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Minor League Recap 8/18: Lucas Sims strikes out 5

Mississippi was able to win, with Lucas Sims providing a nice start to lead them to victory. Dustin Peterson homered in Carolina's win

(66-58) Gwinnett Braves 1, (51-72) Columbus Clippers 8

Box Score

  • Mallex Smith, CF: 2-4, RBI, BB, .284/.324/.379
  • Cedric Hunter, DH: 1-4, .281/.326/.421
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 0-3, .323/.358/.481
  • Victor Mateo, SP: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 6.27 ERA

It was not a pretty sight, as the Mud Hens tagged Victor Mateo for 6 runs in the first inning, leading them to a win and a split of the 2 game series. Outside of Mallex Smith the offense struggles for Gwinnett, going 5-28 with 3 BB and 9 runners left on base. Only Daniel Castro was able to scratch out an extra base hit, knocking a double in the top of the ninth after the game was effectively over. Hunter Cervenka pitched a scoreless relief outing, and has yet to give up a run in 10 games as a Brave.

(61-57) Mississippi Braves 1 vs. (61-58) Birmingham Barons 0

Box Score

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, .219/.327/.279
  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 2-4, RBI, SB, .253/.361/.367
  • Lucas Sims, SP: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 4.67 ERA
  • Kyle Kinman, RP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.96 ERA

Lucas Sims posted one of his best starts of the season, and the bullpen dominated behind to make Mississippi's lone run hold up. Sims has reclaimed his strikeout stuff this year, but it has come at the expense of his control, which has taken an alarming step in the wrong direction. While he has had control issues, he has been difficult to square up, giving up 64 hits in 73.1IP this year. Andrew Barbosa, Tyler Jones, and Kyle Kinman were their usual selves, going 3.2IP allowing 2 hits, 0 runs, and striking out 8. Kinman has lowered his ERA on the season to 1.54 despite his rapid advancement through the system. He should be expected to compete for a bullpen role out of spring training next year. Mississippi now sits half a game back of Pensacola and Mobile in the division race, and has 5 games remaining with the Wahoos, all in Pensacola.

(62-58) Carolina Mudcats 3 vs. (55-65) Salem Red Sox 2

Box Score

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-4, HR, .248/.320/.346
  • Connor Lien, RF: 1-2, BB, HBP, RBI, .286/.342/.418
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-3, .262/.316/.349
  • Brandon Barker, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.00 ERA

Dustin Peterson hit his first home run since July 17, leading the offensive charge in Carolina's win. Connor Lien reached base 3 times in 4 plate appearances, scoring on one of those occasions and driving in another run. Brandon Barker got his 8th win in what has been a solid season for Carolina, and his 11th win overall. Carlos Salazar pitched a scoreless inning in relief, and since his call up from Rome has posted a 1.93 ERA 11K in 9.1IP. Justin Jackson came on for 2 innings of work, and got the save on the day.

Rome Braves

So. Much. Rain.

(26-29) Danville Braves 2 vs. (30-24) Elizabethtown Twins 6

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, .283/.377/.467
  • Ronald Acuna, RF: 1-4, SB, .208/.321/.250
  • Ian Stiffler, SP: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 7.94 ERA

It was another rough game offensively for Danville, who go swept by Elizabethtown. Austin Riley is finally coming back to earth a bit after an extremely hot stretch offensively, going 1-12 in his last 3 games with no home runs in his last 9. Juan Yepez continued his struggles since his call up, going 0-3 with a walk to drop his average with Danville to .176. Ben Libuda and Fernando Miranda pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief, but Ian Stiffler's poor start and Matt Custred's rough 8th doomed the Braves. This series has pretty much eliminated them from playoff contention, as first place Pulaski won their last 3 to move 8 games up.

(21-28) GCL Braves 3 vs. (16-28) GCL Yankees1 4 Game 1 F/8

Box Score

  • Collin Yelich, DH: 1-3, BB
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 1-3, BB
  • Gilbert Suarez, SP: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.60 ERA
  • Taylor Cockrell, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 7.11 ERA

(21-29) GCL Braves 2 vs. (29-15) GCL Yankees1 3 Game 2 F/8

Box Score

  • Collin Yelich, C: 0-3
  • Jonathan Morales, DH: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3.29 ERA
  • Alberto Rodriguez, RP: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 4.91 ERA

The GCL Braves played the second half of two double headers in a row today, and were unfortunate and ran out of gas at the end of both. Game 2 was particularly hard to swallow, as the took a 2-0 lead, but were not able to hold and gave up 3 in the 7th and 8th innings. They combined for just 9 hits in those 2 games, and gave up 11 hits in each. Jonathan Morales and Alejandro Salazar were the only players to get a hit in each game, and no player had a multi hit game. Jhoniel Sepulveda pitched well in relief in game 2, pitching 2 scoreless innings of relief, giving up 1 hit and no walks. There won't be much of a break, as they go back home tomorrow to play the GCL Phillies.

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