Toledo Mud Hens 12 @ Gwinnett Braves 5
Carolina Mudcats 3 @ Salem Red Sox 15
The pitching staff surrendered 15 runs on 14 hits and never had a shot against an absolutely loaded Salem Red Sox team. Max has pitched 5 times. 3 of those 5 times are against Salem. After stifling them twice, the Red Sox had plenty of game experience and really beat up on Max last night. The hardest hit ball Max surrendered was a 1 out triple to Devers, but the singles turned in to double as he surrendered 3 more stolen bases. The Red Sox have a stacked lineup but the one thing Povse seems to struggle with the most this year are the stolen bases. If you need to read something good from this recap its that I learned at 6'8" Max hits the radar gun around 97mph. That's terrifying.
The duo of Zack Bird, Raymar Navarro (returning from suspension), following Povse struggled yielding 8 runs, walking 3, and giving up 8 hits. The lone pitcher to not yield an earned run was first baseman Ryan Gebhardt.
The offense got off to a hot start with Jordan Edgerton doubling in Reed Harper, but stalled for the main part after that collecting one more XBH in the form of a long HR by Joey Meneses. After struggling like none other last year, .239/.298/.327, Joey is returning to the form that made him the Braves best firstbase prospect. After collecting 3 straight .850+ OPS seasons everything seemingly fell apart for Joey in 2015 so it is very encouraging to see him put last year behind him and continue to develop. Firstbase prospect depth is well, really shallow, so nice to see him succeed.
Carolina Mudcats 6 @ Salem Red Sox 7
This was a tough one to lose as the defense really let down Wes Parsons by committing 3 errors while he was on the mound. An example of this was in the third inning when Moncada walked and SCORED on a BUNT by Mauricio Dubon. The next batter, Andrew Benintendi, then reached on fielding error by Joseph Daris which allowed Dubon to go to third and score on a sacrifice fly by Danny Mars. The defensive miscues didn't stop there as Carlos Salazar gave up 2 unearned runs, and Sean McLaughlin gave up another unearned run.
Reed Harper had himself a perfect game going 3-for-3 with a double, and did not commit an error! It wasn't particularly pretty as the Mudcats also capitalized on 3 errors as well - scoring 3 unearned runs. Braxton Davidson continues to struggle this year now OPSing .521, and striking out 34 times in 87 at-bats. In what is a big year in his development (still just 19 years old) he seems well overmatched and we may see a demotion coming. At times he seems too patient and doesn't swing at pitches unless it is right where he wants it. I've watched a few of his at-bats end strikeouts because he didn't want to swing at it. Again, important to note he's still just 19 and maybe some time down in Rome will help him.