The reverse organizational sweep for the Braves tonight with three close games and a blowout. Caleb Brewer had a nice start that was ruin by defense while Zeke Spruill put up one of the worst lines of the season for a Braves farm hand. Tomorrow night royhobbs, gondeee, cbwilk and myself will all be at the Hillcats game in Lynchburg so if anyone was looking to take us all out and take over the blog now is your chance.
Gwinnett Braves 3, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4
After a ridiculously hot start to the season Rodrigo Lopez has allowed four earned runs in each of his last two games. Whether this is a blip on the radar or the league catching up to his historically mediocre stuff remains to be seen. The impressive part of his outing is he threw just 79 pitches in the game. Why hold Lopez back and then let guys like Minor and Teheran throw 110 pitches a game?
J.J. Hoover takes the mound in his second AAA start.
Mississippi Braves 2, Jackson Generals 4
- Jeff Fiorentino DH - 1-4, HR(1), 2 K, .205 Avg
- Eric Cordier 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 5.40 ERA
Eric Cordier made his first start of the season after starting the year on the DL (again). He had a nice season in 2010 but his control still needs some work after he gave up 76 walks in 143 innings of work. Reports on his fastball were that the velocity was all the way back. He could be a nice bullpen arm in the future with his good velocity and shaky control.
Paul Clemens will attempt to build on his league leading ERA of 1.99.
Potomac Nationals 13, Lynchburg Hillcats 6
- Phil Gosselin 2B - 2-5, 3B, RBI, K, .240 Avg
- Joey Terdoslavich 1B - 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .246 Avg
- Joe Leonard 3B - 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K, .263 Avg
- Zeke Spruill 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.76 ERA
Last time out Zeke Spruill threw one of the best games of the year from any Braves farmhand by pitching a complete game shutout. Tonight was nearly the opposite of that. After he gave up seven runs in his five innings Jeremy Haynes came in and allowed another five runs in 2.1 innings. The offense did their best to climb out of it but 13 runs is a lot to claw back from. Terdoslavich has continued to turn himself into a more complete hitter albeit with a low average. He has seven walks vs nine strikeouts in his last ten games. The strikeouts aren't ideal but I love the split between the two.
Cory Rasmus will look to right his ship with his season ERA sitting at 7.17.
Hickory Crawdads 5, Rome Braves 4
- Matt Lipka 2B - 2-5, RBI, .264 Avg
- David Rohm RF - 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, K, .250 Avg
- Robert Hefflinger DH - 1-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K, .255 Avg
- Caleb Brewer 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R(1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 3.08 ERA
Caleb Brewer pitched a nice game tonight but his defense gave him zero support. Salcedo made two costly errors that both lead to unearned runs. Matt Lipka isn't the only hitter to benefit from the presence of the Braves roving hitter instructor: David Rohm has put together a five game hitting streak and he has an extra base hit in each of those five games. Rohm has a good bat, but apparently some minor adjustments was all it took for him to start hitting.
Ryan Weber will make his first start of the season for Rome tomorrow afternoon against Hickory.