Salcedo's Walk-Off And Oberholtzer's Gem Highlight Thursday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Brett Oberholtzer pitched a season high 8 innings, picking up his 5th win of the season.

Edward Salcedo hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th for Rome, while Brett Oberholtzer pitched a season high 8 innings for Missississippi, setting up JJ Hoover's first save of the season, and Ronald Luna extended his hitting streak for the GCL Braves to 9 games.

Gwinnett Braves 2, Charlotte Knights 6

Mike Minor allowed a 3 run homer to Dayan Viciedo in the first, which led to a short 4 inning outing for him. In his last 3 starts since returning from Atlanta, he has a 7.20 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Martin Prado went hitless in his second rehab appearance, though he did play in the field for the first time. Ruben Gotay reached base 3 times tonight, with a triple and 2 walks, and after a slow start he's come on for Gwinnett, hitting .355 with a 1.072 OPS in his last 10 games.

Erik Cordier will face former Braves farmhand Deunte Heath Friday as the G-Braves and Knights move their home-away series to Gwinnett.

Mississippi Braves 5, Jackson Generals 4

  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-3, HR (12), 3 RBI, E (8), .306 AVG
  • Brett Oberholtzer 8 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 5 K, W (5), 4.03 ERA
  • JJ Hoover 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (1), 2.74 ERA

Brett Oberholtzer picked up his 5th win of the year, tossing a season high 8 innings while allowing just 2 earned runs. Over his last 4 starts, he has a 1.95 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP, and those numbers could be even more impressive if it weren't for the 4.2 BB/9 rate he's put up over that same period, which is considerably higher than the 2.9 BB/9 rate he's put up for the season. JJ Hoover picked up the second save of his professional career, tossing his 9th scoreless relief inning of the season. Ernesto Mejia hit his team-leading 12th homer of the season, and after a torrid June that saw him hit .349 with a 1.025 OPS, he's gotten even better in July, with a .435 average and a 1.320 OPS through the first 7 games of the month.

The M-Braves head to Mobile Friday, where Paul Clemens will take on the Bay Bears.

Lynchburg Hillcats - Postponed

Rome Braves 5, Greenville Drive 4, 10 innings

  • Matt Lipka SS 1-4, 3B, BB, SB (15), .234 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 2-4, RBI, .273 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 1-5, RBI, E (30), .267 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 1-3, HR (8), 2 RBI, BB, .340 AVG
  • Gary Moran 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 2.33 ERA

Edward Salcedo hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th inning, but he also hit an unfortunate milestone with his 30th error of the season. Matt Lipka reached twice, with a triple and a walk, and stole his 15th base of the season. Chris Garcia homered for the second straight day. Gary Moran had his best game as a Brave, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings while striking out 9 and walking none.

Willie Kempf will take on the Drive Friday night.

Danville Braves 6, Greeneville Astros 3

  • Brandon Drury 3B 2-5, 2B, .317 AVG
  • William Beckwith DH 1-3, RBI, BB, .319 AVG
  • Sam Munson RF 1-4, 2 RBI, .279 AVG
  • Ernesto Silva 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 1 K, W (2), 5.00 ERA

Ernesto Silva had a solid start, pitching around 4 walks to allow just 1 earned run over 6 innings. William Beckwith extended his hitting streak to 4 games, going 6-10 with 2 homers, 6 RBI, and 2 walks in that span. Brandon Druy, the youngest player on the team at 18 years old, had a pair of hits, including a double, and he continues to excell, hitting .364 with a .909 OPS in his last 10 games.

Lucas La Point will take the mound as the team heads back to Danville Friday night to face the Bluefield Blue Jays.

GCL Braves 2, GCL Pirates 4

  • Ronald Luna SS 1-3, RBI, BB, .356 AVG
  • Shawn Bowman 3B 0-2, .000 AVG
  • Rafael Bricenio 4 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 5.60 ERA

Gwinnett's Shhawn Bowman made a rehab appearance, going hitless in 2 at bats. Ronald Luna extended his hitting streak to 9 games, and the 18 year old Columbian is having a fine season, hitting .356 with a .806 OPS. Rafael Bricenio did not have a good start, allowing 4 runs over 4 innings, and the 20 year olf Venezuelan is having a rough year, with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.36 ERA, though he does have an encouraging 9.7 K/9 rate.

Jean Carlos Gil will face the Blue Jays tomorrow.

DSL Braves - Score Unreported

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