Joey Terdoslavich's 9th inning single sealed a walkoff win for Mississippi, Miguel Batista, David Hale, and Jaden Dillon all had effective starts, Jose Peraza had a big day, and Ronan Pacheco was a strikeout machine.
Gwinnett Braves 3, Norfolk Tides 6, 11 innings
Miguel Batista started the game and was masterful, striking out 7 while allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk in 6 innings of work. The 41 year old has allowed 9 earned runs in 24 innings with Gwinnett, and 6 of those runs came in one 3 inning appearance. Felix Pie had a hot July, hitting .320 with a .931 OPS, 9 doubles, 4 homers, and 23 RBI in 97 at bats, but he's cooled off in August, hitting .220 with a .628 OPS, 4 doubles, and 6 RBI. Rusty Ryal extended his hitting streak to 4 games, and he's gone 9-20 with 4 doubles and 6 RBI in that span. In 17 games with Gwinnett, the 28 year old has hit .323 with a .879 OPS, 6 doubles, 2 homers, and 9 RBI.
Gwinnett and Norfolk will finish their 2 game series Tuesday morning at 10:35, with Yohan Flande scheduled to start for the G-Braves.
Mississippi Braves 4, Huntsville Stars 3
Joey Terdoslavich singled in Jason Christian in the bottom of the 9th to give Mississippi a walkoff win. Terdo reached base 3 times in the game and extended his hitting streak to 6 games, going 9-24 with a double, a homer, 5 RBI, and 3 walks in that span. Todd Cunningham also reached base 3 times, adding a pair of steals to give him an even 20 for the season. He has his own modest 4 game hitting streak, going 5-20 with a walk in that stretch. Evan Gattis also reached base 3 times, and in his last 4 games, he's gone 5-15 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI, and 3 walks. After hitting just .215 with a .618 OPS, 4 doubles, a homer, and 12 RBI in 93 at bats in the first half, Matt Kennelly has been on a roll in the second half, hitting .354 with a .905 OPS, 9 doubles, a triple, and 10 RBI. The 23 year old Australian is in the middle of a 11 game hitting streak, going 16-36, a .444 average, with 7 doubles, 7 RBI, and 3 walks during that span. David Hale was wild, walking 6 in just 4.1 innings, but he managed to keep the Stars off the scoreboard. In his last 3 starts, the 24 year old righty has allowed just 1 earned run in 14.1 innings, walking 9 and striking out 11.
JR Graham will face the Stars tomorrow.
Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Winston-Salem Dash 7
In his last 2 games, Adam Milligan has gone 4-8 with 2 doubles, a homer, and a RBI, helping him to a .385 average and a 1.083 OPS in his last 10 games. Nick Ahmed reached base twice tonight and picked up his league leading 36th stolen base, but the 22 year old has struggled in August, hitting .236 with a .579 OPS and 14 strikeouts in 55 at bats. Ryan Weber had only allowed 6 earned runs in 19 innings over 8 appearances since returning to Lynchburg on July 20th, but he gave up 6 earned in 6.1 innings tonight.
The Hillcats are 2 games back with 13 games to go, but they won the first half and will go to the playoffs no matter where they finish in the second half. Mike Lee will face the Dash on Tuesday.
Rome Braves 1, Hickory Crawdads 5
Alex Wood had the worst start of his young career, allowing 5 earned runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in just 4.2 innings. The 21 year old lefty had only allowed 6 earned runs, 25 hits, and 9 walks in 39 innings in his first 10 starts. Ronan Pacheco was absolutely phenomenal in relief, stranding 2 inherited runners and striking out 9 of the 11 batters he faced. The 23 year old lefty, who stands at a lean and lanky 6'6", has done well in his return to Rome, posting a 2.43 ERA, a 1.21 ERA, and 29 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. In 6.1 innings over his last 3 appearances, he's struck out 14 while allowing 2 hits and 4 walks. William Beckwith extended his hitting streak to 4 games, and he's gone 6-15 with 3 doubles, 5 RBI, and 2 walks in that span. In his last 10 games, Kyle Kubitza is hitting .351 with a .959 OPS, 5 doubles, a triple, and 6 RBI.
Rome has a 4 1/2 game lead over Asheville with 14 games left in their season. They will face the Crawdads again on Tuesday.
Danville Braves 1, Princeton Rays 6
Jose Peraza hit 3 singles, was hit by a pitch, and stole his 12th base, making him 7-16 with a double and 2 walks in his last 6 games. Ronald Luna has gone 3-9 in his last 3 games. In his last 2 starts, Williams Perez has allowed 8 earned runs in 11 innings, giving up 14 hits and 4 walks while striking out 10. Patrick Scoggin, a 21 year old righty signed as an undrafted free agent this summer, hasn't allowed an earned run yet as a professional, striking out 5 in 4 scoreless with Danville after striking out 9 in 7.2 scoreless in the GCL.
The D-Braves are 3 games behind Burlington with 8 games left in their season. But, as the second place team in the division, they would also make the playoffs, and they have a 4 game lead over third place Princeton, which they can extend on Tuesday as Luke Sims starts against the P-Rays.
GCL Braves 2, GCL Pirates 3
Eric Garcia SS 2-4, .250 AVG
Carlos Sanchez C 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .271 AVG
Hector Garcia RF 1-3, 2B, BB, .278 AVG
Jaden Dillon 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 3.72 ERA
Jaden Dillon had a great start, allowing just 1 earned run over 5 innings while striking out 7. In 15 innings over his last 3 starts, the 22 year old righty has allowed 2 earned runs while giving up 13 hits, 5 walks, and striking out 14. Eric Garcia has a 4 game hitting streak, going 6-16 with a homer and 4 RBI during that stretch. In his last 2 games, 18 year old Panamanian Carlos Sanchez has gone 2-7 with a double and 3 RBI.
The Braves and Pirates will face off again tomorrow.