The rain affected a couple of games tonight but it didn't stop William Beckwith from exploding in Burlington. Gwinnett didn't look good in their game against Matt Fox and Mississippi got shut down against a top draft pick from this year's draft. Rome did deliver some power in place of the Lynchburg game getting cancelled.
- J. J. Hoover 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 8.22 ERA
The G-Braves got shut down by journeyman Matt Fox in this one. Fox went the distance and allowed just two hits and one walk while throwing just 99 pitches. Brandon Hicks picked up one of the hits when he replaced Tyler Pastornicky who left the game in the sixth inning with a leg injury.
Mississippi Braves 4, Mobile BayBears 5
- Mycal Jones, CF 1-4, BB, K, SB(9), .239 Avg
- Dan Nelson, 3B 3-4, 2B, RBI, SB(2), .329 Avg
- Cory Harrilchak, RF 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 K, .248 Avg
The M-Braves went up against Trevor Bauer - the third pick from this year's draft and possessor of nasty stuff - in his first appearance in AA. Bauer is on the fast track after pitching just two games in A ball before making the jump. Luckily for the Braves Arizona is still stretching him out because he shut them down for five innings while striking out eight. Their luck didn't last however as Benino Pruneda allowed the winning run to score when he made an error on a pickoff allowing the runner to advance from first to third. He later scored on a single.
Lynchburg Hillcats @ Wilmington BlueRocks
This one was cancelled due to rain.
Rome Braves 8, Greenville Drive 4
- Matt Weaver, SS 2-4, 2B, 3B, BB, K, .297 Avg
- Tommy La Stella, 2B 2-4, HR(5), 2 RBI, .262 Avg
- Evan Gattis, C 3-4, HR(19), 2 RBI, K, .309 Avg
- Robby Hefflinger, LF 2-4, HR(8), 2 RBI, K, .266 Avg
The impressive part about the Braves offensive outburst in this game is that four of the nine hitters went hitless, but when the guys that are hitting are hitting for power it doesn't matter as much. Matt Weaver is finally starting to add a little power to his game as he has now equaled his July extra base hit total in about half the at bats in August. Robby Hefflinger has always been a guy that looks like he should hit for power but it has never come through in games. He has three homers in his last ten games but he still isn't hitting many doubles either. Evan Gattis would lead the league in SLG and OPS if he qualified.
Danville Braves 10, Burlington Royals 2 - 7 Innings
- Nick Ahmed, SS 3-3, HR(4), 2 RBI, BB, SB(15), .267 Avg
- Brandon Drury, 2B 3-5, 2B, RBI, .351 Avg
- William Beckwith, DH 3-3, 3 HR(11), 5 RBI, BB, .299 Avg
- Chase Larsson, LF-CF 2-4, 2B, K, .239 Avg
William Beckwith has been on a tear over the past week but tonight he put up the line of any Braves hitter this season. He was up to bat for the fifth time in the eighth inning when the game was called because of rain. Drury had another great night as well and has raised his average 25 points in the last 10 games and has 11 hits in his last four games.