Lefty Scott Diamond struck out 11 over 8 shutout innings for AA Mississippi tonight.
Gwinnett 4, Syracuse 2, suspended after 4 innings
The game was suspended in the top of the 5th inning due to rain in Syracuse. It will be completed tomorrow before the team's scheduled series finale. It's a shame, because the G-Braves were smacking out some hits early, with 8 through 4 innings, including 2 hit performances from Matt Young, Barbaro Canizares, and Mitch Jones, who clubbed a pair of doubles.
Mississippi 1, Birmingham 0
The M-Braves scored their lone run in the bottom of the 3rd when Concepcion Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Romero. That's all Scott Diamond neeed though, as he was masterful through 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits, walking none, and striking out 11. He hadn't really had a great start this year so this was a huge night for him. He's the prototypical crafty lefty and tonight he was just plain better than the Barons.
Myrtle Beach 8, Lynchburg 3
The Pelicans have had some trouble with offense this season, but tonight they crashed out 11 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 triples. Since joining Myrtle Beach Samuel Sime is as hot as he's ever been in his professional career, hitting .364 with a .755 OPS in 22 at bats. Matt Kennelly stays hot as well with a pair of hits. He's now 5 for his last 11 with a double, a homer, and 7 RBI. I was told that Jose Ortegano would be moving to AAA soon, but I'm not sure how accurate that information is, especially considering his lack of dominance at a level he mastered last season.
Rome 1, Asheville 9
Jordan Schafer's rehab continues and it seems to be going well. in 5 games he's collected 6 hits, including 2 doubles, and has a .899 OPS. I hate to say it, but David Hale just hasn't been that good this season. His biggest issue is that he's been hittable, allowing 16.3 hits per 9 innings. Further proof that he's just allowing too much contact is that he's only striking out 5.3 per 9. He's a talented pitcher, so there's a good chance that something has just gone awry and the team will be able to work with him to fix it, but for now it's hard to watch.