Myrtle Beach -After defeating Salem tonight, the Pelicans took over the lead for the division's second half title. They're ahead of Kinston and Salem by half a game with 11 games left.
Danville - A Danville win and a Burlington loss helped the D-Braves maintain their hold on the division's second playoff spot, increasing their lead to 3.5 games with 6 games to go.
Gwinnett 9, Charlotte 6
Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 7, knocking in his 83rd run of the season, a Gwinnett record. Troy Glaus was struggling mightily at the plate in Atlanta, but he's having no troubles with AAA pitching, homering again and driving in 4 runs on 3 hits. Barbaro Canizares' batting title is already being engraved. After hitting .250 with a .691 OPS before the All-Star game, Joe Thurston has hit .295 with a .811 OPS since. Scott Diamond had only allowed 4 earned runs in his last 35 innings, but he matched that in just 5.1 tonight. Walks continue to hurt Craig Kimbrel, he's averaging 5.7 per 9 innings, but that is an improvement over teh 6.8 per 9 he allowed last season.
Mississippi 4, Jacksonville 0
This season Mauro Gomez has set Mississippi single season records with 38 doubles and 76 RBI. He's 3 homers shy of Matt Esquivel's single season record of 19. In his last 10 games, Orlando Mercado is hitting .343 with a .823 OPS. Erik Cordier has been Mississippi's best pitcher this year, picking up his organizational leading 11th win, and even adding a pair of hits at the plate.
Myrtle Beach 3, Salem 2
Cody Johnson doubled in Sammy Sime for the walkoff win tonight, giving the Pelicans the lead in the divisional race. Johnson has played well for Myrtle Beach, which you would expect him to, and his strikeout rate is down to his typical 34%. Which is still way, way too high, but in line with what he's always done. If you take out his last start, where he allowed 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings, Brett Oberholtzer has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 21 August innings.
Rome 3, Greensboro 6
After pitching well for Danville, a 2.73 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 52.2 innings, Aaron Northcraft hasn't had any success with Rome. The 20 year old has allowed 8 earned runs, 9, hits, and a whopping 12 walks in 6.2 innings for the R-Braves. That's a 10.80 ERA and a 3.15 WHIP. I'm gonna make a pretty easy assumption here: He's much, much better than that. Kyle Rose now has a 4 game hitting streak, going 4-13 with 4 walks and 4 stolen bases in that span. Joey Terdoslavich was good for Danville, with a .296 average and .753 OPS in 189 at bats, but the 21 year old first baseman has been better for Rome, with a .342 average and .796 OPS in 38 at bats.
Danville 10, Greeneville 1
Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 5 games, going 12-19 with 2 walks, 5 RBI, and 4 stolen bases in that span. Ryan Delgado hits a homer for the second straight night, and he's hit .333 with a 1.073 OPS in his last 10 games. Ronan Pacheco is bouncing between great and awful over his last 4 starts, allowing 12 earned in 2 of those starts and just 2 earned in the other 2.
GCL Braves 2, GCL Phillies 3
Matt Lipka collected 2 of the team's 5 hits today. In 73.2 innings split almost evenly between the DSL and the CGL, Eduardo Castillo has a 3.30 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.