José Peraza hit his fourth triple in as many days, Mississippi and Rome's offenses each tallied eight runs, and Cody Martin struggled yesterday down on the farm.
Gwinnett Braves: 4 vs. Columbus Clippers: 9
- Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 1-4, R, .360
- Phil Gosselin, SS: 1-4, R, SB (4), .322
- Mark Hamilton, 1B: 1-4, R, HR (5), 3 RBI (30), .275
- Christian Bethancourt, DH: 1-4, 2B (9), K, .247
- Edward Salcedo, 3B: 0-3, BB, E (16, throwing), .206
- Steven Lerud, C: 2-3, R, K, .258
- Cody Martin (L): 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 7:3 GO:FO, 3.82 ERA
- Ian Thomas: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K, 1:3 GO:FO, 3.94 ERA
- Ryan Buchter: 1.1 IP, 2 K, 0:2 GO:FO, 3.94 ERA
Gwinnett dropped another contest to Columbus last night, losing 9-4 to the Clippers. Cody Martin took the mound for the G-Braves and had his roughest outing of the season, giving up six runs (five were earned) in 4.2 innings of work, including three home runs hit off of him by Columbus batters. Martin doesn't have overwhelming velocity or stuff and instead relies on deception and command to retire batters, and he didn't appear to fool many Clippers batters last night. Martin had only given up two home runs on the season entering last night's game, so the three-homer night was aberrational. Ian Thomas didn't fare much better than Martin in two innings of relief work, giving up three runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Thomas pitched well in his first outing for Gwinnett since his demotion, but tonight's outing was more like what we saw from Thomas in the appearances prior to his demotion to the minors. Ryan Buchter's
solid relief outing, however, is a positive sign. Gwinnett's offense was mainly produced via a three-run Mark Hamilton home run, his second homer in three days, in the first inning, which put the Braves up 3-1. Gwinnett scored again in the bottom of the second inning off of Clippers starter Duke von Schamann (that's an 80 name, by the way), but couldn't muster any additional runs afterwards. Other notable offensive performances include Steven Lerud, who was the only G-Brave with a multi-hit game, and Christian Bethancourt, who hit an opposite-field double in the first inning. Daniel Rodriguez
and Tyler Cloyd
will square off tonight as the same two teams do battle.
Mississippi Braves: 8 at Montgomery Biscuits: 5
- Gustavo Núñez, RF: 2-4, RBI (9), CS (2), .289
- Cedric Hunter, LF: 3-4, R, 2B (14), 3 RBI (25), BB, K, .306
- Seth Loman, 1B: 1-5, R, HR (9), 3 RBI (35), .265
- Elmer Reyes, 2B: 1-4, R, 2 K, .333
- Matt Kennelly, C: 2-4, R, .316
- David Rohm, CF-RF: 3-4, 2 R, 2B (11), .296
- Aaron Northcraft (W): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8:4 GO:FO, 2.88 ERA
- James Hoyt (SV): IP, H, BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 1.35 ERA
The M-Braves picked up another win in Montgomery last night, slicing the Biscuits 8-5. Aaron Northcraft, who was named a Southern League All-Star today, started the game for Mississippi and battled through six innings of work to pick up a win, even though this wasn't his sharpest outing. The sinkerballer gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings, including a two-run home run by Cameron Seitzer. Northcraft did induce a good ratio of ground ball outs to fly ball outs, as he normally does, and he also scattered four strikeouts. James Hoyt, another SL All-Star, was able to close out the ninth without allowing a run despite allowing a single and a walk to the Biscuits. Mississippi brought the lumber last night, putting eight runs on the board along with thirteen team hits. Cedric Hunter and David Rohm each had three hit games, with both outfielders collecting a pair of singles along with a double. Rohm has been scorching hot as of late and is hitting .500 (18 for 36) in his last ten games. The 24-year-old outfielder, a 9th-round pick by the Braves back in 2010, doesn't have much power, but his ability to hit for a solid average is something that has been present throughout the bulk of his Minor League career. Another interesting note about Rohm's game is below, courtesy of M-Braves' radio man Kyle Tait.
