Gwinnett dropped their final game of a 4-game set against the Chiefs, 8-4. Aaron Northcraft had another disappointing start on the mound since being promoted from AA, giving up five runs in five innings on eight hits. Northcraft didn't walk any batters and struck out four, and it seems as if the BABIP monster may have bitten him, as he allowed seven singles and a double. Carlos Fisher and James Hoyt each allowed an earned run in their relief appearances, and Ryan Buchter walked someone in his appearance (@CanPredictBall). Despite the loss, there were a few nice offensive performances by the G-Braves. Phil Gosselin stayed hot with a two-hit night, including a double. He did, however, commit his fourteenth error of the season. Joey Terdoslavich smacked a home run and a double, and Edward Salcedo got in on the action with a long ball. Gwinnett now embarks on a trip to Norfolk, where they'll have a five-game series before the AAA All-Star break. Cody Martin is scheduled to start on the mound tonight.
Mississippi Braves - Off-Day
The M-Braves had a scheduled off-day yesterday. They'll begin a five-game home series against the Mobile BayBears tonight with Jason Hursh on the mound.
The Hillcats and Mudcats finished up their game that was suspended on Tuesday night, and they were blown out as a result of a late-inning bullpen meltdown. Daniel Watts started the game and had a mediocre outing, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in five and a third innings of work. Zach Jadofsky then allowed a pair of runs to allow the Mudcats to take the lead, and Benino Pruneda came in and gave up quite possibly the most #NSFW line of the Braves' MiLB season. Getting one out and allowing seven runs is usually frowned upon. Will Skinner and Levi Hyams combined to do most of the offensive damage for the 'Cats, with Skinner picking up a pair of hits including his seventh dinger of the season, and Hyams singling twice.
The Hillcats couldn't quite plate enough runs to avoid losing their second game against Carolina yesterday, losing 5-4. Jarrett Miller took the mound to start for the Hillcats and had an okay outing, striking out nine but allowing two walks and seven hits, which led to three runs for Carolina. Ronan Pacheco gave up a pair of runs in a brief relief appearance, but Mauricio Cabrera and Alex Wilson each came in with a scoreless relief appearance apiece. Here's an update on Cabrera's velocity from Hillcats beat reporter Damien Sordelettt:
Cabrera needs only 7 pitches to get thru 1 1/3 innings. His fastball was 94 (3) and his slider was 84 (1) and 82 (2). Mudcats 5, #Hillcats 3
Will Skinner homered yet again in the second game of the day, his eighth of the season. He also reached base via a walk. Eric Garcia and Tyler Tewell each contributed a hit and a walk in the contest. The Hillcats had men on second and third in the bottom of the ninth down one, but Garcia lined out to end it. Wes Parsons will get the nod on the bump for the Hillcats in their series finale against the Mudcats tonight.
Yean Carlos Gil (W): 7 IP, H, 2 K, 10:8 GO:FO, 2.99 ERA
Rome blanked the Tourists 4-0 in a rain-shortened affair in Asheville yesterday night. Yean Carlos Gil fired a complete-game one-hitter, allowing only one baserunner in seven innings of work. He only struck out two hitters, but didn't allow any free passes and hold a powerful Tourists offense in check. Connor Oliver led off and did a solid job, singling and doubling in four tries at the plate, and driving in a pair of runs. Victor Caratini hit his fifteenth double of the season, and Gerald Chin chipped in with a double as well. Connor Lien did well at the bottom of the lineup, picking up a pair of singles and stealing his seventh base of the season. Rome's reward for their win is a trip home to face the Hickory Crawdads, a team full of Rangers prospects who are toolsy and generally good at baseball, in a four-game set. Tyler Brosius will toe the rubber tonight.
Andry Ubiera: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 2.37 ERA
Kyle Kinman: IP, K, 1:0 GO:FO, 6.23 ERA
Luis Miranda (W): 2 IP, 3 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 0.90 ERA
Michael Flores: IP, K, 0:1 GO:FO, 4.50 ERA
The D-Braves won their series opener against their Pulaski Mariners by a 4-2 count. The D-Braves handed Andry Ubiera the ball to start the game, and he had mixed results. Ubiera did strike out six hitters in his four innings of work, but also allowed a pair of runs on four hits and three walks. Danville's bullpen was excellent, as Kyle Kinman, Luis Miranda, Michael Flores, and Matt Kimbrel all made scoreless appearances to hold the Mariners at bay. Danville's offense didn't provide a ton of fireworks, with Fernelys Sanchez's first home run of the season being their only extra base hit, but took advantage of walks and a hit by pitch to plate runs. Sean Godfrey had a nice night at the top of the lineup, singling three times in five plate appearances. Luis Monasterio also had a good night, reaching via two walks and a single. Get excited, guys, because tomorrow's Alec Grosser Night as the D-Braves and Mariners do battle once again.
Luke Dykstra, 2B: 3-5, 2 2B (4), RBI (3), SB (3), 2 E (5, both fielding), .412
Braxton Davidson, LF: 0-2, R, 2 BB, .219
Ian Hagenmiller, 1B: 2-4, 2B (2), RBI (4), E (1, missed catch), .157
Alejandro Flores, C: 2-4, E (1, throwing), .185
Francisco Gonzalez: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 9:4 GO:FO, 4.34 ERA
Luis Gamez: 0.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 1:1 GO:FO, 8.31 ERA
Aldo Silva (L): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (2 ER), BB, 2:0 GO:FO, 4.91 ERA
The GCL Braves' bullpen and defensive woes spoiled a fantastic start by Francisco Gonzalez, as they fell 10-4 to the GCL Yankees' second squad. Gonzalez, a 19-year-old Venezuelan righty who's currently experiencing his second go-round in the Gulf Coast League, performed admirably, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing no free passes and only four hits, striking out five. Unfortunately, things unraveled from there for both the Braves' bullpen and defense, as Dylan Stuart, Aldo Silva, and Ryan Gunther combined to allow ten runs, although only three were earned. The Braves committed five errors on the day, three of which occurred during a disastrous eighth inning in which the Braves allowed nine runs to cross. Luke Dykstra committed two of these errors, but he also had an impressive day at the plate, doubling twice and singling in five ABs. He also swiped his third bag of the season. Ozhaino Albies continued to rake and continued to not care that he's 17 years old and (officially, and generously) 5'9", picking up a pair of hits, including his second double of the campaign. Ian Hagenmiller also had a pair of hits, including a double. The same two teams will play tomorrow in Tampa.
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