Three of the four teams allowed just two runs tonight but only Gwinnett came away with a win. Brandon Beachy and Nate McLouth both had what I would term successful rehab outings. It will be interesting to see what the Braves do with Jordan and Nate in a week when McLouth is ready. Maybe it's time for a trade? And luckily for the Braves one of their most tradeable pieces will be pitching tomorrow against Texas.
Durham Bulls 2, Gwinnett Braves 10
- Nate McLouth CF - 2-3, BB, RBI, K, .667 Avg
- Stefan Gartrell DH - 3-5, 2 2B, HR(13), 5 RBI, K, .282 Avg
- Julio Lugo 2B - 2-5, HR(1), .238 Avg
- Wilkin Ramirez RF - 2-4, 3B, .242 Avg
- Brandon Beachy 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K
A couple of rehabbing major leaguers and the power bat of Stefan Gartrell propelled Gwinnett to the win and a one game lead in the division. Brandon Beachy made his first of three planned rehab starts and picked right up where he left off in AAA last season. Nate McLouth also chipped in a couple of hits and an RBI but the real offense came from the bat of Gartrell. His grand slam in the first put the Braves up for good and he chipped in two more doubles and an RBI to seal the deal.
Yohan Flande should get the start for the Braves tomorrow (I think).
Mississippi Braves 6, Jacksonville Suns 7
- Myke Jones CF - 2-4, HR(3), BB, SB(2), .238 Avg
- Tyler Pastornicky SS - 2-5, CS(7), .304 Avg
- Cory Harrilchak RF - 3-3, HR(4), 2 RBI, K, .234 Avg
- Kenshin Kawakami 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 5.63 ERA
Mississippi used a variety of relievers in this game in place of recently promoted Randall Delgado and they faired about as well as you'd expect. The offense did their best to pick up the pitchers with Cory Harrilchak and Myke Jones both showing some signs of life after recent slumps. Harrilchak was rated by many as the Braves best outfield prospect coming into the season but he has shown very little with the bat. He is hitting .368 over his last ten games with a couple of homers though, so we might be seeing a turn around of sorts. Kenshin Kawakami did make a surprise appearance and pitched well though I doubt that will have any bearing on his future with the team.
Brett Oberholtzer will try to pick himself up after a string of bad outings.
Kinston Indians 2, Lynchburg Hillcats 1 - 10 Innings
- Phil Gosselin 2B - 2-4, 2B, 2 K, .268 Avg
- Adam Milligan RF - 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .273 Avg
- Aaron Shafer 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K,1.93 ERA
Recent Braves signee Aaron Shafer went toe-to-toe with the fifth overall pick from the 2010 draft - Drew Pomeranz -and matched him every step of the way. The Hillcats unsurprisingly struggled against Pomeranz but Shafer kept them in the game until they could get to the bullpen. Unfortunately the 'Cats bullpen faltered first and they lost the game 2-1.
Zeke Spruill looks for revenge tomorrow against the Indians.
Lexington Legends 2, Rome Braves 0
- Matt Lipka SS - 2-4, BB, SB(14), .252 Avg
- Robert Hefflinger DH - 1-4, 2B, .277 Avg
- Ronan Pacheco 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R(1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 3.95 ERA
In what is a common story among Braves teams, the offense was shut down in a game where their pitching staff gave them a chance to win. Matt Lipka put together his second straight multi-hit game but his overall offensive line continues to get worse because he isn't walking or hitting for power. Both Christian Bethancourt and Edward Salcedo sat out this game (Salcedo did appear as a pinch hitter).
Staff ace Caleb Brewer takes the mound against the Legends tomorrow night.
DSL Angels @ DSL Braves - Postponed