Hoover, Spruill, Rohm, And Simmons Highlight Sunday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Durham 4, Gwinnett 5 - 11 Inning

  • J. Constanza 2-5 BB, K, SB(3)
  • D. Hernandez 2-5 2B, K
  • M. Gomez 2-5 2B, 2 K
  • M. Kennelly 2-4 2B, RBI
  • J. Asencio 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Gwinnett breaks even in the series with a walk off win in the bottom of the 11th thanks to a sacrifice fly from Willi Cabrera. The big blow came from Dan Nelson who tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer. Jacob Thompson put together a solid start and was the recipient of some solid bullpen help with Yohan Flande, Jairo Asencio and Scott Proctor allowing just two hits and one run in seven innings. Also, I had no idea that Matt Kennelly was on this team. He is just 22 years old and completely skipped AA after a well below average season at the plate in Myrtle Beach last season. He is in Gwinnett filling in for Boscan, who is in the Majors for a week. His presence speaks more to the Braves lack of depth at the catching position than anything else. 

Jair Jurrjens starts tomorrow for Gwinnett, in what should be his last rehab start. The game will be televised on CSS. Since it's an off-day for Atlanta, we'll have a minor league open thread to discuss as we watch.

Jackson 2, Mississippi 1 - 10 Innings

  • T. Pastornicky 2-4 SB(3)
  • C. Harrilchak 1-3 BB, SB(2)
  • E. Mejia 1-3 HR(2), BB
  • J. J. Hoover 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • R. Sullivan 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • T. Bullock 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Jackson and Mississippi have played a great series. Two games have gone into extras and another was decided by a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. J. J. Hoover made his first start of the year and he pitched almost as well as the rest of our starting pitchers. The depth in this system is something else. Ernesto Mejia has gotten off to a hot start this season and has struck out just once in his first five games. This is a small sample size but man I would love for him to get his Ks under control. Tyler Pastornicky is hitting a smooth .533 so far this year. His average actually dropped today. 

Tomorrow for the Mississippi Braves, KK will face KK ... Kenshin Kawakami will face Kenn Kasparek.

Lynchburg 6, Potomac 7 - 10 Innings

  • A. Simmons 3-4 2B, RBI, SB
  • P. Gosselin 1-5 HR, 3 RBI
  • A. Milligan 1-5 3B, K
  • J. Leonard 1-4 BB, E
  • C. Brownsten 2-3 2B, BB
  • Z. Spruill 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • D. Delgado 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Free baseball is the order of the day! Unfortunately only one of them went our way. Zeke Spruill turned in a solid start getting a lot of groundballs. Dimaster Delgado came into relieve him and did not fair well recording just one out after facing just five batters. Andrelton Simmons bounced back after a rough season debut and will do his best to prove that he belongs in the field and not on the mound. Adam Milligan also made his debut today after missing a big portion of last season. 

Hagerstown 7, Rome 6

  • M. Lipka 1-5 K
  • E. Reyes 1-5 2B, 2K
  • E. Salcedo 1-4 2B, BB, 3 K, SB(2)
  • D. Rohm 3-4 2B, 3 RBI
  • R. Pacheco 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), BB, 2 K

Another game spoiled by the bullpen. The Braves were up 6-3 going into the ninth inning but Wesley Alsup gave up four runs in the top of the inning and the Braves failed to get the lead back in the bottom of the frame. Edward Salcedo continues his good hitting by collecting his first extra base hit of the season. David Rohm had a big day driving in three runs. Ronan Pacheco is a guy that hasn't been talked about much but could be a surprise guy this year. He is a lefty with good K ratios over the past three seasons but he has been too hittable. If the hits come down he could take off. 

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