Gwinnett Stripers 5, Norfolk Tides 6
Michael Reed, CF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBI, BB
Ronald Acuña, Jr, LF: 0-4
Evan Phillips, RP: 1.1IN, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
This game seemed doomed from the start. Today’s starter was Jason Hursh, who isn’t good at getting outs. He did go almost 3 innings, but gave up 2 runs. Michael Mader and Chad Bell both combined for 5.2 innings, giving up a total of 4 runs (3ER). Evan Phillips was the lone pitcher to not allow a runner to score.
Braves scored 5 runs despite Rio Ruiz being the only player to record multiple hits. It was a nice team effort overall, but it just wasn’t enough to compensate for the Stripers not having an actual starter pitch tonight. Ronald Acuna remains pretty quiet with the bat going 0-4 and since coming back from the DL he’s just 3-21. Some people are clamoring for him to be up with the Braves, but he’s clearly rusty.
Mississippi Braves - Off Day
Florida Fire Frogs 2, Dunedin Blue Jays 3
Braxton Davidson, 1B: 2-4, HR, RBI, BB, K
Jordan Rodgers, 3B: 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
Garrison Schwartz, RF: 2-5, R, 3K
Joey Wentz, SP: 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
The Braves still appear to have Joey Wentz on a pitch count, but due to how efficient he was tonight, 69 pitches, he was able to make it through 6 innings. While the strikeouts aren’t quite there, Wentz has been throwing more strikes. Hopefully his mechanics have been ironed out.
Braves offense consisted of getting multiple hits from their 4-6 hitters and not much else outside of that. Braxton Davidson tied the game at 1 with a home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. An error by Ray Patrick Didder turned out to be very costly cause 2 runners came around to score. However, in the bottom of the 9th Jordan Rodgers doubles in Garrison Schwartz. With Rodgers on 2nd base, Ray Patrick Didder came to the plate and needed a solid at bat to make up for his costly error. Unfortunately he struck out swinging, and the next two players got outs as well to end the game.
Rome Braves 1, Charleston RiverDogs 6
Drew Waters, CF: 1-4
Isranel Wilson, RF: 1-3, 2B, R, 2K, E
Huascar Ynoa, SP: 6IP, 6H, 4R(3ER), 3BB, 4K
Ynoa just didn’t have his best stuff. He’s been much more consistent, but he was a bit wild tonight. It took 91 pitches to get through 6 innings including 3 walks.
Braves were a bit lucky in that they committed 3 errors on the day, but thankfully that only led to 1 run scoring.
Rome offense had been running a bit cold lately, and again they were completely shut down. No one had more than one hit, and Isranel Wilson had the only extra base hit, which kept them from being shut out as Wilson came around to score on a fielding error.
Although Rome has a 43-33 record, they have lost 7 of their past 13 games (one tie). Both pitching and hitting need to improve.
Danville Braves - Off Day
GCL Braves 5, GCL Phillies East 6
CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-2, 3BB, 2R
Darling Florentino, 3B: 1-5, 2B, 2RBI
Charles Reyes, LF: 3-5, RBI, K
Cameron Kurz, RP: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
Jackson Louirie, RP: 0.2IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
After the Braves gave up 2 to start the game, they got 3 right back in the bottom half of the inning. In the 4th inning, the Braves tacked on another run as Braulio Vasquez reached on an error with the bases loaded allowing a runner to score.
However, a mix of bad pitching and fielding did the Braves in as the Phillies scored 4 runs in the last 2 innings. 2 errors by Braulio Vasquez in the 9th inning allowed 2 runners to score.