Mike Prochascha scattered three hits in five solid innings, Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 to raise his batting average to .298 for the season, and Brian Shackelford was outstanding in relief, but it wasn't enough in the Durham Bulls 4-0 loss to the Toledo Mudhens on Friday night.
Prochaska – making his second start for Durham since being called up from Double-A Montgomery – allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out four in a tough-luck loss. The 6'1 left-hander, who played his college baseball at North Carolina State University, is now 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 10 strikeouts in two starts with the Bulls.
Schackelford – recently acquired in the deal that sent Jorge Cantu to the Cincinnati Reds – turned in a solid relief performance in just his fifth appearance with the Bulls. The left-hander, who lowered his season ERA to 4.97, 5.06 at Durham, scattered two hits in 1.2 shutout innings.
Ruggiano, the only Durham player with more than one hit, finished the night with a walk, two singles, and two stolen bases to lead the offense. He is currently tied for the team lead with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs.
Third base prospect Evan Longoria, a recent call-up from Double-A Montgomery, went hitless in four at bats. After hitting .307 with 21 home runs, the most of any player in the Southern League, for Montgomery, Longoria is batting .296 with two homers and 7 RBIs for the Bulls.
Ronald Chiavacci, who is 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 2007, kept the Bulls' offense in check all night. He scattered three hits in seven innings and struck out eight to earn the win – his 10th of the season – for Toledo.
Montgomery Biscuits 7 Chatanooga Lookouts 4
Josh Arhart and Gabriel Martinez blasted home runs and Chris Mason pitched six effective innings to lead the Montgomery Biscuits to an impressive 7-4 victory over the Chatanooga Lookouts on Friday night.
Mason, one of the top pitching prospects in the Southern League, scattered eight hits and allowed three earned runs in six innings in the win. But the talented right-hander, who is 13-4 with a 2.50 ERA and 118 strikeouts, didn't factor in the decision. It was Tim Corcoran, who made nine appearances for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier in the year, who picked up the win. Corcoran, recently activated after a brief rehab stint but expected to stay in the minor leagues, pitched two perfect innings of shutout relief. He is 1-1 with 10 strikeouts in eight games as a member of the Biscuits.
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