Casey Crosby got the start in the Double-A game on Thursday, having an up-and-down performance. He ended up giving up 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Chance Ruffin shined in his one inning of work in the Double-A game, setting the Braves down in order including a strikeout. Ruffin was abusing the dirt in front of and around the plate, so a good defensive backstop is going to be a necessity for him, but if he makes hitters look as silly as they did here, that's an easy and necessary adjustment to make.
Danry Vasquez got a late opportunity with the Triple-A club and made the most of it, ripping an RBI double down the line and also making a diving catch in right field. He's still very raw and very young and that's obvious in watching him play, but the talent is there.
Scott Sizemore had a rough day at the plate but made a couple of very nice plays in the field as he prepares to work as Mud Hens' everyday second baseman. His up-the-middle mate Cale Iorg had a similar day.
In an otherwise unimpressive game, Joaquin Benoit once again shined for the big league club, looking good as he tossed another shutout inning. Benoit has struck out 14 while not allowing a run in his nine spring appearances.
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