA (C.J. Riefenhauser 2-0, 4.05) vs. Bradenton (Gerrit Cole 0-0, 5.25, No. 1 pick in 2011 draft), 5:30
BWG (Roberto Gomez 1-0, 4.80) at Beloit (Jason Wheeler 1-0, 2.40), 6:30

Morning reading

Hak-Ju Lee is the focus of the game story from Montgomery's 7-4 win Tuesday over Pensacola. The looming day-night doubleheader, Omar Luna and Joe Cruz are in the notebook. There's also a photo gallery.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday's Rays roundup

Norfolk 8, Bulls 5
Will Rhymes came within a double of the cycle, had two RBIs and scored twice. Durham lost its ninth straight, its longest skid as a Triple-A team.

Stone Crabs 6, Palm Beach 4
Robby Price hit a disputed RBI triple (three ejections) in the ninth and scored on a Mikie Mahtook flyout to give Charlotte the lead. Riccio Torrez had three singles and two RBIs. Phil Wunderlich doubled, walked and scored twice. Keith Castillo doubled and walked twice. Albert Suarez gave up one hit and an unearned run in six innings.

Hot Rods 3, Quad Cities 2
Drew Vettleson hit a solo home run, doubled twice, singled and scored twice. Jeff Malm doubled twice, singled and RBI'd. Ryan Carpenter allowed one run on five hits in six innings.

Tuesday: Biscuits 7, Blue Wahoos 4

Hak-Ju Lee's three-run triple in the fifth inning broke open a one-run game in the Biscuits' 7-4 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Tuesday.

With Montgomery ahead 4-3 and two outs, Lee hit a ball high off the wall in right-center field. It avoided leaping center fielder Ryan LaMarre and deflected toward center. All three runners scored.

Lee, who entered Tuesday with a .171 average, finished 3-for-5. Emeel Salem reached three times and scored twice, while Greg Sexton doubled twice for Montgomery.

Biscuits starter Joe Cruz (2-2) worked five innings and gave up three runs on three hits, all in the third inning.

Tuesday's lineups; bright and early 10:30

It's a bright and early 10:30 game today and I admit failing in my goal: I arrived before the words "Oh say can you see." Biscuits slugger Henry Wrigley is out of the lineup for a second straight day with back tightness. Otherwise, it's too bright and too early.


Lee ss
Bortnick 2b
Figueroa 3b
Sheridan 1b
Luna lf
Sexton dh
Coon cf
Wendt c
Salem rf
Cruz rhp

LaMarre cf
Gregorius ss
Rodriguez 3b
Guzman 1b
Greene 2b
Fellhauer rf
Perez dh
Puckett lf
Fleury c
Sulbaran rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Wunderlich, Reid

For a weak Monday ...
1. Phil Wunderlich, CHA: go-ahead 2-run 1b in 9th, 2b, walk, 2 runs
2. Ryan Reid, DUR: 3 shutout innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 5 K's
3. Mike Sheridan, MGM: 2b, 1b, RBI
4. Mikie Mahtook, CHA: 2b, 3b, run, gidp
5. Matt Rice, BWG: 2-run HR

Today (times Central) ...
DUR (Alex Cobb 0-1, 2.00) at Norfolk (Chris Tillman 1-2, 4.73), 6:15 p.m.
MGM (Joe Cruz 1-2, 5.02) vs. Pensacola (J.C. Sulbaran 1-0, 1.64), 10:35 a.m.
CHA (Albert Suarez 0-0, 6.59) at Palm Beach (Carlos Martinez 0-1, 2.70), 5:35 p.m.
BWG (Ryan Carpenter 2-1, 3.71) vs. Quad Cities (Hector Hernandez 1-0, 1.04), 10:35 a.m.

Morning reading

For more on Montgomery's 10-4 loss to Pensacola on Monday, see the game story. For more on Isaias Velasquez and his hopes to get off the DL, see the notebook.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday: Blue Wahoos 10, Biscuits 4

Joel Guzman's two-run double off the right-field wall highlighted a four-run first inning that sparked the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to a 10-4 win over the Biscuits on Monday.

Montgomery cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth inning -- Omar Luna had an RBI groundout and Kyeong Kang a sacrifice fly -- but Pensacola answered in the seventh. Henry Rodriguez hit a two-run double to make it a three-run game. The Wahoos added four in the ninth.

Greg Sexton homered in the ninth, while Mike Sheridan doubled and singled for the Biscuits. Ryan LaMarre scored three times for the Wahoos.

Monday's Rays roundup

Pawtucket 2, Bulls 0 (Game 1)
Will Rhymes had one of Durham's three singles and a steal. Chris Archer's 5 1/3 innings included two runs and six hits.

Pawtucket 7, Bulls 1 (Game 2)
Stephen Vogt singled twice and Brandon Guyer singled and walked. Ryan Reid threw three shutout innings in a spot start. Lance Pendleton gave up three runs in the fourth to lose his debut. Durham has lost eight straight.

