There were several nice performances tonight including both of the Flying Delgados pitching well. Randall has yet to allow a run in AAA and Dimaster has been solid this year. Todd Cunningham has been a hitting machine since his return from the DL and 2011 first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin made his first appearance in Rome.
Gwinnett Braves 1, Scranton/WB 0
- Brandon Hicks, 2B, 1-3, HR(15), K, .257 Avg
- Wil Nieves, C 3-3, .370 Avg
- Randall Delgado 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 0.00 ERA
The Braves picked up their only run on a second inning homer from Brandon Hicks, but that is all Randall Delgado needed in his quest to never allow a run in AAA. So far in two outings for Gwinnett he has this line: 13 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 15 K. Up to his promotion I would have said that Delgado had put together a nice consolidation season after his breakout campaign: his strikeouts were still there, the walks were still a problem, but he hadn't really improved much or backtracked either. But now with a change of scenery he has put together two of his best starts of the season against some of the toughest competition he has faced. Obviously I'm not say he has taken a massive step forward but sometimes when a guy has a quiet season you forget about the things that make him great. And Randall Delgado is still great.
Mississippi Braves 2, Mobile BayBears 4
- Mycal Jones, CF 1-5, 2B, 3 K, .236 Avg
- Cory Harrilchak, RF 3-4, K, .246 Avg
- Zeke Spruill 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 2 K, 5.00 ERA
I am not real sure how someone can give up six walks in a game and still go seven innings with just 93 pitches thrown. That is better pitch management than our major league staff. The impressive part was Spruill didn't give up a run till the sixth inning when he gave up two homers for a total of four runs. Unfortunately for the Braves Spruill was up against recovering super-prospect Jarrod Parker who shut the Braves down even without his best stuff.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Wilmington BlueRocks 1
- Todd Cunningham, CF 3-5, K, SB(14), .297 Avg
- Andrelton Simmons, SS 2-5, RBI, CS(14), .300 Avg
- Joe Leonard, 3B 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K, .263 Avg
- Dimaster Delgado 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 3.87 ERA
- Eliecer Cardenas 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB 2 K, 0.79 ERA
Randall Delgado wasn't the only Delgado throwing a nice game tonight as Dimaster had a very nice start and has had a nice return from broken leg last year. He is still just 22 years old so there is still time left on his prospect clock, though he will have to get his walks under control. Todd Cunningham collected three more hits tonight and has seven multi hit games in his last ten. Eliecer Cardenas has been downright dominant in Lynchburg this year striking out 12.4 per nine innings while allowing just 24 hits in 44 innings. He has given up 21 walks as well and he got absolutely hammered in five appearances in AA but his slider can be nasty when he trusts it. His fastball isn't anything special however.
Asheville Tourists 2, Rome Braves 4
- Evan Gattis, DH 3-4, .304 Avg
- Sean Gilmartin 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
- Matt Chaffee 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.32 ERA
Sean Gilmartin made his full season debut against another top prospect in Tyler Matzek. Gilmartin went less than three innings but his performance was impressive and the Braves ended up with the win. The only red flag with Gilmartin's start is that he induced zero groundballs. Gilmartin gets a lot of comparisons to Mike Minor because of his repertoire and college success and I wouldn't be surprised to see him have the same kind of ascent to the majors that Mike Minor has had especially considering that he has added velocity over the last year. His fastball is currently average but if the Braves can work magic with him we could have have another breakout lefty. But we must remember that what happened with Minor isn't a typical outcome. We must temper our expectations.
Elizabethton Twins 4, Danville Braves 0
- Brandon Drury, DH 2-4, .330 Avg
- William Beckwith, 1B 2-4, K, .286 Avg
The D-Braves offense was absolutely shut down with Beckwith and Drury collecting four of the total five hits. No batter after the cleanup spot collected a hit and the bottom four hitters went 0-12 with nine strikeouts. There just wasn't much going on for Danville tonight.
GCL Braves 1, GCL Pirates 2 - 7 Innings
- Will Skinner, RF 1-3, 2B, K, .280 Avg
- Matt Talley 5 IP, 3H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.47 ERA
The GCL Braves finally got to play a game but they brought their taxi squad to the first game of the day. Matt Talley, out of the Citadel, tossed a nice game but Jean Carlos Gil (a nice breakout prospect to keep your eye on) came in to close the game out and gave up a couple of runs on an error.
GCL Pirates 1, GCL Braves 5 - 7 Innings
- Aris Alcantara, 1B 2-2, 2B, SB(6), .280 Avg
- Carlos Franco, 3B 2-3, 3 RBI, .227 Avg
- Kenshin Kawakami 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15.00 ERA
This team was a bit better than the on fielded in the first game and hey! they even had a real major league pitcher as their starter! Well sort of. I don't even know what to think about Kawakami anymore. Is he hurt? Are the Braves trying to see how far they can banish him?
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