Marlins 4, Braves 3
MVP: Garret Anderson, .336 WPA. Pretty much all of his positive contribution comes from his ninth-inning tie-breaking homer to put the Braves up 3-2, before the fateful bottom of the inning, where...
LVP: Rafael Soriano, -.791 WPA. Gave back the lead by
MIP: Ross Gload's one-out, ninth-inning, two-run homer to give the Marlins the walk-off 4-3 win.
UotG: Bullpen. The Braves had an 80% chance to win this game when Soriano took the mound, and he pretty much lost it himself. That's why closers are so important.
Gwinnett: Hey look, two hits from Van Pope. Remember him?
The guy who was going to succeed Chipper Jones? Yeah, he's hitting .191 on the season at
Gwinnett. Three rehabbers took the
mound in this game: Jeff Bennett allowed two runs in an inning, Buddy Carlyle gave up a hit and struck out a batter in his scoreless inning, and James Parr pitched four innings of three-run ball while striking out three. It's going to be very interesting to see how the Braves fit all these guys back on to their roster, if they do at all.
Mississippi: The M-Braves played two seven-inning doubleheaders, and Jason Heyward went 4-for-6 with a homer across the two games. The rest of the offense didn't muster much of anything, as the rest of the hitters combined for just eight hits across both games. Game 1 starter Jose Ortegano went the distance and allowed just one run, walking one and striking out six in his Double-A debut. In Game 2, Tim Gustafson (four innings), Deunte Heath (two innings), and Brett Butts (one inning) combined to shut out the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
Myrtle Beach: Seven of nine offensive starters had hits in this game, but no interesting prospect had more than one. Cole Rohrbough came off a solid start last time out to throw up another clunker: four innings, five earned runs, two homers allowed. It's time to start wondering if his prospect status has evaporated completely. Craig Kimbrel struck out five in two scoreless innings, and Cory Gearrin pitched around three hits and an earned run to get the save.
Rome: Shayne Moody had two hits in three tries, Adam Milligan smacked another homer among three hits in four at-bats, and center fielder Calvin Culver returned from the DL with a 3-for-4 day that included two doubles. Dimaster Delgado followed up Randall Delgado's good start (they aren't related) with one of his own: seven innings, three walks, nine strikeouts with the only blemish being a solo homer allowed.
Danville: Mycal Jones and Cory Harrilchak both homered in this contest; Jones had two hits and Harrilchak had three. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg rejoined the lineup after a day off with a 2-for-4 day including a walk. He's still hitting a ridiculous .414. Tyler Stovall walked four in his 5 1/3 innings of work, so his control issues continue, though he only allowed two earned runs. Thomas Berryhill nearly blew the game in the ninth, but Casey Hodges come on to rescue him.
GCL: Layton Hiller homered, and that's about it for this game. I guess you could get excited about Lance Niekro if you want (three innings, four hits, five runs, one earned run, one walk, four strikeouts, a homer allowed).