Andrew Russell, RHP: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 33p-21s, 3:1 GO:FO, 6.00 ERA
Tuesday was a rough night for G-Braves bats and arms, falling to the Columbus Clippers 11-1. Daniel Rodriguez took the mound and struggled, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and four walks, fanning six. The worst pitching line of the night goes to Luis Vazquez, who recorded one out and allowed four runs on one hit and four walks. The offense was tasked with facing former first-round pick Trevor Bauer and couldn't answer the bell, collecting only one run on seven hits. Joey Terdoslavich had a couple of singles, while Todd Cunningham and Mark Hamilton carved out the only extra-base hits of the evening with two doubles. Cunningham continues to rake, slashing .359/.381/.538 over his past ten games. Hamilton, the former Cardinals farmhand, also reached base twice via the walk.
The M-Braves picked up the only organizational win yesterday, beating the Montgomery Biscuits 6-2. Elmer Reyes failed to make an out at the plate yesterday, going 4-for-4 with a walk, tallying his fourth double of the season along the way. Reyes, a 40-man roster member, has been torrid at the plate of late, slashing .476/.522/.667 in his first six games. Cedric Hunter and Kyle Kubitza also laced two hits of their own, with Kubitza picking up his fourth double and first triple of the season. Kubitza has been putrid at the plate to start the year, compiling a .188/.245/.313 slash line with 18 strikeouts and only four walks in 15 games. While we've (read: I've) long championed the third baseman, it's always came with the caveat that he will need to make a few adjustments at the plate at the Double-A level in order to unlock his solid physical gifts. Whether this happens remains to be seen and will prove to be one of the most interesting storylines to follow this season in the farm system. Further down the order, Braeden Schlehuber collected three hits on the evening, including his first home run of the season.
On the mound, Williams Perez threw six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five. John Cornely, James Hoyt, and Shae Simmons closed the door, throwing three strong innings of work collectively, allowing only three hits and a walk, striking out three. In 9.1 innings of work this season, Simmons has yet to allow a run and has only allowed five hits and two walks, whiffing 13. Look for him to continue to put up video game numbers in his second go-around in the Southern League.
Michael Swanner, RHP: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3:0 GO:FO, 3.00 ERA
Pete Perez, RHP: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
The Greensboro Grasshoppers crushed the R-Braves 11-4. Carlos Salazar's line is not a typo, you guys. It really happened. Correct me if I'm wrong, but allowing more hits and runs than outs recorded is typically not a good thing. This is Salazar's third bad start in four outings, and last year's third-rounder is now sporting a 12.83 ERA in 13.1 innings of work and has allowed 19 runs on 20 hits and 16 walks with only nine strikeouts. That ain't pretty, regardless of the way in which you choose to slice it. I was in attendance for his second start of the year, and you can read my full report here ($). TL;DR? Salazar's command and control of all of his pitches, particularly his 88-92 mph FB, has a very long way to go. His secondaries flashed, but the flashes were brief and require tons of envisaging in terms of the command projection. The delivery was a mess. I saw a future bullpen arm, at best.
Elsewhere, Tyler Brosius had a decent outing, allowing no runs on three hits in two and two-thirds innings of work, fanning one. I've seen Brosius a couple of times this year and he has been consistently 89-91, touching 92-93 mph on occasion with little life from a high three-quarters slot with a future fringe-average breaking ball that's 79-81 mph that varies from an 11-5 to 10-4 break. On the offensive side, Carlos Franco was the only player to collect multiple hits and also took a walk, while Mikey Reynolds, Jake Schrader, and Victor Caratini all collected one hit apiece, including an RBI double from Schrader.
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