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Braves 4, Giants 2

MVP: Jair Jurrjens.  7 2/3 IP, one run on three hits, one walk and nine strikeouts.  'Nuff said.
LVP: Ryan Church.  This is definitely the highest WPA for a least valuable player since we started running this, which shows how well everyone performed in this game.  He was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, but still got on base with a fourth-inning walk.
MIP: Yunel Escobar's three-run homer in the third inning to put the Braves up 4-0.
UotG: Starting pitcher.  Did I mention Jurrjens tossed a gem?


Minors

Gwinnett: Big offensive night for the G-Braves, as four players were on base three times or more (Reid Gorecki, Chris Burke, Barbaro Canizares and Clint Sammons (who was on base five times!).  Brian Barton also had two hits.  I'd wager to say the Braves have stockpiled here one of the better collections of potential bench players around.  Canizares has the stick to be a pure pinch hitter in spite of his age, and the rest of the guys I mentioned have enough versatility to be useful.

Rehabbers Jo-Jo Reyes and Buddy Carlyle both pitched in this game, neither of them notably well (two runs in four innings for Reyes, a perfect inning of relief for Buddy).

Mississippi: Jason Heyward just...keeps...hitting.  He posted a 2-for-4 night with a double, and it's starting to be time to wonder how much he has accelerated his timetable.  Is it too much to think he could be ready for a major-league job next spring?  Three months ago, I'd have said it was crazy but his performance is borderline unbelievable right now.  Not to be outdone, teammate Freddie Freeman also chipped in with two hits of his own (one of them a homer).  Other multi-hit efforts from two of the Braves' biggest disappointments this season, Eric Campbell and Travis Jones.  What looked like such a solid infield at Myrtle Beach (Jones, Campbell, and Brandon Hicks) has collectively imploded in the Southern League this year.  There's still talent there, though.

A quality start from organizational soldier Ryne Reynoso (3 ER in six innings of work) is about all that's worth noting on the pitching side.

Myrtle Beach: Just four hits in this game for the Pelicans' offense, and starter Richard Sullivan lasted just four innings after allowing five runs (three of which were earned).  Benino Pruneda, Rudy Darrow, Michael Broadway and Cory Gearrin did combine for five innings without allowing an earned run in relief, though.

Rome: Shayne Moody's hot hitting continued with a 2-for-5 game to make him 16-for-40 in the last ten games.  Adam Milligan added a homer and a single, and it's good to see him adjusting to life in full-season ball.  Randall Delgado's season has been shaky to this point, but he was solid in this one, tossing seven innings of two-run baseball while striking out five and avoiding free passes (though he did allow a home run).

Danville: Nice to see Mycal Jones with two more hits, including a double and a triple, after nearly going for the cycle yesterday.  Cory Harrilchak went 2-for-4 with a triple, and yes, you're bound to read about another multi-hit day from Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, who was 2-for-5.

Tyler Stovall's outrageous walk totals finally got the best of him today (he's been walking a tightrope most of the season, walking people like it's his job but not allowing too many runs)...he walked six while getting just five outs, and allowed four earned runs.  Recently-signed second-round pick David Hale struck out two in a perfect eighth in his pro debut, and fifth-rounder Thomas Berryhill pitched around a walk for his sixth save.  Wouldn't it be nice to see those two stick together as a late-inning tandem; both certainly have the stuff for the roles.

GCL: Ugh.  Just three hits for the offense, though we did get to see two young, high-upside pitchers go for the Braves' complex affiliate.  Last year's biggest international signee, Carlos Perez, threw three innings allowing just an unearned run, and 23rd-round bonus baby Lucas LaPoint followed with three more innings of one-run ball.
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