Atlanta Braves Minor Leaguers Find The Only Way To Not Lose Is To Not Play

With rain dominating the baseball landscape today most of the Braves teams missed out but couldn't do anything positive with the chance to play. Hoover's debut in AAA was unspectacular but we can chalk that up to first start jitters. Lynchburg and Mississippi both had issues getting their offenses started while Gwinnett couldn't get much pitching. 

 Rochester Red Wings 7, Gwinnett Braves 6

  • Jordan Schafer CF - 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, K, .262 Avg
  • Shawn Bowman 3B - 1-4, HR(4), 2 K, .229 Avg
  • J.J. Hoover 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R(3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 6.75 ERA

J.J. Hoover made his AAA debut in place of Julio Teheran (who you may know, is starting for Atlanta in tomorrow's game) but did not show the kind of command that has made him successful at other minor league levels. He gave up two runs in each of the first two innings but didn't give up a run or hit in the next two before racking up 95 pitches and hitting the showers. Jordan Schafer collected just his seventh double of the season, but this game flashed a little more of what made him so good just a couple of seasons ago. 

Todd Redmond will take the hill against super prospect Kyle Gibson in a rare 10:30 AM game. 

Jacksonville Suns 5, Mississippi Braves 0

  • Willie Cabrera RF - 3-4, 2B, .266 Avg
  • Matt Crim 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2K, 2.70 ERA
  • Ben Swaggerty 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.80 ERA

Mississippi's offense proves anemic yet again as they managed just one extra base hit for the game and just two walks (one of which came via a relief pitcher). Matt Crim made his first AA start in place of Hoover and pitched admirably though he was pulled after just 70 pitches because he hasn't really been stretched out this season. Mississippi - despite their spectacular pitching staff - is last in their division with the second worst record in the league (Carolina has the worst with an incredible .282 winning pct.). Their offense is second to last in the league in OPS but is 50 points behind the next closest team. 

Tim Gustafson will get the call against the Suns on Wednesday. 

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Kinston Indians 4

  • Phil Gosselin 2B - 3-4, .246 Avg
  • Gerrardo Rodriguez 1B - 1-4, HR(2), 2 RBI, BB, .207 Avg
  • Cory Rasmus 6 IP, 4H , 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 7.17 ERA

Cory Rasmus continues to have a bit of an odd season. He has given up 17 earned runs in 21.1 innings (24 total runs) but he has also struck out 33. He has been a little unlucky with a flyball-to-HR rate of 23% and his BABIP is .353 leaving his FIP sitting at 5.28 coming into this game. Obviously that still isn't good. If he can harness the control problems he can still salvage this season, especially with that K rate. 

Lynchburg will run Carolina League Pitcher of the Week Arodys Vizcaino against Kinston again tomorrow.

Rome Braves @ Asheville Tourists

This game was postponed due to rain-god interference. 

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