Stone Crabs 8, Palm Beach 6
Phil Wunderlich hit a two-run single in the ninth, doubled, walked and scored twice. Mayo Acosta hit a three-run home run. Hector Guevara singled thrice and Derek Dietrich walked twice.

Quad Cities 10, Hot Rods 2
Matt Rice hit a two-run home run in the second. Outfielders Drew Vettleson and Taylor Motter threw out runners at home.

Wrigley scratched from lineup

Biscuits right fielder Henry Wrigley was a late scratch from tonight's lineup. Reasons unknown.

Mike Sheridan moved up to fourth with Omar Luna fifth and in left. Greg Sexton is playing third and hitting seventh. Everything else is just a position change: Cole Figueroa to second, Luna in left and Emeel Salem in right.

Update: Back tightness.

Velasquez: No fractures from flyball to face

Biscuits outfielder Isaias Velasquez returned to the clubhouse Monday, eight days after being hit in the face with a flyball.

Velasquez said an MRI today revealed no fractures, but his vision is still shaky. He was on the bike for conditioning Monday, has another doctor's appointment Friday and hopes to resume some baseball activity possibly Saturday.

"I'm feeling better and everything has been going good," said Velasquez, who has stayed home since being hit April 15. "I'm just glad to be back in the clubhouse with my teammates."

Velasquez was hit near his left eye by a flyball April 15 that he said he lost in the lights. He was carted off the field and taken to a hospital.

"The ball got in the lights at the last moment," Velasquez said. "I missed it because I couldn't see it."

Reports: Matsui signs with Rays

The Rays are signing slugger Hideki Matsui to a minor league contract, according to several media reports. Don't look for him to be a Biscuit.

Monday lineups vs. Wahoos

It's Game 4 of the five-game series and the Biscuits are going with a left-loaded top end of the lineup. Brad Coon is hitting second for the first time this season, which gives Montgomery four straight lefties from the ninth-third spots in the order.


Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Brad Coon cf (left)
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Omar Luna 2b
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Mark Thomas c
Emeel Salem lf (left)
Kyle Lobstein lhp

Ryan LaMarre cf
Didi Gregorius ss (left)
Henry Rodriguez 3b (switch)
Joel Guzman 1b
Brodie Greene 2b
Cody Puckett lf
P.J. Phillips rf
Brian Peacock c
Miguel Rojas dh
Tim Crabbe rhp

Beckham on Bulls' DL with Brignac back

Shortstop Tim Beckham has gone on the disabled list at Triple-A Durham and the Bulls have Reid Brignac in place to replace him. Beckham hasn't played since Thursday due to a left wrist injury.

Bush emotional in hearing

Matt Bush, with the Biscuits last year, broke down today during a hearing in Punta Gorda, Fla. The hearing was over possibly reducing Bush's $1 million bail resulting from his alleged DUI, hit-and-run charges in March.

Star, BayBear pull in league awards

Huntsville Stars second baseman Scooter Gennett and Mobile BayBears right-hander Trevor Bauer were the Southern League's weekly award winners.

Gennett was 13-for-29 with three home runs, seven runs scored and 10 RBIs for the week that ended Sunday. He's hitting .346 this year.

Bauer fired seven shutout innings to beat Jacksonville on Saturday, allowing four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. In four starts this year, Bauer is 4-0 with an 0.40 ERA, 12 hits allowed and 28 strikeouts.

Ranking the Rays ... Wrigley, Garcia, Luna

For Sunday's games ...

1. Henry Wrigley, MGM: 2 2b's, 4 RBIs, run
2. Nate Garcia, CHA: 3 shutout innings, 2 hits, 2 walks
3. Omar Luna, MGM: 3 1b's, walk, 3 steals, CS, RBI
4. Cameron Seitzer, BWG: 4 1b's, run, error
5. Brad Coon, MGM: HR, 1b, 2 RBIs

Today (all times Central, p.m.) ...
DUR (Chris Archer 1-2, 9.95; Ryan Reid 2-0, 3.97) at Pawtucket (Justin Germano 1-1, 2.12; Aaron Cook 2-0, 1.35), DH, 4:05
MGM (Kyle Lobstein 1-1, 2.76) vs. Pensacola (Tim Crabbe 0-0, 4.85), 7:05
CHA (Enny Romero 0-1, 3.75) at Palm Beach (Drew Benes 0-2, 6.23), 5:35
BWG (Parker Markel 1-0, 2.81) vs. Quad Cities (Tyrell Jenkins 0-1, 1.69), 6:35

Morning reading

Click here to read about Henry Wrigley's recent RBI success after his four in Montgomery's win Sunday over Pensacola. Click here to read about Omar Luna's career-high three steals, Brad Coon's first home run and Hak-Ju Lee's recent struggles.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday: Biscuits 7, Blue Wahoos 3

Henry Wrigley's two-run double in the seventh inning gave the Biscuits the lead in a 7-3 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Sunday.

