Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Where's the offense? edition

Norfolk 6, Gwinnett 0

  • C. Tillman 9IP 0H 0R 1BB 6K 4.05

No Chris Tillman isn't a Brave prospect but he is the only guy who deserves a mention in this paragraph because he no-hit Gwinnet tonight on just 105 pitches. For those who aren't familiar, TIllman is stud pitching prospect in the Orioles system who isn't really a prospect anymore since he pitched most of the second half in the majors last year but was inexplicably sent back to AAA to start this season. Tillman throws one of the best sinkers in the minors and had it working tonight getting 13 groundouts. Hats off to him and shame on the Braves.

Mississippi 3, Montgomery 6

  • W. Cabrera 1-4 2 RBI, .250
  • E. Duncan 2-4 CS(2), .361
  • C. Johnson 1-4 HR(3), 2K, .231

Not a lot going on here. Cody Johnson got his power and his K on. Eric Duncan continues to terrorize AA pitchers he really has no right facing. Michael Broadway finally gives up his first runs of the season and Lee Hyde followed up by giving up 2 runs of his own to get a blown save.

Potomac 5, Myrtle Beach 10

  • G. Avila 3-5 3B, HR(3), 3 RBI, K, .264
  • J. Sucre 2-4 HR(2), 4 RBI, .270
  • A. Milligan 2-3 BB, K, .225
  • J. Ortegano 5IP 4H 1R 0BB 5K, 7.11

At least one team could find some offense tonight. Gerrardo Avila had a 'slump-buster' game leading the offense. Adam Milligan collected his second straight 2 hit game and he even picked up a walk. The most important factor in this game was that Jose Ortegano has his first good start of the year. He generated his fair share of ground balls and appeared to have his strike out pitch working as well. I was a bit surprised when he was assigned to Myrtle Beach to start the season after succeeding in AA but he hasn't shown much until this start.

Rome 0, Greensboro 5

  • K. Rose 0-3 BB, SB(6), .352
  • C. Harrilchak 1-4 CS(5), .243
  • C. Masters 5IP 4H 5R 3BB 5K 1.17
  • P. Clemens 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K 1.17

This no offense stuff is starting to grate on my nerves, granted Rome was up against one of the best pitching prospects in the minors in Mike Montgomery. Kyle Rose didn't get a hit but  he did successfully steal a base so that is something. Chris Masters allowed just 1 earned run, but he gave up 2 HR in the 5th inning, the second coming after a passed ball, a throwing error on Bethancourt and then another error by Jordan Kreke. One performance that has flown under my radar this far is Paul Clemens. Clemens is considered by many to have one of the best arms in the system but 2009 was a disaster as he couldn't harness his stuff and finished the year with a 5.91 ERA. So far this year things appear to be clicking as he has allowed just 8 hits and 5 walks in 15.1 innings to go with 13 K.

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