More good pitching from the Braves Minor Leaguers tonight (surprise!). Minor got touched a little in a night of bests and worsts for him while Oberholtzer tossed one of his best games of the season. The Rome team has been hot lately with a lot of credit going to the offense with Matt Lipka looking to become Auto-Double (see I read comments!).
Rochester Red Wings 5, Gwinnett Braves 2
- Matt Young 2B - 2-4, 2B, .261 Avg
- Wilkin Ramirez LF - 1-4, 2B, K, .250 Avg
- Dan Nelson DH - 2-4, 2B, .270 Avg
- Mike Minor 8 IP, 10 H, 5 R(4ER), 0 BB, 8 K, 2.56 ERA
Mike Minor gave up a season high in hits but also had his first game of the season where he didn't issue a walk. In the end he allowed a season high in runs as well, beating his last start by two runs allowed. This still wasn't a terrible start from Minor. His eight innings pitched were also a season high in what has been a trend with Braves pitchers throwing longer into games with higher than normal pitch counts for prospects (Minor had 111 tonight). I've always been of the opinion that limiting pitch counts isn't the best way to protect pitchers, but that is an argument for another day.
Rodrigo Lopez will take the mound for the Braves tomorrow.
Mississippi Braves 8, Jackson Generals 2
- Antoan Richardson CF - 3-5, 2B, RBI, .267 Avg
- Tyler Pastornicky SS - 2-4, 2B, BB, SB(7), E(12) .310 Avg
- Brett Oberholtzer 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0ER), 0 BB, 10 K, 2.72 ERA
Brett Oberholtzer tossed a gem in this game and only allowed runs because the Braves committed two errors behind him in the 3rd inning. He threw 107 pitches on the night and 70 of them went for strikes. What I love about Brett is that he appears to have gotten better this year by striking out slightly more hitters (23% this year vs around 21% last season). His walks are up a little bit and his ground ball percentage is down but the total package has been fantastic and I am still ashamed I left him off my offseason top 25 list. The Braves were down 2-1 going into the 8th in this game and scored a run. They then proceeded to drop six runs on the Generals in the top of the 9th to take the win.
Eric Cordier is slated to make his first start of the season after starting the year on the DL.
Potomac Nationals 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
- Todd Cunningham CF - 1-3 , .299 Avg
- Andrelton Simmons SS - 1-4, 2B, .316 Avg
- Phil Gosselin 2B - 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .234 Avg
- Dimaster Delgado 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 4.75 ERA
Dimaster Delgado got hit hard early on giving up three runs in the first on a two-out, three-run homer. Delgado has been a little inconsistent with some really good starts thrown in with a couple of bad ones and some solid ones tossed in for good measure. For a guy coming off breaking the biggest bone in his body he's got some benefit of the doubt coming his way. His control has been iffy so far and I would expect that to come back as he continues to get his 'feel' back.
Zeke Spruill will look to outdo his complete game shutout from his last start.
Hickory Crawdads 5, Rome Braves 6
- Matt Lipka 2B- 1-4, 2B, K, .260 Avg
- Jakob Dalfonso 1B-3B - 1-4, 2B, 2K, .293 Avg
- Chris Garcia DH - 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .333 Avg
- David Rohm RF - 1-3, HR(2), 2 RBI, K, .243 Avg
The Braves didn't get a lot of pitching in this one but the renewed offense got enough to done to bring home the win. Matt Lipka now has hit a double in four straight games and has raised his OPS nearly 50 points during that span. Chris Garcia continues to dominate the Sally League like any self respecting 23 year old should. Tyler Stovall also pitched in this one and struck out four in three innings. The Braves are currently riding a five game winning streak in which they have scored five or more runs in every game.
Caleb Brewer will take the mound for Rome tomorrow and attempt to extend their season long winning streak.