(16-17) Gwinnett Braves 3, (17-16) Rochester Red Wings 9
- Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-3 HR, RBI, R, .231/.231/.381
- Emilio Bonifacio, CF: 1-4 R, SB(11), .268/.308/.299
- Casey Kelly, SP: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2.93 ERA
Matt Marksberry struggled for the first time this year in the minors giving up 2 walks (he's had 3 all year) and was gave up twice as many runs as he's given up the entire year. He's had a bit of an odd year as his normal splits are reversed and he's now limiting RHB to a .476 OPS and LHB to a .638 OPS. That said with the Braves now having 2 LOOGYs, seriously never have Krol face a RHB, this works out well for Matt and I believe he winds up back in Atlanta sooner than later.
(14-18) Mississippi Braves 5, (12-18) Mobile Bay Bears 0
- Matt Lipka, CF: 2-4, R, SO, .248/.317/.372
- Dansby Swanson, SS: 3-4 R, 2(1B), 3B, RBI, .324/.432/.541
- Chris Ellis, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 0ER, 1 BB, 5K, 1.71 ERA, 0.98 WHIP
(16-13) Potomac Nationals 3, (13-17) Carolina Mudcats 4
- Braxton Davidson, RF: 2-4, R, .194/.267/.282
- Max Povse, SP: 7 IP, 7 H , 2 ER, 0BB, 7 K, (2.89 ERA)
(15-17) Augusta Green Jackets 7, (11-21) Rome Braves 4
- Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 1-4 2B, BB, .291/.386/.418
- Touki Toussaint, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4K, 6.75 ERA
It's really amazing that Rome was able to amass 4 runs as they had just 1 extra base hit, and were a collective 1-for-10 with RISP. Ray-Patrick Didder doubled and walked, Justin Ellison is starting to log consecutive games with hits, and Austin Riley collected his first multi-walk game of the season.
The star of this game was Touki Toussaint. Outside of one pitch that was absolutely hammered for a 2R HR, the young pitcher flashed why that trade may be one of the dumbest trades in the history of baseball. His fastball had late movement, and he was locating it extremely well. His developing change-up kept hitters honest and enabled him to blaze fastballs right by them and his ++ curveball was a thing to watch. He's pitched extremely well over the last 3 games (2.81 ERA, .583 OPS) and I'm seeing a pitcher develop confidence. Herbert called a great game and really helped keep batters off balance. There were no trends in the pitches as Touki had no problem starting hitters off with a curve, a fastball, and even a couple of times that change-up. This was the best I've seen him, and I can't wait to catch his next start.
Next Game: at (22-10) Hickory Crawdads @ 6:00 PM ET
ROM: Soroka, M (2.32 ERA)