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Mauricio Cabrera, from Aug 2015 as a member of the Mississippi Braves. Photo credit: Alan Carpenter,

Braves’ Pitchers Having Trouble in Arizona

We’re just 2 games into the Arizona Fall League, but a couple of the Braves’ pitchers have run into some difficulty in their first outings.

Lucas Sims started the first AFL game, going 2 innings.  He threw roughly 50 pitches and while striking out 3 and averaging about 94 mph on his fastball, he also walked 1, threw a wild pitch, gave up 3 hits – one a homer to Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez (more on him in a bit), and looked like his control troubles were nowhere near improving.  In total, he gave up 3 runs, though 1 was marked down as unearned, thanks to an error behind him.

Mauricio Cabrera had been moved to the bullpen for Mississippi this season, and his outing in relief yesterday did not fare well at all:  4 hits in 1.2 innings, giving up 3 runs while walking 1 and striking out 2.

The hitters are doing a little better:  Johan Camargo, Joseph Odom, and Conner Lien all have a hit on the board in limited action.

Their team, the Peoria Javalinas, has split their first two contests. It took extra innings to defeat them yesterday.

AFL games run through the week before Thanksgiving, with a ‘Stars’ game on November 7th and Championship game on the 21st.  Games as scheduled for every team on every day except Sundays and this Saturday.

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