Pastornicky, Lipka, and The Flemingses Extend Hitting Streaks To Highlight Sunday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Kurt Fleming is hitting .429 during his 7 game hitting streak.

Tyler Pastornicky, Matt Lipka, and Kurt Fleming extended their hitting streaks, Julio Teheran struggled, and Todd Cunningham continued his hot stretch.

Gwinnett Braves 4, Charlotte Knights 7

  • Tyler Pastornicky SS 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, E (4), .408 AVG
  • Ruben Gotay 2B 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, .258 AVG
  • Julio Teheran 3 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 2.16 ERA
  • Arodys Vizcaino 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.29 ERA

Julio Teheran might have been disappointed that he wasn't called up to Atlanta and Mike Minor was, because he certainly didn't pitch like himself today, walking 4 and allowing 4 runs in just 3 innings of work, picing up his second loss of the season. In his last 2 starts he has allowed 8 runs in 9 innings after only allowing 7 earned runs in 55 innings in the 10 starts before that. Arodys Vizcaino allowed an unearned run in 2 innings of work, and he's made 5 straight appearances, covering 6 innings, without allowing an earned run. Tyler Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and during the streak he's hit .408 with a 1.279 OPS, 6 RBI, and 3 stolen bases.

The G-Braves head to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tomorrow, where Todd Redmond will take on the Yankees.

Mississippi Braves 4, Carolina Mudcats 3

  • Myke Jones CF 3-3, 2B, HR (6), RBI, SB (6), .240 aVG
  • Matt Kennelly C 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .263 AVG
  • Luis Avilan 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 4.44 ERA
  • Benino Pruneda 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (2), 3.83 ERA

In his last 3 games, Myke Jones is 5-7 with a walk, and he's gotten off to a good start in August, with a .292 average, with a .393 OBP, and a .810 OPS in 7 games. Matt Kennelly has hits in 8 oof his last 9 games, going 11-35 with 4 doubles, 5 RBI, and 5 walks in that span, though he struck out 10 times in those games. Luis Avilan had a quality start, and after putting up a 5.94 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP in 33.1 innings before the All-Star break, he's put up a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 39.2 innings since the break.

Aaron Shafer will start for the M-Braves tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

  • Todd Cunningham CF 3-5, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, .287 AVG
  • Andrelton Simmons DH 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .297 AVG
  • Joe Leonard 3B 2-2, RBI, 2 BB, .260 AVG
  • Christian Bethancourt C 2-4, HR (1), RBI, .233 AVG
  • Blaine Sims 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.70 ERA
  • Adam Russell 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, W (2), 5.53 ERA
  • Ryan Buchter 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K, SV (12), 4.34 ERA

Todd Cunningham rapped out 2 doubles and a triple, and in 6 games since coming off the DL he has a .417 average and a 1.131 OPS. Andrelton Simmons had a pair of hits, including a double, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. In that span he's gone 11-30 with 5 doubles and 5 RBI. Joe Leonard had a pair of doubles and a pair of walks, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .324 with a .969 OPS. Christian Bethancourt broke out of a 2-23 slump by hitting his 1st homer with the Hillcats. After putting up a 7.39 ERA and a 1.43 in 28 innings through the end of June, Adam Russell has posted a 1.42 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP since.

The Cats return home on Monday, where Chris Masters will face the Kinston Indians.

Rome Braves 4, Augusta Greenjackets 9

  • Matt Lipka SS 1-3, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, .239 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 1-4, BB, SB (17), E (35), .266 AVG
  • Evan Gattis DH 2-5, .287 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 3-5, .322 AVG
  • Tony Mueller CF 2-4, 2B, E (1), .234 AVG
  • Willie Kempf 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 3.63 ERA

Matt Lipka tripled, extending his hitting streak to 8 games. Durin gthe streak he's hit .286 with a .342 OBP. Edward Salcedo commited his 35th error of the season, which is a lot of errors, but midway through the year he was on pace to commit 52 errors, so the fact that he's "only" at 35 is a good indication that things have improved some as the year has gone on.

Caleb Brewer is scheduled to pitch for Rome tomorrow.

Danville Braves 5, Bristol White Sox 0

  • Fernando de los Santos 3B-2B 2-3, BB, .316 AVG
  • Kurt Fleming CF 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, .258 AVG
  • Kenny Fleming LF 2-4, .222 AVG
  • Greg Ross 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, W (5), 2.61 ERA
  • John Cornely 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1.80 ERA

The bottom 3 hitters in the order, Frenando de los Santos and Kurt and Kenny Fleming, combined to go 7-11 with a walk. In his last 3 games, de los Santos has gone 5-9 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and 3 walks. Kurt Fleming extended his hitting streak to 7 games, going 12-28 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 RBI and a walk in that span, raising his overall average from .220 to .258. His brother, extended his own hitting streak to 6 games, and he's gone 10-19 in that span, raising his overall average from .113 to .222. Greg Ross picked up his league leading 5th win of the season, shutting out the Pale Hose over 6 innings. Ross is third in the league in ERA, trailing only Elizabethton's Derek Christensen and Danville teammate Lucas La Point, who also leads the league in innings pitched.

David Filak will start the series finale tomorrow.

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