Teheran's Gem, La Stella's 5 Hits, Simmons' First Homer, and Kubitza's Walkoff Highlight Wednesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Julio Teheran is the youngest player in the International League, and he's also the league leader in wins and ERA.

Julio Teheran had yet another sterling performance, Andrelton Simmons hit his first homer of the season, Tommy La Stella had a 5 hit day, and a Kyle Kubitza walkoff single sealed a Danville extra inning victory.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Syracuse Chiefs 1

  • Wilkin Ramirez LF 1-4, BB, 2 SB (13, 14), .256 AVG
  • Stefan Gartrell RF 2-4, 2 RBI, BB, SB (4), .262 AVG
  • JC Boscan C 2-4, 2B, .201 AVG
  • Julio Teheran 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K, W (13), 2.14 ERA
  • Cory Gearrin 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1.79 ERA

Julio Teheran was a little wild, walking 4 over 7 innings, but he only allowed 1 run, good enough to pick up his league leading 13th win. He also maintained his league lead in ERA, dropping his to 2.14, and he's also second in the league in WHIP at 1.13. After allowing 8 earned runs in just 9 innings over 2 starts, Teheran has only allowed 3 earned runs over 14 innings in his last 2 starts. Cory Gearrin picked up his 4th save by pitching 2 scoreless innings, and since he was sent down from Atlanta he has a 0.60 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and 11.4 K/9 in 15 innings over 11 appearances, collecting all 4 of his saves on the year. In his last 3 games, Stefan Gartrell has gone 5-12 with 5 RBI, giving him the league lead with 85 RBI.

Todd Redmond will look for his 10th win of the year against the Chiefs on Thursday.

Mississippi Braves 12, Huntsville Stars 3

  • Myke Jones CF 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, OF Assist, .242 AVG
  • Dan Nelson 2B-3B 2-5, 2B, RBI, .329 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .300 AVG
  • Jordan Kreke 2-2, .219 AVG
  • Ed Lucas SS 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, .281 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 3 K, W (2), 5.09 ERA
  • Andrew Wilson 4 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (1), 3.00 ERA

Myke Jones had a 3 hit, 3 RBI day, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .316 with a .869 OPS, 3 doubles, a homer, 9 RBI, and 4 steals. Ed Lucas also had a 3 hit, 3 RBI day, and he's finally gotten his bat going, hitting .343 with a .796 OPS and 5 RBI in his last 10 games. Dan Nelson had a 2 hit day, and in his last 7 games he's gone 10-24. In his last 4 games, Ernesto Mejia has gone 6-12 with a double, 2 homers, 7 RBI, and 4 walks. Zeke Spruill is obviously having some trouble with the more experienced hitters at AA, allowing 9 hits and 4 walks in just 5 innings tonight, but the 21 year old righty is battling and holding his own so far at the new level. Andrew Wilson's second appearance with the M-Braves was much better than his first, as he picked up the save by tossing 4 scoreless innings to finish the game.

Luis Avilan will make the start tomorrow for the M-Braves.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

  • Andrelton Simmons SS 3-5, 3B, HR (1), RBI, .306 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 1B 1-3, 2B, BB, .285 AVG
  • Shawn McGill C 2-4, E (4), .261 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W (9), 3.72 ERA
  • Ryan Buchter 1.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (13), 4.01 ERA

Andrelton Simmons not only added to his league leading hit total with a 3 hit day, he showed off his slugging power, with a triple and his first homer of the season. In his last 10 games, the 21 year old shorstop is hitting .395 with a 1.075 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 triples, a homer, 10 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. Joey Terdoslavich hit his league leading 48th double of the year. Dimasther Delgado picked up his 9th win of the year by allowing just 1 run, a solo homer, over 6 innings while walking none and striking out 6. After missing all of 2010 because of a broken leg suffered in a car accident, the 22 year old Panamanian lefty struggled out of the gate in 2011, with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP before the All-Star break, but as the season's worn on he's gotten much better, with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in the second half, leaving him with very respectable numbers on the year, a 3.72 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Ryan Buchter picked up his 13th save with Lynchburg, and he's had decent numbers since he was acquired from the Cubs in exchange for Rodrigo Lopez, with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP, though he's been very good in August, with a 1.04 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 8.2 innings.

