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Braves Recap: August 11

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Braves 8, Nationals 1

MVP: Tommy Hanson, .103 WPA.  Offensive contributions were spread out in this one, so the game ball goes to the pitcher.  6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, no walks, 9 K's...well deserving.
LVP: Matt Diaz, -.091 WPA.  Grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in a 1-1 game in the second inning pretty much did him in for the day, what with every offensive starter getting a hit and all.
MIP: Martin Prado's one-out RBI double in the third to put the Braves ahead 2-1, a lead that would only be extended.
UotG: Offense. The Braves had everything working today, but when the offense scores early and often, it takes the pressure off everybody else.

Minors
Gwinnett: Big day across the board for the G-Braves.  Reid Gorecki went 4-for-5 with a double and a homer to keep his ridiculous hot streak going; he had a .964 OPS in June, a .980 OPS in July, and he's at .898 so far for August. Brandon Jones also homered, making three jacks in his last six games, and Brooks Conrad kept his bid for a bench spot going with a 2-for-3 night including a double.  Diory Hernandez also went 2-for-3, leading us to wonder who stole his hitting skills over the last six weeks while Infante was out.  Jonny Venters tossed five innings and allowed three runs in five innings with a 2/2 K/BB ratio.  He hasn't impressed in the International League since being promoted, but he could still find success in a bullpen to be named later.  Bigger news on the pitching side comes from Buddy Carlyle, who struck out five in two perfect innings.

Myrtle Beach: Just three runs on ten hits across two games in a doubleheader today for the Pelicans, and the ten hits amazingly came from ten different players.  Cody Johnson homered, and that's the extent of the offensive fun.  Bad day for pitchers too: Erik Cordier allowed two homers in five innings in Game 1 (though he did only allow three runs), and Edgar Osuna got torched for seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings (though he did strike out five).

Danville: The D-Braves completed Monday's game and lost 10-2, with no notable performances, but the regularly scheduled programming was far more exciting.  Five players had multi-hit days as the offense pounded out 17 hits including seven doubles.  Cory Harrilchak went 3-for-4, Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg was 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, and Robby Hefflinger chipped in two more hits among interesting prospects.  But the real story in this game was the Appalachian League's first NO-HITTER of the year, tossed by 2006 first-round pick Cory Rasmus for seven innings in the shortened game.  He walked one and struck out nine...if he can get healthy, the sky is the limit.

GCL: Layton Hiller and Alberto Odreman hit two of three homers for the GCL Braves, and Odreman also tacked on two more hits.  Jake Hanson went 2-for-3 as well, but seven runs wasn't enough for the offense as Aaron Northcraft got shellacked, surrendering seven earned runs while recording just eight outs.  He gave up just three hits, but one was a homer and he walked four and hit a batter.

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