I apologize ahead of time for not having the last Danville score in here but I have an important day at work tomorrow and I need to be there earlier than normal. Only one win tonight despite some pretty solid performances from the pitching side of the equation. Todd Redmond delivered an excellent outing and Carlos Perez was pretty good as well. A couple of the new young guys are making impressions in Rookie ball as well.
Gwinnett Braves 3, Louisville Bats 1
- Diory Hernandez 3B - 1-4, 2B, .231 Avg
- Mauro Gomez 1B - 1-4, 2B, K, .291 Avg
- Ed Lucas LF-3B - 2-4, 3B, RBI, .223 Avg
- Todd Redmond 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.07 ERA
The only win from a Braves team today comes from Gwinnett who got another excellent start from Todd Redmond and just enough hitting to give them the win. Gwinnett now sits just a half game back in the division. The truly odd thing about their record is they are 14 games over .500 on the road and 7 games under at home. They have won five straight games and seven of their last ten.
Mississippi Braves 0, Huntsville Stars 12
- Kensin Kawakami 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 6.92 ERA
There is pretty much nothing more to say about this game other than Kawakami isn't very good and apparently neither is the offense. They collected just one hit.
Frederick Keys 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 5
- Marcus Lemon LF - 2-3, BB, SB(1), .214 Avg
- Phil Gosselin 2B - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K, .279 Avg
- Gerry Rodriguez DH - 1-4, HR(7), 2 RBI, .267 Avg
- Zeke Spruill 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.39 ERA
Spruill put together a nice start in this game but the middle of the order couldn't get the hits when the people in front of them got on base. Adam Milligan left a game a couple of days ago trying to stretch a double in a triple and he reaggravated the hamstring injury that put him on the DL earlier in the season. The Hillcats have yet to place him on the DL with the hope that he may rebound from it quick. So far in his short career Milligan has proven a bit injury prone. Hopefully he is back in the lineup soon and picks his hitting up right where he left off.
Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Rome Braves 2
- Edward Salcedo 3B - 1-4, 2B, .274 Avg
- Chris Garcia DH - 1-4, HR(6), 2 K, .351 Avg
- Evan Gattis C - 1-3, HR(9), .336 Avg
- Carlos Perez 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.01 ERA
Carlos Perez pitched another solid game. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last four outings. Granted he only went 5 innings in the last three it is still an improvement over the rough stretch he had in May. Evan Gattis continues to prove that he belongs at least a level higher and probably two while Chris Garcia does basically the same thing. Both guys are way too old to be in the Sally League.
Princeton Rays 4, Danville Braves 2 - Game 1, 7 Innings
- Nick Ahmed SS - 2-3, BB, .320 Avg
- Edison Sanchez 1B - 1-2, 2 BB, .429 Avg
- Brandon Drury 3B - 2-4, K, SB(1), .214 Avg
- Fernando De Los Santos 2B - 2-3, .313
The Rays tagged David Filak for three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Edison Sanchez has started every three days so far this season and in limited playing time his results have been positive. He is still just 20 years old and could make Rome if he can get enough playing to prove himself this season. He has flashed power and on base ability over the past two seasons and remains a deep sleep in our system.
Princeton Rays 1, Danville Braves 1 - 13th Inning
This game is still going on at 11 PM. Sorry I can't stay up all night waiting.
GCL Braves 5, GCL Tigers 6
- Ronald Luna SS - 2-4, SB(3), .440 Avg
- Gerardo Reyes 2B - 1-4, BB, .313 Avg
- Chris Bullard LF - 2-3, 2B, BB, K, .250 Avg
- Andy Otero 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 7.00 ERA
The return of Andy Otero has not been what many had hoped for. He missed all of 2010 with what I would assume was some sort of arm injury (unconfirmed) and is apparently still recovering and regaining his feel for pitching. He has downright dominant in the DSL in 2009 as a 17 year old showing an incredible K rate and nearly unhittable stuff. So far that hasn't translated but it can take up to a year to get your feeling back after surgery. (Again assuming some sort of arm surgery here). Just in case you were wondering Ronald Luna and Gerardo Reyes profile very similarly. They both can hit for average with some speed but very little power so far. Reyes might have a better eye at the plate but he is also two years older. They both bear keeping an eye on, especially Luna.
DSL Angels @ DSL Braves