Gus Schlosser needed a win in a bad way Tuesday. He wound up finding a simple key -- don't let anyone get a hit. And that worked out well, as the only real blemish on his night came off the bat of a friend.
Schlosser gave up one hit over six innings and struck out five as Double-A Missississippi defeated Mobile, 10-0.
Schlosser (1-1) set down the first 10 batters of the game before Mike Freeman walked with one out in the fourth inning. With one out in the fifth, Nick Ahmed singled off the Florida native to break the hitless streak. He ended the night by retiring the final five batters he faced.
"I had pretty good command tonight, nothing really special," said Schlosser, who throws a fastball, slider and changeup. "I was able to command three pitches and move the fastball in and out to keep them honest."
The single to Ahmed was especially tough on the right-handed prospect, since the pair were teammates last season in Class A Advanced Lynchburg.
"Nick's a really good hitter and I got the pitch up a bit and I wasn't surprised he got it," Schlosser said. "It was a bit awkward that he got the only hit against me, but it wasn't too bad."
The 24-year-old right-hander notched his first Southern League win in four tries this season. Entering play Tuesday, Schlosser had a 9.58 ERA and batters had posted a .348 average against the hurler. It gave him extra impetus to have a strong outing.
"It was very important," Schlosser said. "I haven't been pitching well lately, and it was nice to go out there and get back on track.
"I just had better command really. I've been walking a few too many guys and giving up a few too many hits. Tonight, I was able to keep them off balance a little bit."
The Braves tied a club record with their eighth straight win, though Schlosser was quick to divert the attention away from his own start.
"It's pretty cool, but our hitters deserve most of the credit tonight," the Florida Southern product said. "That was pretty nice, lately it's just been kind of ... we all want to do well. We see other guys on the staff doing well and we want to do well. Winning is contagious and we want to keep it going."
Mississippi's Jose Martinez was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and Emerson Landoni slugged a three-run homer.
Ryan Woolley fanned two and gave up two hits over two innings of relief and Ian Thomas struck out two in a perfect ninth for the Braves.