Gwinnett continued their hot hitting and beat the White Sox's AAA affiliate soundly on the road in Charlotte in the first game of a three-game set, 7-2. Joey Terdoslavich had a standout offensive game for the G-Braves, getting on base in 3 of his 4 plate appearances, along with a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Knights starter Dylan Axelrod.
Steven Lerud also went deep off of Axelrod, and Ernesto Mejía and José Constanza also chipped in with multi-hit games. Hector Daniel Rodriguez made a strong start for Gwinnett, going five innings, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out six batters. Juan Jaime pitched a scoreless ninth, doing Juan Jaime things in striking out two batters while walking one.
Mississippi beat Huntsville in yet another low-scoring affair on Wednesday night, shutting out the Stars 3-0. Williams Pérez pitched well yet again, and yielding no runs and four baserunners in 5 2/3rds innings of work. Shae Simmons picked up his fourth save of the season and continued his run of not allowing any earned runs, but this isn't to say that his ninth inning wasn't interesting. The hard-throwing righty gave up a single, recorded two outs, and then walked the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth. He got Shawn Zarraga to strike out again to end the game, but he didn't fail to make things interesting. The M-Braves' bats didn't do much last night (they faced a tough starter for Huntsville in Taylor Jungmann), as Robby Hefflinger's 2nd inning RBI ground-rule double was the team's only extra-base hit. The Braves will play Huntsville twice more before departing for Montgomery for a five-game set starting on Saturday.
Lynchburg Hillcats: 2 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 7 (7 innings), Game 1
In the first game of a doubleheader caused by Tuesday's rain, the Hillcats were defeated by Wilmington, Kansas City's high-A affiliate, 7-2 in a 7-inning affair. The Hillcats' bats didn't do too much in the first game, as Josh Elander provided the team's only extra-base hit in the form of a double. Elander also threw out a baserunner attempting to advance to third base. One of my favorite sleeper prospects, Wes Parsons, took the mound for Lynchburg and had a bit of a tough outing, giving up four runs in 5.1 innings. Parsons gave up a couple of extra base hits, but really didn't seem to be hit too hard. Seeing seven strikeouts from him in a 5.1 inning outing is a bit unexpected from the ground ball maven, but in a good way. Eric Pfisterer had a tough relief outing, and was largely ineffective.
Lynchburg Hillcats: 3 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 2 (7 innings), Game 2
The Hillcats rebounded with a tight one-run victory over the Blue Rocks in the second seven-inning game of the doubleheader last night. Possibly the most notable development of this game was the Mauricio Cabrera, who was originally scheduled to take the mound in game two as Lynchburg's starting pitcher, was scratched in the afternoon leading up to the game in favor of Greg Ross. It's unclear at this point as to why Cabrera was scratched, but we'll continue to monitor the situation and let you know when anything is released. In Cabrera's stead, Greg Ross pitched marvelously, giving up two singles while striking out six and walking zero in five innings of work. Daniel Castro hit an RBI double, while Kevin Ahrens was the only Hillcat to reach base twice. The Hillcats, quite possibly the farm's strongest team relative to its competition (Gwinnett might be the other candidate), moved to 8-5.
Rome Braves: 4 vs. Lexington Legends: 3 (11 innings)
Carlos Salazar: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K, BB, 9.00 ERA
Michael Flores: 3 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB, 7.45 ERA
Brady Feigl: 3 IP, 3 H, ER, K, 1.04 ERA
The Rome Braves won their second straight contest over Lexington yesterday afternoon, prevailing on a Daniel Carroll walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning at State Mutual Field. Carlos Salazar, who put together two disappointing starts to begin his season, was a bit better yesterday, yielding only two runs in five innings of work. He didn't miss too many bats, only striking out three, but his control was much improved. Michael Flores and Brady Feigl combined for 6 innings of one-run ball in relief. Victor Caratini rapped a couple of singles off of Legends starter Matt Tenuta, a lefty, to raise his average to .238. Mizzou product Blake Brown had a double and a stolen base for Rome, reaching base on two of four tries at the plate. Daniel Carroll provided the game winning hit and also walked a couple of times and stole a base. Rome will now travel to Charleston, SC for a series with the Yankees' class-A affiliate beginning tonight.
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