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Bradley Zimmer hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, leading the Columbus Clippers to a 6-4 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday.

The grand slam by Zimmer scored Yandy Diaz, Guillermo Quiroz, and Michael Choice to give the Clippers a 6-2 lead.

Gwinnett got within two after Emilio Bonifacio hit an RBI single in the eighth inning and Sean Kazmar hit a solo home run in the ninth.

Gwinnett missed an additional scoring opportunity in the eighth, when Ronnier Mustelier struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. Overall, the Braves failed to capitalize on some good scoring chances, leaving 12 runners on base.

The teams will resume the best-of-five series tomorrow in Laurenceville, tied 1-1.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Emilio Bonifacio CF 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .600
Reid Brignac 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Ronnier Mustelier 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
Sean Kazmar 2B 5 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .222
Mel Rojas Jr. RF 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .111
Tyler Moore LF 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .667
    1- Matt Lipka PR-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    a- Rio Ruiz PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Matt Tuiasosopo DH 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000
Blake Lalli C 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .625
Daniel Castro SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .333
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Aaron Blair 6.0 5 2 2 4 6 1 3.00
Rob Wooten (L, 0-1) 1.0 2 4 4 2 1 1 36.00
Jason Hursh 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

PLAYER OF THE GAME: OF Bradley Zimmer. Boo.

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Carlos Franco knocked in 3 runs in support of RHP Patrick Weigel, who pitched a gem to even up the Southern League Division Series for Mississippi, final score 5-0.

Weigel, in only his fourth AA start, was masterful, striking out eight Blue Wahoos while only allowing 5 baserunners, none of whom got past first base. In addition to his usual high-90s fastball that he was throwing to both sides of the plate, Weigel showcased a big 11-5 curveball and a tight slider that he buried into righthanders. This combo limited contact, and what contact there was was weak.

Franco helped make up for the two costly errors from last night's game by delivering at the plate. Mississippi opened up the scoring in the 2nd inning. After Franco singled, he went call the way home on a RF Connor Lien double to make it 1-0. In the 3rd inning, back-to-back-to-back singles by CF Mallex Smith, 2B Levi Hyams, and LF Dustin Peterson plated a second run, and left two on for Franco, who delivered the decisive shot, a 3-run homer. 

The series will pick back up tomorrow in Pearl, MS with RHP Max Povse on the mound for the Braves.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Mallex Smith CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .111
Levi Hyams 2B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .400
Dustin Peterson LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .375
Carlos Franco 3B 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 .429
Joey Meneses 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375
    Evan Phillips P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Philip Pfeifer P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    David Peterson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Willians Astudillo C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
Connor Lien RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .250
Johan Camargo SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375
Patrick Weigel P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
    Dylan Moore 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Patrick Weigel (W, 1-0) 7.0 3 0 0 2 8 0 0.00
Evan Phillips 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Philip Pfeifer 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
David Peterson 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

PLAYER OF THE GAME: RHP Patrick Weigel

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The Braves announced their organizational players of the year:

Gwinnett:

  • Player of the Year: 3B Rio Ruiz
  • Pitcher of the Year: RHP Rob Wooten

Mississippi:

  • Player of the Year: OF Dustin Peterson
  • Pitcher of the Year: RHP Rob Whalen

Carolina:

  • Player of the Year: OF Keith Curcio
  • Pitcher of the Year: RHP Matt Withrow

Rome:

  • Player of the Year: 3B Austin Riley
  • Pitcher of the Year: RHP Patrick Weigel

Danville:

  • Player of the Year: 1B Ramon Osuna
  • Pitcher of the Year: LHP Jhon Martinez

Gulf Coast League:

  • Player of the Year: 1B/OF Anthony Concepcion
  • Pitcher of the Year: LHP Kyle Muller

Dominican Summer League:

  • Player of the Year: OF Shean Michel
  • Pitcher of the Year: RHP Filyer Sanchez
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Looks like Rome will go with RHPs Mike Soroka and Touki Toussaint in the home portion of the Sally League Championship Series tonight and Tuesday (I am planning on going to the game Tuesday). LHP Kolby Allard will start Thursday in Game 3 in Lakeland, NJ. 

Game 1 of the Southern League Championship starts tonight in Jackson, TN. LHP Michael Mader will climb the hill for the M-Braves, to be followed by LHP Sean Newcomb on Tuesday. RHP Patrick Weigel will pitch Game 3 on Thursday back in Pearl, with RHPs Max Povse and Lucas Sims lined up from Games 4 and 5 if needed.

