If you are a fan of pitching... or hitting....or winning then you probably shouldn't read this recap. Unless you hate the Braves then you should be good to go because pretty much nothing went right. Three of the Braves top five pitching prospects got hammered tonight (though Vizcaino was actually impressive while getting hammered which isn't easy to do) and the Hillcats lost a game in maybe the worst possible way. Check it out!
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 12, Gwinnett Braves 2
After one of his best outings of the year Julio Teheran put up his worst minor league outing of the year. Since his debut in Atlanta Julio's control hasn't been quite as sharp and he has had some trouble against lefties this season (1.57 ERA again RHP vs 3.43 against LHP). The kid still has some things to learn but don't get discouraged because this is all just a bump in the road.
Mobile BayBears 14, Mississippi Braves 0
- Arodys Vizcaino 7 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 HR
Arodys Vizcaino's debut with the Mississippi Braves didn't go as planned but he has needed an adjustment period at each of his last two levels before he got things on track. I am more encouraged by his progress this than anyone else in the organization. Today he was just a little homer prone and only in the second inning. In fact, he gave up three homers in the second and then proceeded to allow just one base runner over the next five innings. Just one small hiccup is all he had today. In other baseball oddities the Braves only allowed runs in the second and eighth innings of this game. They actually used two pitchers in the eighth that couldn't retire one batter. Both Richard Sullivan and Eliecier Cardenas (promoted from Lynchburg as well) allowed a combined ten hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Luis Avilan then came in and retired the first man he faced and then induced an inning ending double play. Strange.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Salem Red Sox 7
- Phil Gosselin 2B - 2-4 RBI, BB, .276 Avg
- Joey Terdoslavich 1B - 3-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, .274 Avg
More crazy baseball in this one. I was checking scores on my phone and when this game page loaded the score was 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases loaded. In the two seconds it took me to click on the 'box score' link Lynchburg had lost on a walk-off grand slam. Simply mind blowing. On a positive note Hillcat pitchers walked eleven batters in this game. Sorry, the actual positive news is that Joey Terdoslavich turned in a different kind of hitter in May. While his homers are down from seven to four this month he has increased his Avg 53 points, his OBP 100 points, raised his walks from two to eleven and has struck out 19 times in 98 at-bats versus 18 times in 70 at-bats in April. I'm liking this kid a lot.
Augusta GreenJackets 10, Rome Braves 3
- Evan Gattis DH - 2-4, HR(4), .439 Avg
- Jakob Dalfonso 1B - 1-2, BB, K, .313 Avg
- Carlos Perez 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 5.68 ERA
Yet another star pitching prospect took his knocks as Carlos Perez continues his string of erratic performances. His outing wasn't just one big inning - he was just a little too hittable. Offensively Evan Gattis continued to be a force. He is approaching the 50 AB mark and you would have to wonder if he keeps this up into the 75-100 AB range if the Braves would have to move him up.
DSL Braves 0, DSL Blue Jays 4
- Jose Peraza SS - 1-3, .285
- Abraham Espinosa 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Even Espinosa couldn't escape the wrath of the pitching gods.