Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/8

Lefty Scott Diamond struck out 11 over 8 shutout innings for AA Mississippi tonight.

Gwinnett 4, Syracuse 2, suspended after 4 innings

  • M. Young 2-3, .257
  • M. Jones 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB, .286
  • B. Canizares 2-3, RBI, .303
  • T. Gustafson 4 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 5.64
  • 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

  • S. Diamond 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 11 K, W (1), 5.17
  • 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

  • C. Miles 2-5, 3B, RBI, BB, SB (7), .260
  • G. Rodriguez 1-5, 2B, RBI, .261
  • G. Avila 2-5, .317
  • S. Sime 2-4, 2 RBI, BB, .364
  • M. Kennelly 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .254
  • C. Shehan 1-3, 3B, RBI, BB, .197
  • J. Ortegano 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5.24
  • 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

  • J. Schafer 2-4, 2B, .333
  • R. Hefflinger 1-4, RBI, .324
  • D Hale 3 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 7.99
  • 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.

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