All of the Braves' affiliates except for Mississippi, which won on a walk-off single in an 11-inning contest, were rained out on Thursday.
Gwinnett Braves at Buffalo Bisons: Postponed
The G-Braves' game with the Bisons was postponed for a second consecutive night. They'll attempt to play a double header tonight.
Although their game was rained out, Gwinnett did make a roster move, signing outfielder Brandon Boggs. Boggs, a Georgia Tech alum, also played for the G-Braves in the 2013 season. Boggs had been playing for the independent Bridgeport Bluefish up until this point in 2014.
Finally, in former G-Braves news, former Braves farmhand Ernesto Mejía made his Japanese debut, and what do you know? He homered in his first at-bat.
Mississippi Braves: 6 vs. Tennessee Smokies: 5 (11 innings)
- Mycal Jones, CF: 4-5, R, BB, 2 SB (7), E (1, fielding), .342
- Cedric Hunter, LF: 3-6, RBI (8), K, .294
- Seth Loman, 1B: 2-5, R, 2B (9), RBI (16), K, .269
- Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-3, 2 R, 2B (9), 2 BB, K, .293
- David Rohm, RF: 2-4, 2 RBI (15), K, .231
- Williams Pérez: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, 7:3 GO:FO, 1.88 ERA
- Ryne Harper (W): 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K, 1:2 GO:FO, 4.09 ERA
Mississippi was the only affiliate whose game wasn't rained out on Thursday, and they took advantage, downing the Smokies 6-5 in a tight extra-inning contest. Williams Pérez took the ball for the M-Braves, and was solid, throwing 6 innings of 3-run ball. He struck out five batters and walked only one. All of the damage against Pérez came in the first inning. He gave up two singles to begin the game, the second of which scored a runner after a stolen base, as well as a two-run home run to Rafael Lopez
. Pérez settled down ater this, however, and only allowed one hit and a walk during his other five innings of work, keeping the Smokies' potent offense, including players such as top prospect Kris Bryant
and Jorge Soler
in check. Ryne Harper pitched a pair of scoreless innings at the end of the game, and picked up the win, his first of the season.
The Braves faced MLB veteran Joel Piñeiro
, formerly of the Mariners
, Red Sox
, and Angels
, and chased him after he allowed 8 hits and 3 runs in five innings of work. Mycal Jones had a four-hit night, and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eleventh inning after he reached on an infield single, and promptly stole second and third base. Cedric Hunter, who had three hits, drove Jones in to win the game. Kyle Kubitza had another stellar day at the plate, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances and doubling. It's encouraging to see how well he's performed as of late after a rough start to the season. Despite only hitting two home runs, his OPS sits at .855, and he's getting on base in 40% of his plate appearances. That'll work, Kyle. Aaron Northcraft will pitch for the M-Braves tomorrow as they take on Tennessee again.
Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: Postponed
Soggy weather in Virginia caused Thursday's game against Wilmington to be washed out. The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow night if the weather holds up.
Rome Braves at Greensboro Grasshoppers: Postponed
Hey, look! Another rain out, and another doubleheader tomorrow night! Wet weather can really throw a wrench in your plans, huh?