Lynchburg won tonight, but they remain 2.5 games behind Wilmington with 6 games to go. Regardless of how they finish the second half, the Hillcats won the first half division title, and will play in the postseason starting September 5th. Rome also won, and they have a 4 game lead with 7 games left in their season. Danville will begin its postseason tomorrow with a 3 game series against Elizabethton.
Gwinnett Braves - Postponed, Rain
The G-Braves changed their game time from 7:05 to 2:05 to attempt to avoid the rain, but the change didn't help, as rain washed out their game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The teams will attempt to play on Wednesday at 1:05, and the G-Braves have made admission to the game free. So if you live in the Atlanta area tomorrow is a great day to head up to Lawrenceville and see some AAA baseball, especially with 2011 1st round pick Sean Gilmartin scheduled to start.
Mississippi Braves - Off
Due to Hurricane Isaac, the M-Braves won't play again until Friday.
Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Winston-Salem Dash 1, 7 innings
Tommy La Stella 2B 2-3, BB, .285 AVG
Adam Milligan RF 1-3, 2B, RBI, .255 AVG
Aaron Northcraft 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K, W (9), 3.95 ERA
Matt Chaffee 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (6), 3.81 ERA
Rain forced this game to be suspended with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th innings, and after almost an hour of delay, the umpires called it as an official game, giving the Hillcats the win. In his last 9 starts, Aaron Northcraft had gone 0-7 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in 46.2 innings, but he picked up his first win since July 4th tonight, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work. He looks to be turning things around, allowing just 2 earned in 12 innings of work in his last 2 starts. Northcraft, who will likely get 1 more start before the season finishes, is leading the league with 26 starts and 157 strikeouts. In 10 August appearances, Matt Chaffee has allowed just 1 earned run while striking out 15 over 10.2 innings. Since returning from the DL, Tommy La Stella has gone 5-6 with a walk and a RBI in 3 games. In his last 6 games, Adam Milligan has gone 8-21 with 3 doubles, a homer, and 3 RBI.
Dimasther Delgado will start against the Dash on Wednesday.
Rome Braves 2, Augusta Greenjackets 10
Ross Heffley extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and he's gone 9-24 with a double, a homer, and 2 RBI. In his last 3 games, Fernando de los Santos has gone 5-9 with a homer and a RBI. Kyle Kubitza reached base 3 times today, including hitting his ninth triple of the season. The 22 year old has had an interesting season, walking in 13.8% of his plate appearances, striking out in 28% of his at bats, and hitting 40% of his hits for extra bases, while putting up a .241/.350/.401/.751 slash line. Chase Anselment has gone 3-7 in his last 2 games. Fabian Williamson had only allowed 13 earned runs in 34.2 innings in his first 7 starts, but he allowed 6 in just 2.2 innings tonight.
David Starn will face Augusta tomorrow.
Danville Braves 7, Johnson City Cardinals 8
Jose Peraza ended his season with a 5 game hitting streak, going 8-21 with a double, 3 RBI, 2 walks, and 3 steals in that span. The 18 year old Venezuelan native finished his year with a .296 average, a .350 OBP, a .724 OPS, 7 doubles, 3 triples, a homer, 28 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 25 steals in 206 at bats between the GCL and Danville. Levi Hyams finished his season with a 6 game hitting streak, going 10-23 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, and 3 walks in that span. Aris Alcantara rapped out 2 doubles and took a walk, finishing his season with a .276 average, a .762 OPS, 14 doubles, 5 homers, and 41 RBI in 185 at bats. Since rejoining the team from the GCL, Tyler Tewell has gone 4-12 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI in 3 games. Edison Sanchez started his year with Rome, struggling to a .180 average and a .558 OPS in 100 at bats, but the 21 year old Venezuelan, who transitioned from first base to left field this season, turned his season around with Danville, hitting .256 with a .769 OPS, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 5 homers, and 23 RBI in 176 at bats. Frank Lafreniere struggled in his final start, allowing 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work, but he did manage to strike out a season high 7 batters. The 22 year old Canadian went 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in 65 innings over 12 starts.
The Danville Braves finished their season 36-28, clinching a wild card spot in the Appalachian League playoffs. Carlos Franco led in OBP (.408), runs scored (35), walks (37). Edison Sanchez led in slugging (.455) and triples (4). Felix Marte led in at bats (187), homers (8), and tied for the lead in total bases (82) with Aris Alcantara, who led the team in hits (51), doubles (14), and RBI (41). Blake Brown led in games played (53) and strikeouts (72). Josh Elander led in OPS (.805), Trenton Moses led the team in average (.298), and Jose Peraza led the team in stolen bases (15).
Frank Lafreniere led the team in innings (65) and tied for the lead in wins (5) with Ernesto Silva. Luke Sims led the team in losses (4) and Bryam Garcia led in saves (6). Clint Wright led the team in ERA (1.74) and Zach Jadofsky led the team in WHIP (0.98). Mauricio Cabrera led the starters in ERA (2.97) while Williams Perez led the starters in WHIP (1.12) and led the team in strikeouts (54). Carlos Perez, Mike Hashem, and Jeremy Fitzgerald led in appearances (16), while Lafreniere and Cabrera led in starts (12).
On Wednesday, Ernesto Silva is scheduled to start the opener of a 3 game playoff series against the Elizabethon Twins.