Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the Gwinnett offense powered out 10 runs to help Todd Redmond's Ace effort, and multi-hit games by Myke Jones, Tyler Pastornicky, and Willie Cabrera weren't enough to overcome Paul Clemens' worst start of the year.
Gwinnett Braves 10, Toledo Mud Hens 5
- Jose Constanza CF 3-5, RBI, .335 AVG
- Julio Lugo SS 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, .176 AVG
- Mauro Gomez 1B 2-5, 2B, HR (12), 3 RBI, .316 AVG
- Brandon Hicks 3B 3-5, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBI, .255 AVG
- Shawn Bowman DH 2-4, HR (8), 2 RBI, .263 AVG
- Todd Redmond 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K, W (4), 2.81 ERA
Mauro Gomez led the potent G-Braves offense, driving in 3 runs with his 12th homer of the season. Brandon Hicks also homered, his 8th of the year, as part of a 3 hit game. He's flashing much more pop in AAA this year, he only hit 7 homers last season in 261 at bats while slugging just .333. This year his slugging is up to .528 in 106 at bats. Shawn Bowman also hit his 8th homer of the year, and the 26 year old Canadian is having a decent AAA debut season, hitting .263 with a .760 OPS. He is striking out in 30% of his at bats, but that's the same rate he's struck out at over his 9 year career. Todd Redmond had a great start, striking out 7 while allowing just 1 run over 6 innings. The 26 year old is in his third seasn of AAA and he's putting up his best year at the level, with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Top prospect Julio Teheran takes on the Mud Hens Thursday.
Mississippi Braves 5, Montgomery Biscuits 10
- Myke Jones CF 2-5, RBI, .263 AVG
- Tyler Pastornicky SS 3-5, E (16), .309 AVG
- Willie Cabrera LF 3-5, 2B, RBI, E (2), .263 AVG
- Cory Harrilchak RF 2-4, HR (3), RBI, .211 AVG
- Paul Clemens 3.2 IP, 10 R, 7 ER, 11 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.36 ERA
- Yeliar Castro 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.54 ERA
Paul Clemens got hammered in this one, allowing 10 runs, 7 earned, and he's hit a real rough patch, allowing 12 earned runs in 9 innings over his last 2 starts, allowing 21 hits in the process. On the bright side, in those 2 starts he has struck out 10 and walked only 2. Myke Jones rapped out a pair of hits and drove in a run. He's getting the job done as a leadoff hitter, with a .407 OBP. Tyler Pastornicky had a 3 hit night, though he did make his 16th error of the season. Most of them seem to be throwing errors, and without seeing the games in person it's hard to know if he's just making terrible throws of if it's more a case of making throws that he shouldn't, which is something most young shortstops do. Willie Cabrera is getting his groove back, with a 3 hit day to extend his hitting streak to 4 games. Cory Harrilchak has had a rough season, but hopefully he's turning things around, hitting .240 in June with a .696 OPS, wich is an improvement over his .211 average and .635 OPS on the season.
Arodys Vizcaino takes the mound Thursday night as the team heads home. It's Bobby Cox night at Trustman Park, so if you're in the area head out and watch the pre-game ceremony.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Salem Red Sox 6
- Todd Cunningham CF 2-4, .279 AVG
- Andrelton Simmons SS 1-4, 2B, RBI, .315 AVG
- Willie Kempf 4.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 B, 5 K, 6.75 ERA
- Eliecer Cardenas 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.84 ERA
Andrelton Simmons drove in the only Hillcat run of the game with a double, his third double in his last 4 games, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. In that span he's hitting .333 with a .763 OPS. Todd Cunningham had 2 singles, extending his hitting streak to 5 games. He's gone 7-19 with a homer and 2 walks in that span. Walks prevented Wilie Kempf from being able to get out of the 5th inning, though he only gave up 3 runs, 2 earned. Eliecer Cardenas dominated for the last 2 innings of the game, striking out 4 while shutting out the Red Sox. He's had no luck in AA, with a 27.00 ERA and a 7.00 WHIP in 3 innings for Mississippi, but he's dominated High A, with a 0.84 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and 11.4 K/9 in 21.1 innings for Lynchburg.
Chris Masters will start the series finale Thursday.
Rome Braves - Off
Aaron Northcraft will pitch the series opener against the Greenville Drive Thursday.
DSL Braves - Score Unreported
It's possible this game was rained out like yesterday. It's possible it was played and the box score wasn't given to the right person. It's possible that the Dominican Summer League Braves are an elaborate hoax.