did WORK on Saturday evening."Gwinnett Stripers 7 Max Scherzer Jersey , Norfolk Tides 0Box ScoreAustin Riley, 3B: 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBITravis Demeritte, RF: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIMike Soroka, SP: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 KMike Soroka was dominant in his return to the mound and Austin Riley went wild as Gwinnett routed Norfolk 7-0. Many Braves fans have been anxious to see Mike Soroka back on the mound after shoulder injuries cost him both most of his 2018 season as well as all of spring training. They had to be feeling pretty good after this start as he threw five perfect innings with seven strikeouts. He did not allow the ball to leave the infield against him and he was getting strikeouts both swinging and looking. In short, he is still really good. Andres Santiago, Grant Dayton, and Dan Winkler pitched the final four innings and gave up a total of one hit and one walk while striking out five batters.On offense, the star of the show without question was Austin Riley who went wild. Austin connected for his first two home runs of the season in addition to a double while driving in three runs. Travis Demeritte, after a bit of a surprise Triple-A assignment, had himself a good game at the plate with a pair of hits including a double and drove in a pair of runs of his own. One can hope that his bat will flourish away from Mississippi’s pitcher friendly home park. Raffy Lopez had a pair of hits himself and Ryan LaMarre drove in a pair of runs for Gwinnett to round out the scoring in the game.4/7 Probable Starter: Touki ToussaintMississippi Braves 3, Tennessee Smokies 4Box ScoreDrew Waters, RF: 2-5, R, 3 KRay-Patrick Didder, SS: 1-2 http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , BB, 3B, 2 RBI, CSJoey Wentz, SP: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 KMississippi’s offense was held in check for the majority of the game and the Braves’ comeback fell just short as they fell to the Smokies 4-3. Joey Wentz got his first start of the season and his command was certainly off, but he generally found ways to work his way out of it. Wentz’s changeup and breaking ball both looked good, but he was having significant trouble locating his fastball and was missing up for the most part. That said, such rust is expected during the first start of a season and he still only gave up one earned run on the day while getting some ugly swings from some good hitters. Philip Pfeifer came on in relief and gave up a pair of runs and after a pair of scoreless innings of relief from Jonathan Aro, an unearned run scored off Jason Hursh proved to be the decisive run in the game.If one factor needed to be identified as to why Mississippi lost this game, it would be defense as the Braves made five errors on the day with a pair of errors from CJ Alexander at first base plus miscues from Drew Waters, Jason Hursh, and Ray-Patrick Didder.However, Didder can be excused a bit as he had the biggest hit of the game for Mississippi with a two-run triple. Drew Waters had a ton start to the game, but came back late with a pair of hits to continue his strong start to the season. After a good first couple of games at the plate for Cristian Pache, this game was far less kind as he went 0-5 with four strikeouts. 4/7 Probable Starter: Patrick WeigelFlorida Fire Frogs 4, Daytona Tortugas 5Box ScoreWilliam Contreras, C: 2-4, RJefrey Ramos, LF: 1-4, 2B http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , 2 RBIRiley Delgado, 3B: 2-5, 3B, RGreyson Jenista, RF: 1-3Freddy Tarnok, SP: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 KTroy Bacon, RP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 KDespite a 5-0 deficit, the Fire Frogs battled back in this game but fell just short as well as they lost to the Tortugas by the score of 5-4. After an aggressive assignment to high-A, Freddy Tarnok struggled in his first start of the season as he gave up five runs with all of the damage coming in the 4th and 5th innings. However, relievers Justin Kelly and Troy Bacon stopped the bleeding and kept Florida in the game with 4.2 scoreless innings of reliever with a total of eight strikeouts. Kelly is more of a journeyman type, but Bacon is interesting relief prospect that the Braves drafted in the 4th round of the 2017 draft. He could move to Double-A quickly given his previous experience in high-A.The Fire Frogs put together a strong, well-rounded offensive performance with William Contreras and Riley Delgado both recording multi-hit games. Brett Langhorne and Jefrey Ramos each drove in a pair of runs to account for all of the scoring for Florida and Greyson Jenista continued his strong start to the season with another hit. This Florida squad has a good amount of talent on it and several of these guys could move up in short order with a strong month or two down in high-A.4/7 Probable Starter: Hayden DealRome Braves 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 6Box ScoreGriffin Benson, 1B: 1-4, HR, 2 RBILogan Brown Trea Turner Jersey , C: 1-4, HR, RBIGreg Cullen, 2B: 2-4, RJose Olague, SP: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 KJake Higginbotham, SP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 KRome found themselves in a back and forth battle against Kannapolis in this one that they ultimately lost by the final score of 6-4. Jose Olague got the start for Rome and he struggledwith five runs on 10 hits as he battled into the 5th inning. Olague isn’t a guy we know a ton about yet with all of his previous experience in pro ball coming in the Dominican Summer League. Jake Higginbotham came on in relief and was excellent with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen. It