Phil Gosselin had an excellent offensive night, but it ultimately wasn't enough as the G-Braves dropped last night's game to the Chiefs. Yunesky Maya took the mound as Gwinnett's starter and didn't have his best night, which was abetted by poor defense behind him. Maya went six innings and gave up five runs, although only two were earned due to a pair of Edward Salcedo errors, as well as one committed by Gosselin. He gave up seven hits and walked three batters, so it still wasn't exactly a banner night for him on the bump. Gwinnett's bullpen did solid work behind Maya, however, as Carlos Fisher, James Hoyt, Juan Jaime, and Ryan Buchter all made scoreless appearances. Gosselin's aforementioned day was definitely the biggest news from last night's game, as he tallied three hits, including his 22nd double and fifth homer of the season.
He's not going to be anything more than a solid utility player in the Majors, but it'd be sure nice to see him on Atlanta's bench, a unit that has been almost completely bereft of contributing players, instead of a certain Swedish Owl. Outside of Gosselin, however, there wasn't much doing for the G-Braves at the dish. Syracuse and Gwinnett will play again tonight at Coolray Field.
The M-Braves were thumped by the Biscuits yesterday, being shut out in a 9-0 loss. It didn't take Montgomery long to put the game out of reach, as they jumped on M-Braves starter Ryan Weber for seven runs in the first inning. It was not a banner evening for Weber, as he allowed six hits, including a pair of homers, and a walk in his sole inning of work. In positive news, Ryan Kelly and Jorge Reyes, who is not deaf, each contributed multi-inning, scoreless appearances. Mississippi didn't put up much of a fight offensively, as they only tallied three hits and four walks cumulatively. Kyle Kubitza was hitless in four at-bats, but did receive the Southern League Player of the Week Award as recognition for his strong work last week.
Myke Jones had the only extra-base hit for Mississippi, doubling off of Biscuits starter Victor Mateo. Kyle Wren and David Rohm had the other two hits on the night. The M-Braves will look to salvage the final game of the series tomorrow with Mitch Atkins on the bump.
Lynchburg picked up the lone organizational win yesterday, scraping out a one-run victory over the Carolina Mudcats. Cody Scarpetta started it off on the mound for the 'Burg and had a decent outing, giving up a pair of runs (although only one was earned) in five innings of work on three hits, walking three and striking out six. Mauricio Cabrera, who's only worked in the 'pen since coming back from a forearm strain, worked a scoreless inning in relief, although he did give up a pair of hits. Alex Wilson got the save after getting four outs without allowing any baserunners. Three Hillcats had three-hit games yesterday, with Eric García, José Martinez, and Emerson Landoni all getting in on the action. David Nick also had a nice day at the plate, tripling and walking in four plate appearances. Daniel Watts and the Hillcats will square off against the Mudcats again tonight.
Steve Janas (L): 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), BB, 3 K, 4:6 GO:FO, 5.92 ERA
Pete Pérez: IP, 2 H, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 3.25 ERA
Richie Tate: IP, H, K, 2:0 GO:FO, 4.01 ERA
Rome was annihilated in western North Carolina last night, dropping an 11-1 contest to the Tourists. The Tourists are a very strong Sally League team with quite a few legitimate prospects such as David Dahl and Raimel Tapia, and yeah, the Braves aren't quite that. Steve Janas was thumped in five innings of work, giving up seven runs (six were earned) on eight hits and a walk, striking out three. Janas gave up a pair of home runs to Jordan Patterson and José Briceno, and also gave up four doubles. It's been a bit of a disappointing campaign for Janas thus far, as he was viewed by many (including myself) as an interesting, projectable arm in the system. Pete Pérez and Richie Tate eached worked a scoreless inning in relief, for a bit of a positive note. Rome only pushed across one run on a Gerald Chin sacrifice fly that plated Carlos Franco. Connor Oliver was the strongest offensive performer for the R-Braves, as he doubled and walked at the top of the lineup in five plate appearances. Victor Caratini was held hitless (he did walk), but Victor Reyes and Johan Camargo were each able to knock a single apiece. Chris Díaz will start for Rome against Asheville again tonight.
Daniel Cordero (L): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 8 K, 5:3 GO:FO, 4.29 ERA
Colby Holmes: 2 IP, 4:0 GO:FO, 15.00 ERA
Danville couldn't get much going offensively in a 3-1 loss to the Princeton Rays yesterday. Daniel Cordero got the start on the mound for Danville yesterday and gave up three runs in six innings on seven hits. He got BABIP'd to death, however, only giving up five singles and a pair of doubles while striking out eight hitters and walking none. Overall, I'd characterize this as a strong outing for him. Colby Holmes pitched two spotless and uneventful innings of relief work to finish up the night on the mound. The D-Braves' offense was largely stymied by the Rays' pitching staff, as they only pushed across one run on a Codey McElroy sacrifice fly that brought in Jordan Edgerton, who went 1-3 on the day with a walk. Sean Godfrey did a nice job setting the table at the top of Danville's lineup, notching a pair of singles in four plate appearances. Other than that, however, there just wasn't too much going on. Danville will look to snap a four-game skid and avoid being swept in their series finale in Princeton tonight.
After an off-day on Sunday, the GCL Braves returned to action yesterday and were thumped by the GCL Astros, 11-0. When the pitching staff gives up that many runs and the offense only manages five singles and a pair of walks, it's not the greatest day. Jhon Martinez, a 19-year-old Veezuelan lefty, got the start and had a rough outing after making a nice start last week, giving up seven runs and getting only five outs. He struggled with control and wasn't fooling too many Astros hitters. Braves relievers didn't fare much better, with Abraham Espinosa giving up three runs (two were earned) and Cole Brocker giving up a run in the final frame. Rafael Rodriguez and Jared Dettman had scoreless appearances, but Dettman struggled with control, walking three batters in two innings. There weren't too many offensive bright spots for the team, but it's nice to see that Braxton Davidson reached twice on a walk and a single in four plate appearances. Ozhaino Albies had a two-hit day, and Ray-Patrick Didder (man, both of those names are excellent. Curaçao is the best.) reached base a pair of times. The Braves and Astros will play again this afternoon.
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