Gwinnett 6, Rochester 0, Game 1
Scott Diamond and Steve Marek combined on the 1 hit shutout in the first game of the double header. After allowing 6 earned runs in 3 innings in his first AAA start, Diamond has only allowed 2 earned in his subsequent 4 starts, covering 24 innings. Matt Young and Nate McLouth pulled off a double steal that saw Young take home.
Gwinnett 3, Rochester 10, Game 2
Things didn't go as well in the second game, as Jose Ortegano, Lee Hyde,a nd Mike Broadway allowed 10 earned runs. In his last 9 starts, Ortegano has allowed 33 earned in 41 innings, good for a 7.24 ERA. Orlando Mercado homered in his first game for Gwinnett and Barbaro Canizares continues to just pound out hits. Brandon Hicks was 0-3 in the nightcap, collecting a hat trick, and for the year he's struck out in 28% of his at bats.
Mississippi 3, Birmingham 7
If Randall Delgado's performance so far in AA has been good for anything, it's that it's been a great reminder that it's a long climb from the lower rungs of the Minors to the Major Leagues. The biggest issue he's had so far have been the number of walks he's given up. after allowing 2.5 BB/9 with Myrtle Beach, he's up to 6 per 9 with Mississippi. Ty'Relle Harris had another great apperance for the M-Braves and hasn't allowed an earned run in 8.1 innings with the team. For the year, between Rome, Myrtle Beach, and Mississippi, the big righty has a 2.76 ERA, 1.20 ERA, and 11.2 K/9.
Myrtle Beach 10, Frederick 5
Myke Jones smacked out a pair of home runs, extending his hitting streak to 4 games, going 5-14 in that span. Dan Nelson is an A Ball veteran, working on his fifth year in High A, and he's doing the best work of his career with the Pelicans, with a .287 average and .821 OPS in 70 games. Mike Jones rapped out a pair of hits, extending his own hitting streak to 7 games, going 12-24 in that span, though oddly all of those hits have been singles.
Rome 1, Greenville 4
Prior to Rome's All-Star break, Matt Weaver hit just .213 with a woeful .542 OPS in 202 at bats, but in 106 at bats since the break, the 20 year old has hit .311 with a .812 OPS. This is a great turnaround for a player who looked like a complete bust as a hitter. Still, he was drafted as a shortstop, but has played just 10 games there this year, spending the majority of his time at second base, 54 games, almost all of them coming before Phil Gosselin was signed, and has also seen time at first, 3 games, third, 7 games, in the outfield, 17 games, and even pitched a game.
Danville 3, Bristol 8
In his last 10 games, Joey Terdoslavich has hit .351 with a .832 OPS. Blaine Sims, a 21 year old out of Arkansas Tech, was the only effective pitcher for Danville tonight, tossing 3.2 scoreless. The Braves recently added him as an undrafted free agent.
GCL Braves 8, CGL Blue Jays 9
Daniel Falcon is 4 for his last 9 with 2 homers and 5 RBI. All of the sudden 18 year old Kurt Fleming, this year's 8th round pick, is on a roll, going 6-17 in his last 4 games.
DSL Braves 1, DSL Angels 0, Game 1
19 year old Felix Marte's 2nd inning homer was the difference in this one. It was his team leading 6th home run, and nobody else currently on the team has more than 1. Rafael Bricenio picked up his league leading 7th win, and in the last 2 years in the DSL the 19 year old righty has a 2.84 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 82 innings. Ignacio Geronimo has dominated this year, as the 19 year old righty has a 0.55 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP in 32.3 relief innings.
DSL Braves 12, DSL Angels 2, Game 2
Marte went 3-5 with 2 triples, a homer, and 5 RBI in the double header. 19 year old Emmanuel Danile hasn't done much all year, with a .172 average and .487 OPS in 128 at bats, but he drove in 6 in this game, on a single, a ground out, and a grand slam.