Pedro Beato, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA
Durham's pitching shut down Gwinnett last night, limiting them to one run on 5 hits. The usually-light-hitting Phil Gosselin continued his scorching start, going 3-4 with his *fourth* double in six games. Gosselin has 13 hits in 24 at-bats so far. That's hot. It was a rough day for Gwinnett's trio of big time prospects, as Salcedo, Bethancourt, and La Stella combined to go 1-11 with 5 strikeouts. You know they're facing a pitcher on his game when La Stella strikes out twice. Hector Rodriguez had a solid start, but Ryan Buchter imploded in relief, giving up 3 runs in 0.2 innings. Pedro Beato made his first appearance with Gwinnett, pitching two scoreless innings.
Mississippi Braves 5, Jackson Generals 8
Matt Lipka, CF: 1-5, SB(3), R, K, OF Assist(@3rd), .250
Cedric Hunter, RF: 1-2, HR(1), 2 RBI, BB, K, .167
Joe Leonard, 1B: 2-4, K, .200
Gustavo Nunez, SS: 2-4, R, RBI, .308
Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 0-2, BB, RBI, R, .174
Williams Perez, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R(1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2.08 ERA
Carlos Perez, RP: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 3 R(2 ER), 3 BB, 21.60 ERA
Mississippi dropped an 8-5 game to Jackson last night, highlighted by poor defense and pitching. The M-Braves made a pair of errors behind starter Williams Perez, leading to 3 unearned runs. Carlos Perez came on in relief and simply couldn't find the plate, walking 3 straight men before being lifted. Yeech. The only good pitching performance of the night came from Ryne Harper, who struck out the side in 8th. Matt Lipka notched his third steal of the year and made a nifty throw to nail a runner at third as well. Cedric Hunter hit his first home run of the season in the losing effort.
Lynchburg won a good old-fashioned pitcher's duel last night, topping the Keys 1-0 on Edison Sanchez's first homer of the year. Kyle Wren reached base twice with a walk and a single, and notched his third steal of the year. He was also thrown out trying to steal home in what I can only imagine was a broken squeeze play. It was his first time being caught stealing this season. Though Wren's average is "only" .267 so far, he's already drawn 5 walks (to only 3 strikeouts) in 8 games, a nice improvement from last year (albeit a small sample, obviously). Josh Elander also continued his hot start to the year, going 1-4 with his first steal of the year. So far this year, Lynchburg's left fielder is slashing an impressive .345/.400/.517. Wes Parsons spun another beauty, striking out 6 in 6 innings of work while only allowing 6 baserunners. In two starts this year, Parsons has posted a nice 10/3 K/BB ratio in 10.1 innings of work. The Lynchburg pen finished off the shutout by only allowing 1 hit over the final 3 innings of play. The Hillcats' closer, Brandon Cunniff, continued his strong start: so far this year he's allowed only 1 hit and 2 walks to 6 strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
Savannah Sand Gnats 4, Rome Braves 1
Victor Reyes, RF: 3-4, 2B(1), .344
Reed Harper, 2B: 2-4, R, 2 K, .308
Victor Caratini, 3B: 0-3, SF, RBI, .207
Carlos Salazar, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 13.50 ERA
Yean Carlos Gil, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
Michael Swanner, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
Outside of Victor Reyes and Reed Harper, it was not a pretty night for the Rome lineup. Excepting Reyes and Harper's 5 hits, Rome only reached base 3 times all night. Reyes notched his first extra-base hit of the season, and is now hitting a cool .344 with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Carlos Salazar got the start for Rome and was...not good. TC's own Ethan Purser was in attendance, and noted that his command was awful and that his delivery was a mess. 4 walks in 4 innings is certainly not gonna cut it. On the bright side, Yean Carlos Gil and Michael Swanner were both excellent in relief, allowing just 2 baserunners across the final 5 innings.
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