Gartrell Homers Twice, Danville Drops Its Opener, and The All-Stars Shine To Highlight Tuesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Caleb Brewer tossed a perfect inning in the South Atlantic League All-Star game.

Stefan Gartrell clubbed out a pair of homers for Gwinnett, Danville lost its first game of the season, and a handful of Braves players appeared in various All-Star Games.

Gwinnett Braves 7, Syracuse Chiefs 1

  • Stefan Gartrell RF 2-4, 2 HR (14, 15), 3 RBI, .281 AVG
  • Ed Lucas 1B 1-1, HR (3), RBI, .217 AVG
  • Stephen Shell 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K, W (1), 3.05 ERA
  • Anthony Varvaro 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.55 ERA

Stefan Gartrell slugged a pair of homers, a 2 run shot in the 4th and a solo bomb in the 7th, to power the G-Braves offense. The 27 year old is 4-8 with 6 RBI in his last 2 games, and over his last 10 games he's hitting .282 with a .964 OPS. Stephen Shell had a solid start, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings while striking out 4. The 28 year old righty has a 3.05 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 20 innings  for Gwinnett. Anthony Varvaro struck out 5 over 2 shutout innings to end the game. Over his last 10 appearances, the 26 year old has a 0.60 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 12.6 K/9.

Yohan Flande will face the Cheifs Wednesday.

Northern Division 6, Southern Division 3

The Mississippi Braves had a solid showing at the Southern League All-Star game, with pitchers JJ Hoover, Brett Oberholtzer, and Randall Delgado combining for 3.1 perfect innings. Unfotunately their team lost and shortstop Tyler Pastornicky didn't have much of a day, going 0-4 and committing a throwing error.

California League 6, Carolina League 1

  • Andrelton Simmons SS 1-4, 2B
  • Joe Terdoslavich 1B 1-2
  • Adam Milligan RF 0-1

Andrelton Simmons started at shortstop for the Carolina League and played the whole game, doubling for his lone hit over 4 at bats. Joe Terdoslavich also started, singling and striking out before being taken out of the game. Adam Milligan was a late inning replacement, flying out in his only at bat.

Southern Division 6, Northern Division 3

  • Jakob Dalfonso DH 0-2, BB
  • Caleb Brewer 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Jakob Dalfonso started as the designated hitter for the Southern Division, striking out looking, walking and scoring on a Corey Vaughn home run, and grounding out to the pitcher. Caleb Brewer needed just 8 pitches for his perfect inning, inducing 2 groundouts and a strikeout of top Orioles prospect Manny Machado.

Danville Braves 2, Pulaski Mariners 5

  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 1-3, BB, .333 AVG
  • Brandon Drury DH 1-4, 2B, .250 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 2-3, HR (1), RBI, .667 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes 2B 1-4, 2B, .250 AVG
  • Ernesto Silva 4 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 11.25 ERA
  • Jarrett Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Wilson Rivera 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

Danville dropped its season opener, mostly due to a poor start from Ernesto Silva, who allowed 5 earned runs over just 4 innings. Jarrett Miller and Wilson Rivera were great in relief though, combining for 4 shutout innings and 8 strikeouts. Kyle Kubitza, the Braves 3rd round selection this season, had a nice pro debut, with a single and a walk. Brandon Drury, who enters his second year of pro ball but won't turn 19 until August, had a double. William Beckwith got off to a good start, as the 20 year old homered and singled. Elmer Reyes didn't fare well with Rome this year, hitting just .178 with a lowly .474 OPS in 230 at bats, but he got things headed in the right direction for Danville, doubling in his first game with the team.

Danville will face Pulaski again Wednesday.

GCL Braves 2, GCL Yankees 3

  • Will Skinner LF 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, .333 AVG
  • Jean Carlos Gil 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 1.80 ERA

Will Skinner, this year's 25th round pick, had a pair of doubles and an RBI, giving him 3 hits and 4 RBI in his first 2 games. Jean Carlos Gil had a fine season debut, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings while walking none and striking out 8. The 19 year old Venezuelan excelled in the DSL last year, with a 3-2 record, 1.89 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, and 9.4 K/BB.

The Braves head to Clearwater to face the Phillies tomorrow.

DSL Braves 2, DSL Angels, Game 1 (6/20)

  • Jose Peraza SS 1-2, 3B, BB, SB (5), .257 AVG
  • Ruben Rijkhof LF 1-3, RBI, .258 AVG
  • Robinson Arno DH 1-2, 2B, RBI, .170 AVG
  • Roberto Estrella 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, W (3), 6.41 ERA
  • Jorge Montenegro 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, SV (1), 0.00 ERA

DSL Braves 3, DSL Angels 2, Game 2 (6/20)

  • Luis Caballero 3B 1-3, 2B, RBI, .282 AVG
  • Emmanuel Daniel RF 1-3, RBI, .413 AVG
  • Andry Ubiera 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K, W (1), 4.00 ERA

DSL Braves 2, DSL Blue Jays 1

  • Jose Peraza SS 1-4, SB (6), .257 AVG
  • Emmanuel Daniel RF 1-4, 2B, .385 AVG
  • Oriel L. Caicedo 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1.80 ERA
  • Mauricio Cabrera 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 4.86 ERA

The DSL Braves won 2 of their last 3 games. Shortstop Jose Peraza went 2-9 with a triple, a walk, and 2 stolen bases in that span, and the 17 year old Venezuelan is hitting .303 with a .748 OPS in his last 10 games. Dutch outfielder Ruben Rijkhof has started to heat up a little, with hits in 7 of his last 10 games, hitting .292 with a .785 OPS in that span. Oriel L. Caicedo continued his fine season, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings. The 17 year old Panamanian lefty has a 1.80 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 15 innings this season.

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