Brayan Pena went 4-4 with a double and 2 runs scored and now has his average up to .297. He will be a good hitting major league backstop someday. Martin Prado was good also as he went 2-4 with a homer and 2 runs scored. I think Prado will make a positive contribution in Atlanta soon. Cormier started and was decent as he gave up 2 runs in 5.2 innings. Will Startup (W, 3-1) took the win with 1.1 perfect innings of relief. Manny Acosta got his 12th save despite allowing an unearned run in the 9th.
AA - Mississippi 6, Montgomery 3
Brandon Jones continued his power surge this year with a double, home run, and 4 RBI's. As if that wasn't enough, Jones also stole his 4th base since joining Mississippi. Josh Burrus also played well, going 3-4 with a double. Unlike Jones, Burrus was caught in his one attempt to steal. Dan Smith (W, 3-6) started and was fantastic giving up only an unearned run on 3 hits in 6 innings. He didn't walk anybody and struck out 12 guys in only 6 innings. It was a dominant performance against a squad with prospects such as Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria. Sean White picked up a 3 inning save as he gave up 2 runs.
High A- Myrtle Beach
Low A- Rome 4, West Virginia 11
Jairo Cuevas (L, 6-9) didn't pitch well as he gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings. Jake Stevens pitched 2.2 shutout innings in relief but Rudy Quinonez gave up 5 more runs in his one inning. Elvis Andrus went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs. Jamie Romak and Cody Clark each hit a double and drove in a run as well.
Rookie- Danville 4, Pulaski 6
Larry Williams (3-5, .339), Willie Cabrera (2-5, .323), and Chase Fontaine (2-4, .316) lead the offense but Danville lost as Sergio Valenzuela (L, 1-3) gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in his 4 innings of work. Dave Williams worked the final 2 innings to lower his ERA to 1.56.
GCL Braves 8, Indians 3
Cole Miles was on base 5 times with 3 hits and 2 walks while Adam Parliament drove in 2 runs with a double. Cody Johnson went 1-2 with 3 walks. Steven Evarts gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in 3 innings but his ERA still stands at 2.12. Michael Mehlich (W, 1-0) took the win with 3 innings of shutout ball with 3 strikeouts.