Neither Gwinnett nor Scranton/Wilkes-Barre have yet announced their rotation for the International League Governor's Cup Series that starts Tuesday.

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Gwinnett is rolling with RHP Aaron Blair tonight in Game 1 of the Governor's Cup Series. He'll be followed tomorrow by RHP Chris Ellis, then RHP Tyrell Jenkins in Game 3 back in Laurenceville on Thursday.

C Sal Giardina has been called up from Carolina to fill the duties of back-up catcher, with Braeden Schlehuber now the starter with Blake Lalli's promotion to Atlanta on Sunday.

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Fred Owens of Tomahawk Take (and re-posted at FoxSportsSouth) crunched the numbers on who in the Braves org are eligible for minor league free agency and who may be subject to the Rule V draft.

MiLB free agents:
Willians Astudillo    C    AA
Carlos Franco    3B    AA
Ryan Gebhardt    INF    A+
Sean Kazmar    SS    AAA
Steve Kent    LHP    AA
Emerson Landoni    2B    AAA
Victor Mateo    RHP    AA
Jimmy Moran    RHP    A+
Jordan Pacheco    1B    AAA
Braeden Schlehuber    C    AAA
Luis Valenzuela    SS    A+
Rob Wooten    RHP    AAA

Rule V eligible:
Max Fried    LHP    A 
Lucas Sims    RHP    AA 
Rio Ruiz    3B    AAA
Joey Meneses    OF/1B
Joseph Odom    C    AA 
Connor Lien    OF    AA 
Johan Camargo    2B    AA
Steve Janas    RHP    AAA
Reed Harper    SS    AA                
Levi Hyams    1B    AA                
Matt Lipka    OF    AAA                
David Peterson    RHP    AA                
Jake Schrader    1B    AA

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Jesse Biddle
Brandon Cunniff
Joel De La Cruz
Casey Kelly
Matt Marksberry
Andrew McKirahan
Eric O'Flaherty (FA)
Chaz Roe
Daniel Winkler
A.J. Pierzynski (FA)
Blake Lalli
Anthony Recker
Gordon Beckham (FA)
Daniel Castro
Chase d'Arnaud 
Brandon Snyder

All of these guys can be DFA'd, non-tendered, and some are going to be free agents that won't be back. I'm not saying all these guys will be gone. I'd love to have Dan Winkler back for example, but I don't think another team is exactly going to leap at the chance to grab a guy that's essentially just missed two entire seasons.

In short, the Braves can make as much room as they need. Ruiz will be on the 40-man before the end of the year. Fried and Sims are no-brainers. I think they protect Janas, Dave Peterson, Odom, Lien, and Camargo as well. 

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Mississippi lost to Jackson 11-3, ending their playoff run and their season. RHP Patrick Weigel had been lights-out since his promotion, but didn't have it last night as he came out wild, walking 5 and only getting 2 outs before he was yanked. RHP Chad Sobotka allowed one inherited run score but otherwise limited the damage and allowed Mississippi to get within striking distance. OF Dustin Peterson hit a HR in the 3rd inning to pull the Braves to 4-3. 

The RailRiders would slam the door however, and put the game away against relievers Caleb Dirks and Akeel Morris.

Still, a heck of a ride for the M-Braves, a team mostly made up of guys that struggled last season in the wake of that team bus crash last May. In particular, the play of Dustin Peterson and Johan Camargo stood out. Pitching was consistently good all year, and the team weathered the departures of early season mainstays like Dansby Swanson, Rob Whalen, and Mauricio Cabrera.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mallex Smith CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .233
    Keith Curcio CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091
Stephen Gaylor RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .444
    a- Connor Lien PH-RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227
Dustin Peterson LF 5 1 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 .345
Carlos Franco 3B 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .393
Joey Meneses 1B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .440
Joseph Odom DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Levi Hyams 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267
    b- Dylan Moore PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .444
Kade Scivicque C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .533
Johan Camargo SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Patrick Weigel (L, 1-1) 0.2 1 4 4 5 1 0 4.70
Chad Sobotka 2.1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Caleb Dirks 1.1 5 4 2 1 1 0 4.91
Taylor Lewis 1.1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Akeel Morris 1.0 2 3 3 1 1 0 14.54
Philip Pfeifer 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
A.J. Minter 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

 

 

 

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