Jordan Walden made his first rehab appearance, and Kyle Kubitza and José Peraza had big nights.
Gwinnett Braves: 0 vs. Columbus Clippers: 6 (5½ innings)
- Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 1-2, .370
- Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-2, .256
- Joey Terdoslavich, LF: 0-2, .244
- Brandon Boggs, RF: 1-2, .246
- Jordan Walden (L): 0.2 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 K, 27.00 ERA
- Daniel Rodriguez: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K, 8:2 GO:FO, 3.67 ERA
Gwinnett was shut out by Columbus in a rain-shortened affair last night, losing 6-0 in 5½ innings. The most notable thing that happened in this contest was Atlanta setup man Jordan Walden's first rehab outing. Walden took the mound to start the game and did something that you don't see that often, recording only two official outs and striking out three hitters. Walden struck out the first three hitters of the game and then gave up a two-run home run to former Brave and noted slugger Elliot Johnson before exiting the game.
Daniel Rodriguez, who was originally scheduled to start the game for Gwinnett, finished off the rest of the game on the mound. It wasn't Rodriguez's best outing, as he gave up four runs in 4.2 innings of work, but did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground and throwing strikes.
Gwinnett's offense didn't do much before the game was called, collecting four singles and zero runs off of Columbus starter Tyler Cloyd. Two of those four singles came off of the bat of Christian Bethancourt, who was successful in both of his plate appearances last night. Tyler Pastornicky and Brandon Boggs also got in on the action, with each collecting a single on the night. Outside of those three, the G-Braves had nothing going offensively on the night. The Braves will send Gus Schlosser
to the mound tomorrow night against former Brave Kyle Davies, who will toe the rubber for Columbus.
Mississippi Braves: 6 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts: 1
- Mycal Jones, CF: 1-4, BB, .298
- Gustavo Núñez, SS: 2-4, R, BB, SB (1), .297
- Elmer Reyes, 2B: 0-2, R, 2 BB, K, E (8, fielding), .329
- Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-4, R, HR (3), 4 RBI (18), SB (10), .289
- Braeden Schlehuber, C: 1-3, BB, .220
- Jason Hursh (W): 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, K, 12:5 GO:FO, 3.43 ERA
- John Cornely: IP, H, BB, 0:1 GO:FO, 2.55 ERA
Jason Hursh stymied the Lookouts and Kyle Kubitza smacked a grand slam to lead the M-Braves over Chattanooga in a 6-1 win. Hursh, the Braves' first pick in last year's amateur draft, was effective, inducing ground balls as per his normal M.O. Hursh doesn't overpower hitters and doesn't have an out pitch upon which he can rely for strikeouts, but the heavy sinking motion on his fastball is effective in inducing ground balls and weak contact when it's behaving as it should, and Hursh certainly had his heavy fastball working last night. Of course, it's a bit of a concern that he was only able to strike out a single Lookout, but this is probably to be expected with Hursh at this point, to some degree. As I mentioned earlier, Kyle Kubitza was the offensive star for the M-Braves last night, smacking a grand slam off of Lookouts starter Nick Struck
, and also singling and stealing a base. Kubitza's over-the-fence power has been a bit lacking this season, so it's nice to see him hit his third homer of the campaign. Gustavo Núñez and Myke Jones also had solid offensive nights for Mississippi at the top of the lineup. Ryan Weber
will take the mound for the Braves tomorrow as they do battle with Chattanooga again.
Lynchburg Hillcats: 2 vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans: 9
- José Peraza, 2B: 3-4, R, 2B (11), SB (28), .328
- Kyle Wren, CF: 1-3, R, RBI (20), BB, .272
- Levi Hyams, 1B: 1-4, 2 K, .277
- Will Skinner, RF: 1-4, .255
- Joseph Odom, C: 2-4, .217
- Jarrett Miller (L): 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 5:4 GO:FO, 4.60 ERA
- Ronan Pacheco: IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2:1 GO:FO, 5.09 ERA
- Alex Wilson: IP, H, 2 K, 0:1 GO:FO, 2.20 ERA
Myrtle Peach completed its sweep of Lynchburg last night, toppling the Hillcats 9-2. The Myrtle Beach offense was as powerful as advertised, scoring 9 runs in the series finale. Lynchburg starter Jarrett Miller was roughed up by the Pelicans, surrendering five runs (three were earned) in four innings of work. Miller had trouble throwing strikes, walking four Pelicans while striking out only two. Zach Jadofsky worked three innings in relief and gave up a pair of runs, as did Ronan Pacheco in one inning of work. Alex Wilson was the only Hillcats pitcher who didn't allow a run, as he worked the final inning and struck out a pair of Pelicans. José Peraza once again stood out for the Lynchburg offense, picking up three hits including a double. Peraza also stole his Carolina League-leading 28th stolen base of the season last night. Peraza now has a modest five-game hitting streak, and has been unequivocally Lynchburg's team MVP up to this point in the season. Joseph Odom, catching in Tyler Tewell's stead, also had a multi-hit game, picking up a pair of singles. Kyle Wren reached base twice in four plate appearances, singling home Peraza and walking. The Hillcats will now bid adieu to the Pelicans and welcome the Salem Red Sox
for a four-game set beginning tonight.
Rome Braves vs. Greenville Drive, postponed
Rome was rained out in their season opener against Greenville last night. They'll make up the game as part of a double-header on Saturday night.