Gems By Teheran And Clemens Highlight Monday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Julio Teheran improved on an already great start to his season, tossing a dominant 8 innings for Gwinnett.

Julio Teheran dominated for Gwinnett, while Paul Clemens managed 5.2 no-hit innings for Mississippi, but little else went right for Atlanta's affiliates as only Gwinnett escaped Monday night with a win.

Gwinnett Braves 4, Charlotte Knights 3

  • Mauro Gomez 1B 1-4, HR (3), 3 RBI, .410 AVG
  • Wilkin Ramirez RF 2-4, HR (4), RBI, OF Assist, .273 AVG
  • Julio Teheran 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K, W (2), 2.25 ERA

Julio Teheran blew through three different levels in 2010, facing little trouble along the way, and so far AAA in 2011 hasn't been much of a match for him. The lean righty managed to fan 7 in 8 innings while throwing just 89 pitches. In 4 starts he has a 2.25 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and 2.6 K/BB in 24 innings. Mauro Gomez continues to dominate in his first taste of AAA, clubbing out his third homer of the year and actually lowering his average with a 1-4 day. Wilkin Ramirez also homered, his fourth of the year, and so far he's shown that his hard work in the offseason is paying off, with a .273 average and a .940 OPS, while only striking out 6 times in 44 at bats. His .327 OBP is still low, but when you slug .614 it tends to make up for it.

Tomorrow the Columbus Clippers will come to Gwinnett, with Todd Redmond taking the hill for the G-Braves.

Mississippi Braves 3, Montgomery Biscuits 5

  • Cory Harrilchak CF-RF 1-4, 3B, .194 AVG
  • CJ Retherford DH 2-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI, .189 AVG
  • Paul Clemens 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 2.61 ERA

Paul Clemens held the Biscuits hitless for 5.2 innings before giving up a single and being replaced by Luis Avilan, who promptly allowed Clemens' runner and two more of his own to score. That knotted the score, and the M-Braves eventually lost in the 10th, with Richard Sullivan picking up his third loss of the season. Utility man CJ Rehterford DHed and had one of his best days of the season, with a double, a homer, and 3 RBI.

Righty JJ Hoover will pitch against Montgomery on Tuesday.

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Wilmington Blue Rocks 8

  • LV Ware CF 1-4, .342 AVG
  • Phil Gosselin 2B 2-3, RBI, .241 AVG
  • Shawn McGill C 2-3, BB, .455 AVG
  • Arodys Vizcaino 3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 3.93 ERA
  • Ryan Weber 4 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2.25 ERA

Arodys Vicaino wasn't exactly dominating in this one, but his start ended early due to injury, not performance. When the full extent of his injury is known we'll have all the info for you here on Talking Chop. Ryan Weber came on in relief of Vizcaino, his first appearance with Lynchburg, and was great, allowing just 1 run over 4 innings. Andrew Russell had another rough appearance, allowing 4 runs over 1.2 innings. In 3.2 innings over 4 appearances, the Australian, who is in his first professional season, has a 21.60 ERA and a 3.54 WHIP. LV Ware extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Over that span he's hit .433 with a 1.219 OPS and 4 stolen bases. Phil Gosselin has his own 3 game hitting streak going, with 6 hits in 10 at bats in those games. Shawn McGill has hammered the ball since being demoted from Gwinnett, with a .455 average and 1.318 OPS in 11 at bats.

Zeke Spruill takes the mound against the Blue Rocks Tuesday.

Rome Braves 3, Asheville Tourists 12

  • Edward Salcedo SS 3-4, E (8), .309 AVG
  • Christian Bethancourt C 1-4, RBI, .194 AVG
  • Jakob Dalfonso DH 3-4, 2B, .281 AVG
  • Steve Kent 3.1 IP, 9 R, 8 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 6.52 ERA
  • Aaron Northcraft 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.45 ERA

Steve Kent had his first poor outing since returning from Tommy John surgery last season. He gave up 10 hits in just 3.1 innings, allowing 6 of those baserunners to score, while Aaron Northcraft allowed 3 more of Kent's runners to score after coming in with the bases loaded in the 4th. Northcraft allowed a run of his own, but after that he managed to throw 3 scoreless in his season debut. Edward Salcedo collected 3 singles today, while playing shortstop for the first time this season. The Braves plan to rotate their talented infielders on the Rome team, Salcedo, Matt Lipka, and Elmer Reyes, and for the next few weeks Salcedo will play at short, with Lipka at second, and Reyes at third. Jakob Dalfonso has been a steady influence on the team, collecting 3 hits today, including a double, upping his average to .281 and his OPS to .747.

The series continues against Asheville Tuesday as Ronan Pacheco gets the start.

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