1(14-19) Charlotte Knights 1, (13-19) Gwinnett Stripers 7
- Peter Bourjos, CF: 3-for-5, HR, 4RBI, 2R, .333/.419/.667
- Rio Ruiz, 1B: 2-for-5, R, .248/.304/.344
- Austin Riley, 3B: 1-for-4, .313/.389/.375
- Lucas Sims, SP: 6.2IP 7H 1ER 0BB 6K
Lucas Sims gave up one extra-base hit - it was a solo homerun by Patrick Leonard in the seventh inning with two outs. That was really the only significant hit given up by Lucas Sims as the righty kept Charlotte off balanced all night in this fantastic game. Whenever runners got on base he almost immediately retaliated by inducing a ground ball, or inducing soft contact to get out of the inning unscathed. Lucas also had a pair of pickoffs that certainly helped him prevent any damage being done. Lucas lowered his ERA down to 1.42 and has a 10.4 K/9. While it hasn’t translated to much success in the majors, Lucas has enjoyed a pair of solid seasons for Gwinnett.
The game was actually tightly contested with Gwinnett leading 2-0 in the sixth inning when the offense erupted for five runs to ultimately put this game out of reach for Charlotte. The explosion was in large part due to a Peter Bourjos grand slam to put the score at 6-0. It was Peter’s third hit of the game and he’s settled in very nicely after re-signing with the Braves. Following Bourjos in the fifth inning was Rio Ruiz who sharply singled to right field, he was then moved over to third by an Austin Riley line drive to centerfield. Rio was then brought in by a Carlos Franco sacrifice fly to score the seventh, and final, run for Gwinnett.
(15-18) Mobile Bay Bears 2, (15-19) Misssissippi Braves 3
- Michael Reed, RF: 2-for-3, 2(2B), BB, SB, .382/.495/.551
- Alex Jackson, C: 0-for-3, .188/.298/.288
- Travis Demeritte, LF: 2-for-3, 2B, .220/.328/.380
- Wes Parsons, SP: 7.0IP 4H 0R 0BB 9K
Wes Parsons absolutely stole the show with this incredible game - throwing 73 strikes on 100 pitches, giving up just one fly ball while amassing an 83 game score. If you ever needed a reason to hate the “win” stat - despite this dazzling display he did not pick up the win, instead of was given to Kelvin Vasquez who gave up a pair of runs, one earned, in the 8th inning that caused Mississippi to go down 2-0. The team immediately responded in the bottom half of the inning as Cleluis Rondon tripled with one out to score Sal Giardina and Connor Lien to tie the game up at 2-2. They then went up 3-2 as Cleluis scored on a throwing error by the catcher who tried to throw out Michael Reed at second. All of that damage came off of former Braves farmhand Ryan Clark and ruined a fantastic pitching night for the BayBears.
Travis Demeritte collected a multi-hit game, and Michael Reed continued his hot hitting by picking up a pair of doubles - upping his average to .382. Reed, a newly signed Braves player has been dynamite for Mississippi and has amassed a 1.046 OPS on the season which is easily the highest of his career.
(14-20) Florida Firefrogs 10, (18-16) Tampa Tarpons 6
- Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-4, RBI, R, .310/.328/.442
- Brett Cumberland, C: 1-for-4, .248/.364/.422
- Lucas Herbert, DH: 3-for-5, HR, 4RBI, R, .181/.266/.325
- Tucker Davidson, SP: 5.0IP 6H 6ER 4BB 2K
This was by no means a pretty game to watch. Tucker Davidson, coming into the season on the short list of prospects who could see their stock take a meteoric rise, has struggled mightily this season. Hitters are hitting .324 against him, he has a 2.07 WHIP and an 8.04 ERA. The fantastic control he showcased last season that lead him to have a 2.60 BB/9 rate has completely vanished to the tune of a 7.7 BB/9 rate.
Tucker Davidson LHP #Braves— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) May 11, 2018
Thick lower half, mechanics look clean, but head moves. FB 93-94, CH 83-85 fringe to below average. Struggled with commanding both. FB straight, hit hard over the plate. 4 walks issued. Max effort guy. Didn’t see an effective third pitch
It could be that he’s focusing on developing that changeup more, as he was mainly fastball/curveball last season, and that’s why he’s struggled so much - but there is much to be desired from him this season. Despite all of this, he did not give up a single extra-base hit and he did leave with the lead and picked up his first win of the season (ahh I bought up win twice in one recap). Sean McLaughlin and Mauricio Cabrera worked the final four innings, with Sean giving up one hit over three innings, and Mauricio only walking one in his inning of work.
The offense collected 13 hits with everyone picking up a hit outside of Braxton Davidson who went 0-for-4 with a walk. Cristian Pache continued his strong recent play by going 1-for-4 and now has an eight game hitting streak with 12 hits during those eight games. Garrison Schwartz, Alejandro Salazar, and Ray-Patrick Didder also picked up multi-hit games as well.
(20-13) Rome Braves 1, (21-12) Augusta Greenjackets 15
- Drew Waters, CF: 1-for-4, 2B, .227/.292/.409
- William Contreras, C: 1-for-3, .232/.368/.357
- Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B: 1-for-4, 2B, .276/.309/.371
- Isranel Wilson, RF: 1-for-3, 3B, RBI, .170/.275/.287
- Derian Cruz, 2B: 1-for-3, 2B, .226/.270/.365
The return of Drew Waters to the starting lineup did not go as well as originally planned as the Rome Braves got absolutely throttled. Rome had the lead 1-0 in the second inning before giving up 15 unanswered runs to Augusta which was culminated by a 10(!!!) run seventh inning. Cutter Dyals and first baseman Kurt Hoekstra were really only the two effective pitchers for Rome. This was Cutter’s first game of the season and he had two innings of one-hit baseball against a team that scored 15 runs. Not only did they give up that many runs Rome committed an error, and gave up three stolen bases. Fare to say this is just one of those outings you forget about and never talk about again. In that eventful seventh inning Tanner Allison gave up a grand slam, three-run homer, and two-run homer before being replaced by Walter Borkovich who ended the inning.
Just so we end on a positive note - Drew Waters has returned from injury and doubled in the game.