Wrigley, who also hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, has 12 RBIs in his last six games. His seventh-inning hit came with two outs after Pensacola brought in right-handed Justin Freeman specifically to face him.

Brad Coon added a two-run home run in the eighth that hit high off the foul pole in right field. Omar Luna, who singled three times and walked, set a career high with three stolen bases.

Pensacola's Brodie Greene was 4-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. He hit a two-run double in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the seventh. The Wahoos loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before pinch-hitter Yordanys Perez struck out.

Sunday's Rays roundup

Bulls at Pawtucket

Rained out.

Palm Beach 11, Stone Crabs 1
Riccio Torrez singled, doubled and knocked in Derek Dietrich in the ninth. Nate Garcia threw three shutout innings. Starter Grayson Garvin shouldered six runs on eight hits in three innings.

Hot Rods 4, Quad Cities 3
Jeff Malm's single in the bottom of the ninth scored Ryan Brett. Cameron Seitzer was 4-for-4 with a run scored and error. Todd Glaesmann homered and walked. Jason McEachern went 2 1/3 shutout and Charlie Cononie two shutout.

Sunday's lineups

It's the third game of the five-game series and begins at 5:05 p.m.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Omar Luna lf
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Mark Thomas c
Brad Coon cf (left)
Frank De Los Santos lhp

Ryan Lamarre cf
Didi Gregorius ss (left)
Henry Rodriguez dh (switch)
Joel Guzman 1b
Brodie Greene 2b
Cody Puckett lf
P.J. Phillips rf
Miguel Rojas 3b
Mark Fleury c (left)
Daniel Corcino rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Vettleson, Malm, Dyer

For Saturday's efforts ...

1. Drew Vettleson, BWG: 1b, 2 walks, run, outfield assist
2. Jeff Malm, BWG: 2 1b's, 2 RBIs, outfield assist
3. Shane Dyer, MGM: 5 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 K's
4. Kyeong Kang, MGM: HR, 1b, walk, 3 RBIs
5. Hector Guevara, CHA: 3 1b's, RBI, steal

Today (times Central) ...
DUR (Jhonny Nunez 0-1, 3.86) at Pawtucket (Justin Germano 1-1, 2.12), 12:05 p.m.
MGM (Frank De Los Santos 1-1, 2.38) vs. Pensacola (Daniel Corcino 0-1, 4.61), 5:05 p.m.
CHA (Grayson Garvin 0-1, 3.46) at Palm Beach (Anthony Ferrara 0-1, 5.40), 4:05 p.m.
BWG (Felipe Rivero 2-1, 0.00) vs. Quad Cities (Dail Villanueva (1-1, 5.56), 5:05 p.m.

Morning reading

Check out the game story from Montgomery's win Saturday over Pensacola, plus the notebook, with items on the disappearance of "Chocolate Rain" from the Biscuits' batting order and an update on Alex Colome's oblique situation.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday: Biscuits 7, Blue Wahoos 1

Kyeong Kang's three-run home run capped a seven-run first inning for the Biscuits in a 7-1 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Saturday.

Henry Wrigley and Mike Sheridan each hit two-run doubles in the first before Kang's third home run of the season. Sheridan has five RBIs in his last three games. Wrigley has eight in his last five.

Montgoemry starter Shane Dyer allowed one run over five innings. In the first, Ryan LaMarre singled and scored on a Joel Guzman single. Reliever Merrill Kelly threw three innings of two-hit ball.

Saturday's Rays roundup

Pawtucket 9, Bulls 5

Brandon Guyer singled thrice. Jesus Feliciano singled twice, walked and RBI'd. Will Rhymes tripled and shaved his mustache in the middle of the game. Nevin Ashley homered. The Bulls have lost six straight.

Stone Crabs 3, Jupiter 2 (Game 1)
Derek Dietrich drew a bases-loaded walk before Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run single in the third. Mahtook also walked.

Jupiter 7, Stone Crabs 3 (Game 2)
Hector Guevara singled thrice with an RBI and a steal. Ty Morrison singled, doubled, stole, RBI'd and scored.

Cedar Rapids 4, Hot Rods 3 (11)

Drew Vettleson singled, walked twice, stole, scored and had an outfield assist. Jeff Malm had two singles, two RBIs and an outfield assist.

Saturday's lineups; no more "Chocolate Rain"

It's the second game of the Biscuits' only home series with Pensacola this season.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Omar Luna lf
Brad Coon cf (left)
Kyeong Kang dh (left): no longer using "Chocolate Rain" for his intro music, dadgumit
David Wendt c
Shane Dyer rhp

Ryan LaMarre cf
Yordanys Perez dh (switch)
Henry Rodriguez 3b (switch)
Joel Guzman 1b
Brodie Greene 2b
Josh Fellhauer rf (left)
P.J. Phillips lf
Brian Peacock c
Miguel Rojas ss
Curtis Partch rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Guyer, Sheridan, Miranda

For Friday's efforts ...

