Myrtle Beach -The Pelicans lost to Salem tonight, allowing the Red Sox to leapfrog them in the standings. Kinston won as well, meaning the Pelicans now find themselves a half game behind both Salem and Kinston with 10 games to go.
Gwinnett 11, Durham 4
Freddie Freeman has a perfect night at the plate, collecting 5 hits, including his Gwinnett record 18th homer, and 4 RBI. The 20 year old is first in the league in total bases, fifth in OBP, third in slugging, seventh in homers, and second in average, OPS, doubles, and RBI. Wow. Just...wow... Matt Young has been outstanding this season as well, bringing his average all the way up to .300 righ here near the end of the season. Troy Glaus rapped out a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Wilkin Ramirez has a 6th game hitting streak, going 8-29, with a triple, 2 homers, and 7 RBI in that span. He's also struck out 7 times in those 6 games, but that's just the kind of hitter he is.
Mississippi - Off
Myrtle Beach 4, Salem 5
Myke Jones and LV Ware combined to reach base 6 times from the top 2 spots in the order, scoring 3 runs between them. Unfortunately, the rest of the team wasn't as efficient, as the other 7 hitters reached just 5 times between them. Cory Rasmus walked too many tonight, but overall that hasn't been a problem for him with the Pelicans. This is is first full season after missing the majority of his first 3 seasons to injury, and he's been pretty darn good, with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 114 innings between Myrtle Beach and Rome.
Rome 5, Greensboro 9
Joey Terdoslavich, who actually played third base tonight, extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and in his last 2 he's gone 5-8. RSF hasn't dominated the recaps the way he did last season, mostly due to the broken hand he suffered this season, but he is 3 for his last 7. Chris Masters has had a rough second half, putting up a 6.02 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 61.1 innings after the All-Star break, compared to the 1.93 ERA and 0.98 WHIP he put up in 65.1 innings before the break. David Hale allowed 4 earned runs in 1.1 innings, and while he's been successful as a relieve this year, he has allowed 8 earned in 9 innings in his last 3 relief appearances.
Danville 7, Greeneville 2
Not only did Andrelton Simmons extend his hitting streak to 6 games, but he was named to the Appalacian Leauge's Year End All Star team. Barrett Kleinknecht has been hot, hitting .375 with a .947 OPS in his last 10 games. Jakob Dalfonso is 5-9 in his last 2 games. Ryan Delgado has been great in August, with a .345 average and a 1.008 OPS in 55 at bats. Keenan Wiley has hit .340 with a .800 OPS in 50 at bats since being signed as an undrafted free agent. He's 23, so he's way too old for the league, but for a team trying to win another league championship he's been a valuable addition.
GCL Braves 12, GCL Phillies 4
Personally, I love seeing the Braves whoop up on the Phillies, I don't care what level it is. After going hitless in the previous 3 games, Matt Lipka is 4-8 in his last 2. He is tied for the league lead in hits, with 58, and second in stolen bases, with 20. 18 year old outfielder Kurt Fleming has been hot in his last 10, hitting .389 with a 1.158 OPS in that span. He's hit 3 of his 4 homers and driven in 8 of his 15 runs for the year in those 10 games.