(10-8) Gwinnett Braves 0, (9-7) Columbus Clippers 2
Chase D'Arnaud, RF: 1-4, SB, .265/.296/.382
Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-4, .381/.435/.571
Emilio Bonifacio, CF: 1-4, .319/.377/.362
Mike Foltynewicz, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2.08 ERA
Gwinnett could not snap their losing streak today, as the bats went cold and produced next to nothing. They have now lost their last 5 games. Still, Rio Ruiz was able to pack a punch again with 2 hits on the day. Ruiz is now 3rd in the IL in batting average (.381), 6th in OBP (.435), 4th in slugging (.571), and 5th in OPS (1.006), and is tied for the league lead with 24 hits.
Mike Foltynewicz took a tough loss in the game today, pitching 7 strong innings with only an unearned run costing him a shutout game and a loss. He struggled with walks with 4, but finished the outing strong by striking out the side in the 7th. Kanekoa Texeira allowed his first run by way of a 3 walk inning while recording just 1 out, but Brandon Cunniff came in to get the last 2 outs unscathed.
Next Game: 4/25 at (9-7) Columbus Clippers @ 6:35 PM ET
GWN: Williams Perez
COL: Mike Clevinger (1-0, 4.40 ERA)
(6-12) Mississippi Braves 2, (13-4) Biloxi Shuckers 4
Ozzie Albies, SS: 2-2, 2B, RBI, .338/.408/.441
Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-5, 2B, .275/.338/.420
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 3-4, RBI, .207/.226/.207
Sean Newcomb, SP: 5 IP, 4 H,3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 3.15 ERA
Well looky there, turns out this game sucked too, as Mississippi lost their second straight game. Despite not starting the game, Ozzie Albies turned out to be the offensive star of the game going 2-2 after a late pinch hitting opportunity. Albies leads the Southern League with 23 hits. Emerson Landoni had 3 hits in the game, which ended up doubling his season hit total. Dustin Peterson also had a hit in the game, which is his first extra base hit in 5 games. Really, the Mississippi offense wasn't nearly as terrible as Gwinnett, and recorded 11 hits in the game. They still only scored 2 so I'm guessing situational hitting will be an emphasis in the next team meeting.
Shockingly, Sean Newcomb couldn't throw strikes again today, and walked 4 batters in 5 innings. He also allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 3, so unlike Foltynewicz he really did deserve his loss. He was strong through the first 5 innings before failing to record and out in the sixth. Both of the inherited runners he handed over to the bullpen ended up scoring thanks to a less than great outing from Steve Kent out of the bullpen. Victor Mateo came in and had a very reasonable relief appearance pitching two scoreless innings.
One last game note would be Jordy Lara's box score. He managed to get a hit, 2 walks, an outfield assist, make a throwing error to cost Mississippi a run, Be part of a double play, and get picked off of first base. It was one of the daysiest days I have ever seen.
Next Game: 4/25 vs (13-4) Biloxi Shuckers @ 8:00 PM ET
MIS: Rob Whalen (1-1, 4.50 ERA)
BLX: Javier Salas (1-1, 3.86 ERA)
(7-11) Carolina Mudcats 2 at (10-8) Myrtle Beach 4
Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-3, BB .324/.407/.493
Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, .250/.328/.300
Stephen Gaylor, RF: 3-4, RBI, .242/.390/.273 (that's a real line people. I know my history is bad but I didn't actually screw that one up)
Matt Withrow, RP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. 1.59 ERA
Spoiler Alert: All of the teams sucked. The Mudcats were no exception falling by the same score as Mississippi despite out hitting Myrtle Beach 7-3. I wish I were kidding. Alas, the Mudcats gave up 4 runs on 3 hits despite not allowing a home run. All runs were earned. Not even the savior Dansby Swanson could provide a hit and therefore positive spin, though he did walk once and score a run. Stephen Gaylor and Joey Meneses both had multi hit games to push their numbers a little more towards a territory that doesn't induce sobs.
Matt Withrow pitched 5 solid innings but still got the lost, mostly because he allowed 4 walks and only struck out 1 batter. That's not ideal. Bryton Trepagnier continued that amazing tradition by walking 2 and giving up 2 earned runs in one inning despite not allowing a hit, and Sean McLaughlin also walked a batter in his inning of work. Amazingly, the only one to not walk a batter was Carlos Salazar and his career 7.6 BB/9IP. Well, at least Povse pitches tomorrow *birds sing in the heavens* (Not Zack Bird though. He's in the bullpen)
Next Game: 4/26 vs (6-12) Wilmington Blue Rocks 7:00 PM ET
CAR: Max Povse (1-1, 1.42 ERA)
WIL: Matt Tenuta (2-0, 3.60 ERA)
Another positive, at least Carolina plays a team that has sucked worse than they have lately tomorrow. I predict a 1-2 series loss.
(5-11) Rome Braves 3, (5-11) Asheville 11
Lucas Herbert, C: 2-4, .170/.211/.226
Ronald Acuna, CF: 1-4, BB, .299/.373/.358
Austin Riley, 3B: 3-4, .246/.274/.435
Patrick Weigel, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB,6 K, 3.27 ERA
At least Rome did hold a lead , that is until SOMEBODY *glares at Patrick Weigel* decided to give up a 3 run home run in a chance at a shut down inning. Actually, the offense wasn't half bad, more like 25-40% bad. Austin Riley got 3 hits in the game, which is the same amount as his last 6 games and his first time doing that since opening day. Ronald Acuna reached base twice but *gasp* was picked off for the first time since, if my sources are correct, a pickup game in his backyard on his 6th birthday way back in 2003. It was still a bang bang play. Impressive streak sir, 30 years old is a long way to go but you can make it back to this peak. Lucas Herbert had 2 players attempt steals on him, and it went about as well for them as bringing in Eric O'Flaherty to face Bryce Harper...or anyone for that matter.
Patrick Weigel had his worst start of the season, and outside of that 3 run home run he really wasn't that bad. I mean 7 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings isn't great but at least he struck out 6 batters. Either way the dude can get into the mid 90's with his fastball and has good offspeed stuff so I'm not worried. Matt Custred made front page news by not allowing a run or walk in an appearance, but didn't strike anybody else (I kid. I like Custred he just has had a bad start to the season). Grayson Jones also didn't allow any runs, and in the least shocking thing ever Trevor Belicek also pitched 2 scoreless innings. The dude has STUFF. He has so much stuff it deserves an extra letter. Like a Q or something. Sqtuff.
Next Game: 4/26 at (14-4) West Virginia Power @ 7:05 PM ET
ROM: Max Fried (0-1, 3.94 ERA)
WV: Dario Agrazal (1-0, 2.81 ERA)
Well, since the games were pretty terrible I decided to entertain myself by learning how to pronounce things in Russian. In doing so, I discovered that the phonetic spelling of Ronald Acuna's last name in Russian is Акуна, which is just one letter off from the Russian word for Shark (Акула). Therefore, with this poorly photoshopped picture I dub thee Sharkcuna.
Don't listen to Finding Nemo kid. Fish are food. I hear Marlin is delicious.