Braves lines from Minor League Opening Day

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David Ross in Major League… starring David Ross. One of the best in the game… at everything.

Minors just like the Majors: All of the Braves minor league teams wanted to be just like the major league team, so they all lost their first game. Suspect offense was also the order of the day.

G-Braves pen can’t hold lead: Gwinnett lost. In his first rehab start, Gavin Floyd survived the first inning, but not the second. A home run sandwiched between two walks did Floyd in, who was on a strict pitch count. No doubt he’ll need several more starts before he’s ready to join the Atlanta rotation. Ernesto Mejia had given the G-Braves a lead in the first with a 3-run home run. They added 3 more runs in the 3rd with the help of 4 walks and some nifty baserunning from Constanza and Cunningham. But the Gwinnett relief corps was whittled away at until they coughed up the lead. Newly demoted reliever Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless inning. Ervin Santana starts tonight for the G-Braves.

Minor with a cycle… not the good kind: Mississippi lost. Also making a rehab start, Mike Minor did not fare well in the first inning. He struck out the first two batters to begin the frame, then gave up a cycle — home run, triple, single, and a double. When it was over three runs had scored. That last out in an inning is hard to get sometimes. Relievers John Cornely and Shae Simmons had good opening outings. The M-Braves bats apparently did not arrive from Florida, as they were held to just 4 hits. Jason Hursh is on the mound tonight.

Stumble in the Burg: Lynchburg lost. Top pitching prospect Lucas Sims fought through a bit of wildness and every mistake he made was exploited. It wasn’t a great outing, but it wasn’t as bad as it might look in the box score either. Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren were each 2-for-4 at the top of the Cats order. OF Will Skinner launched a home run. He’s repeating at Lynchburg, and has some power, but he strikes out a lot and doesn’t hit for average. Mauricio Cabrera is on the bump for the Burg tonight.

Rome lost. The R-Braves essentially got pwned. This is a young team, and while there is talent here, it might take a while to catch up.

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