1. Brandon Guyer, DUR: 10 total bases, 3b, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 runs, steal
2. Mike Sheridan, MGM: 2b, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs
3. Juan Miranda, DUR: 1b, 2b, 2 walks, 2 runs
4. Taylor Motter, BWG: 1b, walk, 2 RBIs, steal
5. Will Rhymes, DUR: 2b, walk, 2 runs

Today (times Central) ...
DUR (Alex Torres 1-1, 6.39) at Pawtucket (2-0, 1.50), 12:05 p.m.
MGM (Shane Dyer 1-1, 3.75) vs. Pensacola (0-1, 6.92), 7:05 p.m.
CHA (Wilking Rodriguez 0-1, 2.61; Braulio Lara 1-0, 4.15) at Jupiter (Grant Dayton 0-2, 2.25; Rett Varner 0-0, 1.13), DH, 4:05 p.m.
BWG (Jake Floethe 2-0, 0.56) vs. Cedar Rapids (Austin Wood 2-1, 2.57), 7:05 p.m.

Morning reading

Here's the game story from Montgomery's 5-3 loss to Pensacola on Friday, and here's the notebook, which is filled with Fenway Park memories of Biscuits/former Renegades.

Friday's Rays roundup

Pawtucket 15, Bulls 10

Brandon Guyer was 5-for-6 with three RBIs and four runs scored. He tripled, homered and had 10 total bases.

Stone Crabs at Jupiter

Hot Rods 6, Cedar Rapids 2
Juniel Querecuto and Drew Vettleson each reached twice and scored twice. Taylor Motter singled, walked and had two RBIs. Alejandro Segovia and Tyler Goeddel homered.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday: Blue Wahoos 5, Biscuits 3

Josh Fellhauer, activated from Pensacola's disabled list Friday afternoon, reached base four times and scored twice in the Blue Wahoos' 5-3 win over the Biscuits on Friday.

Mike Sheridan hit a home run and doubled and scored to lead the Biscuits. Sheridan's two-run homer in the fourth was his first of the season. He doubled and scored on an Omar Luna double in the seventh.

Biscuits starter Jim Paduch (0-2) gave up three runs in four innings, all in the second. He issued three straight walks to start the inning. After a run scored on a double play, Mark Fleury and Ryan LaMarre each had RBI hits to give Pensacola a 3-0 lead.

After Sheridan's homer pulled the Biscuits within one, Pensacola added two runs in the sixth. Fellhauer's one-out single sparked the rally and a squeeze bunt by Fleury ended it.

9 Biscuits have felt Fenway fever

Watching the 100th birthday celebration today from Fenway Park, it hit me that a few Biscuits may have some Fenway experience. The Hudson Valley Renegades are New York-Penn League rivals of the Lowell Spinners, who regularly have an annual game there.

Sure enough, the Renegades were part of the Fenway game in 2007 and 2008.

In 2007, Emeel Salem, Greg Sexton and Henry Wrigley were in the lineup. In 2008, Shane Dyer and Kyeong Kang started, Neil Schenk was a reliever and Mark Thomas came off the bench. Catcher David Wendt is from Massachusetts and has gone to numerous games there. Manager Billy Gardner visited there when his dad was a major league manager.

Look for more in Saturday's notebook. (By the way, for those who saw it, were you also hoping that Bucky Dent would be among the honorees?)

Friday's lineups; Wahoos make Riverwalk debut

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos make their Montgomery debut today to begin a five-game series.

Slugger Henry Wrigley gets his first game off this season and Mike Sheridan steps into the cleanup spot. Hak-Ju Lee and Cole Figueroa are the only remaining Biscuits to have started every game.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Omar Luna lf
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Mark Thomas c
Brad Coon cf (left)
Emeel Salem (left)
Jim Paduch rhp

Ryan LaMarre cf: 55 steals last year
Yordanys Perez dh (switch): Cuban playing first pro season
Henry Rodriguez 3b (switch): hit go-ahead HR vs. Biscuits on April 5
Joel Guzman 1b: played for Suns many moons ago
Brodie Greene 2b

Josh Fellhauer rf (left): just off the DL
Cody Puckett lf
Miguel Rojas ss
Mark Fleury c (left): played at North Carolina
Pedro Villarreal rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Carpenter, Suero, Motter

For Thursday's play ...
1. Ryan Carpenter, BWG: 5 shutout innings, 3 hits, walk, 6 K's
2. Eliazer Suero, CHA: 3 1/3 no-hit innings, walk
3. Taylor Motter, BWG: 3 walks, 2 runs, RBI
4. Mike Sheridan, MGM: 2 1b's, HBP, 2 runs, RBI, steal
5. Drew Vettleson, BWG: 1b, 2b, run, outfield assist

Today (times Central) ...
DUR (Matt Torra 1-1, 6.35) at Pawtucket (Doug Mathis 0-1, 4.15), 5:15 p.m.
MGM (Jim Paduch 0-1, 1.23) vs. Pensacola (Pedro Villarreal 0-1, 1.53), 7:05 p.m.
CHA (Braulio Lara 1-0, 4.15) at Jupiter (Grant Dayton 0-2, 2.25), 5:35 p.m.
BWG (Roberto Gomez 0-0, 5.40) vs. Cedar Rapids (Michael Johnson 0-1, 6.00), 7:05 p.m.

