Dalfonso Homers Twice And The Hillcats Come From Behind While Gwinnett And Mississippi Get Hit Hard In Tonight's Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap

Last year at this time there didn't appear to be any prominent hitting prospects in the organization outside of Freddie Freeman. A year later and prospects (heh) are looking up. While none are at the elite level yet guys like Adam Milligan, Joey Terdoslavich, Jakob Dalfonso and Christian Bethancourt have been stepping their game up recently and tonight was a great night for Braves hitting prospects in general. Enjoy. 

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8, Gwinnett Braves 0

You know it wasn't a pretty game when the only person I can find to put in the recap is a middle reliever. The offense collected two hits and the pitching didn't help matters. Granted the guy they were up against - Brian Gordon - is sporting a .84 ERA on the season so I don't know if we could have expected much from the offense.

Mobile BayBears 12, Mississippi Braves 3

  • Mycal Jones CF - 2-4, BB, K, .280 Avg
  • Tyler Pastornicky SS - 3-5, HR(5), 2 RBI, K, .301 Avg
  • Brett Oberholtzer 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K, 4.10 ERA

Brett Oberholtzer had a nice - if unconventional (0 K from a guy with more than a K per inning?) - bounce-back start after giving up nine runs last time out. Unfortunately  Eliecer Cardenas has had an incredibly tough time adjusting to AA. When CB, Gondeee, Royhobbs and I saw him in Lynchburg his slider was downright unhittable. In his three appearances in AA spanning 1.2 innings he has given up 14 (!!!) runs (granted five were unearned today). It is hard to imagine a worse beginning than that. 

Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Salem Red Sox 7 - 11 Innings

  • Andrelton Simmons SS - 3-6, K, CS(7), .316 Avg
  • Phil Gosselin 2B - 2-5, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, K, .279 Avg
  • Adam Milligan LF - 2-6, 2B, HR(8), 3 K, SB(2), .277 Avg
  • Shawn McGill C -  2-5, 2 HR(3), 2 RBI, .313 Avg

The Hillcats came from behind to win in extra innings in what was a wild game. They jumped out to an early lead but the Red Sox quickly countered with three runs. The Hillcats scored three more in the top of the sixth to take a wo run lead but the Red Sox countered in the seventh to take a one run lead. Lynchburg scored on in the top of the ninth to tie the game and then scored three in the eleventh to take the win though the Sox tried to come back in the bottom of the inning only to fall short. Adam Milligan has continued to hit the ball well but his strikeouts are piling up at Cody Johnson like levels. Phil Gosselin has also been quietly making an offensive comeback after he posted a .790 OPS in May. 

 

Rome Braves 10, Charleston River Dogs 3

  • Christian Bethancourt C - 3-5, 2B, HR(4), 2 RBI, BB, K, .277 Avg
  • Edward Salcedo 3B - 2-6, SB(10), .270 Avg
  • Evan Gattis DH - 2-5, BB, 2 K, .408 Avg
  • Jakob Dalfonso LF - 2-5 2 HR(9), 2 K, .310 Avg
  • Robert Hefflinger RF - 2-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 K, .258 Avg

Early on this game looked like it might be a pitchers duel. Going into the sixth inning the Braves held a slim 1-0 lead. Then the Braves struck with for four runs in the top of the inning and Charleston countered with three in the bottom of the inning. The Braves tacked on one more in the seventh and then four more in the ninth. Jakob Dalfonso was the offensive hero tonight picking up in June right where he left off in May. With Dalfonso's recent ability to tap into his raw power we could see him move quickly up the ladder. Christian Bethancourt has been trending upward lately as well. In May he hit .302 with a .715 OPS - just over a 100 points better than in April. 

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