Seth Loman smacked a three-run homer for the M-Braves, his ninth of the season. The M-Braves have returned to Mississippi, and will begin a five-game set with the Chattanooga Lookouts beginning tonight with Jason Hursh
on the bump.
Lynchburg Hillcats: 1 vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans: 7 (5½ innings, rain)
- José Peraza, 2B: 1-2, 3B (8), .321
- Kyle Wren, CF: 1-2, .271
- Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 1-2, R, .241
- Greg Ross (L): 5 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 8:1 GO:FO, 3.36 ERA
- Matt Chaffee: IP, K, 2:0 GO:FO, 6.88 ERA
Lynchburg's pitching staff was roughed up by the Pelicans' offense for the second consecutive night in a rain-shortened game that the Hillcats dropped 7-1. Greg Ross, who has been normally been consistently good this season, gave up seven runs in five innings of work, including a pair of home runs that he gave up to Preston Beck
and Jorge Alfaro. Ross, who was recently named to the Carolina League All-Star team as a reward for his typically strong performances this season, did rack up six strikeouts in his five innings of work, but he ultimately just couldn't overcome the powerful sticks in the Pelicans' lineup. Matt Chaffee worked one scoreless inning in relief, inducing a pair of ground ball outs and striking out a hitter. The Hillcats only managed three hits in the shortened game, with José Peraza, Kyle Wren, and Kevin Ahrens each picking up a knock apiece. Peraza's hit was an opposite-field triple, his fourth three-bagger in his past four games. Wren and Ahrens each singled, and that was about it for the Hillcats' offense. It's interesting to note that Tyler Tewell sat this contest out after being struck in the ankle with a pitch last night, but judging by Hillcats manager Luis Salazar's comments following last night's game, Tewell should be back in short order. Lynchburg will send Jarrett Miller to the mound tonight and try to avoid the rain in their series finale against the Pelicans.
Rome Braves: 8 at Augusta GreenJackets: 12
- Connor Oliver, CF: 2-5, 2 R, 2B (7), K, .261
- Ross Wilson, 2B: 4-5, 3 R, RBI (2), K, .333
- Victor Caratini, DH: 2-5, R, RBI (18), K, .298
- Jacob Schrader, 1B: 2-4, R, 2B (8),2 RBI (33), K, .266
- Victor Reyes, RF: 2-5, RBI (26), K, .302
- Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-5, 2B (6), 3 RBI (14), .227
- Yean Carlos Gil (L): 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 4:3 GO:FO, 2.26 ERA
- Tyler Vail: IP, 2 K, 0:1 GO:FO, 2.66 ERA
- Pete Perez: IP, 2 H, K, 1:0 GO:FO, 2.66 ERA
Rome dropped a slugfest in Augusta last night, dropping a 12-8 game to the GreenJackets. Yean Carlos Gil, a Sally League All-Star this season, had an atypically bad start, getting tagged for six runs (four were earned) on six hits in four innings of work, walking and striking out a pair. Gil was victimized by shortstop Ronald Luna's throwing error in the bottom of the first inning, as he would've escaped a jam with runners on second and third without Luna's errant throw. Gil just didn't have the luckiest of nights, as he gave up a bunch of singles and the breaks didn't fall his way.
Tyler Vail and Pete Pérez each contributed a scoreless inning of relief work after Gil's departure. César López, a former Pirates
farmhand, made his Rome debut after recently being signed, and worked two innings of relief, giving up a run. Despite the pitching staff's poor performance, Rome's offense did have the bats working in the contest, scoring eight runs. Interestingly, each of the R-Braves' first six hitters in the lineup had multi-hit games, while the bottom three hitters (Connor Lien, Ronald Luna, and Anthony Núñez, all had 0-fers). The strongest offensive performance came via Ross Wilson
, a 25-year-old Alabama alum who was recently signed after being released by the Marlins
organization, who put together a four-hit game. The two Victors each had a pair of singles in the game, and Caratini is knocking on the door to put both of the Victors above the .300 mark. Connor Oliver had a nice day at the dish as well, collecting a pair of hits including a double. Rome will now return home to State Mutual Stadium for a four-game set with the Greenville Drive starting this evening.