The Braves affiliates come out ahead tonight with a 4-3 record against the competition. The minor league guys brought their good bats to the ball park and banged out 20 runs between the GCL and the Appy. Julio Teheran had a decent night though not mind blowing while Randall Delgado had a very good start in the first game of the night for Mississippi.
Gwinnett Braves 3, Louisville Bats 1
- Jose Constanza LF - 2-5, SB(19), K, .345 Avg
- Julio Teheran 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1.79 ERA
How amazing is it that I consider a start where Teheran goes five innings and gives up one run a substandard start? He obviously didn't have his best command tonight and he wasn't efficient with his pitches but he still managed to get out of jams. The only run he did allow was actually on an errant throw by Jeff Fiorentino that allowed Zach Cozart to score from first base. He improved to 9-1 on the season which is impressive in itself considering he missed a couple starts when he pitched for Atlanta. The bullpen was strong yet again in this one going a combined four innings with just three hits allowed
Mississippi Braves 8, Huntsville Stars 1 - Game1, 7 Innings
- Tyler Pastornicky SS - 2-4, .297 Avg
- Ernesto Mejia 1B - 3-4, RBI, .291 Avg
- Donell Linares 3B - 4-4, 2 HR(7), 5 RBI, .275 Avg
- Randall Delgado 7 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 3.49 ERA
I always like seeing a pitcher have a good game where they improve on something they have struggled with. In this case Randall Delgado didn't allow any walks. In 16 starts this season Delgado has just one other game where he allowed no walks, and he allowed ten runs in that outing. So yeah I can get down with this game. In case you hadn't noticed, Ernesto Mejia has been destroying baseballs recently. In his last ten games he is hitting .444 with a 1.300+ OPS.
Mississippi Braves 2, Huntsville Stars 7 - Game 2, 7 Innings
- Mycal Jones CF - 0-1, 3 BB, K, .217 Avg
- Ernesto Mejia 1B - 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, .295 Avg
- J.J. Hoover 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K, 2.75 ERA
I still don't like Hoover in the bullpen. He had done everything he could to show that he belongs in the rotation. Sure he struggled in Gwinnett but that is his M.O. He always struggles when he is first promoted a level. Ernesto Mejia remains hot.
Frederick Keys 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 0
- Andrelton Simmons SS - 2-4, .291 Avg
- Joey Terdoslavich 1B - 1-3, 2B, BB, K, .267 Avg
- Christian Bethancourt C - 2-4, K, .217 Avg
Lynchburg's potent offense scuffled against the Keys tonight as they scratched out eight hits but couldn't get a run across the plate. Blaine Sims pitched about the most average game in the history of baseball allowing three runs, three walks and three Ks in five innings of work. Joey Terdoslavich has been basically the same hitter over the last month but minus the home runs. His doubles are up but the homers are down. I haven't a clue as to why this is.
Savannah Sand Gnats 4, Rome Braves 2
- Matt Lipka SS - 1-3, RBI, BB, .243 Avg
- Edward Salcedo 3B - 1-3, 2B, BB, .275 Avg
- David Rohm RF - 1-2, RBI, BB, CS(3), .260 Avg
- Aaron Northcraft 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R(1 ER), 3 BB, K, 3.13 ERA
Northcraft had one of most uneven pitching lines I have seen all season long. He allowed his only hit in the fourth inning and left it stranded but then walked the leadoff batter, hit another guy, had the runners advance on an error and then gave up a sac fly to score the run. Baseball is so weird. Edward Salcedo has been consistently good recently if not hot. He has nine extra base hits in his last eight games and he finished June with an .866 OPS. His walks are way down from previous months but he really flashed some power as he collected 15 extra base hits for the month. There is a reason scouts are flocking to to watch this guy play.
Greeneville Astros 10, Danville Braves 11
- Tony Mueller RF - 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, K, SB(3), .222 Avg
- Fernando De Los Santos 2B - 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K, .333 Avg
- Nick Ahmed SS - 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .314 Avg
- Kurt Fleming CF - 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .192 Avg
In a game that was completely devoid of pitching the Braves won out with a seven run bottom of the eighth inning. The bullpen just barely held on in the ninth to give the Braves the win. Seven of the Braves 14 hits were doubles and the top three guys in the order got on base eight times with four doubles and six RBI. Nick Ahmed has been pretty good so far but I really think he should be up a level. He could make a very nice infield with Salcedo and Lipka at the moment. Kurt Fleming is another sleeper I like. He has a similar skillset to Jordan Schafer when Schafer was in the minors though maybe with less power. He is one I will keep my eyes on.
GCL Tigers 5, GCL Braves 9
- Gerardo Reyes 2B - 2-3, RBI, .370 Avg
- Carlos Franco 3B - 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, .216 Avg
- Logan Robbins DH - 1-4, HR(2), 2 RBI, BB, .269 Avg
- Eduardo Castillo 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 6.00 ERA
Gerardo Reyes continues to hit in the early season GCL action while Logan Robbins flashes some big power in the last three games. Robbins has struck out a bit already but has shown the ability to take a walk as well. Eduardo Castillo pitched very well in the DSL last season and moved up to the GCL mid-summer and struggled a little more but he has solid control and gets a lot of ground balls. Another guy that bears watching.
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