A costly error led to a Danville loss in game 2 of their playoff series, Julio Teheran had his worst start of the season, Chris Cody and Sean Gilmartin had great starts, Wilkin Ramirez his a pair of homers, and Matt Lipka continued his fine late season work.
Gwinnett Braves 4, Norfolk Tides 9
- Matt Young LF 2-5, .271 AVG
- Wilkin Ramirez DH 2-4, 2 HR (10, 11), 2 RBI, .266 AVG
- Jeff Fiorentino CF 2-4, .262 AVG
- Diory Hernandez 3B 2-4, 2B, 3B, .203 AVG
- Julio Teheran 3 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 1 K, 2.55 ERA
- Ben Swaggerty 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 6.75 ERA
The Tides beat up on two of the best pitchers in the International League tonight, touching up Julio Teheran for a season high 6 runs and Jairo Asencio for 3 runs, 2 earned. Teheran struggled with his control from the first pitch, walking in a run in the 1st as part of 5 walks. Despite only throwing 3 innings he still racked up 88 pitches. It was a horrible blemish on a fantastic season. Asencio struggle with his control as well, giving up 2 earned runs in 1 inning after only allowing 2 earned runs in 11.1 innings in August. Ben Swaggerty was a real bright spot, striking out 6 over 4 scoreless innings.Wilkin Ramirez absolutely crushed a pair of home runs, and since the All-Star break he's hitting .309 with a .829 OPS. In his last 2 games, Matt Young is 4-7 with a walk.
Durham lost their game as well, meaning Gwinnett remains 3 games back in the South Divison, but there are only 4 games left in the season. The loss also pushed the G-Braves into a tie for the Wild Card with Lehigh Valley. The team heads to Charlotte tomorrow, where Randall Delgado will look to help their playoff chances.
Mississippi Braves 9, Carolina Mudcats 3
- Sean Henry LF 3-4, HR (1), RBI, BB, SB (1), OF Assist, .273 AVG
- Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .295 AVG
- Cory Harrilchak RF 2-5, 2B, 3B, .262 AVG
- Chris Cody 9 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K, W (3), 3.46 ERA
Chris Cody tossed his first complete game of the year and just the fourth of his career. The 27 year old lefty has been very solid since the Braves signed him, with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP, averaging 6.1 innings per start. Ernesto Mejia had a pair of hits, including his 36th double of the season, and with 142 hits on the season he's one shy of tying a Mississippi team record. Sean Henry reached base 4 times on the night, hitting his first homer of the year and stealing his first base of the year. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .400 with a .981 OPS, 4 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI. Cory Harrilchack doubled and tripled, extending his hitting streak to 6 games, and he's gone 11-26 in those games.
Zeke Spruill will get the Friday night start against the Mudcats.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Potomac Nationals 5
- Todd Cunningham CF 1-3, BB, .269 AVG
- Shawn McGill C 1-3, HR (5), RBI, BB, .273 AVG
- Keenan Wiley RF 2-4, .284 AVG
- Matt Crim 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 5.88 ERA
Todd Cunningham reached base twice in the game, but he's been struggling lately, hitting just .154 with a .497 OPS in his last 10 games. Shawn McGill cracked out his 5th homer of the year, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .387 with a 1.081 OPS. In his last 3 games, Keenan Wiley is 5-12. Matt Crim struggled again, allowing 4 earned runs over 5.1 innings, and since the All-Star break he has a 7.48 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP in 27.2 innings.
Caleb Brewer will start the series finale tomorrow.
Rome Braves 6, Augusta GreenJackets 1
- Matt Lipka SS 2-5, 2B, SB (27), .240 AVG
- Tommy La Stella 2B 3-5, 2B, HR (9), 4 RBI, .324 AVG
- Matt Weaver 3B 2-4, .287 AVG
- Sean Gilmartin 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K, W (2), 2.53 ERA
- Cody Martin 3.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K, SV (6), 1.48 ERA
Sean Gilmartin had his longest outing as a professional, working into the 6th inning and only allowing 1 run while striking out 8 and walking none. Over his last 3 starts he has 22 strikeouts and no walks in 14.2 innings. As a professional he has a 3.09 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, 12 K/9, 0.8 BB/9, and 15.5 K/BB in 23.1 innings. Cody Martin has put up some fantastic numbers of his own, with 9 saves in 22 appearances, and a 1.08 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, 13.2 K/9, 1.4 BB/9, and 9.8 K/BB in 33.1 innings between Danville and Rome. Matt Lipka is doing what he can to salvage his season, hitting .297 with a .395 OBP, .774 OPS, 3 doubles, 5 walks, and 7 stolen bases in his last 10 games. Tommy La Stella is having a fine debut season, hitting .324 with a .393 OBP, .930 OPS, 11 doubles, 4 triples, 9 homers, and 37 RBI in 216 at bats.
Dan Jurik is scheduled to pitch on Friday.
Danville Braves 4, Johnson City 7
- Brandon Drury DH 1-4, 2B, RBI
- Will Skinner LF 2-4, 2B, OF Assist
- Chase Larsson CF-RF 2-4, 2B, RBI
- AJ Holland 4 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K
- Rafael Bricenio 4 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
A 5 run 4th inning for Johnson City, with 4 of those runs going as unearned after a Nick Ahmed error, led to Danville losing in game 2 of their playoff series. Including the 2 playoff games, Brandon Drury has had a hit in 20 straight games. Will Skinner joined the team from the GCL for the playoffs and he had an impact tonight, with a double and an outfield assist. Rafael Bricenio helped keep the team in the game, pitching the final 4 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 6.
The deciding game 3 of the series will take place Friday night in Johnson City, with Danville's Greg Ross taking on Eduardo Hiraldo.