Skinner Has Big Day, Gattis, Cunningham, And Lipka Power Their Teams To Victory, And Gwinnett Takes Doubleheader In Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Todd Cunningham had 2 hits and a stolen base for Mississippi.

Gwinnett won both ends of a doubleheader with good showings by Luis Durango, Joey Terdoslavich, and Jair Jurrjens, Evan Gattis and Todd Cunningham helped Mississippi to a vicotry, Matt Lipka and Chris Garcia powered the poten Lynchburg offense to a win, and Will Skinner had a big day in a losing effort for Rome.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Toledo Mudhens 2, Game 1

  • Luis Durango CF 2-4, 2 RBI, .273 AVG
  • Drew Sutton 2B 2-3, .243 AVG
  • Jair Jurrjens 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.05 ERA

For the second straight game, the G-Braves won in walkoff fashion. Shawn McGill drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly and Luis Durango followed with a RBI single to seal the victory. Durango had 2 RBI and 2 hits on the day, extending his hitting streak to 5 games. Over that span, he's gone 8-19 with 2 doubles, 5 RBI, and 4 steals. Jair Jurrjens picked up the complete game win, working around 8 hits and 1 walk to allow 2 runs over 7 innings. He threw 70 of his106 pitches for strikes, and in 22 innings over 3 starts for Gwinnett, he has a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 ERA

Gwinnett Braves 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2, Game 2

  • Luis Durango CF 1-3, BB, .275 AVG
  • Stefan Gartrell DH 2-3, BB, .237 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 3B 2-4, 2 RBI, SB (3), .198 AVG
  • Christian Marrero RF 1-1, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .268 AVG
  • Anthony Varvaro 3 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 4.50 ERA
  • Erik Cordier 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, W (1), 4.38 ERA
  • Adam Russell 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.00 ERA
  • Dusty Hughes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (4), 2.87 ERA

Durango had another hit in this one, extending his hitting streak to 6 games. After going 2-22 in his last 6 games, Joey Terdoslavich was 2-4 in this one. Stefan Gartrell was 2-3 with a walk, and in his last 4 games, he's gone 6-13 with a homer, 2 RBI, and 3 walks. Anthony Varvaro made his first start since 2008, when he was a full-time starter, and allowed 2 runs over 3 innings. In his last 4 appearances, he's allowed 6 runs over 6.2 innings. Erik Cordier picked up his first win of the year, and after allowing a 5.19 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP in 17.1 innings as a starter, he's given up a 2.46 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 7.1 innings over 4 relief appearances.

Julio Teheran will face the Mud Hens tomorrow.

Mississippi Braves 9, Huntsville Stars 6

  • Keenan Wiley RF 1-3, RBI, BB, .333 AVG
  • Phil Gosselin 2B 1-5, 2B, 4 RBI, E (5), .256 AVG
  • Evan Gattis LF 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, E (2), OF Assist, .318 AVG
  • Todd Cunningham CF 2-5, 2B, SB (4), .330 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 8 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K, W (3), 4.37 ERA

Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 5 games with a 2 hit game that included a RBI and a walk. During the streak, he's gone 6-19 with 2 doubles, a homer, 4 RBI, and 3 walks. Todd Cunningham continued his recent hot stretch, with a 2 hit day that included his fourth stolen base. Over his last 10 games, he's hitting .417 with a 1.045 OPS, 4 doubles, a triple, 7 RBI, and 3 steals. Over his last 10 games, Keenan Wiley his hitting .400 with a .516 OBP, a 1.000 OPS and 4 steals. Despite a 4 RBI performance today, Phil Gosselin is struggling, hitting .154 with a 438 OPS in his last 10 games. Zeke Spruill picked up a win, allowing 5 runs, 3 earned, over a season high 8 innings. He didn't walk anyone, and hasn't allowed a walk over 14 innings in his last 2 starts.

Jose Lugo will face Hunstville Saturday.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Winston-Salem Dash 1

  • Matt Lipka CF 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, .287 AVG
  • Nick Ahmed SS 0-3, 2 BB, SB (13), .281 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 2-2 2 2B, RBI, BB, .346 AVG
  • Myke Jones LF 1-2, 2 BB, .500 AVG
  • Braeden Schlehuber C 2-3, 2B, RBI, .279 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K, W (1), 3.38 ERA
  • Caleb Brewer 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 3.24 ERA
  • Brett Cammons 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.08 ERA

Nick Ahmed went 0-3, ending his 10 game hitting streak, but he did walk twice and steal his league leading 13th base. Matt Lipka had a 2 hit, 3 RBI day, and over his last 10 games, the 20 year old is hitting .375 with a .432 OBP, 8 runs, and 6 steals. Chris Garcia hit a pair of doubles, and in the month of May, he's hit .433 with a .541 OBP, a 1.241 OPS, 4 doubles, a homer, 9 RBI, 7 walks, and 2 steals. Myke Jones was demoted from AA, but didn't pout, instead went out and got on base 3 times in his first game for the Hillcats. Dimasther Delgado picked up his first win of the year, working around 4 walks to only allow 1 run over 6 innings. In 16 innings over 3 starts, the 23 year old has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, and is allowing 4.5 walks per 9 innings. Caleb Brewer hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 5 appearances, giving up 2 unearned runs over 9.5 innings in that span. Walks are still a problem for him today, as he allowed 2 today and has a 5.4 BB/9 rate on the year.

JR Graham will face the Dash tomorrow.

Rome Braves 3, Asheville Tourists 10

  • Will Skinner 3-4, 2B, HR (4), 3 RBI, SB (2), E (2), .239 AVG
  • AJ Holland 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 5.82 ERA
  • Ian Marshall 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

Will Skinner filled up the stat sheet today, driving in 3 runs, rapping out 3 hits, including a double and his fourth homer of the year, stealing a base, and even committing an error for good measure. The 22 year old has been productive over his last 10 games, with a .278 average, a 1.060 OPS, 4 homers, 8 RBI and 2 steals. AJ Holland had another poor start, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, over 6 innings. In his last 4 starts, the 22 year old has a 10.42 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Ian Marshall made his season debut, striking out 1 over 2 scoreless innings.

Ernesto Silva is scheduled to start for Rome tomorrow.

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