Morning reading

Here's the game story from Montgomery's 6-2 win over Mobile on Thursday. And here's the notebook, but you'll also want to see this link to provide some background on Kyeong Kang's intro music.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Patterson going back to Stone Crabs

Reliever Jimmy Patterson was sent back to high-Class A Charlotte after Thursday's game, allowing Montgomery to activate Jim Paduch. Paduch is scheduled to start Friday. Patterson joined the team Sunday from the Stone Crabs and made one appearance, allowing one earned run in 3 1/3 innings.

Thursday: Biscuits 6, BayBears 2

Mike Sheridan's RBI single broke an eighth-inning tie and sparked a four-run outburst by the Biscuits in a 6-2 win over the Mobile BayBears on Thursday.

Mark Thomas followed Sheridan with a squeeze bunt single to bring in Greg Sexton and Brad Coon singled home Sheridan. Thomas scored on an error on the play.

Biscuits starter Jake Thompson gave up a run in both the first and second innings. He lasted through five before three relievers combined for four shutout innings. Frank De Los Santos took the win.

Thursday's Rays roundup

Charlotte 5, Bulls 2
Leslie Anderson
walked twice and scored. Juan Miranda doubled and Will Rhymes singled for Durham's only hits. Alex Cobb gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings on six hits and five walks.

Jupiter 9, Stone Crabs 8
Derek Dietrich
doubled, tripled, scored and RBI'd. Phil Wunderlich doubled in two runs. Riccio Torrez walked twice and scored twice. Albert Suarez surrendered eight runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. Eliazer Suero tossed 3 1/3 hitless innings.

Hot Rods 6, Cedar Rapids 1
Taylor Motter
walked thrice, scored twice and RBI'd. Jeff Malm singled, doubled and scored twice. Cameron Seitzer singled, doubled and had two RBIs. Ryan Carpenter tossed five shutout innings with three hits and a walk.

Dyer a go for Saturday start

Shane Dyer, who left his last start after just one inning with a groin injury, has gotten the OK to start Saturday. He was bumped back a day to get an extra day's rest.

Jim Paduch and recently acquired Matt Buschmann will "piggy-back" Friday with Paduch taking honors.

Thursday's lineups vs. BayBears

It's the rubber-game finale of a five-game series between the Biscuits and the dastardly Mobile BayBears.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Cole Figueroa dh (left)
Henry Wrigley rf: 2 HRs, 2 walks, 4 runs, 6 RBIs this series
Greg Sexton 3b
Mike Sheridan 1b
Mark Thomas c
Brad Coon cf (left)
Omar Luna lf
Jake Thompson rhp

Archie Gilbert lf
Raoul Torrez 2b
Matt Davidson 3b: 5-of-14, 2 HRs, 2 2b's, 6 RBIs this series
Brent Clevlen cf
Yazy Arbelo 1b
Alfredo Marte rf: 5-of-12, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs this series
Marc Krauss dh (left)
Ed Easley c
Wladimir Sutil ss
Patrick Corbin lhp

Houser back with independent York

Left-hander James Houser, a former Biscuit who reached the majors with the Marlins, is back in baseball after missing all of last season. He's with the independent York Revolution.

Houser couldn't pass a physical last year for the Baltimore Orioles after having surgery to repair an enlarged aorta. Houser is the second item in a York Daily Record notebook.

Also in the story, the Rays have signed right-hander Lance Pendleton from Sugar Land, an Atlantic League rival of York's. Pendleton is headed to Durham. Thirdly, former Biscuits infielder Chris Nowak is with York, too.

Allen left impression on ball, Price in 2008

Newly acquired Rays first baseman Brandon Allen has a David Price-tinged Riverwalk Stadium history.

Allen homered off Price on July 17, 2008, in the Biscuits' 5-3 win over the Birmingham Barons. It came in Allen's first Double-A at-bat. Allen didn't wait long for his second homer, taking Price out again in his second at-bat.

(Correction: Stefan Gartrell was the first to homer off Price that night. The three were the first of Price's pro career.)

I’m human. I’m not superhuman,” Price said that night. “I’m just like everybody else on the field. I’m sure I’m going to give up a lot more home runs in my career.

“If I don’t, it probably means I don’t have a long career.”

Allen, who hit another the next night off Iowan Jeremy Hellickson, had 14 home runs in 41 games with the Barons that year.

