Myrtle Beach -The Pelicans lost tonight and Kinston won, leaving Myrtle Beach a game and a half behind the Indians with 9 games to go.
Danville -Danville lost, allowing the Burlington Royals to knock their deficit back to 2 games with 4 games left in the season.
Gwinnett 4, Durham 3
Joe Thurston had a walkoff single in the bottom of the 9th, capping off the G-Braves' comback from a 3-1 deficit. Thurston is working on a 9 game hitting strea, with a .421 average and 1.213 OPS in that span. Freddie Freeman extended his own hitting streak to 9 games, and Wilkin Ramirez extended his to 7 games, going 6-12 in his last 3. Nate McLouth hasn't done much in his time with Gwinnett, but he reached base 4 times tonight. Kenshin Kawakami made his 5th start for Gwinnett, and he's racked up a 4.35 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 11.3 H/9, 9.1 K/9, and 2.2 BB/9 in 20.2 innings. Compare that to his 4.75 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 9.9 H/9, 6.2 K/9, and 3.0 BB/9 in 83.1 innings for Atlanta, and you see that he's basically the same pitcher, except he's striking out a few more in AAA.
Mississippi 3, Carolina 2
JJ Hoover picked up his first win at AA, striking out 9 while allowing only 4 baserunners in 5 innings. It was the big righty's 12 win of the season, giving him the organizational lead. Mauro Gomez hit his league leading 39th double of the year. 25 year old Minor League vet Orlando Mercado has had a fine season for Mississippi, hitting .291 with a .708 OPS in 258 at bats.
Myrtle Beach 2, Winston-Salem 5
Big Mike Jones collected 3 of the Pelicans' 4 hits on the night. Matt Crim gave up too many hits, but his defense also let him down, as he was charged for 3 unearned runs. Still, after allowing a 8.00 ERA and a 2.00 ERA in 27 July innings, he rebounded nicely in August with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 23 innings. Andrew Wilson has been good with the Pelicans, with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 9.1 innings over 4 appearances.
Rome 9, Greensboro 3
Kyle Rose extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and he has a .423 on base percentage in that span with 4 steals and 5 runs scored. Joey Terdoslavich extended his hitting streak to 7 games and he's doubled in 3 straight. Dan Jurik pitched great in his second start for Rome, allowing just 1 earned run in 6 innings while striking out 5. In 62.2 innings between the GCL, Danville, and Rome, the 23 year old has a 3.30 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
Danville 2, Greeneville 5
Jakob Dalfonso continues to punish baseballs, going 7-13 in his last 3 games. Ryan Delgado has been a bit better, extending his hitting streak to 5 games, going 11-21 in that span. Blaine Sims has had a rough time in his last 2 starts, allowing 7 earned runs in 9 innings.
GCL Braves 2, GCL Yankees 4
The Orlando Braves didn't get much offesne in this one, scoring both of their runs off a Wilson Rivera pinch hit double. Victor Cadette had 3 hits and threw a runner out at home from left field. On the pitching side, well, I didn't know the Braves had a player named Francois Lafreniere.