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Braves Recap: August 24

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Back with your recaps after a brief hiatus!  Since I don't have a major-league game to write about, let me take this opportunity also to say that we are definitely looking for some feedback regarding readers' experiences at Chop-n-Change.  We want to know what you all want to see from this blog.  All of us writers do this whole blogging thing as a side hobby, so we can't be an up-to-the-minute sort of operation; we all love doing this, but it's not our lives.  We'd appreciate suggestions with that in mind.  The first and foremost question in my mind concerns the recaps: we've gotten mixed reviews on them.  What do people think?  I like the daily updates, but they do take time to produce (i.e., time we could be spending producing other types of content).  Should we continue as is?  Add more/less content to the recaps?  Get rid of them altogether?   Until we make a final decision on all that, let's embark on our daily tour of the farm:

Gwinnett: A bad day for the G-Braves on Monday: two games, fourteen innings, thirteen hits (just two XBH, both doubles) and four runs.  No individual standouts, except perhaps Buddy Carlyle continuing his rehab by pitching 1 1/3 innings in Game 2.

Mississippi: The M-Braves followed the example of their International League counterparts, getting shut out on five hits and allowing five unearned runs on two errors.  Kyle Cofield allowed just one earned run in 4 2/3 innings but continued his backwards peripherals with six walks against five strikeouts.  Stephen Marek got four consecutive outs before giving way to Lee Hyde, whose third appearance in the Southern League saw him yield two runs in as many innings.

Myrtle Beach: Cole Miles' hot streak (.345/.424/.437 in his last 28 days) continued with a 3-for-4 showing, and Gerardo Rodriguez continued his good work with two hits including a home run, raising his slugging percentage over .500 in the pitcher-friendly Carolina League.  Jacob Thompson walked five in his 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, but the bullpen kept the scoring right there.  Cory Gearrin struck out two in the ninth for his 17th save.

Rome: Adam Milligan went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .369 since being promoted to Rome. He's making a case for one of the higher spots in the system's prospect rankings, and he's arguably the best performer from the draft class of 2008 right now, what with Brett DeVall injured and possibly needing surgery and Zeke Spruill having been demoted for some disciplinary issues.  Young Aussie catcher Matt Kennelly also had two hits; people forget about him, but he's still young, very raw and very talented.  He's a guy who could break out at any time.  Mike Minor started the game with three strong shutout innings, allowing just two hits while punching out two, but then let's remember he's a polished college product who ought to be dominating the Sally League.  J.J. Hoover followed up with a "quality start" in relief (6 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

Danville: Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg is still hitting .362 this far into the season, and he went 2-for-4 in Monday's game.  Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-4 as well, raising his average to .310 since his promotion; that's an incredible showing for a 17-year-old who ought to just be starting his junior year of high school.  Chris Masters still appears unhittable, shutting out Johnson City for six innings while walking two and whiffing six.  Third-rounder David Hale finished the game by allowing only an unearned run in three frames.

GCL: Some fun in the first game of a doubleheader for the complex Braves, as Jake Hanson went 2-for-3 with a triple to continue putting his name out for consideration as the Braves' best third-base prospect right now.  Layton Hiller and Alberto Odreman both doubled in the game as well.  On the pitching side, Aaron Northcraft struck out two in three innings while surrendering only a solo homer, and Chad Rodgers made his second rehab appearance after having missed all of the season so far due to injury.  No prospect sightings in Game 2 of the twinbill.

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