(32-28) Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 1, (27-34) Gwinnett Braves 2
- Ozzie Albies, 2B: 1-3, BB, R, 2SB, 1CS .243/.289/.418
- Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-2, BB, .250/.348/.361
- Ryan Weber, SP: 4.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, 2.81 ERA
Gwinnett won last night despite just 2 hits throughout the game. The hits by Albies, and Mustelier, interestingly enough, did not play a role in the 2 runs scored. As a matter of fact Gwinnett was going in to the 5th leading 2-1 despite being no hit. The two runs instead came courtesy of an Ozzie Albies, and Emilio Bonifacio walk. Albies walked, stole 2nd, and then stole 3rd on a walk to Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio then immediately stole 2nd and they both scored after a fielding error by the second baseman. Ozzie would go on to break up the no-hitter later in the 5th inning and has now gotten on base in 13 of the last 14 games.
Ryan Weber was effective limiting a good Ironpigs offense to just 3 hits and 1 earned run over 4 innings. Fangraphs #1 prospect has been sent back and forth between AAA and MLB and has responded pretty well outside of his game against the Red Sox. While his season line doesn’t look like anything spectacular: 4.10 ERA, opponents with a .755 OPS, he’s been put in some tough situations with spot starts and has done a respectable job though he may have to pass the baton on of top prospect to Dansby Swanson.
Matt Marksberry earned the win after pitching 2.2 effective innings allowing just 2 hits and striking out 4. Rob Wooten replaced him and pitched the final 2.1 innings and picked up his first save of the season. Overall the pitching trio of Weber, Marksberry, and Wooten allowed just 1 walk, struck out 10, and gave up just 1 earned run.
Next Game: 6/1 vs Norfolk Tide @ 7:05 PM ET
NOR: Additon, 1-5 3.35 ERA
GWI: Sims, 1-5 7.40 ERA
(26-34) Tennessee Smokies 0, (28-31) Mississippi Braves 3 - 11 Innings
- Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-4, BB, .261/.346/.413
- Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-4, R, BB, .265/.329/.408
- Rob Whalen, SP: 7.0 IP, 5H, 0ER, 1BB, 4K, 2.58 ERA
The Mississippi Braves pitching staff stole the show in this game allowing just 6 hits, walking 1 batter, and giving up 0 runs over 11 innings. Rob Whalen was spectacular registering the 70 game score by allowing just 5 hits scattered over 7 innings. He hasn’t allowed over 3 innings in any start this season and outside of the game against Pensacola on the 17th of May he hasn't given up more than 5 hits in a game. I spoke to him a couple of months ago and he attributes this season success with being healthy for the first time in a while. He had surgery during the off-season and rehabbed hard and it’s evident in his pitching this year. His 8.19 K/9 is the highest for him since 2014 in rookie ball.
Mauricio Cabrera replaced Whalen in the 8th and threw almost nothing but strikes (10 strikes on 14 pitches) while picking up a pair of strikeouts. That’s 6 straight outings of 1 walk or less baseball for Cabrera and I don’t know what to do with my hands. After Cabrera came Cunniff who was extremely efficient needing just 16 pitches to get through 2 innings, and David Peterson picked up the win after his 1 hit performance in the 11th inning.
Mississippi scattered 6 singles through the first 10 innings of the game but it wasn’t until the game winning Levi Hyams 3-run homerun in the 11th that Mississippi had an extra-base hit. Dansby Swanson has returned and registered back-to-back 0-for-4 performances but it really doesn’t mean much after what has happened to him this week.
Next Game: 6/10 vs Jackson Generals @ 7:00 PM CT
JAC: Yarbrough, 6-2 2.42 ERA
MIS: Thurman, 0-5 6.22 ERA
(25-35) Winston-Salem Dash 3, (23-34) Carolina Mudcats 2
- Braxton Davidson, RF: 2-4, RBI, .217/.306/.306
- Joey Meneses, 1B: 3-4, 2B, .318/.387/.444
- Ryan Clark, SP: 6.0 IP, 4H, 3ER, 1BB, 2K, 5.85 ERA
Carolina trailed the entire game after a 2 out homerun by Gerson Montilla. The offense 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and got all of their runs via sacrifice hits. There is not much to talk about offensively other than Joey Meneses registering another 3 hit game and having a resurgent 2016 campaign and Joseph Odom extending his hitting streak to 6 games thanks to a single in the 8th.
Ryan Clark pitched 6 effective innings and has been solid over his last 3 starts despite picking up losses in all three (this team just isn’t very good). Michael O’Neal continued his great 2016 allowing just 1 hit in 2 innings of relief work. The Auburn product lowered his BAA to .179 and his WHIP is now down to 0.94.
Next Game: 6/10 vs Winston-Salem Dash @ 7:00 PM ET
WSD: Stephens, 1-6 4.70 ERA
CAR: Franco, 3-3 4.97 ERA
(24-35) Rome Braves 4, (31-29) Greensboro Grasshoppers 2
- Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4 BB, .244/.293/.361
- Lucas Herbert, DH: 2-4 2B, .224/.277/.300
- Patrick Weigel, SP: 6.0IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 8K, 2.77 ERA
There is no pitcher whose stock is rising faster than Patrick Weigel. He scattered 7 hits over 6 good innings (66 game score) and with the addition of Kolby Allard to Rome - Weigel may be the one promoted. He harnesses a crazy fastball that sits in the mid 90s and reaches 97 and seems to be an incredible find in the 7th round of the draft last year. He had tons of problems in college with repeating his mechanics but the coaches down in Rome have really worked with him and he’s really beginning to blossom as a prospect. That said, at 21 and in Rome for him to be a prospect he does have to dominate so this is to be expected for him. But again, this may turn out to be a great 7th round pick - we shall see how he progresses over the next couple years.
Stand out performances offensively by Luke Dykstra, and Lucas Herbert who both registered multi-hit games. My Dykstra singles count was put on pause as he roped out two doubles last night but still he has 55 singles on the season. He’s got a good frame and swing so it’s fair to expect more power out of him but he’s still hitting .329/.365/.391.
After a very tough start to the season with the bat Lucas Herbert is starting to heat up. He has reached base in 6 out of the last 7 games and is hitting .333/.370/.542 during that stretch. Anything offensive for Herbert is gravy because defensively he’s great. While he wasn’t behind the plate for this one he boasts great framing, calls a great game, and has thrown out almost 50% of base runners on him. Any semblance of an offensive repertoire is great.
Finally, Jonathan Morales ended his vicious dry spell with the bat by connecting on his 3rd homer of the season - but it was just his first extra-base hit since the 26th of May. Hopefully last night was the start of one of his torrid hitting streaks.
Next Game: 6/10 @ Greensboro Grasshoppers @ 7:00 PM ET
ROM: Fried, 3-4 4.73 ERA
GRN: Poteet, 2-4 2.60 ERA