Mississippi Braves 0, Jackson Generals 5
- Travis Demeritte, LF: 0-1, 2 BB, .220/.336/.367
- Alex Jackson, C: 0-3, .189/.295/.278
- Touki Toussaint, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 3.67 ERA
Touki struggled for the first time in a bit on the mound and the offense failed to get anything going as the Braves fell to Jackson 5-0. There isn’t much to say about the Mississippi offense beyond that they only managed to record three hits in the game. Alex Jackson has really struggled at the plate this season as his average has been below .200 for some time now and has seemingly had trouble recognizing pitches causing some pretty ugly swings. Travis Demeritte didn’t record a hit, but did draw two walks. While the contact rates have not always been there for Travis, he has always been able to maintain a pretty healthy OBP due to working deep counts.
Not every start from Touki is going to be lights out and he had one of his tough ones on Monday as he walked four batters and was giving up hits to go along with that problem. Finding the strike zone is going to continue to be a challenge for him, so when he is struggling there AND guys are picking up his pitches, that isn’t a recipe for success. Despite this rough start, Touki’s K/9 is up significantly this year and his walk rate had been trending downward as well.....both of which bode well for him in the future. Hopefully he get back on track next time out.
Florida Fire Frogs, St. Lucie Mets
Postponed - Rain sucks
Rome Braves 1, Hickory Crawdads 2
- Drew Waters, CF: 2-4, .241/.300/.470
- Kurt Hoekstra, 1B: 2-4, HR, RBI, .265/.350/.422
- Huascar Ynoa, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5.53 ERA
Despite out hitting the opposition, Rome fell to Hickory on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. Despite how crummy that feels, there were some good days from some prominent Braves prospects, in particular Huascar Ynoa who needed a good outing. After his first five starts were very dicey and he failed to finish the fifth inning in any of them, his last two starts now have been much more promising as he has only given up one earned run in each of them. Ynoa was dealing on Monday night as he struck out six batters in six innings of work while giving up just a single hit (a solo homer). He really need to cut down the walks though, as he has 19 in 27.2 innings this year.
Drew Waters and Kurt Hoekstra each had multi-hit games for Rome with Hoekstra providing Rome with their only run with a solo home run in the 7th inning. In addition to a good day at the plate, Waters also had a highlight reel catch that saw him rob a home run out in center field. Jean Carlos Encarnacion has been pretty quietly excellent as he extended his hitting streak to six games. The power has yet to really show up in games much, but he definitely has some pop in his bat and once he gets more comfortable he will be fun to watch.