Rays snare Brandon Allen

The Rays have claimed first baseman Brandon Allen off waivers from the Oakland A's, reports

2:31: The Rays have announced the waiver claim. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Robinson Chirinos has been moved to the 60-day disabled list. Chirinos is out due to concussions. Allen will join the Rays. Corresponding 25-man move TBA.

Ranking the Rays ... Reid, Wendt, Cruz

For Wednesday's play ...
1. Ryan Reid, DUR: 3 shutout innings, 2 hits
2. David Wendt, MGM: 3b, 1b, 2 RBIs, run, error
3. Joe Cruz, MGM: 5 2/3 innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, 3 walks, 4 K's
4. Drew Vettleson, BWG: 2 1b's, 2 steals, RBI
5. Kyle Lobstein, MGM: 5 1/3 innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, 5 walks, 7 K's

Morning reading

Here's the game story from Wednesday's doubleheader split with the BayBears. (Due to deadlines, there is more on Montgomery's opening loss than nightcap win.) And here's the notebook with items on the Auburn football coaching staff's attendance plus a future Biscuit.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday (Game 2): Biscuits 6, BayBears 2

David Wendt hit a two-run home run and Henry Wrigley homered for the Biscuits in a 6-2 win over the Mobile BayBears in the nightcap of a doubleheader Friday.

Montgomery starter Joe Cruz threw 5 2/3 innings for the win. He gave up just two hits. Raoul Torrez and Matt Davidson homered for the BayBears.

Wednesday's lineups (Game 2)

A quick typing ...
Biscuits: Lee ss, Upton dh, Figueroa 3b, Wrigley rf, Bortnick 2b, Sexton 1b, Coon cf, Luna lf, Wendt c, Cruz rhp
BayBears: Gilbert cf, Torrez 2b, Davidson 3b, Clevlen dh, Krauss lf, Marte rf, Yazy Arbelo 1b, Perez c, Sutil ss, Eitel rhp

Wednesday (Game 1): BayBears 3, Biscuits 1

Alfredo Marte homered and scored twice to lead the Mobile BayBears in a 3-1 win over the Biscuits in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday.

Marte led off the sixth inning with his third home run in three games at Riverwalk Stadium this week. The homer broke a 1-1 tie and came off Biscuits starter Kyle Lobstein (1-1).

Lobstein gave up just two hits -- both to Marte -- in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five. Marte doubled to lead off the second and scored on a Wladimir Sutil flyout.

Montgomery scored in the fourth inning when Cole Figueroa walked, went to second on a wild pitch and came home on a Henry Wrigley double.

Wednesday's Rays roundup

Charlotte 4, Bulls 3
Brandon Guyer
hit three singles, had an RBI and scored. Leslie Anderson singled, walked twice and RBI'd. Ryan Reid threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits.

Hot Rods 5, Great Lakes 4
Ryan Brett
singled twice and scored twice. Drew Vettleson singled twice, stole twice and had an RBI. Cameron Seitzer and Alejandro Torres each walked twice.

Wednesday's Game 1 lineups

Mobile has a new player and has apparently switched up its pitching plan for today's doubleheader with the Biscuits.

Center fielder Brent Clevlen makes his debut for the BayBears in the opener. Clevlen was with the Phillies before being released late in spring training. Last year, he began the season with independent Wichita before playing in the Cincinnati and Philadelphia organizations. Clevlen ended the year at Double-A Reading where he hit .336 in 32 games.

Right-hander Chase Anderson is listed as Mobile's starting pitcher in the opener and Derek Eitel in the nightcap. The BayBears said Tuesday night that Patrick Corbin would take the hill for today's opener with Anderson in the finale.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
B.J. Upton cf
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Mark Thomas c
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Emeel Salem lf (left)
Kyle Lobstein lhp

Archie Gilbert lf
Raoul Torrez 2b
Matt Davidson 3b
Brent Clevlen cf
Alfredo Marte rf
Marc Krauss 1b (left)
Ed Easley c
Kyle Greene dh (left)
Wladimir Sutil ss
Chase Anderson rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Rivero, Gaub, Anderson

For Tuesday's efforts ...
1. Felipe Rivero, BWG: 6 innings, 3 hits, unearned run, no walks, 7 K's
2. John Gaub, DUR: 5 hitters, 5 outs, 3 K's
3. Leslie Anderson, DUR: 2b, 2 1b's, run, CS
4. Stayton Thomas, BWG: 2 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 K's
5. George Jensen, CHA: 2 shutout innings, 2 hits, walk

Morning reading

Here's the notebook from Tuesday's rainout. From the news side, read about the Montgomery City Council approving financing of the city's half of the new Riverwalk scoreboard, though not without some objections.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday's Rays roundup

Charlotte 3, Bulls 2
Leslie Anderson
doubled, singled twice, scored and was caught stealing. John Gaub retired all five batters he faced with three strikeouts.

