(55-69) Gwinnett Braves 9, (55-75) Charlotte Knights 4
Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-3, 2 BB, .268/.355/.378
Matt Lipka, CF: 1-5, 2B, .238/.295/.377
Chris Ellis, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 6.27 ERA
After dropping 2 straight to the Knights to fall back to second place, Gwinnett rode a 5 run 7th inning to a win in this one to move half a game up with 2 more games remaining between the teams this season (Thursday/Friday in Gwinnett). Brandon Snyder provided a huge boost with 3 hits, 2 for doubles, and 2 RBIs. Every batter expect Rio Ruiz scored a run in the game, and all but 2 knocked in at least 1 run.
Chris Ellis had an up and down start, victimizing himself with control problems in the 1st and 3rd and allowing 2 runs in each of those innings. Outside of those trainwrecks, he was quite solid and left the game with the lead after Gwinnett’s 5 run inning. Bradley Roney picked up the next 2 innings, and struggled as usual with his control but missed bats. Maikel Cleto closed it out with a scoreless final frame and 2 strikeouts, lowering his ERA with Gwinnett to 2.63.
Next Game: 8/18 vs (55-70) Charlotte Knights @ 7:05 PM ET
CHA: David Holmberg (0-2, 3.62 ERA)
(66-53) Mississippi Braves 6, (66-55) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6
- Ozzie Albies, 2B: 2-4, 2B, SB, .336/.406/.461
- Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-4, .291/.349/.448
- Connor Lien, CF: 1-3, 3B, RBI, BB, .248/.320/.447
- Sean Newcomb, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.10 ERA
Dansby Swanson may now be departed, but Mississippi had no problems with Pensacola and used a 4 run 5th inning to propel them to a win. Jacob Schrader drove the offense with his 2 home runs, opening the scoring for the Braves with a second inning solo home run and an insurance home run in the 5th that stretched the lead to 6-3. Ozzie Albies set the table again with a double, a single, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored and is now on an 8 game hitting streak. Connor Lien hit his 4th triple of the season, part of a short but strong power boost he has seen this year.
Sean Newcomb evened up his record at 7-7, and while the numbers on the scoreboard weren’t fantastic there’s something to be said for 7 K and only 1 walk in 5 innings. He again struggled with efficiency only completing 5 innings, but he has been strong with 32K/7BB in 22.2 IP in his last 4 starts. He is not showing signs of fatigue, something the Braves were hoping to get and scouts expected from his “workhorse” frame. Akeel Morris, perhaps upset he was called up and never got to play, struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in a strong relief outing. Steve Kent and David Peterson closed the final 2 innings to give Mississippi the win and move them 6 games ahead of Mobile for first place. The magic number to clinch is at 14 with 19 games remaining, none with the Baybears.
Next Game: 8/18 vs (66-55) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 8:00 PM ET
MIS: Michael Mader (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
PNS: Barrett Astin (7-3, 2.60 ERA)
(45-78) Carolina Mudcats 1, (74-47) Salem Red Sox 5
Travis Demeritte, 2B:1-4, 3B, .209/.384/.448
Kade Scivicque, DH: 0-3, .280/.325/.380
Tanner Murphy, C: 0-2, BB, .207/.315/.313
Wes Parsons, SP: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4.54 ERA
The Mudcats offense got off to a bang as Travis Demeritte led off the game with a triple to right field. Demeritte was brought in by Keith Curcio, and the Mudcats took an early 1-0 lead. Then, 8 innings late they hadn’t gotten any more hits, and the 3 baserunners that did get on base by way of walk or reached by error were immediately erased by either 2 double plays or Keith Curcio getting picked off. Not a banner day for the Mudcats, who have the worst record in the Carolina League and the 4th worst record in all of affiliated full season baseball.
Wes Parsons made his first start for Carolina since May 19, and got them through 4.2 IP with a good enough performance. Still, he left the game down 3-0 and turned the ball over to Andrew Thurman. That went exactly as you would expect and Thurman gave up 2 runs in his outing to lower his ERA to 9.25. Still, this was the first appearance Thurman didn’t allow a home run in since July 2, and the first one longer than 1.2 innings without a home run since June 15. That’s...something.
8/18 @ (74-47) Salem Red Sox 7:05 PM ET
CAR: Caleb Beech (2-7, 4.53 ERA)
SAL: Michael Kopech (2-1, 1.41 ERA)
(23-24) GCL Braves 4, (17-27) GCL Yankees West 5
Randy Ventura, CF: 0-4, BB, .279/.349/.358
Anthony Concepcion, LF: 3-3, HR, 3 RBI. BB, .291/.377/.466
Alan Crowley, C: 2-4, .372/.386/.442
Alan Rangel, SP: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3.62 ERA
The GCL Braves took a lead in this one late on a run scoring single from Anthony Concepcion and a subsequent run producing double play from Griffin Benson. Unfortunately they could not hold on and snapped a 4 game losing streak. Anthony Concepcion, with a home run today, has been the most consistent producer on offense for the GCL team this year with the 8th best OPS in the Gulf Coast League.
Alan Rangel has pitched consistently well for much of the season, but in a rare struggle allowed 3 runs and 6 hits and just was unable to get outs very easily in this one. His overall peripherals are fantastic, and at 18 he could prove to be an interesting under the radar name. Anthony Guardado pitched a scoreless inning, but has struggled with his command in the very little amount of time he has had on the mound this season with 5 BB in 4.2 IP. Tucker Davidson allowed the final 2 runs of the game, but struck out 3 and walked none in his 3 innings of work. Despite working out of the bullpen in all but one of his 10 appearances, Davidson has not struck out fewer than 2 batters in any game this season.