Ryan Buchter: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 25p-17s; (28.2 IP, 3.14 ERA, 47:24 K/BB)
Pat Egan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 10p-5s; (35.1 IP, 2.80 ERA, 28:8 K/BB)
Gwinnett's offense was unable to recover from a poor outing from David Hale, last night's starting pitcher. In his fourth appearance since returning from the disabled list, Hale allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched. The bullpen held the Clippers to one hit and no runs in 5.2 innings of relief, highlighted by Ryan Buchter's five strikeout performance in two innings of work. Joey Terdoslavich and Tyler Pastornicky led the offensive attack, adding a home run and a double, respectively. Both players continue to swing hot bats but are stuck in somewhat of a holding pattern in Triple-A.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5, Mississippi Braves 7 (Game 1)
After being suspended in the 4th inning due to rain on Sunday, the M-Braves continued their game against the Blue Wahoos on Monday afternoon. The Braves were down by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning when pinch hitter Mycal Jones hit a three-run home run to tie the game at 5. With two outs and a runner on, Christian Marrero smashed a walk-off home run, which was his second homer of the day, to seal up a rather exciting bottom of the 9th inning. Ryne Harper pitched three solid innings in relief of Michael Lee. Harper, a 37th-rounder out of Austin Peay State University in 2011, has used a very effective fastball-slider mix to produce above-average strikeout numbers at every stop he has made in professional baseball. Juan Jaime also pitched a couple of innings in relief, striking out three while allowing a home run.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1, Mississippi Braves 2
Christian Bethancourt: 2-4, 2 RBI, K, E (4); (.248/.260/.319)
Andrew Russell: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 16p-18s; (34.1 IP, 3.67 ERA, 27:20 K/BB)
The M-Braves had a flair for the dramatic on Monday, ending both games with walk-off hits. In their second game of the evening, the score was tied heading into the bottom half of the final inning when Christian Bethancourt delivered a walk-off single that was technically a ground-rule double. He was only awarded a single, however, as the bases were loaded and the M-Braves only needed one run for the win (check out Kyle Tait's updates on Twitter for more info). Gus Schlosser continued his recent run of dominance, striking out six and allowing only three hits in six innings of work. Of the 18 outs he recorded, 10 were via the groundout. In fact, Schlosser has made his infield defense work all season, posting a 3.28 groundball-to-flyball ratio. This trait could help the sidearming righty make it to the majors as early as next season.
Offense was the name of the game in Winston-Salem on Monday night, as the two teams combined for 27 hits and 19 runs. Six of Lynchburg's 15 hits went for extra bases, including a home run apiece from Kyle Kubitza and Will Skinner. After going through somewhat of a rough stretch in mid-May, Kubitza has returned to form over his past 10 games, collecting 12 hits and posting a 1.150 OPS. Matt Lipka and David Rohm had three hits apiece, including a double and a triple from the sweet-swinging Rohm. A 9th-round selection out of Fresno City College in 2010, Rohm has always had a very good hit tool, but his glove profiles best in a corner outfield position, where his lack of over-the-fence pop is exposed. Starter A.J. Holland had a rough outing but was picked up by the bullpen, who allowed only three hits and two runs in five innings of relief.
Rome Braves 2, Lexington Legends 3
Jose Peraza: 1-4, R, 2B (9), K, E (15); (.262/.311/.345)
Lucas Sims: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR; (42.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 47:17 K/BB)
Robert Fish: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; (5.0 IP, 3.60 ERA, 10:3 K/BB)
Alex Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; (17.2 IP, 0.51 ERA, 14:2 K/BB)
Rome lost in a one-run nail-biter in Lexington on Monday night. Lucas Sims, last year's first-round pick, started the game for Rome and pitched extremely well, going six innings and allowing only one earned run on three hits and no walks while striking out seven. Rome's bullpen and defense let him down late in the game, as Robert Fish, the Braves' selection in the Major League phase of the 2011 Rule 5 draft, made his third appearance since 2011 and allowed two runs to cross, only one of which was earned. Carlos Franco committed a key throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning that allowed the inning to continue, whereupon two runs scored to give the Legends the lead, which they would never relinquish. Jose Peraza and Josh Elander had two of Rome's three hits, adding a double and a home run, respectively. Last night's 1-4 performance from Elander brings his OPS to a staggering .969. While he is certainly a tough profile, Elander is doing what is necessary of him to continue climbing the ladder as a corner outfielder. He needs a tougher test and will almost assuredly get one in the coming weeks.
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