Offensive Explosions By Gwinnett And Mississippi Highlight Sunday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Willie Cabrera was all smiles after a 4 hit day for Mississippi.

Gwinnett 18, Durham 7

  • J. Constanza LF 5-6, 2 RBI, SB (5), .400 AVG
  • D. Hernandez SS 2-5, HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (2), .256 AVG
  • S. Gartrell RF 2-6, 3 RBI, .313 AVG
  • J. Mather 3B 2-6, 2B, .297 AVG
  • M. Gomez DH 3-6, 2B, HR (2), 5 RBI, .389 AVG
  • D. Nelson 2B 2-6, 2 RBI, .348 AVG
  • S. Bowman 1B 3-5, 2 HR (1, 2), 2 RBI, .233 AVG
  • J. Thompson 3.1 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 8.59 ERA

Gwinnett jumped all over the bulls today, poudning out 21 hits, including a pair of solo home runs by Shawn Bowman. Jose Constanza continued his hot start, rapping out 5 singles, upping his average to a sterling .400 and his OBP to a whopping .457. Diory Hernandez picked up his first homer and his first stolen base of the year. Stefan Gartrell stayed hot with his new team, with a pair of singles that drove in 3 runs. Mauro Gomez continues to excel in his first taste of AAA, hitting his second home run, a grand slam, and driving in 5 runs. Through 9 games he's slugging .722 with a 1.128 OPS. Unfortunately, Jacob Thomspon couldn't handle Durham's offense, allowing 5 runs in just 3.1 innings. He did manage to strike out 7 of the 18 batters he faced.

Mike Minor will make his second start for the G-Braves Monday afternoon.

Mississippi14, Mobile 10

  • C. Harrilchak CF 2-4, 2B, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 BB, .243 AVG
  • W. Cabrera LF 4-5, 2B, RBI, BB, .556 AVG
  • D. Linares 3B 2-5, HR (3), 4 RBI, BB, .289 AVG
  • E. Mejia 1B 4-5, 3B, RBI, BB, .368 AVG
  • CJ Retherford 2B 2-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .158 AVG
  • J. Sucre C 2-5, RBI, .267 AVG
  • G. Rodriguez RF 2-5, 2 2B, .185 AVG
  • K. Kawakami 5 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 7.59 ERA
  • R. Sullivan 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 3.12 ERA

Kenshin Kawakami finally got some run support, but he also managed to give up 6 runs in 5 innings. In AA. After a 3 hit day yesterday, Cory Harrilchak reached base 4 times today, with a 2 run double, a 2 run homer, and 2 walks. Willie Cabrera was barely playing with Gwinnett, but he's getting the chance to dominate the Southern League again, rapping out 4 hits today. Donell Linares hit a 3 run homer in the first, his second dinger in as many days. With a 4 hit day, Ernesto Mejia is 7-12 in his last 3 games. After allowing 3 runs in 1.1 innings in his first appearance, Richard Sullivan has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings.

Top prospect Randall Delgado will pitch for the M-Braves Monday as the team heads to Birmingham. He'll face a rehabbing Jake Peavy.

Lynchburg 2, Myrtle Beach 8

  • P. Gosselin 2B 0-2, 3 BB, E (3), .161 AVG
  • A. Milligan RF 2-3, 2B, .348 AVG
  • J. Leonard 3B 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, .241 AVG
  • J. Terdoslavich 1B 2-4, 2B, .185 AVG
  • C. Rasmus 4 IP, 7 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 5.40 ERA
  • M. Crim 3 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.69 ERA
  • E. Cardenas 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

A Matt Weaver error with 2 outs in the third led to 6 unearned runs being credited to Cory Rasmus, leading to the Hillcats' seventh consecutive loss. Rasmus continued to rack up the strikeouts, fanning 8 Pelicans. He now has 17 in 8.1 innings. Matt Crim finally alllowed a run, but he continued his great work out of the pen, as did Eliecer Cardenas, who has struck out 5 in 5 scoreless innings this season. Joe Terdoslavich followed up his 2 homer day with a 2 hit day that included a double. Adam Milligan also had 2 hits, including a double, continuing his torrid start. The slugging outfielder has at least on hit in all 6 games he's played in, good for a .348 average and a 1.114 OPS. The only real knock on him so far is that he hasn't walked yet, but when you're going that good you don't need to walk.

Willie Kempf looks for his first win of the seasn as the Hillcats take on Salem Monday.

Rome 6, Charleston 1

  • M. Lipka SS 1-4, RBI, BB, .261 AVG
  • B. Kleinknecht 3B 2-4, HR (2), 4 RBI, .267 AVG
  • C. Perez 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K, W (1), 2.40 ERA

After solid turns in his first 2 starts, Carlos Perez tossed a gem in this one, shutting out the River Dogs over 6 innings, striking out 9 , and picking up his first win of the season. Barrett Kleinknecht had a 2 hit day, including a third inning grand slam.

Caleb Brewer will pitch Monday in the series finale against Charleston.

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