SOUTHERN COOKING

Quick bulletin before getting into the first round of Southern League action …

Durham Bulls pitchers Jason Hammel (five innings) and Tim Corcoran (two) have, so far, limited the visiting Syracuse Chiefs to NO HITS through seven innings. You see I’m not saying that hyphenated word, BUT … you can actually go watch this game via MiLB.TV …

Hammel, one of the many aces the Devil Rays Triple-A team has stacked up at Durham this season, had one of those combined hyphenated things last year in July, as you may recall!!!

Oh yeah, the Bulls lead, 1-0 through seven. Now go watch. I’ll wait.

OK, in case you want to know what’s happening in the Southern League in a nutshell (I guess a pecan since it’s the south), there were some low-scoring affairs going on there:

In Huntsville, the host Stars (Brewers) trail the visiting Mississippi Braves, 2-1, in the fifth. Braves starter Matt Harrison had struck out four in four innings.

The Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) also had a 2-1 lead, this in three innings, over the visiting Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds).

The Montgomery Biscuits (Devil Rays) clung to a 1-0 lead over the visiting West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Mariners) on a Reid Brignac run-scoring groundout in the third. Chris Seddon had allowed one hit over four innings for the Biscuits.

In Birmingham, the host Barons (White Sox) trailed visiting Carolina (Marlins), 2-1, as shortstop Ryan Raburn had a two-out two-run single in the third to give his team the lead.

And in another marquee pitching matchup, the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) led the Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers) 3-0 in the eighth with both starters out of the game. For Tennessee, Sean Gallagher had tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out five while southpaw ace Scott Elbert struck out nine in six innings for the Suns. Good news for Dodgers fans, though, was the return to the mound in relief of 2005 first-rounder Justin Orenduff, who missed 2006 with arm trouble. He’d tossed two scoreless innings out of the pen tonight.

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