Juan Jaime: IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K, 1:0 GO:FO, 3.19 ERA
The G-Braves lost a slugfest in extra innings in the first game of their doubleheader yesterday, losing 12-11. Cody Martin took the ball on the mound and had a poor outing, giving up six runs in five innings of work, striking out three. Martin struggled with finding the zone, as he walked six batters and threw only 53 of 103 pitches for strikes. Needless to say, this wasn't his best outing. The bullpen wasn't much better, as James Hoyt surrendered a run in an inning of work, Juan Jaime gave up four and struggled with control, and Atahualpa Severino gave up a run to lose the game. Offensively, however, there were some bright spots. Todd Cunningham had a nice day, doubling and singling in five trips to the plate. Phil Gosselin had a multi-hit game for the fourth consecutive contest, as he singled twice and also walked. Joey Terdoslavich got in on the action with a three-single day, and Elmer Reyes hit his first home run of the season in a pinch-hit appearance, a three-run shot.
Also, congratulations to former Braves third-base coach and current Gwinnett manager Brian Snitker (and his glorious 'stache), who was named to the coaching staff for the AAA All-Star Game.
Gwinnett plated three runs in the eleventh inning to pull ahead of the Tides and win 7-4 in the second game of the doubleheader. The win probably wasn't so sweet for Pedro Beato, who started the game and gave up a home run in an inning. He was then promptly outrighted off of the 40-man roster.
Ouch. Hector Daniel Rodriguez then gave up three runs in four innings on the mound, walking four and giving up three hits. Ryan Buchter then pitched two scoreless innings (and didn't walk anyone!), Carlos Fisher pitched three scoreless frames, and Terry Doyle finished up the final inning to keep Norfolk off of the board. Once again, Phil Gosselin had an outstanding offensive day, finishing with four hits, including a double and a triple, as well as a walk. This is now his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. I won't rehash my feelings about Gosselin being in Gwinnett, but yeah. Brandon Boggs hit his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot, that also provided Gwinnett with some offense. Sean Kazmar also had a nice day, singling and walking twice in 6 PAs. There's no rest for the weary, as Gwinnett and Norfolk will play another doubleheader this evening.
Greg Ross, Cody Fassold, and Chasen Shreve combined to shut out the BayBears last night, as the M-Braves took the second game of the series 2-0. Ross got the start and pitched seven strong innings, allowing two singles and four walks, striking out five. Ross relied on the fly ball out, put managed to keep the balls from flying out of the park. Fassold struck out two to record both of his outs, and Shreve finished up the final 1.1 innings and allowed one hit, striking out two to pick up the save. Misssissippi's offense was quiet last night, but it didn't matter because of how well the pitchers performed ultimately. José Peraza had a two-single day in four trips. Cedric Hunter had a double and a walk, and also drove in a run. Notably, Kyle Wren and Kyle Kubitza both went hitless on the night, but each did draw a walk in four PAs. Last night's game was also a milestone for outfielder Myke Jones.
With tonight's start, @MykeJones21 has now tied Matt Young's record for most games in a #MBraves uniform... 311.
Despite a strong start from Lucas Sims, Lynchburg fell 2-1 to the Pelicans yesterday. Sims has had a rough season at times, and last night's start was one of his better outings. He went 6.2 innings, giving up six hits and a walk, striking out five. One of the runs was unearned after a fielding flub by left fielder Jose Martinez, and the other run that he gave up was via a Royce Bolinger home run on a fastball down and in that wasn't a bad pitch. Needless to say, it's nice to see Sims make a solid start against a pretty decent Pelicans offense. If you have MiLB.tv, footage of the game is available there, as Myrtle Beach has a camera setup. Alex Wilson and Ronan Pacheco each got two outs in relief, with Pacheco giving up a pair of walks. Lynchburg's offense was fairly silent last night, with José Martinez providing most of the punch. Martinez had three singles and a triple in five trips to the plate. Emerson Landoni also contributed a two-hit game with a walk, and WIll Skinner doubled and scored a run. Cody Scarpetta will toe the rubber tonight for the 'Cats against the Pelicans.
Sal Giardina, 1B: 1-4, 2B (1), 2 RBI (5), E (3, fielding), .244
Matt Marksberry (W): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 5:1 GO:FO, 4.22 ERA
Andy Otero: 3 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K, 3:2 GO:FO, 5.24 ERA
Brady Feigl: IP, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 3.61 ERA
Rome beat the Crawdads last night 7-3, with pitcher Matt Marksberry picking up his first win of the season. Marksberry had a solid start, giving up a pair of runs in five innings of work, allowing six hits and three walks. Marksberry did a good job of missing bats despite allowing quite a few baserunners, as he struck out seven hitters. Andy Otero allowed one run in a three-inning relief outing and struck out four. Brady Feigl pitched a perfect ninth and struck out two. Tanner Krietemeier, a 23rd round draft pick this season out of Oklahoma State, had the biggest offensive day of any Rome player, falling a home run short of the cycle and driving in four runs. He's hit well since his promotion from Danville to Rome. Victor Reyes was held hitless, but the other Victor was able to draw a walk and single in four PAs. Sean Godfrey and Johan Camargo also had two-hit games, with Camargo committing his 22nd error of the campaign. Steve Janas will oppose Cole Wiper tonight at State Mutual Stadium.
Danville topped Pulaski 5-4 in extra innings on a game-winning Alejandro Piloto home run. Things didn't start off so well for Danville, as they fell behind after Andrew Waszak allowed four runs in five innings of work on eight hits and a walk. However, Danville's bullpen did an excellent job, combining to throw six scoreless innings. Colby Holmes and Caleb Dirks each contributed a pair of scoreless innings in relief, and Kyle Kinman and Luis Miranda also added shutout frames. Justin Black had a nice game at the top of Danville's order, picking up a pair of singles and swiping his fifth bag of the season. Yeudi Grullon occupied the spot behind Black and was also successful with two singles and a pair of RBIs. Codey McElroy also had a two-hit day. Alejandro Piloto's walk-off homer was his only hit of the game, but ended up being its most important. Danville now travels back home for a set with the Elizabethon Twins that begins tonight.
The GCL Braves lost a close one to the GCL Tigers by a 5-4 score yesterday. Ian Thomas made his first rehab appearance with the GCL squad after going on the DL in late June with shoulder tendinitis, and got roughed up a little bit, giving up a pair of runs in an inning of work. Garrett Fulenchek took the next two innings and surrendered a pair of runs on a Corey Baptist two-run homer. Rafael Rodriguez pitched a perfect three innings in relief, striking out three, but Abraham Espinosa allowed a run late to give the Tigers the win. Another notable Brave made a rehab start with the GCL Braves yesterday, with Matt Lipka returning after suffering a broken hand. He went 0-3 with three strikeouts. Ozhaino Albies had another nice day at the plate, singling and walking twice in five PAs, and also stealing a pair of bases. He did, however, commit a throwing error. Jose Pina hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot. Braxton Davidson had a single in four tries at the plate. The Tigers and Braves will play again this afternoon before an off-day on Sunday.
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