AAA – Gwinnett 5, Syracuse 4 (10 innings)
It was a comeback victory tonight for the Braves after Sean Gilmartin allowed four early runs to the Nationals’ AAA squad. Catcher Jose Yepez had three hits and infielder Rusty Ryal went 4-for-5 with 2 RBI. New addition Lyle Overbay went hitless in his season debut but scored two runs. Buddy Carlyle threw three scoreless innings with 5 K’s, followed by scoreless innings from Peter Moylan, Anthony Varvaro, and Cole McCurry. I would expect to see Overbay and Ryal in Atlanta on or before September 1.
AA – Mississippi 3, Huntsville 2
It was a scrappy win for the Braves tonight against the Brewers’ AA squad. Zeke Spruill fought through his six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks, while only striking out three. Joey Terdoslavich had to come out of the game after one plate appearance, a base hit that turned into a run. His replacement Jason Christian and Joe Leonard each had two hits. 6’8″ lefty Michael Tarsi threw two scoreless innings of relief, while Chris Jones closed the door striking out three.
A+ – Lynchburg 8, Winston-Salem 2
After a rocky start, the Braves gained control of the game, easily defeating the White Sox High-A squad. Edward Salcedo made his 37th and 38th errors of the season, giving Dimasther Delgado two unearned runs to his line. Delgado ended up going seven, with John Cornely striking out five of the six batters he faced. The 7-8-9 hitters did the work tonight, with Michael Spina, David Rohm, and Emerson Landoni all having multi-hit games. There are ten more regular season games remaining before the playoffs, as Lynchburg is the only Braves affiliate who will be participating.
Again, my poor luck springs up with Rome, as tonight’s game in Savannah was rained out. In Wednesday night’s game, Rome beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-4. Fernando De Los Santos hit a home run for the Braves, while Ian Thomas got the win in relief, throwing three scoreless innings against the Rangers’ A squad.