Spruill's Start Helps End the Hillcats' Losing Streak In Thursday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Gwinnett 7, Norfolk 5 - 11 Innings

  • J. Schafer 3-5 2B, RBI, BB, .283 Avg
  • M. Gomez 3-5 2B, K, .408 Avg
  • W. Ramirez 1-3 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB(2), .235 Avg
  • C. Gearrin 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.61 ERA

Gwinnett wins their third straight against the Norfolk Tides in an extra inning affair. Gwinnett scored at least seven runs in each game of the series and with the win they take first place in the Southern Division of the International League. Todd Redmond had a productive start allowing just two runs over 5.2 innings of work and for the year he has a very pretty 1.93 ERA. Jordan Schafer also continues to get on base though he has just two extra base hits for the season. If he can get some of the power back and keep his K/BB ratio at 1/1 I will be very excited. Mauro Gomez is currently second in batting and third in slugging and OPS in the IL.

Jake Thompson will take the mound to try for the four game sweep tomorrow. 

Mississippi 5, Birmingham 6 - 11 Innings

  • D. Linares 2-3 2B, 2 BB, .283 Avg
  • G. Rodriguez 2-4 2B, BB, 2K .216 Avg
  • J.J. Hoover 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2.16 ERA

The Braves had a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the 9th inning and Billy Bullock came on for the win but completely imploded. He hit the first batter he faced and then allowed a single. He got the next two hitters out and then gave up a 3-run homer to Josh Phegley followed by a double and then a game tying single. Luis Avilan came in and got the final out to send the game into extra innings. Avilan pitched a perfect 10th and then Josh Phegley led off the bottom of the 11th with a solo, walk-off homer. J. J. Hoover pitched another fantastic game however and never had more than one person on base the entire game. 

Recently activated Tim Gustafson will make his first start of the year against Birmingham tomorrow as the Braves look to salvage one game of the series. 

Lynchburg 9, Frederick 1

  • L.V. Ware 3-4 3B, 2 SB(3), .304 Avg
  • A. Simmons 2-5 2 RBI, .233 Avg
  • T. Cunningham 3-5 3B, RBI, K, .271 Avg
  • A. Milligan 1-4 HR(3), BB, K, .282 Avg
  • J. Terdoslavich 2-5 2B, HR(6), 3 RBI, .273 Avg
  • S. McGill 2-5 HR(1), 2 RBI, K, .400 Avg
  • Z. Spruill 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 2.00 ERA

The Hillcats finally break their losing streak and they did it by getting a great effort from nearly everyone on the team. Zeke Spruill has gotten better each time out this season reducing his hits and runs allowed while increasing his strikeouts in each consecutive outing. He looks to be the pitcher that I was excited about two seasons ago. L.V. Ware got the start at the top of the lineup and did his best to set the table for the rest of the team while Todd Cunningham (maybe the most overlooked prospect we have) collected his second extra base hit of the year. Adam Milligan also added his third homer and - maybe more importantly - his second walk of the season. To cap things off Joey Terdoslavich hit his sixth homer in as many games but he still has yet to collect  a walk on the short season. 

Cory Rasmus was tabbed for this start but he was put on the DL today. Chris Masters will make his first start of the season in place of Rasmus. 

Rome 5, Greensboro 7

  • M. Lipka 0-2 3 BB, K, SB(7), .246 Avg
  • E. Salcedo 0-4 RBI, BB, .304 Avg
  • H. Richardson 4-4 1.000 Avg
  • D. Filak 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 5.56 ERA

Rome got off to a hot start in this one scoring all five of their runs in the first three innings and then collecting just three hits for the next six innings. Matt Lipka is showing off a broad skill base so far this season even if it isn't especially mind blowing on paper. His game tonight gives him a 10/9 K/BB ratio and he is 7/9 on stolen base attempts so far. Now if he can just collect his first extra base hit of the season.

Carlos Perez will look to build on his already solid season against Greensboro. 

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