St. Lucie 6, Stone Crabs 1
Robby Price
singled, walked, scored and was caught thieving. The Crabs totaled three singles.

Great Lakes 1, Hot Rods 0
Felipe Rivero
gave up an unearned run on three hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out seven. The Rods totaled five singles.

Upton: Let them eat steak

Rehabbing Rays outfielder B.J. Upton treated the Biscuits to the traditional big leaguer spread Tuesday.

Upton plied them with juicy Outback steak, chicken, baked potato and salad.

Upton to play both ends of DH

Rehabbing Rays outfielder B.J. Upton will be in the lineup for both ends of Montgomery's doubleheader Wednesday with the Mobile BayBears.

Upton will play center field in the opener and be the designated hitter in the nightcap. It's scheduled to be his final day with the Biscuits.

Rain delay to start night

6:43: Rainout. Doubleheader starting at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Game won't start on time. Rain delay.

Tuesday's lineups

It's Game 3 of the five-game series between the Biscuits and BayBears and the second day of B.J. Upton's three-game rehab stay in Montgomery.

Mobile did swap starters and is sending out right-hander Chase Anderson instead of Derek Eitel. Anderson made just three starts last year before suffering a right elbow strain. He didn't need surgery but also didn't return.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
B.J. Upton cf
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Mark Thomas c
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Emeel Salem lf (left)
Kyle Lobstein lhp

Adam Eaton cf (left)
Dan Kaczrowski 2b
Matt Davidson dh
Marc Krauss 1b (left)
Alfredo Marte rf
Ed Easley c
Raoul Torrez 3b
Archie Gilbert lf
Wladimir Sutil ss
Chase Anderson rhp

Ranking the Rays ... Flethe, Wrigley, McEachern

For Monday's play ...
1. Jake Floethe, BWG: 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 unearned run
2. Henry Wrigley, MGM: HR, 2b, 4 RBIs, 2 runs, outfield assist
3. Jason McEachern, BWG: 3 no-hit innings, 1 walk
4. Jake Hager, BWG: 2-run 2b with 2 out in 9th, walk
5. C.J. Riefenhauser, CHA: 4 shutout innings, 2 hits, 2 walks
Frank De Los Santos, MGM: 4 shutout innings, 3 hits, 1 walk (lost a coin flip)

Morning reading

Here's the B.J. Upton-focused game story for the Biscuits' 8-7 win Monday over Mobile and the notebook (with items on Matt Buschmann, Isaias Velasquez and Omar Luna). Also, there's a photo gallery by Mickey Welsh.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday: Biscuits 8, BayBears 7

Hak-Ju Lee scored on a Henry Wrigley groundball in the ninth inning to give the Biscuits an 8-7 win over the Mobile BayBears on Monday.

Wrigley finished with four RBIs. He hit a two-run home run in the fourth and an doubled in a run in the sixth.

The Biscuits, after coughing up the lead when Mobile scored six times in the seventh, scored twice in the ninth.

Rehabbing major leaguer B.J. Upton chopped a single to right that brought in Brad Coon to tie it. Mobile intentionally walked Cole Figueroa to load the bases before Wrigley hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop Wladimir Sutil.

Upton paused near Sutil, who was distracted enough that he took too long getting the ball to second.

Monday's Rays roundup

Charlotte 14, Bulls 2
Leslie Anderson
was 3-for-4 and scored. Jeff Salazer doubled, walked and scored.

St. Lucie 2, Stone Crabs 0
Grayson Garvin
gave up two runs in five innings, both in the fifth, on three hits and a walk. C.J. Riefenhauser tossed four shutout innings, allowing two hits and walking two. Ty Morrison threw out two runners at second. The Crabs totaled four hits and a walk.

Hot Rods 2, Great Lakes 1
Jake Hager
hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Bowling Green had two hits in the first eight innings. Reliever Jason McEachern threw three no-hit innings and walked one. Starter Jake Floethe threw six innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits.

Upton was thinking majors when he left Biscuits

B.J. Upton is back in Montgomery for the first time since flying out May 12, 2004 -- for the major leagues.

Upton was told after the May 11 home game with Birmingham, an 11-4 Biscuits victory, by the way, that he was to start his major league career the next day. After packing his stuff and flying out the next morning, he was in the Atlanta airport when he received a fateful call. The Rays had reconsidered and Upton was being rerouted to Triple-A Durham, which was playing that day at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Manny Upton, B.J.'s dad, confirmed that rumor either that next spring or when B.J.'s brother, Justin, was with Mobile in 2007.

Paduch not yet on active roster

An FYI: Jim Paduch is back with the Biscuits, but he's not yet on the active roster. After his three-inning outing Sunday, Paduch wouldn't be available for a few days anyway, so there's no reason yet to activate him, manager Billy Gardner said. The Biscuits do have a full roster.

Buschmann to start Friday

With Matt Buschmann's and Shane Dyer's groin injury, the Biscuits will adjust their rotation. They're planning for Buschmann to start Friday with Dyer getting an extra day's rest and starting Saturday.

