Hale Rains On Opponents and Pastornicky Hits Again in Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Another good night for the winz but nothing super exciting from the player side of the recaps. David Hale did have a nice start for the Hillcats and JJ Hoover picked up his first AAA save. Pastornicky is still putting up multiple hit games but the hot hitters in Lynchburg fell short. The GCL Braves may never play another game. 

Gwinnett Braves 4, Scranton/WB Yankees 2

The Braves have taken three of four from the Yankees in a five game series and neither team has scored more than four runs in any game. That means tomorrow the score will be 20-19. Tyler Pastornicky is closing in on 100 plate appearances in the AAA and he is still hitting over .400 after compiling a .299 average for Mississippi. J.J. Hoover made a triumphant return to AAA tonight after getting roughed up as a starter a couple of months back. His conversion to a bullpen role is looking pretty permanent at this point.

Mississippi Braves 5, Mobile BayBears 4

The Braves pick up the win behind solid pitching from the bullpen and some timely hits. Remember back in spring training when Ed Lucas was in serious consideration for the utility spot on the bench after a very nice AAA season in the PCL. He never got going in Gwinnett and has since been moved down to Mississippi where he is putting up OK numbers but nothing close to what he did in the offense inflated PCL last year. Willie Cabrera is another guy who had a very good season last year but just hasn't regained the magic this year. He was never going to be more than a fourth outfielder and last year may have been his peak season. 

Kinston Indians 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 3 - 10 Innings

  • Andrelton Simmons, SS 2-4, 2B, BB, .299 Avg
  • Gerry Rodriguez, DH 2-5, HR(8), 2 RBI, .206 Avg
  • David Hale 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R(2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 3.44 ERA

David Hale notched another solid start for the Hillcats but for once the offense couldn't get going. Cunningham, Terdoslavich and Gosselin all went hitless in the game. Hale continues to impress as a starter allowing less than a hit an inning and striking out 7.3 per nine innings. 

Asheville Toursits 3, Rome Braves 6

  • Matt Lipka, SS 1-5, 2B, .238 Avg
  • Chris Garcia, 1B 1-2, HR(12), 2 BB, K, .324 Avg
  • Evan Gattis, C 1-1, 2B, 2 BB, .297 Avg
  • Ryan Delgado, DH 2-3, 3B, RBI, K, .207 Avg
  • Caleb Brewer 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R(1 ER), 3 BB, 7 K, 5.32 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 3.86 ERA

Caleb Brewer continues to struggle with his control but tonight he had the strikeout pitch working tonight. Chasen Shreve came in relief and walked some guys while collecting a few strikeouts as well. Evan Gattis is still way better than the competition in the Sally League as is semi-journeyman Chris Garcia. 

Elizabethton Twins 3, Danville Braves 0

  • Nick Ahmed, SS 3-4, BB, .247 Avg
  • Edison sanchez, DH 1-3, BB, K, .292 Avg
  • Fernando De Los Santos, RF 3-4, K, .333 Avg
  • Joe Lucas 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.89 ERA

The Braves collected a lot of hits tonight (ten total with three walks), but couldn't capitalize on any opportunities. Neither Brandon Drury or William Beckwith reached base and that probably had a lot to do with the lack of scoring. The pitching staff was solid as youngster Ernesto Silva (who looks like a 13 year old in his MILB picture) threw just three innings but allowed just one hit. 

GCL Braves @ GCL Pirates

Yet another rain out for the GCL Braves.

DSL Braves @ DSL Angels Gm 1

DSL Braves @ DSL Angels Gm 2

Not reported. 

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