Gwinnett Braves 1, Syracuse Chiefs 3
- Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-4, .229/.263/.358
- Brandon Snyder, RF: 3-4, 2B, RBI, .324/.362/.417
- Tyrell Jenkins, SP: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.97 ERA
Gwinnett's offense could not take advantage of yet another strong start from Tyrell Jenkins as they fell to Syracuse 3-1. Tyrell has been excellent of late, with his breaking stuff being much more deceptive and getting some really awful swings from batters. He is also generating more swings and misses even if he didn't get a bunch of strikeouts in this particular game which is certainly a welcome development. It would not be surprising to see him in Atlanta sooner rather than later. Dario Alvarez pitching an inning of scoreless relief where he allowed two baserunners but struck out three, while Jose Ramirez allowed a run in his inning of work.
On offense, the pickings were slim. The lone standout performance went to Brandon Snyder who had 3 hits including a double (the only extra-base hit of the night for Gwinnett) as well as driving in Gwinnett's only run. Ozzie Albies had himself another hit to extend his modest hitting streak to 4 games. His results at AAA have been mixed, but hopefully he can put together a good set of games to show he is adapting to how AAA pitchers are attacking him. Rio Ruiz went hitless and has just 5 hits in his past 10 games. Garrett was at the Gwinnett game and noticed that Rio was on the field doing stretches with a trainer for an extra 10-15 mins or so which may mean that Rio is dealing with an nagging injury, but no word on whether thats the case111111 or not.
Next Game: 5/30 hosting Pawtucket @ 6:05 PM
Probable Starters: Pawtucket - Roenis Elias, Gwinnett - TBA
Mississippi Braves 0, Jacksonville 2
- Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-4, .283/.362/.460
- Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-4, .233/.335/.295
- Jason Hursh, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.33 ERA
Same story in the Mississippi game as a good pitching performance was wasted as Mississippi fell to Jacksonville 2-0. Victor Mateo drew the start and pitched four innings of 2 run ball before giving way to the bullpen after 53 pitches (Mateo is more of a spot starter). Jason Hursh was good in his 2 innings of relief with 3 strikeouts and no earned runs despite giving up 3 hits. During most of his appearances this season, he has been pretty good although his peripherals such that the sheer number of baserunners he allows could be problematic going forward.
Mississippi's lineup could only manage 5 scattered singles in this game as Jacksonville did a great job limiting contact which pitching in the zone. Two of those singles belonged to Carlos Franco who has been coming on a bit of late so he gets the gold star for this offense. Dansby went hitless in this one, but still remains among the more productive players in the minors this season so there is no cause for worry.
Next Game: 5/31 at Biloxi @ 7:10 CST PM
Probable Starters: Mississippi - Andrew Thurman, Biloxi - Brandon Woodruff
Carolina Mudcats 0, Frederick Keys 2
- Ryan Gebhardt, 3B: 1-4, .275/.341/.321
- Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-3, .214/.298/.312
- Enderson Franco, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 runs (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 5.02 ERA
Carolina gets the distinction of putting up the worst performance offensively in the system on this day as they fell to the Keys 2-0. Enderson Franco has had some success this season and put together arguably his best start of the year against the Keys with 6 strong innings, 7 strikeouts, and just one earned run. If you take is first start of the season out (which was an unmitigated disaster), he hasn't given up more than 3 earned runs in any other start this season. Zack Bird and Evan Phillips combined for 3 innings of scoreless relief upon Franco's exit.
Not much to talk about on offense as they managed just two singles on the evening from Ryan Gebhardt and Joseph Odom. Keys' starter Matthew Grimes deserves some credit as there is certainly a reason why he has a 1.21 ERA this season. Braxton Davidson was held hitless and has now struck out 5 times in his past three games without recording a hit.
Next Game: 5/30 hosting Frederick @ 12:00 PM
Probable Starters: Carolina Mudcats - Raymar Navarro, Frederick - Mitch Horacek
Rome Braves 2, Greenville Drive 10
- Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 1-3, BB, 1 run, .287/.392/.403
- Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4, RBI, .236/.284/.368
- Max Fried, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 5.21 ERA
Max Fried had some trouble finding the strike zone and the bullpen had a rough day as Rome fell to Greenville 10-2. Max Fried has struggled a bit this season to consistently put up good performances and that primarily has had to do with giving up free passes. After this game, he has now walked 28 batters in 48.1 IP and it seems as though every time he is struggling with walks he gets punished with a big extra-base hit. Overall, not the worst outing but he certainly has some work to do as he continues his comeback from Tommy John and being out of baseball for the better part of two seasons. Adam McCreery made his debut for the Braves and pitched 2 innings while giving up an unearned run and striking out 3. Bladimir Matos had a rough outing as he allowed 7 baserunners and 4 runs in an inning of work.
On offense, Rome struggled to get much going and was limited to 5 hits on the day. Austin Riley did have an hit and an RBI. If he can continue to limit his strikeouts as he has in his past few games, it will definitely be a welcome sign. The other RBI went to Luke Dykstra who has been among Rome's most consistent offensive producers this year along with Jonathan Morales. Morales was held hitless in this one and seems to have cooled off a bit since his red hot start to the season.
Next Game: 5/30 hosting Columbia @ 6:00 PM
Probable Starters: TBA