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Braves Vs. Brewers, Minor League Report: Minor League Opening Day Features Big Matchup For Rome

The Braves' minor league affiliates had their season openers Thursday, including one that was in the national spotlight for the opposition.

AAA Durham - 1
AAA Gwinnett - 2

Rodrigo Lopez: 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Jordan Schafer: 1-4, RBI, K
Joe Mather: 2-3, 2B, K

- Rodrigo Lopez allowed seven hits, including three doubles, but only one run over six innings. He labored for the six innings, throwing 88 pitches.
- Jordan Schafer and Mauro Gomez had one RBI each for the entire Gwinnett offense. Mather was the only Brave with multiple hits.

AA Jackson - 6
AA Mississippi - 9

Randall Delgado: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Donell Linares: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Ernesto Mejia: 2-4, HR, RBI, BB
Tyler Pastornicky: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

- All but Gerardo Rodriguez and Cory Harrilchak had at least one hit for the Braves. Jesus Sucre added three singles, Antoan Richardson picked up one RBI and two walks, and Jordan Kreke singled and scored twice.
- Randall Delgado scattered three singles over five shutout innings, striking out six. He threw 90 pitches, but a lot of that is due to the high strikeout total. A great start for the young prospect.
- J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
- Billy Bullock made his Braves debut, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in one inning.

A- Rome - 2
A- Hagerstown - 3

Carlos Perez: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Jakob Dalfonso: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
David Rohm: 2-4, 2B

- Carlos Perez allowed a couple runs in his season debut, the first coming in the first inning on a Bryce Harper RBI single. After leaving a runner on third in the second inning, Perez allowed a run in the third when he loaded the bases and heads up baserunning brought home a run. Perez wasn't that sharp but did record five strikeouts.
- Matt Lipka went 1-5 with a single as starting shorstop, while Edward Salcedo went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts as starting third baseman. The Braves made the right move by moving Salcedo before Lipka.
- Harper went 2-4 with one RBI and one strikeout for Hagerstown.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.