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Tom Gieryn: July 23 Recap

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Giants 5, Braves 1

MVP: Kenshin Kawakami, .187 WPA.  He kept the game close through five innings and even helped himself out by walking in his only plate appearance.
LVP: Peter Moylan, -.286 WPA.  Unfortunately he was the victim of some really poor defense, where the Giants followed a single with two bunts, neither of which resulted in any outs as Casey Kotchman and Moylan himself both spent too much time looking to get the lead runner before finally throwing to first base too late.  It was frankly inexcusable for a major-league team.  Still, he was the guy on the mound when the Giants pulled away.
MIP: Randy Winn's two-out, eighth-inning, two-RBI single to put the Giants up 4-1 and put the game pretty much out of reach.  The botched bunts left the Giants with just a one-run lead, not insurmountable.  But then Winn drove home the two bunters by following with a single.  Winn's days as a Brave-killer continue.
UotG: Offense.  After all the fireworks the last few days, the bats push across just one run on six hits.  Come on, guys.

Minors

Gwinnett: Barbaro Canizares and Brandon Jones both popped home runs in this game, though Brandon is still slugging just .372.  J.C. Holt was on base three times in three plate appearances.  James Parr is making his way back from injury, and he didn't allow a run or a walk in three innings while striking out two.  I really like Parr in the Braves' bullpen; I think he's an excellent utility pitcher.

Mississippi: Travis Jones and Eric Campbell both with multi-hit days, but both still have OPSes mired in the mid-.600s.  We've been seeing their names lately, so maybe they are figuring it out, but they'll need far more extended hot streaks to salvage their seasons.  Jeff Lyman has been bouncing around between teams and roles all season long, but he's been a very pleasant surprise, posting a 3.12 ERA in the Southern League.  He threw seven scoreless innings in this game with two walks and six K's.

Myrtle Beach: No real offense to report unless anyone wants to get excited about two hits from center fielder C.J. Lee.  Tim Hudson started this game, and gave up three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings, striking out just one and walking one.  Still, he says he's scheduled to be ready to rejoin the team after a rehab start at Gwinnett on August 15th.  Cole Rohrbough followed him with 6 1/3 innings, and pitched like the prospect he was coming into the season: two earned runs, a walk, seven strikeouts.

Rome: The R-Braves managed three runs on eight hits, but none of the offense came from guys on the prospect radar.  Dimaster Delgado got pretty hit-unlucky, allowing seven hits and five runs in four innings, even though he only walked one and punched out four.  Paul Clemens' stuff showed up today, as he tossed three scoreless with 2 K's in relief.

Danville: The top two hitters (L.V. Ware and Mycal Jones) had one hit apiece, but everyone else in the lineup had two hits to give the team 16 in total.  The interesting names in that group: Cory Harrilchak (2-for-5, 2B), Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Robby Hefflinger (2-for-5, 3B), Jordan Kreke (2-for-5, 2B, HR), and sixteenth-round catcher Jace Whitmer (2-for-6).  Nothing inspiring on the pitching end of the box score.

GCL: Multi-hit days for Kyle Rose and Jake Hanson, whose names have been appearing in this space on a fairly regular basis, which is good to see.  After four solid outings, Aaron Northcraft looked subpar today, as he coughed up four runs on four hits and two walks in four innings, with just one strikeout.
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