The HIllcats travel back to Lynchburg on Thursday, where Chris Masters will face the Frederick Keys.

Rome Braves 6, Greenville Drive 9

  • Matt Lipka SS 1-4, 2B, BB, .234 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 5-5, 2 2B, HR (6), 2 RBI, .296 AVG
  • Evan Gattis C 2-4, 2 RBI, BB, .314 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 2-5, RBI, .314 AVG
  • David Rohm RF 4-5, 2B, .263 AVG
  • Carlos Perez 3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 4.99 ERA
  • Jarrett Miller 3.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.23 ERA

Tommy La Stella had the best game in what has already been a fantastic debut season, rapping out 5 hits, including a pair of doubles and his 6th homer of the year. In his last 10 games, the 22 year old is hitting .455 with a 1.263 OPS, 3 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, and 9 RBI. Evan Gattis had a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak to 6 games. He's gone 11-23 with 2 doubles, 3 homers, and 10 RBI in that span. David Rohm broke out of a 2-17 slump with a 4 hit day, and August has been his best month, as he's hit .294 with a .784 OPS. That continues a trend of him getting better as the season has worn on, as he's hit .281 with a .735 OPS in the second half of the year after hitting .250 with a .680 OPS in the first half. Like La Stella, Jarrett Miller, selected in the 21st round of this year's draft, is having a fantastic debut season, with a 1.95 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 14.3 K/9 in 27.2 innings between Danville and Rome. The Braves saw a lot of promise in Tyler Stovall when they selected him in the 2nd round in the 2008 draft, but after allowing 6 earned runs today while recording just 1 out, he has a 5.63 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP in 48 innings with Rome, and has more walks, 45, thank strikeouts, 39. For his career, the 22 year old lefty has a 4.57 ERA, a 1.76 ERA, and 8.4 BB/9 in just 151.1 innings over 4 seasons.

The R-Braves head to Asheville where Willie Kempf will take on the Tourists.

Danville Braves 8, Princeton Rays 7, 11 innings

  • Kyle Kubitza DH 2-5, 2 RBI, BB, .287 AVG
  • Brandon Drury 3B 1-5, 2B, RBI, .350 AVG
  • Nick DeSantiago C 3-5, .206 AVG
  • Rafael Bricenio 4.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 4.91 ERA
  • Dan Winnie 2.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 2.27 ERA

Kyle Kubitza had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI, including his 11th inning walkoff single. Earlier in the game, Brandon Drury drove in Kubitza on a double, extending his hitting streak to 6 games. During that streak, Drury has gone 14-27 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI. Nick DeSantiago, the Braves' 5th round selection in this year's draft, has struggled in his debut season, hitting just .206 with a .568 OPS, and even though he's gone 4-9 in his last 2 games, he's hit just .128 with a .295 OPS in August. Dan Winnie has flourished since moving to the bullpen, as the 21 year old righty has a 0.61 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 9.8 K/9 in 14.2 relief innings.

Greg Ross will start tomorrow as Danville looks for the sweep.

GCL Braves - Suspended after 4 1/2 innings.

DSL Braves 0, DSL Tigers 3

  • Elvin Garcia 4 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.37 ERA
  • Oriel L Caicedo 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.21 ERA

The offense managed just 2 hits, which wasted some very good pitching. In 2 seasons in the DSL, Elvin Garcia, a 21 year old Nicaraguan lefty, has a 1.87 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP, and has shown impeccable control, with a ridiculous 0.6 BB/9 rate and an equally impressive 8.9 K/BB rate. Oriel L Caicedo, a 17 year old Panamanian, has had an impressive debut season, with a 2.21 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 57 innings.

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