Durham Bulls 10, Gwinnett Braves 8
- Ozzie Albies, 2B: 0-for-5
- Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-for-4, BB, RBI, K
- Johan Camargo, SS: 3-for-5, 2B, HR(1), 4RBI
- Aaron Blair, P: 3.0IP, 8H, 6ER, 2BB, 3K
In what is a big year for Aaron Blair, the young pitcher struggled in his seasonal debut and failed to get past the third inning after needing 71 pitches to get through 3. It was tough out the gate for the pitcher as he yielded a homer to the first batter of the season, along with a bases clearing triple in the 1st inning. To say the least it was a start to forget as he struggled with the control of seemingly all of his pitches.
It didn’t get much better after Blair was removed as Joel De La Cruz came in and gave up another 4 runs in the 4th inning, putting Gwinnett down 10-3 after only 4 and a half innings. Caleb Dirks (2.0IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K), David Peterson (2.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K), Kevin Chapman (1.0IP 0H 0R 1K) all righted the ship for the Gwinnett staff but a 7 run lead was too much to overcome.
Offensively the night was stolen by Johan Camargo who had a solid Spring Training (.250/.368/.500) while trying to make the club as a utility infielder. The versatile defender collected a double, along with a 432’ absolute bomb to straight center.
Adam Walker also collected his first homer of the season as well.
Next Game: 4/7 Durham Bulls @ Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM ET
Pitching Probables: Durham Bulls (Hu), Gwinnett Braves (Newcomb)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Mississippi Braves 2
- Travis Demerrite, 2B: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
- Dylan Moore, SS: 0-for-3, BB
- Max Fried, P: 1.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
The JUMBO SHRIMP of Jacksonville got to Max Fried early in an injury shortened start. Max appeared to be playing with some nerves in the 1st as he struggled with his normally sharp command before leaving in the 2nd inning with some tightness in his back. All reports after the game were that Max would be fine and likely won’t miss a start. Okay, with that scare out of the way - back to the game!
Wes Parsons came into the game in relief for Max and looked solid, stranding two runners to end the 2nd inning. He gave up 2 unearned runs after a pair of throwing errors by Luis Valenzuela (4th inning), and Dylan Moore (5th inning). Wes appears to finally be healthy and looks to return to form as a threat to Atlanta - especially following his move to the bullpen. He induced an impressive 6 groundouts in his 3.1 innings of work, and struck out 5.
Mississippi couldn’t get much going on the offensive side of things as the team stranded 8 and went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Kade Scivicque produced the lone multi-hit game for Mississippi, going 3-for-4 with a double. Travis Demeritte also doubled, and drove in a run in his AA debut. Demeritte played 2nd base last night but it will be interesting to see if the Braves move him around this season to try and find him a position that isn’t blocked by Albies and Swanson.
Next Game: 4/7 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp @ Mississippi, 8:00 PM ET
Daytona Tortugas 3, Florida Firefrogs 0
- Ronald Acuna, CF: 0-for-4, BB, 2K
- Austin Riley, 3B: 0-for-3, BB, K
- Jonathan Morales, C: 2-for-4 R, K
- Luiz Gohara, SP: 5.0IP, 4H, 0BB, 7K
Displaying an “overpowering fastball/slider combination” a quote straight from Ben Badler of Baseball America, Gohara was extremely impressive striking out 7 in 5 scoreless frames. The pitcher dazzled with good command of his fastball and slider and just absolutely overpowered a solid Tortugas lineup including top draft pick Nick Senzel. I could tell you more about it but here here are more words from Ben Badler.
Braves LHP Luiz Gohara with wipeout stuff in a scoreless first with three Ks. Fastball up to 99 and buried a slider to whiff Nick Senzel.— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) April 6, 2017
Some light contact against Luiz Gohara, but he's sitting in the mid-90s and manipulating speeds on a plus slider. #Braves— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) April 6, 2017
Luiz Gohara vs Reydel Medina:— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) April 6, 2017
SL 84 - strike (swinging)
SL 84 - strike (swinging)
SL 84 - ball
SL 84 - strikeout (swinging)
Andres Santiago picked up the loss (1.2IP 4H 3R 2ER 0BB 4K), while Sean McLaughlin (1.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K), Corbin Clouse (1.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K) also pitched for the Firefrogs in their season debut with Clouse doing what Clouse does - striking out another pair of batters.
Despite going 0-for-4 in his seasonal debut Acuna won the game for me with this pre-game batflip.
Ronald Acuña with the Opening Day BP bat flip. pic.twitter.com/5Ps14rnhk8— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) April 6, 2017
Ray-Patrick Didder went 0-for-2 but walked 3 times and stole 2 bases DESPITE NOT GETTING HIT BY ONE PITCH! Jonathan Morales, Carlos Castro, and Alay Lago all had multi-hit games. The team stranded 10 after going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Next Game: 4/7 Daytona Tortugas @ Florida Firefrogs, 7:05 PM ET
Rome Braves, West Virginia Power - POSTPONED
Will be made up as part of a double header TODAY.