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Braves 11, Phillies 1

MVP: Jair Jurrjens. Seven innings, no earned runs gets him the player of the game nod.

LVP: Diory Hernandez. But...but...he hit a home run, how can he be LVP? Well, first, this was a game where nobody really played badly, and second, he hit his homer when it was already 9-1. The homer is outweighed by a leadoff infield fly in the third and a GIDP in the fourth, when the score was still relatively close.

MIP: Martin Prado's third-inning double with men on first and second and one out, scoring two runs. In a game as one-sided as this one was, the first runs are almost always the most important.

UotG: Offense. Second day in a row the bats have shown up.


Mississippi: Matt Young went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple; he's way too old to still be playing at Double-A, but he was named to the Southern League All-Star team for the second straight year and he's hit.347/.475/.516 over the last month. He can play just about any position that doesn't involve pitching or wearing a mask, so he might help somebody someday as a 25th man. Not bad for a guy that went undrafted out of the University of New Mexico. For the record, journeyman catcher J.C. Boscan and pitcher Kyle Cofield are Mississippi's two other All-Stars. Outfielder Willie Cabrera, who started to creep on the prospect scene at Myrtle Beach last year, hitting .298/.398/.477 in the past 28 days, and he went 2-for-4. Nice to see our old (if temperamental) friend Eric Campbell with a two-hit night as well.

Promising Mexican lefty Edgar Osuna continues to struggle after being promoted, and he lasted just 4 2/3 innings in this start, allowing two homers. He's still young yet, however. The bullpen played some nice pick-me-up, with righties Brent Butts and Cory Gearrin and lefty Brian Dumesnil tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings; any or all of those guys could end up in the middle of somebody's bullpen someday. I've always been kind of a closet Dumesnil fan, as he's a guy the Braves picked up off the scrap heap after he had Tommy John surgery; he's pretty old at 25 and he's Canadian, but left-handed relievers with mid-90s heat don't come around every day.

Myrtle Beach: Cody Johnson got on base three times, twice by walk to keep up his Three True Outcomes goodness (though that K rate is scary and could cause major problems at higher levels, since prospects tend to lose the walks and keep the strikeouts as they move up; then again, there aren't many players with Cody's pure power). Jesus Sucre had two more hits also.

Cole Rohrbough continues to frustrate, as he shows flashes of brilliance but can't seem to get results. Six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings would be pretty good had he not also walked three, allowed a homer and five earned runs. He obviously has the stuff to succeed, but the Carolina League is a pitcher's dream (especially Myrtle Beach's stadium), so he ought to be doing better than a 5.27 ERA.

Rome: Not much to report here. Yet another weak offensive day for an offense that doesn't possess much talent, and a rough start for under-the-radar but nonetheless promising lefty Dimaster (not to be confused with Randall) Delgado.

Danville: Adam Milligan continues to rake, posting yet another multi-hit game to bring his line to .439/.500/.756 for the year so far, and Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg keeps abusing baseballs, as he went 4-for-4 to raise his season averages to a ridiculous .548/.583/.903 in 31 PAs. Tyler Stovall, last year's third overall pick for the Braves, had a weird start, tossing 4 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout ball while walking--count 'em--seven men. 2009 fifth-rounder Thomas Berryhill, who touches 98 on the gun, tossed a perfect ninth for the save.

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