Ryan Buchter, RP: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.86 ERA
Juan Jaime, RP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R(5 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 4.35 ERA
Despite outhitting the Iron Pigs 15 to 10, Gwinnett dropped the series finale thanks to ineffective pitching. Gus Schlosser started and had a real rough outing, giving up 4 runs on 3 longballs. Ryan Buchter tossed 2.2 perfect innings in relief of Schlosser, but then Juan Jaime happened. This game was a microcosm of everything scouts worry about with Jaime: walks and home runs. Jaime walked the park, giving up 6 runs(5 earned) on 2 hits(1 homer) and *four* walks before being mercifully pulled. He only got one out. Woof. That spoiled an otherwise great day from the Gwinnett offense that saw Christian Bethancourt hit his first AAA home run. Bethancourt went 3-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle. After his abysmal start, Atlanta's catcher of the future has pulled his slash stats up to a far more respectable .253/.300/.347. It's still not great, but you can easily live with that given his defense. Hopefully Bethancourt can continue to build on his successes of late; he's slashed .297/.350/.459 over his last 10 games. And remember - at 22, he's still quite young for the league. Joey Terdoslavich, Phil Gosselin, Sean Kazmar, and Edward Salcedo all get in on the fun too, as they each collected two-hit games. Fan favorite Tommy "Not Dan Uggla" La Stella was given the day off.
Matt Lipka was most of Mississippi's offense yesterday, collecting 3 of the M-Braves' 7 hits. Lipka roped a pair of doubles and also stole his 10th base of the year. Even after the effort, he's still only hitting .189/.259/.245. Yeesh. David Rohm and Barrett Kleinknecht each smacked a triple to add to the offense. J.R. Graham made another rehab start and did not have his best stuff. Graham issued 4 free passes and threw only 35 of his 60 pitches for strikes. Chalk it up to an off day. Chasen Shreve continued his good work out of the pen, hurling 2 perfect innings with 4 punchouts.
Lynchburg hammered Salem yesterday afternoon behind a dandy of a start from Greg Ross. Ross hurled 6.1 innings, allowing only 1 run on six hits. He whiffed 4 men while not allowing a single walk. The Hillcats' offense was a balanced attack, with 7 of the 9 regulars recording a hit. Tyler Tewell led the way with a 4 RBI afternoon, keyed by a bases-clearing double. Tewell doesn't walk much, but he has a decent bat and a bit of pop, which has led to a .292/.325/.403 line so far this year. Levi Hyams, Josh Elander, and Daniel Carroll all smacked doubles as well.
Rome Braves 7, Savannah Sand Gnats 3
Victor Caratini, C: 3-4, RBI, .293
Eric Garcia, SS: 3-4, 2B(1), .246
A.J. Kirby-Jones, DH: 1-5, HR(3), .278
Victor Reyes, RF: 2-4, 2B(6), BB, CS(4), OF Assist(@3rd), .347
It's a Christmas miracle! Rome won a game! AJ Holland and Navery Moore both made rehab appearances, and while neither were particularly sharp, they got the job done. Brady Feigl continued his good work out of the pen, throwing 2 shutout innings with 3 punchouts. Don't look now, but after his slow start, Victor Caratini is hitting .293/.350/.402. He's going to be just fine. All-or-nothing DH AJ Kirby-Jones connected on his 3rd homer of the year, and also struck out three times. Victor Reyes just keeps on hitting, notching another multi-hit game. He also showed off his arm in right, gunning down a runner at third base.
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