Gwinnett's offense exploded against the Yankee's AAA affiliate last night, scoring 10 runs on 14 hits. Felix Pie, hitting in the 3 hole, led the way for Gwinnett, posting a 2-4 day highlighted by a 3-run bomb in the 5th inning. Ernesto Mejia and Stefan Gartrell each had 2 hit days as well. Mejia singled, doubled, scored twice, and stole his 7th base of the year, while Gartrell singled, doubled, walked, and scored a run. Jack Wilson made his first rehab start with the G-Braves tonight, DHing and going 1-4 with a walk and a steal. Eric Junge started, and threw 5 mediocre innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Junge walked one and struck out one.
Julio Teheran starts today as Gwinnett opens a series with the Durham Bulls.
Mississippi Braves - Off
Potomac Nationals 0, Lynchburg Hillcats 5
Gus Schlosser hurled a gem for the Hillcats, completely shutting down the Potomac Nationals over 9 stellar innings. Schlosser posted a complete game shutout, allowing only 5 hits. Schlosser didn't walk a batter while striking out 6, bringing his ERA under 3 in the process. This was Schlosser's third straight scoreless outing, and over that time he has thrown 23 innings, allowing 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 18. Adam Milligan had a big day driving the Hilcats' offense, going 2-4 with a 2-run double. Nick Ahmed reached based 3 times and stole his 30th base of the year. Ahmed's 30 steals are tops in the Carolina league by a wide margin (second place has 24). Michael Spina, a recent signee after being cut by the A's organization, went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI as well.
Cody Martin pitches for Lynchburg today.
Rome Braves 8, Charleston RiverDogs 2
Greg Ross had one of his best starts of the season, allowing only 2 runs to the RiverDogs over 8 strong innings. Ross allowed 8 hits and a walk while striking out 6. For his efforts, Ross picked up his third win of the year, and brought his ERA under 5. Brandon Drury continued his resurgence at the plate, reaching base 4 times on 3 singles and a walk. He scored twice and stole a base, bringing his average up to .220. William Beckwith hit 2 doubles and drove in three, while Robby Hefflinger collected his 5th home run of the year, a solo shot.
Alex Wood starts today, looking for his first win with Rome.
Danville Braves @ Bluefield Blue Jays - Postponed
Last night's game was rained out and will be made up today as part of a doubleheader.
GCL Braves 2, GCL Yankees 7
Roberto Estrella had another rough start for the GCL Braves as they lost to the GCL Yankees yesterday. Estrella started but couldn't get out of the 4th inning, allowing 3 earned runs on hits and 3 walks over 3.1 innings. His defense did him no favors either, as an error allowed the Yankees to plate a 4th run. Joey Meneses and Justin Black were the only Braves to record multi-hit games. Meneses was 2-4 with a double and a run, while Black had a pair of singles. Black, who started the season ice-cold, is now 5-12 over his last 4 games with a pair of walks, signs that he may be starting to come around.
The GCL Braves take on the GCL Yankees again at noon today, with probables not yet announced.