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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 9/3 (Danville Wins The Championship!)

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Brandon Jones hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs for AAA Gwinnett.
Brandon Jones hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs for AAA Gwinnett.

Norfolk 3, Gwinnett 2

  • B. Jones 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
  • B. Barton 2-4, SB
  • J. Halama 5.1 IP, 3 R, 2 K, 3 BB

A steady, soaking mist fell all night and so did the G-Braves. After getting rocked in the first inning, 912 year old John Halama actually pitched very well, no small feat given the conditions. Brian Barton and Brandon Jones continue their late season surges, with Jones continuing to show the extra base power that he lacked before the beginning of August. Gwinnett falls to 2 games behind Durham in the division, but maintain their 3.5 game lead in the Wild Card. If they win tomorrow against Norfolk, or if Syracuse loses their game, they will clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Carolina 6, Mississippi 5

  • B. Hicks 1-3, HR (9), 2 RBI
  • K. Kirkland 3-4
  • T. Gustafson 7 IP, 3 R, 3 K, BB

Brandon Hicks contininues his late season surge, and I think we're all hoping he can continue this into the AFL and restore some faith in his prospect status. Tim Gustafson is making up for lost time and successfully making the conversion from reliever to starter, as he throws his 4th straight quality start.

Myrtle Beach - Off

the Pelicans will begins their season-ending 4 game series against the Winston-Salem Dash (worst name ever!) tomorrow night.

Augusta 1, Rome 0

  • M. Minor 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 9 K, 0 BB
  • M. Mehlich 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, BB

This is getting pathetic. Maybe nobody told the Rome offense that the season doesn't end until Monday. With another dominant pitching performance wasted, Rome has now gone 41 innings without scoring a run. Wow. And Agusta's lone run was unearned, so they're not even playing defense well. Mike Minor hasn't really been tested in the Sally League, as he's now allowed just 1 run and struck out 17 in 14 innings. We'll see if he can continue that success in the AFL.

Danville 5, Elizabethton 0

  • O. Marval 2-3, 2 RBI
  • M. Crim 9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 5 K, BB

Appy League Pitcher of the Year Matt Crim was dominant all season for the D-Braves, so why should the league championship be any different? Crim followed up Brett Oberholtzer's dominant performance in Game 1 with a gem of his own as the best team in the league made things official. Behind a pair of RBIs by DH Osman Marval, the Danville offense scored 5 runs, 4 more than they needed, and the Danville Braves are the 2009 Appalachian League Champions.