J.R. Graham and Dimasther Delgado both pitched one-run ball for Lynchburg in a doubleheader while Adam Milligan and Tommy La Stella helped lead the Hillcat offense to a sweep. Kris Medlen had a decent start for Gwinnett while Rome split a doubleheader.
Gwinnett Braves 1, Pawtucket Red Sox 4
- Tyler Pastornicky, SS: 2-4, 2 2B, BB, .235
- Felix Pie, RF: 1-3, 2B, R, SB(3), .268
- Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 1-4, BB, .317
- Josh Wilson, 3B: 1-3, BB, RBI, .240
- Kris Medlen, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 4.72 ERA
Kris Medlen pitched decently in his start for Gwinnett tonight, but a two-run homer in the 6th really ruined his line. Medlen was wild, walking 4 but also striking out 4 as well. He threw 96 pitches in the contest. Tyler Pastornicky, bumped to the 3 hole for the first time, responded with a pair of doubles and a run. Felix Pie hit a double, stole a base, and scored the only run of the game for Gwinnett. He was driven in by Josh Wilson, who went 1-3 on the day.
Gwinnett is off tomorrow, and plays a doubleheader with Columbus on Thursday.
Mississippi Braves - OFF
Carolina Mudcats 1, Lynchburg Hillcats 2 - Game 1
- Tommy La Stella, 2B: 2-3, 3B, R, .269
- Adam Milligan, DH: 1-2, 2 RBI, SF, .267
- Nick Ahmed, SS: 1-3, .254
- Dimasther Delgado, SP: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.78 ERA
- Juan Jaime, RP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4.13 ERA
Lynchburg won game one of the doubleheader despite mustering only 4 hits. Half of those belonged to second baseman Tommy La Stella, whose leadoff triple in the 7th lead to a walkoff sacrifice fly by Adam Milligan. The Hillcats only other run came in the 1st, one three straight singles by Nick Ahmed, La Stella, and Milligan. Dimasther Delgado pitched 6.1 innings of 1 run ball, allowing 7 hits and no walks while striking out a pair. Delgado was a top-20 prospect in the Braves' system at the beginning of last year, and it appears he may be getting into a groove, as he's allowed 2 or fewer runs in 4 of his last 5 starts. Juan Jaime came in to close down the Mudcats in the top of the 7th, and picked up the win when Milligan walked off.
Carolina Mudcats 1, Lynchburg Hillcats 8 - Game 2
- Adam Milligan, LF: 1-2, HR(4), .273
- Tommy La Stella, 2B: 2-4, 2 RBI, .273
- Braeden Schlehuber, C: 2-3, 3 R, .313
- Nick Ahmed, SS: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, .254
- J.R. Graham, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2.53 ERA
- Chasen Shreve, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1.60 ERA
Adam Milligan and Tommy La Stella kept up their good hitting from game one in the nightcap. Milligan hit his 4th homer of the year while La Stella went 2-4 with 2 RBI. La Stella, who had hit a cold patch recently, is now 7 for his last 15 and looks to be busting his slump just fine. All star catcher Braeden Schlehuber kept on hitting as well, going 2-3 and scoring 3 of the Hillcats' 8 runs on the night. Nick Ahmed went 1-4 with a 2 RBI double as well. J.R. Graham, despite only going 5 innings, was magnificent, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits. He struck out 6 and didn't walk a man to pick up his 8th win of the year.
Chris Masters tries for his first win of the year tomorrow against the Mudcats.
Rome Braves 1, Augusta GreenJackets 5 - Game 1
- Tony Mueller, CF: 1-3, R, .267
- Robby Hefflinger, LF: 1-3, RBI, SB(1), .227
- Will Skinner, RF: 0-1, 2 BB, SB(5), .259
- David Filak, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 4.50 ERA
David Filak threw a complete (shortened) game for Rome, taking a hard-luck loss. Filak allowed 2 earned runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, but he defense let him down, allowing 3 unearned runs on 3 errors. Filak struck on 5 men and continues to post solid strikeout numbers, but needs to cut down on the number of hits he allows. Rome's offense only mustered 2 hits, (leading to a pitifully humorous 1-2-3 line score) one each by Tony Mueller and Robby Hefflinger, leading to Rome's only run.
Rome Braves 4, Augusta GreenJackets 3
- Brandon Drury, 3B: 2-3, 2B, R, .190
- William Beckwith, 1B: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, .299
- Will Skinner, DH: 1-3, R, .260
- Ryan Weber, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 6.88 ERA
- John Cornely, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4.01 ERA
Rome won the nightcap behind a balanced offensive attack that saw 7 players reach base once. Brandon Drury was the only R-Brave to reach twice, with a single and a double. He also scored a run. Drury, who has been mired in a horrific season-long slump, has 4 hits in his last 11 at bats, including 3 doubles. William Beckwith, Rome's best hitter so far this year, went 1-3 with a 2 RBI double. Ryan Weber had an OK start, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk over 5 innings. He did manage to strike out 7 men, a season high for him. John Cornely finished the game off by throwing 2 innings of 2 hit ball, striking out a pair.
Navery Moore will start against Augusta tomorrow in an afternoon game.