Davidson hits his first professional home run

Here is a look back on how the Braves minor league teams did Thursday on opening night.

There was not a whole lot of offense to shout about for the first night of minor league games in the Atlanta system. The highlight was likely the home run by last year's first round pick, Braxton Davidson.

It was a solo shot that came in the 5th inning against Asheville starter Zach Jemiola. This was Davidson's first home run in the Braves' system. He did not homer last year in 147 at bats with the GCL Braves and Danville.

Davidson unfortunately made two errors in right field. His transition from first base to the outfield will be a work in progress.

Rome lost 4-3. Starter Max Povse took the loss as he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings, wtih two walks and seven strikeouts. Carlos Santana, the third round pick in 2013, pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

The Carolina Mudcats were no-hit in a rain-shortened game against Salem. The Red Sox won 2-0 as the two teams played into the seventh inning before play was called.

Mudcats starter Yean Carlos Gil allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.

It was a rough night for Mississippi starter Jason Hursh, who walked four batters in his three innings of work. Three walks in the third inning helped Tennessee score three runs. The Smokies won the game 7-2.

Hursh allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out only one batter. Both Ryan Weber and Ian Thomas had two scoreless innings of work.

Mallex Smith got on base three times with a hit and two walks, but he was picked off twice. Rio Ruiz was 2-4 with two doubles and a RBI.

Gwinnnet starter Mike Foltynewicz made one bad pitch - a solo home run by Joey Butler in the second inning. That run held up as Durham beat the Braves 1-0 at CoolRay Field.

Foltynewicz allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven in his four innings of work.

Gwinnett had just three hits on the night.

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