The Durham Bulls lost 3-0 for the second night in a row to the Rochester Red Wings. Andy Sonnanstine , who lasted 6.1 innings and allowed three earned runs, suffered his third loss of the season. Sonnanstine is now 6-3 with a 2.35 ERA for the Bulls.
Jeff Ridgway turned in another solid performance out of the bullpen. Ridgway did not allow a hit in 1.2 shutout innings to lower his earned run average to 2.45. The lefty is making a strong case to be called up to fill a spot in the embattled Tampa Bay Devil Rays bullpen.
Reid Brignac went 2-4 and Evan Longoria chipped in his team best eleventh double of the season, but the Montgomery Biscuits were shutout 3-0 by Francisley Bueno and the Mississippi Braves on Saturday night.
Jonathan Barratt took the loss for the Biscuits dropping his record to 0-3, even though his ERA is 2.84 in 25.1 innings. Barratt only allowed one earned run over six innings in the loss. He has one of the lowest ERAS of any pitcher on the Biscuits, but opponents are hitting an alarming .296 against him in four starts.
Christopher Mason, James Houser, and Dale Thayer have been Montgomery's top pitchers through the first six weeks of the season. Mason is leading the staff with a 6-1 record and a 2.68 ERA in ten starts. Houser (2.39 ERA in seven starts) and Thayer (2.25 ERA in nineteen relief appearances) are each 3-0 with earned run averages under 2.40. Opening day starter Chris Seddon is 3-3 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Seddon has given up 54 hits and 32 earned runs in 60.0 innings pitched.
Jeremy Hellickson is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in six starts for the Columbus Catfish. Hellickson, ranked as the ninth best prospect in the Devil Rays organization by Scout.com, has twenty four strikeouts in 29.0 innings. The Iowa native suffered his first loss tonight against Savannah. He allowed four earned runs over four innings in his worst outing of the season so far. Click here for his full stats.
Here is the Hellickson interview with Rays Digest from earlier in the spring.