(14-14) Gwinnett Braves 2, (11-13) Toledo Mud Hens 1
Ender Inciarte, CF: 0-3, .000/.000/.000
Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-4, BB, .323/.402/.475
Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-5, RBI, .311/.376/.425 (2 levels)
Casey Kelly, SP: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.65 ERA
It wasn't an offensive showcase for either team, but in the end Gwinnett was able to get it done (after about 12 tries). There were only 10 hits in the game for the Braves, so it was hard to get anything started until extra innings. After Toledo scored 1 in the 11th, Gwinnett fought back to tie it, and then in the 12th Ozzie Albies ended it with a base hit up the middle. Rio Ruiz only reached once on an intentional walk in extra innings, and Ender Inciarte was shut out of the hit column. Jace Peterson knocked in a run on one hit.
Casey Kelly got a no decision in a well pitched game with 8 shutout innings over the Mud Hens. He allowed 6 batters to reach base, and has now allowed 1 unearned run in his last 22.1IP. The bullpen was shutdown in their 4 innings of work, with only Joel De La Cruz allowing a run. The rest of Chris Withrow, Sean Burnett, and Ian Krol combined to go 3 innings, allow 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and strike out 2. Withrow has not allowed a run in his very short time with Gwinnett.
Next Game: 5/6 vs (12-15) Charlotte Knights @ 7:05 PM ET
GWN: Williams Perez (0-2, 6.10 ERA)
(11-15) Mississippi Braves 8, (13-13) Tennessee Smokies 7
Dansby Swanson, SS: 4-5, 2B, RBI, .471/.500/.765
Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-4, BB, .268/.342/.423
Willians Astudillo, C: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, .260/.295/.356
Andrew Thurman, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 8.10 ERA
The offense woke up today in Kodak, and Mississippi tacked 8 runs including 2 home runs on to the Smokies. The first of those was a solo home run by Carlos Franco in the third inning, to push a 4-2 lead to 5-2. After falling behind 6-7, Willians Astudillo tied it with his first home run since July 4 of last season. Dansby Swanson then gave Mississippi the lead they would hold scoring on a wild pitch after a double earlier in the inning. Swanson leads the minor leagues with 14 doubles.
Andrew Thurman again struggled in his start, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings to push his ERA up over 8. There is unfortunately not all that many positives to draw from his time as a Brave, as his walks have ballooned this year and hitters have been making good contact. He is a talented pitcher but is in danger of losing his rotation spot, especially with Stephen Janas in the bullpen and Max Povse in Carolina both pitching well. Skipping over Steve Kent's awful outing (please don't make me talk about it), we get to Janas who pitched 2 perfect innings to lower his ERA this season to 2.55. Mauricio Cabrera and Madison younginer also pitched scoreless frames, though Mauricio was shaky with 2 walks and no strikeouts.
Next Game: 5/5 vs (13-13) Tennessee Smokies @ 7:05 PM ET
MIS: Chris Ellis (3-0, 1.84 ERA)
JAX: Duane Underwood Jr. (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
(11-15) Carolina Mudcats 2, (18-8) Salem Red Sox 9
Sal Giardina, DH: 1-4, 2B, .200/.333/.400
Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, .310/.371/.437
Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-2, 2 HBP .180/.265/.281
Ryan Clark, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6.12 ERA
So here's the thing, when you play Salem you are probably gonna lose. The team is good. That said, there were positives to come from this game. The biggest of those is Braxton Davidson reaching base 3 times in the game, something he has not done since late August last season. And looking at stats, Rafael Devers (who is only a few months younger than Davidson) has an OPS .023 lower than Davidson. So positives positive positives. Then there is Joey Meneses, who is on a 10 game hitting streak with 5 2-hit games. His slash line has gone from .226/.305/.264 to .310/.371/.437.
As for pitching, well at least they didn't have to pitch the shortstop in this one. Ryan Clark allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, and just has not been as sharp as last year. He was aggressively skipped over Rome, so he may still have some catching up to do. Chase Johnson-Mullins was also skipped over Rome, and of course as soon as I name him to the monthly all star team he gives up 7 runs in 2 appearances. Not ideal. The true sign it was just not a good day was Evan Phillips giving up an earned run. He hadn't done that since August 28th last season. I'm just gonna erase this game from my memory. Carry on Mudcats pitchers.
Next Game: 5/6 vs (19-7) Lynchburg Hillcats 6:30 PM ET
CAR: Enderson Franco (2-1, 7.36 ERA)
LYN: TBD because apparently no one announces starters all of the sudden. That's like 8 TBD in 4 days
The Rome Braves game was postponed due to copious amounts of water falling from the sky.
Touki Toussaint vs Dillon Tate
Mike Soroka vs Jonathan Hernandez