Jurrjens' Rehab, Ramirez's Power, Bethancourt's Near Cycle Highlight Monday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Christian Bethancourt missed the cycle by a single.

Gwinnett 8, Norfolk 3

  • J. Schafer CF 2-4, .313 AVG
  • E. Lucas SS 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .167 AVG
  • M. Gomez DH 2-4, HR (1), 3 RBI, .438 AVG
  • W. Ramirez RF 2-4, 2 HR (1, 2), 3 RBI, .250 AVG
  • J. Jurrjens 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.00 ERA
  • S. Marek 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

Jair Jurrjens had a solid tuneup in anticipation of an April 16th return to Atlanta, tossing 81 pitches and turning in a quality start. The G-Braves pounded former NBA forward and MLB journeyman Mark Hendrickson, burning the lefty for 5 runs in 3 innings. Jordan Schafer continues his hot start with a pair of singles, and Ed Lucas pulled himself out of an early season slump with a pair of hits, including a double, and a pair of RBI. Wilkin Ramirez looked rejuvinated in Spring Training and he's off to a solid start with Gwinnett, blasting a pair of home runs in this contest. The big outfielder is oozing with tools, so if he can continue to implement the positive changes he made in the offseason he could really be an asset to Atlanta later in the year. Steven Marek tossed a perfect 8th inning, striking out the side.

Mississippi 0, Jackson 3

  • T. Pastornicky SS 2-4, .526 AVG
  • E. Mejia 1B 1-4, 2B, E, .316 AVG
  • K. Kawakami 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 4.76 ERA
  • L. Avilan 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.08 ERA
  • B. Pruneda 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

Kenshin Kawakami didn't exactly pitch well in this one, in fact his line looked a lot like pretty much every appearance he made with Atlanta the last few years, but it's also worth noting that he can't even get run support in AA. Tyler Pastornicky continues his fantastic start to the season, rapping out a pair of singles. Luis Avilan and Benino Pruneda combined to throw 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Lynchburg - Off

Rome 7, Augusta 3

  • C. Bethancourt C 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR (1), 3 RBI, PB, .250 AVG
  • J. Dalfonso 1B 1-3, 3B, E, .308 AVG
  • B. Kleinknecht DH 1-3, HR (1), RBI, .250 AVG
  • D. Filak 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K, W (1), 3.60
  • R. Weber 4 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K, SV (1), 1.80 ERA

Christian Bethancourt missed the cycle by a single, hitting his first homer of the season. Jakob Dalfonso continued his how start with a triple. David Filak, last year's 4th round pick, was solid in his season debut, allowing just 2 runs over 5 innings. He's a big, strong righty with life on his fastball. Little Ryan Weber was even better in relief, picking up the 4 inning save while allowing just 1 run and walking none.

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