Monday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action Highlighted By Offensive Explosions, Including Danville's 27 Runs

Brandon Drury had 3 hits and 3 RBI as part of Danville's 27 run outburst.

The offenses were on fire tonight, with Gwinnett scoring 11 runs, Mississippi sending 10 men across the plate, and Danville scoring an almost unheard of 27 runs.

Gwinnett Braves 11, Durham Bulls 3

  • Jose Constanza LF 2-5, RBI, SB (20), .336 AVG
  • Matt Young CF 2-5, .290 AVG
  • Mauro Gomez 1B 2-5, RBI, .296 AVG
  • Chris Carter DH 4-5, 2 2B, HR (12), 3 RBI, .285 AVG
  • Brandon Hicks SS 3-5, HR (13), 4 RBI, .275 AVG
  • Ruben Gotay 2B 2-5, HR (2), RBI, .222 AVG
  • JC Boscan C 2-4, RBI, E (5), .196 AVG
  • Cristhian Martinez 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W (1), 1.80 ERA

Chris Carter got some sweet revenge against the team that released him earlier in the year, rapping out a pair of doubles, a homer, and driving in 3 runs. Carter has been on a roll in his last 10 games, hitting .382 with a 1.094 OPS. Brandon Hicks also had a big game, with 3 hits, including a grand slam. This extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and over that span, he's hit .378 with a 1.137 OPS, 5 home runs, and 10 RBI. Of course, he has also struck out in 36% of his at bats during the streak, so he's got to get that number down. Cristhian Martinez's season debut with Gwinnett was a sucess, as he allowed just 1 run over 5 innings, striking out 6 and picking up the win.

Todd Redmond will face Durham Tuesday.

Mississippi Braves 10, Jackson Generals 1

Tyler Pastornicky and Myke Jones did a great job setting the table tonight, combining to go 6-11 with 3 doubles. Jones is now 5 for his last 11 with 3 doubles. Ernesto Mejia and Willie Cabrera did their best to drive in the table setters, combining to go 5-9 with 2 doubles and 6 RBI. After allowing 7 runs over just 2 innings in his last start, Kenshin Kawakami came back nicely in this one, shutting out the Generals over 5 innings.

Randall Delgado gets the start tomorrow night.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

  • Marcus Lemon LF 3-4, 2B, 3B, SB (3), .241 AVG
  • Andrelton Simmons SS 1-2, 2 RBI, .298 AVG
  • Phil Gosselin 2B 2-3, RBI, .284 AVG
  • Joe Terdoslavich 1B 2-4, .264 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 BB, W (6), 3.19 ERA

Zeke Spruill ptiched his 4th complete game of the season, allowing just 1 run while fanning 6. He's been durable all year, averaging 6.1 innings per start, with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, 7.7 H/9, a sterling 1.3 BB/9, 6.7 K/9, and and outstading 5.3 K/BB. Marcus Lemon had his best game as a Hillcat since being sent down from Mississippi, with 3 hits, including a double and a triple, and a stolen base. Andrelton Simmons had a poor June, hitting .258 with a .611 OPS, but he's riding a 5 game hitting streak, going 8-18 in that span.

Blaine Sims will get the start Tuesday.

Rome Braves 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 6

  • Tommy La Stella 2B 4-5, 2B, RBI, SB (2), E (3), .256 AVG
  • Evan Gattis C 1-5, HR (10), 3 RBI, .306 AVG
  • Matt Weaver SS 3-4, 2B, RBI, .263 AVG
  • Carlos Perez 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 5.13 ERA
  • Dan Jurik 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.18 ERA

Tommy La Stella had a great game, with 4 hits, including a double, an RBI, and a stolen base. He also made his 3rd error in just his 12th game. Evan Gattis hit his 10th homer of the year, and he's putting up a gaudy .578 slugging percentage. Carlos Perez's up and down season continues, this time with a down, as he allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, over 5 innings. Hopefully he can come back strong and piggyback on his solid June, which saw him put up a 3.68 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 29.1 innings. Dan Jurik was phenomenal in relief, tossing 4 perfect innings and striking out 1. The 23 year old has had a solid year, with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.28 WHP in 38.1 innings between Rome and Lynchburg.

Aaron Northcraft will face Savannah tomorrow.

Danville Braves 27, Burlington Royals 6

  • Kurt Fleming CF 3-6, HR (1), RBI, SB (1), .222 AVG
  • Nick Ahmed SS 2-6, HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 BB, .304 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 3-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SB (1), .300 AVG
  • Brandon Drury DH 3-7, 2 2B, 3 RBI, .327 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 3-6, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, .286 AVG
  • Chase Larsson 3-4, HR (1),  3 RBI, 3 BB, SB (1), .243 AVG
  • Sam Munson RF 2-6, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB, .257 AVG
  • David Filak 3.2 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 11.57 AVG
  • Greg Ross 3.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.61 ERA

Danville's offense was unstoppable in this one, scoring 27 runs on 22 hits. 13 of their hits went for extra bases and they worked 12 walks, with Nick DeSantiago and Chase Larsson each taking 3 free passes. Brandon Drury had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and 3 RBI, continuing a hot streak that has seen the 18 year old get a hit in each of his last 6 games, going 13-26 with 4 doubles, a homer, and 8 RBI in that span.Kyle Kubitza, who splits time at third base with Drury, also hit a pair of doubles, as well as a triple, and drove in 4 runs. Nick Ahmed reached base 4 times, homered, and drove in 4 runs. Chase Larsson and Sam Munson both hit their first career home runs. It wasn't all positive for the D-Braves however, as David Filak's poor season continued. He allowed 6 earned runs over just 3.2 innings, and his numbers at Danville, an 11.57 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP in 11.2 innings, are worse than the ones he put up to start the year with Rome, a 7.54 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP in 45.1 innings.

GCL Braves 4, GCL Phillies 2

  • Carlos Franco 3B 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, .191 AVG
  • Chris Bullard LF 2-4, E (1), .294 AVG
  • Brian Stamps CF 2-2, SB (1), .250 AVG
  • Frank Lafreniere 6 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 4.60 ERA

Frank Lafreniere had his best start of the season, allowing 2 runs, but no earned runs, over 6 innings while walking none and striking out 5. Over his previous 2 starts, the 20 year old had allowed 8 earned runs in 9.2 innings. Carlos Franco hit his first homer of the season, though the 19 year old is still struggling this year, hitting just .191 with a .631 OPS. Still, it's an improvement on the .123 average and .487 OPS he put up in 65 GCL at bats last year. The Braves' 34th round pick this year, Chris Bullard, had a pair of singles, and the 21 year old has been solid so far as a pro, hitting .294 with a .381 OBP.

DSL Braves 2, DSL Blue Jays 1

  • Jose Peraza S 2-3, BB, .257 AVG
  • Oriel L. Caicedo 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W (1), 1.44 ERA
  • Abraham Espinosa 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 2.61 ERA

Oriel L. Caicedo's fine season continues, as he allows just 1 run over 5 innings while striking out 6. The 17 year old Panamanian has a 1.44 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 25 innings. Abraham Espinosa pitched 3 shutout innings in relief, and he hasn't allowed an earned run over his last 8 innings. Jose Peraza reached base 3 times, and he's having one of those Jordan Schafer type season where you just can't understand how his numbers aren't more impressive.

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