is unclear at this moment in time if Higginbotham will remain in the bullpen for an extended period of time or get a chance to start, but his appearance was encouraging nonetheless.On offense, the big knock for the Rome offense came off the bat of Griffin Benson who connected for a two-run home run in the third inning. That was not the only home run for Rome, though, as Logan Brown connected for a solo shot in the 4th inning. The son of former big leaguer Kevin Brown, Logan is a catching prospect to keep your eyes on as he posted a .741 OPS and has showed a bit of pop. Greg Cullen had a multi-hit game for Rome and Justin Dean has now hit safely in every game so far this season down in low-A.4/7 Probable Starter: Trey Riley CLEVELAND (AP) — Blake Snell has put himself in the middle of the race for the AL Cy Young Award.Snell moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 17th win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.Snell (17-5) is tied with New York’s Luis Severino and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber — two other top candidates for the award — for the most wins in the majors. Snell is 5-0 in his last six starts and his 2.02 ERA is second in the AL behind Chris Sale’s 1.97.Snell allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, giving up both in the second with one being unearned thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Matt Duffy. The left-hander worked around trouble early but retired nine of the last 10 hitters he faced and struck out the side in the sixth.“We always talk about what his best start is, this and that,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “You can argue that was his best start because he didn’t have anything. He didn’t cruise by any means. He had to work. But that was a pretty telling performance from Blake and how far he’s come.”Snell said his stuff improved as the night progressed.“I started slow, frustrated about that http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey ,” Snell said. “But I’m very happy with how I came back, fastball started to jump there towards the end, slider, everything started to work a lot better.”The Indians had nine baserunners in the first four innings, including stealing three bases in the first.“We had some really good at-bats early just to get what we did,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His stuff is phenomenal. Velocity, breaking ball, changeup. He’s got the whole package.”Tampa Bay scored four times in the sixth off Shane Bieber (8-3). Matt Duffy tied the game with a two-run double. Tommy Pham’s RBI double put the Rays ahead before Kevin Kiermaier added a run-scoring single.Brandon Lowe homered off the foul pole in right field to in the ninth.Jason Kipnis, whose playing time will decrease after the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from Toronto on Friday, started the ninth with a pinch-hit home run off Chaz Roe.Roe retired the next two hitters and Adam Kolarek got pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso for his second save. The Rays have won 10 of 12.Duffy’s two-base error on Brandon Guyer’s ground ball started Cleveland’s rally in the second. Melky Cabrera and Yan Gomes drove in runs with back-to-back doubles. Snell retired the next two hitters before Michael Brantley singled to center. Gomes was waved home, but was an easy out at the plate on Kiermaier’s throw.“It was big,” Cash said. “Not that we can’t come back from three runs, but there’s a big difference between three and two runs.”Cleveland’s lead quickly disappeared in the sixth. Lowe singled and took third on Joey Wendle’s double. Duffy’s double down the right field line tied the game. Pham’s one-out double to left-center gave Tampa Bay the lead and finished Bieber.Kiermaier’s single off Tyler Olson scored Pham, with the run charged to Bieber. The rookie right-hander allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.TRADE FALLOUTDonaldson arrived at the ballpark shortly before game time after having flight issues that delayed him. The 2015 AL MVP was given a loud ovation and waved to the crowd when he was shown from the dugout on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.Donaldson has been sidelined for three months by a strained calf and it’s not clear when he’ll make his Indians debut. Donaldson will play third base with All-Star Jose Ramirez moving to second.Francona said Kipnis will be affected more than any player on Cleveland’s roster by Donaldson’s addition.“Nobody will ever root against him, I can promise you that,” Francona said. “Getting Donaldson is good for us, and I don’t know where Kip ends up, but I guarantee every time he hits I’ll be pulling for him like I always do. He can help us. We don’t think otherwise.”TAKING A SHOTIndians left-hander Oliver Perez remained in the game after being hit on his pitching hand by Lowe’s comebacker in the sixth. Perez threw a couple of warmup pitches and joked with his teammates before play continued.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Kiermaier was removed the game in the seventh inning after his back tightened up when he threw Gomes out at the plate. He expects to play in Sunday’s series finale.Indians: Francona said additional tests on the stress fracture in Trevor Bauer’s right leg showed minimal improvement, a diagnosis the team was expecting. Bauer was hit by a line drive on Aug. 11. The team is still hopeful he’ll return before the regular season ends.UP NEXTIndians RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-7, 3.38 ERA), who is 8-2 in his last 11 starts, will start the series finale on Sunday. RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.73) will start for the Rays.