8:11 update: Buschmann on in relief in the fifth tonight. This might count for a pre-start side session.

Monday's lineups; Upton hitting second

Center fielder B.J. Upton is hitting second and is scheduled to play nine innings tonight for the Biscuits. BayBears second baseman David Nick, who left Sunday's game after an infield collision, isn't in the lineup but remains on the active roster.

Hak-Ju Lee ss (left)
B.J. Upton cf
Cole Figueroa 3b (left)
Henry Wrigley rf
Tyler Bortnick 2b
Mike Sheridan 1b (left)
Mark Thomas c
Kyeong Kang dh (left)
Brad Coon lf (left)
Frank De Los Santos lhp

Adam Eaton cf (left)
Dan Kaczrowski 2b
Matt Davidson 3b
Marc Krauss lf (left)
Alfredo Marte rf
Rossmel Perez c (switch)
Raoul Torrez 1b
Kyle Greene dh (left)
Wladimir Sutil ss
Charles Brewer rhp

Velasquez to DL; pitcher in from Nats

Biscuits outfielder Isaias Velasquez has gone on the disabled list and Montgomery has added right-handed pitcher Matt Buschmann (right).

The Rays purchased Buschmann's contract from the Washington Nationals and sent him to the Biscuits. Velasquez was hit in the face with a flyball Sunday night.

Buschmann was a combined 12-6 with a 6.16 ERA between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson in the San Diego system last year. He hadn't pitched this season for Washington.

The 28-year-old, who went to Vanderbilt, was a 15th-round pick in the 2006 draft.

Braves' Gac, Gens' Paxton win SL awards

Mississippi first baseman Ian Gac, bolstered by a nice series against the Biscuits, won the Southern first player of the week award today, the first award of the season.

Gac was 7-of-19 with four extra-base hits, five RBIs and three runs scored in five games against Montgomery. His 4-for-7, three-RBI Sunday at Jackson gave him a .372 average in 11 games this season.

Jackson left-hander James Paxton was the pitcher of the week. In two starts, Paxton has allowed one run on six hits in 10 1/3 innings. He's walked one and struck out 17.

Ranking the Rays ... only 4 Hot Rods

A Hot Rod-tinged review of Sunday's efforts ...
1. Tyler Goeddel, BWG: solo HR, grand slam, 2 1b's, steal, 6 RBIs, 4 runs
2. Drew Vettleson, BWG: HR, 1b, 5 RBIs, 3 runs
3. Todd Glaesmann, BWG: HR, 2 2b's, 1b, 5 RBIs, 3 runs
4. Ryan Brett, BWG: HR, 1b, walk, 2 RBIs, 3 runs
5. Wilking Rodriguez, CHA: 5 2/3 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 2 walks

Morning reading

Here's the game story for the Biscuits' 11-3 loss to Mobile on Sunday, along with the notebook with items on B.J. Upton, Alex Colome, etc. and Tim Gayle's column about the home opener.

Mississippi bullpen also running on fumes

The Mississippi Braves, after a 13-inning home loss to the Biscuits on Saturday, pulled out a 16-inning win at the Jackson Generals on Sunday.

They also turned to a position player on the mound. Infielder Barrett Kleinknecht was the winning pitcher with two shutout innings. He allowed one hit and struck out two. The last two nights, Mississippi has used every reliever except Mark Lamm with Chris Jones throwing twice.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Paduch, Liberatore to return; injury report

Some quick postgame notes ...
rJim Paduch and Adam Liberatore are due to rejoin the Biscuits on Monday from Triple-A Durham.

rShane Dyer left with a groin injury and isn't expected to miss a start. But, Dyer said, it's something that will be "a day-to-day thing the rest of the year."

rOmar Luna went out with a shoulder injury and will miss a few days.

rIsaias Velasquez was hit "in the left eye area" with the flyball, manager Billy Gardner said. "It swelled up pretty good and there was a lot of blood. We'll have to see where they go next with it." Velasquez was taken to an area hospital.

rOn the Mobile side, David Nick also went to an area hospital for what "could be a concussion," manager Turner Ward said. Nick was set to undergo X-rays.

Sunday: BayBears 11, Biscuits 3

Alfredo Marte and Raoul Torrez each homered to lead the Mobile BayBears in an 11-3 win Sunday in Montgomery's home opener.

The Biscuits had three players leave with apparent injuries: starting pitcher Shane Dyer (after one inning), left fielder Omar Luna (after two) and right fielder Isaias Velasquez (in the ninth).

Montgomery used five pitchers, including a position player for the final two innings. Infielder Greg Sexton threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

The Biscuits scored in the fourth when Henry Wrigley walked and scored on a David Wendt single. In the ninth, Kyeong Kang, who replaced Velasquez, hit a two-run home run.

Marte hit a three-run home run in the first and Torrez a two-run shot in the seventh.