Gwinnett 5, Charlotte 2
Freddie Freeman had a perfect night, reaching all 4 times he came to the plate, including 2 doubles, a walk, and a hit by pitch.. He even added a steal for good measure. Troy Glaus struck out twice, but he also reached on a pair of walks and played an errorless third base. Matt Young stays hot, collecting a pair of hits. In his last 10, he's hitting .368 with a 1.007 OPS and 9 stolen bases. Joe Thurston is having a hot August, hitting .321 with a .895 OPS in 81 at bats. Of course it's also his 8th AAA season and, so far, statistically his worst. Todd Redmond hasn't found much consistency this year, but when he's on, he's something else. In 2 years of AAA, he's 18-16, with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Mississippi 8, Jacksonville 2
Randall Delgado's 6th AA start was his best overall, and he picked up his first win with Mississippi. Walks had been killing him, so it's very encouraging to see him give up just 1 free pass tonight. Kyle Cofield has seemed like a future reliever for a few years, and he threw 2 scoreless tonight in his second straight relief appearances. He's tossed 9.2 scoreles with a 0.62 WHIP in 5 releif apperances this year, compared to his 5.31 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 40.2 innings as a starter. Mauro Gomez has been slugging all season, but tonight he stole his first base, just his 6th in 565 career games. Tyler Pastornicky's night was a lot like his short tenure with the Braves, filled with promise but earmarked with concerns. But, since he's so new to the organization, it's easy to forget that he's only 20 years old and is making some huge strides as a player.
Myrtle Beach - Off
Rome 2, West Virginia 1
The Braves invested a lot of money into Christian Bethancourt and Edward Salcedo, and while 2010 hasn't always been kind to them, tonight was a great example of the promise they show. Betahncourt has been hot in his last 10, hitting .357 with a .821 OPS. He's finally showing some slugging ability, but, unfortunately, still hasn't learned how to take a walk. But, uh, oh yeah, he's only 18, so things can, and probably will, get much better. Steve Kent made his first start since 2008 and while he only went 3 innings it was a continuation of his domiant season. He's been limited by pitch counts since he's returning from Tommy John surgery, but a 0.89 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 30.1 innings, as well as 13.3 K/9 and 6.4 K/BB, are just plain filthy stats.
Danville 1, Kingsport 7
David Filak's innings have been very limitted all year. In his 2nd start he tossed 5 innings, and in his 6th start he tossed 6, but in his other 7 appearances he's thrown 13 innings combined. His overall numbers are good, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 in 24 innings. Andrelton Simmons' overall numbers aren't that impressive, a .261 average and a .665 OPS, but in his last 10 he's hitting .361 with a .929 OPS. If he can end the year strong it's really going to give him a lot of confidence going forward as a hitter, and maybe stave off all the talk of making him into a pitcher (of which I've been as guilty as anyone).
GCL Braves - Postponed, Rain
The Orlando Braves' season finale is this coming Saturday, but with a hurricane looming in the Atlantic Ocean you have to wonder how many of those games they'll be able to get in.