Danville kicked off their 2014 season Thursday night in Kingston.
Gwinnett was off Thursday, returning to action Friday v. Louisville.
Jackson Generals 4, Mississippi Braves 9
- Jose Peraza 2B: 3-5, 3B (1), 3R, SB (1)
- Mycal Jones CF: CF: 0-3, BB, R, SB (10,11)
- Cedric Hunter LF: 2-5, 2B (19)
- Kyle Kubitza 3B: 2-3, 2R, BB
- Elmer Reyes DH: 1-4
- Gustavo Nunez SS: 2-4, 2B (4), 2R, SB (4)
- Jason Hursh: 7IP, 6H, 2ER, BB, 2K
- Terry Doyle: 0.2IP, 2H, ER, 0BB, K
- Chasen Schreve: 1.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
Of course, the big story from the system Thursday was the promotion of Jose Peraza to double-A. Peraza, who only recently turned 20, is currently the third youngest player at the double-A level. Make sure to check out Ian's briefing from yesterday, ICYMI. He wasted no time making himself comfortable, going 3-5 with a triple and stolen base. There is a lot to love about this kid, even if his days as a shortstop are numbered.
As for the game itself, Mississippi rallied late, scoring all nine runs in the final four innings at the plate, taking a 9-4 win. Cedric Hunter doubled for the 19th time this season and drove in four runs, raising his average to .309 this season. Kyle Kubita continued his fine start to the season, reaching base three of his four times at the plate, good for a .404 OBP. Jason Hursh made his second-half debut, throwing 93 pitches over seven innings, only surrendering two earned. The strikeout numbers still leave much to be desired, as he has only struck out 37 in 70+ innings this season.
Potomac Nationals 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 10
- Kyle Wren CF: 2-3, 2B (8), 3R, SB (32)
- Daniel Castro SS: 3-5, 2R, SB (7)
- David Nick LF: 1-4, BB, 2R
- Kevin Ahrens DH: 2-3, 2B (17), 2BB, 2R
- Emerson Landoni 2B: 3-5, 2B (1)
- Wes Parsons: 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
- Ronan Pacheco: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
- Alex Wilson: 2IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
Lynchburg rallied against the P-Nats, scoring four runs in the 7th and 8th innings, taking the 10-3 win on "Karate Kid" night. Wes Parsons had a bit of a shaky outing, although he only surrendered four hits over five innings. Ronan Pacheco and Alex Wilson cleaned up the final four innings, striking out a combined seven. Wilson's 5K's added to his already impressive line, now sporting a 34:7 strikeout-to-walk in 2014. The offense got to work, scoring 10 runs on 13 hits. Cleanup hitter Kevin Ahrens reached four of his five times at the plate, driving in four runs. Speedster Kyle Wren made his presence felt at the top of the lineup, scoring three times and swiping his 32nd base of the season.
Hickory Crawdads 8, Rome Braves 3
- Johan Camargo SS: 1-5
- Ross Wilson 2B: 0-3, 2BB
- Victor Caratini C: 1-5
- Victor Reyes RF: 0-4, R
- Carlos Franco 3B: 2-4, 2B (12)
- Connor Lien LF: 3-4, 2B (4), R
- Blake Brown 1-3, 3B (2), BB, R
- Tyler Brosius: 5IP, 6H, 2ER, BB, 2K
- Colby Holmes: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K
The Crawdads jumped ahead of Rome early and never looked back, defeating Rome 8-3. Poor pitching and terrible defense continue to plague the single-A squad, surrendering eight runs and committing four errors Thursday. Tyler Brosius threw the first five innings, giving up four runs (two earned), on six hits. The offense could only find a spark at the bottom of the lineup with the 7/8/9 hitters reaching 7 of their 12 times to the plate. Right-fielder Victor Reyes took and 0-4, continuing his struggles over the past month. After a red hot start, the 19-year-old has posted a .200 wOBA (18wRC+) over the past month. Yuck.
Danville Braves 8, Kingston Mets 4
- Keith Curcio CF: 0-3, R
- Jose Morel RF: 0-4, 2R
- Jordan Edgeton 3B: 2-4, BB, 2R
- Tanner Murphy C: 1-2, 2B (1)
- Sean Godfrey LF: 2-2, 2 2B (2), BB, R
- Cody McElroy SS: 1-3, 2B (1), R
- Alec Grosser: 3.2IP, 3H 2ER, 2BB, 7K
- Matt Kimbrel: 2.1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
- Andry Ubiera: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
- Felix Marte: 2IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 2K
Danville got off to a hot start in their team debut, scoring seven runs in the first two innings, and was able to hold off Kingsport, 8-4. Alec Grosser got the start and pitched quite well, striking out seven over 3.2 innings. Ethan selected the 19-year-old Grosser back in March as a possible breakout candidate in the system for the 2014 season. Matt Kimbrel made hit first appearance, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out four. Andry Ubiera, who made five (
disastrous), appearances for Rome earlier in the season, threw a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
On offense, 2014 9th round pick, Jordan Edgerton, collected two hits, walked and scored two runs in his professional debut. The 20-year-old 3B was drafted out of UNC-Pembroke an immediately has been slotted into the Danville three spot. Sean Godfrey, a product of Ball State, also had himself a night, ripping two doubles and walking once, driving in two runs and scoring once himself. A center fielder in college, the Braves 22nd round selection has been moved to left-field with the presence of this years 6th round pick, Keith Curcio. 19th round pick, Codey McElroy, also collected his first professional hit, a double and scoring a run. The 6'5" shortstop was a former Texas Longhorn, before transferring to and being drafted out of Cameron University in his home state of Oklahoma. All around the diamond, Danville has an exciting influx of young talent to keep tabs on in the coming weeks.