MVP: Yunel Escobar. Two singles, a walk, and an RBI in four trips was enough to earn MVP for this game.
LVP: Jair Jurrjens. Four earned runs allowed in six innings isn't exactly impressive, and while I hate to dock a pitcher for his hitting, he grounded into a fielder's choice with two outs and the bases loaded with the Braves down 4-1 in the fourth, which was a big play for the Cubbies.
MIP: Derrek Lee's two-run homer with one out in the first inning. As usual, in a game where one team is in control the entire game, the first runs are most important.
UotG: Since this is the first recap of a loss, remember that the "unit of the game" is the one that contributes most to the result (i.e., if we win, this is the most valuable; if we lose, it's the least valuable). So the losers today are the offense, who mustered just two runs in an ultimately winnable game.
Gwinnett: Reid Gorecki and Barbaro Canizares continued their hot hitting with a single and a double apiece, and Greg Norton added two hits in his apparently never-ending rehab assignment. Todd Redmond got shelled, yielding five runs on seven hits (including a homer) and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Mississippi: Outfielder Concepcion Rodriguez, who recently gained some notoriety as one of the guys who would have been part of the package traded to Pittsburgh at last year's trade deadline, went 3-for-4; he has now hit in nine of his last ten games after a very slow start to the season. Jason Heyward continues unfazed by the Southern League with two hits including a triple, and three RBIs in five ABs. He's hitting .417 post-promotion. Jeff Lyman, who was just promoted to the rotation after a strong start to the year in the bullpen, allowed two runs in five innings on two walks, two hits and five K's. All three relievers who appeared in the game (recently-demoted Deunte Heath, Bryan Dumesnil, and Cory Gearrin) allowed runs.
Rome: I feel like a broken record saying that Rome's offense produced nothing noteworthy in this game, mustering just three hits (though one was a homer by last year's fifth-round pick Braeden Schlehuber). Dimaster Delgado pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs, walking none and striking out eight, and Tyrelle Harris made his Rome debut with two scoreless innings to close out the contest.
Danville: Center fielder L.V. Ware went 3-for-5 to raise his season average to .393; he's a little old for the Appy League at 22, but at least he's raking. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenberg had just one hit in this game (awww...) and struck out three times, but he's still hitting .462. Promising seventh-round pick Robby Hefflinger out of Georgia Perimeter had two hits including a homer, and toolsy fourth-round shortstop Mycal Jones added three more hits. Lefty Tyler Stovall once again struggled with his control, striking out six but walking five in four innings of work.
GCL: Not too much to report on offense aside from right fielder Anthony Feliz's 4-for-4 afternoon with two doubles. Aaron Northcraft allowed two earned runs in three innings, but did strike out four against only one walk. He was a good sign by the
Braves. Knuckleballing novelty Lance Niekro got in the game, allowing a homer but nothing else in his inning of work.