(24-24) Gwinnett Braves 9, (17-31) Norfolk Tides 2
Brandon Snyder, RF: 2-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, .320/.362/.412
Adonis Garcia, LF: 2-5, 2 RBI, .356/.413/.616
Ozzie Albies, SS: 2-5, 2B, .229/.267/.375
Lucas Sims, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K, 5.19 ERA
Ozzie Albies showed today why many think he may already be major league ready, with a 2-5 performance. He doubled to lead off the game and scored a run. His numbers may seem a bit thin, but he has just a .271 BABIP (career ~.370, Median in IL .3085), so there will be a progression to the norm soon incoming. The top 4 of the lineup produced 9 hits on the day, including 3 from the player we hold dearest to our hearts, Emilio Bonifacio. Brandon Snyder had a double and a home run on the day, his second of the season. I was gonna post a pic of Snyder here, but somehow the only pics I have of him are of him dropping 3 separate fly balls in right field, so I think I’ll just stick with Ozzie.
Lucas Sims had quite the day, earning his first win. I didn’t say quite a good day because he managed to walk 6 batters in 5 innings. He was dominant through his first 2 frames, striking out 5 in those 2 innings, but really took a tumble allowing 5 walks and striking out 2 batters in the next 3 innings. Still, he was able to reclaim the minor league strikeout lead and now has 65 on the season. Lucas Harrell, Rob Wooten, and Brandon Cunniff combined in the bullpen to allow no runs in their 4 innings of work.
Next Game: 5/27 vs (24-20) Syracuse Chiefs @ 7:05 PM ET
Neither team has announced a starter, and it seems very likely the previous option in Aaron Blair will be in Atlanta. The Chiefs, interestingly enough, have a train as their logo and I don’t know why or how how those two things relate. Choo-Choo Chief-Chief.
(20-26) Mississippi Braves 3, (21-24) Jacksonville Suns 4 F/10
Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-4, BB, .299/.382/.474
Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-4, SB, .262/.337/.430
Willians Astudillo, C: 1-5, RBI, .259/.282/.3199
Andrew Thurman, SP: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 5.21 ERA
Dansby Swanson narrowly escaped this one with his hitting streak intact, knocking a 10th inning single to move the needle to 11 games straight. The Suns narrowly escaped with victory as well, loading the bases for Johan Camargo with 2 outs in the ninth. Camargo then popped up to the catcher in foul territory, anticlimacticly ending a really fun game. Jacob Schrader put up a nice game with 2 doubles and a walk. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold on. Also, you read that right. Willians Astudillo struck out, and did so on 2 CONSECUTIVE SWINGS AND MISSES. I bow to you Suns pitcher Tyler Kinley.
Andrew Thurman seems to be having an incredibly difficult time deciding if he’s gonna be a good pitcher or a really bad one, and fortunately today he chose correctly. While not as great as his start in Pensacola, Thurman was much more effective and in control than his previous outing and limited the Suns to one run. He left the game very deserving of a win, but in came the bullpen of Mississippi. Jason hursh was able to get the final 2 outs in the 7th, but gave up the game tying run in the the 8th inning. Madison Younginer himself worked a scoreless first inning, but just saw his command implode in the 10th and he gave up 2 runs, including walking in the 4th run. Steve Kent came in to retire the final guy of the inning, but the damage was done and Mississippi could not stage a comeback.
Next Game: 5/26 vs (21-24) Jacksonville Suns @ 8:00 PM ET
MIS: Chris Ellis (6-1, 2.89 ERA)
JAX: Jake Esch (5-4, 4.63 ERA)
Chris Ellis will look for his Southern League-leading 7th win after taking his first loss as a Brave in his previous outing. He will be faced by former Georgia Tech pitcher Jake Esch.
(17-27) Carolina Mudcats 6, (26-19) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2
Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-4, .310/.372/.452
Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-2, 2 BB, .218/.311/.317
Jordan Edgerton, 3B: 2-4, BB, .177/.223/.287
Zach Quintana, SP: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5.46 ERA
When Braxton Davidson stepped foot in the box today good things happened for Carolina, as he recorded a double, a single, and a walk in 4 plate appearances. While the power has still yet to show, he has a .368 OBP in May and in his last 10 games has 9 walks. Jordan Edgerton got a couple of hits as well, and has reached base in 5 straight games. The rest of the offense was mediocre, but Joseph Odom had a nice day with a hit and a walk.
Zach Quintana really had things working nicely in Rome last season, and looked to be a nice pickup from the Brewers in exchange for Kyle Wren. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to achieve that success in Carolina, and today he was just not good. He had to be pulled after 2 innings,replaced by Raymar Navarro. Navarro pitch a strong 4.1 innings, striking out 4 and walking none. He allowed 3 hits and one run. Zack Bird pitched a nice game as well, and boy did he ever need one. He struck out 4 and walked one in 2.2 innings, but still has more walks this season than strikeouts. His steep decline is a real question mark and concerns me deeply, as I had really high hopes for him as a future bullpen piece having seen his stuff last year
Next Game: 5/26 vs (26-19) Myrtle Beach pelicans 7:00 PM ET
CAR: Matt Withrow (1-4, 4.40 ERA)
LYN: Jeremy Null (1-0, 0.75 ERA)
Matt Withrow has suffered a string of bad starts, so it would be nice to see him have a bounce back performance tomorrow night.
(18-28) Rome Braves 3, (28-18) Hickory Crawdads 2
Luke Dykstra, 2B: 1-5, .308/.351/.372
Jonathan Morales, C: 1-3, BB, .301/.337/.405
Alejandro Salazar, SS: 1-3, BB, 2RBI, .257/.285/.279
Ricardo Sanchez, SP: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.23 ERA
Rome went with a bit of a “C” lineup here, absent usual starters Austin Riley, Lucas Herbert, and Matt Tellor, but was able to eke out a victory behind some solid pitching. Alejandro Salazar knocked in 2 of the 3 runs for Rome with a single in the 3 run 4th inning, with Justin Ellison Knocking in the other. Ellison walked twice on the day and stole a base, but didn’t have any hits. Salazar has struggled this season, but is only 19 and plays a good shortstop, and in his previous 2 seasons put an OBP over .350. He’s a Daniel Castro type player in being a likely bench player, but he’s a bit better with the bat, a bit faster, walks more, and just more upside in general than Castro. Bench players are always nice to have around; remember when Andrelton Simmons broke his thumb and Atlanta had to play Paul Janish? Would have been nice to have a good shortstop waiting around. Ray Patrick Didder led off with 2 hits today, and although his stats have levelled out he has been a good bat for Rome this season.
Here is where the day gets a little darker. Ricardo Sanchez was managing through 5.2IP, allowing only 2 runs and with a 77 pitch count. Unfortunately, he had to be lifted with a shoulder injury, and the prospects are not looking good for him. Further evaluation will be necessary, but for such a young and talented prospect, to have this after an injury riddled 2015 is a major setback. Shoulders are always a major concern, and with Sanchez being 5’11 with fringy fastball velo as it is, any drop off would be a major hit to his status. He was relieved by Oriel Caicedo, who threw 3.1IP scoreless striking out 5. Caicedo earned the save.
Next Game: 5/26 vs (22-23) Greenville Drive 7:00 PM ET
ROM: Touki Toussaint (1-4, 5.73 ERA)
GVL: Marc Brakeman (1-3, 6.14 ERA)