*** Tampa Bay Devil Rays Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
DURHAM BULLS - After winning four consecutive games, the Bulls dropped the first two contests of a four-game series with Richmond this past weekend. The losses put the squad into a tie for first place in the International League's South Division standings with Richmond at 9-6. Over the last four games, OF Midre Cummings tore the cover off the ball, going 7-for-16 with two home runs and three RBI. He now leads the league with a stellar .426 batting average, which includes with four home runs and 50 total bases this season. IF Jared Sandberg appears to be coming out of his slump, as he batted .438 with three RBI over his last four games. However, he struck out six times in that period bringing his season total to a team-worst 17 this season. RHP Rob Bell continues to look sharp and improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 victory over Norfolk on April 23rd. In that game, he allowed one run over six innings while striking out five batters. RHP Dicky Gonzalez also notched his first victory of the season over Norfolk on April 22nd, allowing no runs and just one hit over six innings of work. He now has an ERA of 2.25 this season in addition to striking out 19 batters in 16 innings pitched.
MONTGOMERY BISCUITS - After dropping five straight games, the Biscuits have started to get back on track with wins in three of their last four outings. However, the team is still in last place in the Southern League's West Division standings at 6-11. In the team's past four games, IF Jose Velazquez has been at his best, knocking in six runs while batting .375. C Robinson Cancel has also driven in six runs over the last four contest in addition to hitting two home runs. However, Cancel is still batting a disappointing .156 on the season. RHP Jason Standridge notched his first win of the season on April 25th, allowing two earned runs and five hits over five innings of a 3-2 victory over Mobile. Josh Parker closed out the ninth of the game and picked up his first save of the season.
BAKERSFIELD BLAZE - The Blaze have reeled off three straight wins and are now just two games under .500 at 7-9. However, the squad still remains 3 1/2 games back of Modesto for first place in the California League's North Division standings. IF Matthew Maniscalco tore the cover off the ball the last four games, going 7-for-13 with two doubles and two RBI. IF Gabriel Martinez also had success over the last four contests, with a .467 batting average and five RBI. LHP Mike Prochaska and RHP Mark Comolli each notched their first victory of the season in a three game sweep of Lake Elsinore this past weekend. Prochaska allowed no runs and four hits in six innings of work, while Comolli yielded two runs and two hits over six frames.
CHARLESTON RIVERDOGS - The RiverDogs have won four of their last six games to remain over .500 on the season at 10-7 overall. The club is currently third in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division standings, only three games back of Capital City for first place. IF Elliot Johnson was the team's most productive player over the last four games, going 6-for-12 with three runs and two stolen bases. He now has seven stolen bases in 11 attempts this season. After a hot start, IF Wes Bankston cooled down over the last four outings, with just a .143 batting average and only one extra base hit. After three poor starts and two losses, RHP Jason Hammel finally got it right in a 5-1 victory over Lake County on April 24th. In that game he went six strong innings, allowing no earned runs and five hits while striking out five.