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Gwinnett 10, Charlotte 8 - 10 Innings
- J. Thurston 2-6 HR(11), .260 Avg
- F. Freeman 2-5 BB, K, .310 Avg
- B. Clevlen 4-6 HR(2), 4 RBI, 2K, .259 Avg
- K. Kawakami 5.2IP 5H 4R 0BB 9K 4.11 ERA
The Braves specialize in late inning comebacks at all levels of play this season. Gwinnett was down by two going into the bottom of the 9th inning when they sparked a rally and tied the game up. Clint Sammons hit a 2 run homer in the 10th inning to give Gwinnett the win. Joey Thurston has been pretty fantastic lately hitting.361 in his last 10 including 3 HR. Kawakami was pretty solid in this one despite giving up 2 HR. I am sure we will see him in Atlanta here in a week or so.
Mississippi 2, Tennessee 11
- M. Daniel 3-4 2B, .272 Avg
- O. Mercado 2-4 2B, .280 Avg
- D. Linares 2-3 2B, RBI, BB, .241 Avg
The old Jake Thompson showed up in this gamer, surrendering 9 runs in just 4 innings of work. Sure only 4 of the runs were earned but he still allowed a bunch of runners. The only offense the Braves picked up in this game was from the old guard with just Tyler Pastornicky being the only player - aside from the guys listed above - to collect a hit.
Kinston 9, Myrtle Beach 2 - 7 Innings
- My. Jones 2-3 2B, SB(15), .279 Avg
- Mi. Jones 2-3 .286 Avg
- Z. Spruill 5.1IP 7H 6R 4BB 3K 5.26 ERA
Zeke Spruill didn't show up with his best stuff today, promptly getting down 4-0 in the first inning. He did hold Kinston scoreless for the next 4 innings before surrendering another 3 runs. I consider this season just a regrouping effort for him and look to see Zeke get his form back next year when he gets a full season under his belt. Mycal Jones has put together a solid month behind his power surge and a spike in walk rate. The batting average is still down but the peripherals have been good.
West Virginia 5, Rome 6
- J. Terdoslavich 2-5 RBI, 2K, .321 Avg
- R. Hefflinger 2-4 2B, RBI, K, .252 Avg
- J. Hanson 1-3 2B, BB, 2K, SB(9), .224 Avg
- D. Jurik 6IP 4H 3R 1BB 4K
Dan Jurik got the promotion to Rome for the last couple of weeks and he was solid in his debut. He has moved through three different levels of ball this season and while he wasn't amazing for Danville he got the call to Rome. The Rome Braves also had the late game magic working. Going into the bottom of the 9th down by one they collected 3 straight singles with two outs to score two runs.
Kingsport 12, Danville 7
- A. Simmons 2-2 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB(16), .260 Avg
- B. Kleinknecht 1-5 2B, 3 RBI, .310 Avg
- R. Delgado 1-4 2B, RBI, BB, K, .256 Avg
Danville pitchers got handled a bit in this game and their bats went silent after the 2nd inning until some attempted late game heroics. Andrelton Simmons is still trying to prove he belongs in the batter's box and not the pitcher's mound though to be fair he has a .932 OPS in the last 10 games. He also has an 80% success rate stealing bases this year. Maybe, just maybe.....
GCL Braves - Off
Their season is officially over.