David Hale, SP: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2.87 ERA
Gwinnett won a wild one last night, scoring 2 in the top of the night on a crazy sequence. After shortstop Tyler Greene singled to lead off the inning (his 3rd hit of the day), Matt Pagnozzi tried to bunt him to second. Columbus's pitcher threw the ball away, and all hands were safe. Columbus then brought in a new pitcher to face Jose Constanza, who also tried to bunt. The new pitcher also threw the ball away on the bunt, and both runners scored to give Gwinnett a 4-3 lead they would close out the next half inning. David Hale turned in another strong start, giving up 3 runs over 7 innings and posting a sterling 6/0 K/BB ratio.
Huntsville Starts 0, Mississippi Braves 4
Jose Martinez, RF: 2-4, 2B, .293
Jaime Pedroza, SS: 3-3, CS(3), .290
Robby Hefflinger, LF: 1-4, 2B, .170
Tommy La Stella, 2B: 1-4, 2B, .329
Michael Lee, SP: 7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.64 ERA
Mississippi shut out the Stars last night despite being outhit 9-7. Michael Lee was worming out of trouble for most of the night, stranding all 9 men he put on base en route to 7 shutout innings. Jaime Pedroza had a perfect 3-3 night at the plate, while Jose Martinez, Tommy La Stella, and Robby Hefflinger all added doubles to the M-Braves' cause. For La Stella, it's his 6th extra base hit in the last 10 games, and his power is really coming on strong of late.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Carolina Mudcats 4
Josh Elander, LF: 3-4, .247
Elmer Reyes, SS: 2-4, .291
Jose Lugo, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R(3 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 4.50 ERA
Lynchburg was nearly blanked by the Mudcats last night, with only a Josh Elander RBI single saving them from a shutout. Elander and shortstop Elmer Reyes combined for 5 of the Hillcats' 7 hits, which tells you all you need to know about the offense. Jose Lugo was roughed up in 4 innings of work, allowing 4 runs(3 earned) despite solid peripherals. Brandon Cunniff continued his excellent work out of the pen, striking out 5 men in two innings of work, lowering his ERA to 1.69 in the process.
Rome Braves 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 1
Jose Peraza, SS: 3-5, 2B, 3B, E(29), .284
Eric Garcia, 3B: 2-4, .263
Tyler Tewell, C: 1-4, HR(9), .225
Daniel Carroll, CF: 1-4, 2B, .286
Frank Lafreniere, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 5.32 ERA
Rome beat Kannapolis last night thanks to the bats of Tyler Tewell and Jose Peraza. Tewell blasted his 9th home run of the year, a 2-run shot, while Peraza came a homer short of the cycle. Eric Garcia chipped in a pair of hits as well, while Daniel Carroll added a double. Frank Lafrieniere was hittable last night, but managed to hold the Intimidators to 1 run. Tyler Brosous, who was just promoted from Danville, made his first Rome appearance and struck out the side in a perfect inning.
Greeneville Astros 5, Danville Braves 3
Cody Livesay, CF: 2-3, 2 BB, SB(1)
Victor Reyes, LF: 2-5, 2B, .333
Carlos Sanchez, C: 3-5, .247
Connor Lien, RF: 2-5, .222
Andrew Waszak, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2.05 ERA
Andy Otero, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
Danville fell to the Astros last night despite outhitting them 11-7. Cody Livesay, in his second game since his promotion, went 2-3 with 2 walks and a steal hitting out of the leadoff spot. Victor Reyes added 2 hits, including a double, while Carlos Sanchez and Connor Lien each posted multi-hit games. Andrew Waszak had a rough start, giving up 4 runs in 5 innings of work. Andy Otero, who was promoted recently, hurled 3 scoreless frames, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 4.
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