Lipka Has Big Day, Simmons Extends Hitting Streak, And Schlosser Picks Up League Leading Sixth Win In Saturday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Matt Lipka hit his second homer of the year as a 3 hit day.

Matt Lipka, Adam Milligan, and Edward Salcedo each homered to help Gus Schlosser pick up his Carolina League leading sixth win, Greg Paiml's 3 RBI helped Todd Redmond pick up a win, and Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 6 games.

Gwinnett Braves 4, Rochester Red Wings 2

  • Luis Durango CF 2-4, RBI, .284 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 0-4, .299 AVG
  • Greg Paiml SS 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, .218 AVG
  • Todd Redmond 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, W (5), 2.47 ERA
  • Anthony Varvaro 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K, SV (1), 2.89 ERA

Todd Redmond picked up the win for his third consecutive start, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, over 7 innings, striking out 6. Over his last 4 starts, he has a 1.01 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Anthony Varvaro picked up his first save of the year with his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance. Over that span, he's walked 2 and struck out 11 in 6.2 innings. Luis Durango had a pair of hits and in his last 4 games he's gone 8-16 with a double, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Greg Paiml also had a pair of hits, and drove in 3 runs, including the go ahead run on a seventh inning double. In his last 3 games, he's gone 4-9. Ernesto Mejia went 0-4, ending his 13 game hitting streak.

Jair Jurrjens will start Sunday afternoon for Gwinnett.

Mississippi Braves 7, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3

  • Andrelton Simmons SS 1-3, 2 BB, .300 AVG
  • Ian Gac 1B 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, .250 AVG
  • Alden Carrithers LF 2-3, RBI, BB, .321 AVG
  • Sean Gilmartin 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 9 K, 3.48 ERA
  • Andrew Russell 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, W (3), 2.01 ERA
  • Chris Jones 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.57 ERA

Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and during that span he's gone 8-21 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 4 RBI, and 3 walks. Ian Gac rapped out a pair of doubles as part of 3 hit day, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .375 with a 1.163 OPS, 7 doubles, a homer, 6 RBI, and 6 walks. Alden Carrithers had a pair of singles today, and in his last 2 games he's gone 4-7 with a RBI and 2 walks. Sean Gilmartin was wild today, allowing a season high 4 walks, but he also tied his season high with 9 strikeouts. In his last 2 starts, the 22 year old lefty has allowed 8 earned runs in 11 innings. Andrew Russell picked up a win with 2 perfect innings, and the Aussie hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 6 appearances, giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 5 in 7 innings over that span.

David Hale will start the series finale tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Potomac Nationals 2

  • Matt Lipka CF 3-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, OF Assist, .244 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 0-3, .291 AVG
  • Adam Milligan DH 2-4, RBI, .273 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 1-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, .257 AVG
  • Myke Jones LF 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, .255 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger RF 2-4, 2B, .228 AVG
  • Gus Schlosser 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K, W (6), 3.80 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 2.19 ERA

After going 3-35 in his last 9 games, Matt Lipka was 3-4 today, hitting his second homer of the year. Prior to this season, he had 2 homers in 738 professional at bats, but he's hit 2 in 160 at bats this season. Adam Milligan had a pair of hits, and in his last 4 games he's gone 7-17 with 3 doubles, a homer, and 3 RBI. Myke Jones had a pair of hits, including his first homer of the year, and in his last 2 games he's gone 5-10 with 2 doubles, a triple, a homer, and 4 RBI. Robby Hefflinger had a pair of hits today, and while he's hitting just .233 in his last 10 games, he has a .395 OPS and a .500 slugging percentage during that same span, working 7 walks and clubbing out 2 doubles and 2 homers. Tommy La Stella was 0-3 today, ending his 13 game hitting streak. Gus Schlosser picked up his league leading sixth win, teammates JR Graham and Cody Martin are both tied for second with 5 wins, by allowing 2 runs over 7 innings. In his last 3 starts, Schlosser has a 2.14 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 21 innings.

Dimasther Delgado will start the series finale tomorrow.

Rome Braves 2, Asheville Tourists 12

  • Kyle Kubitza DH 1-4, HR (7), RBI, .256 AVG
  • Will Skinner 1-3, 2B, .269 AVG
  • Ryan Weber 2.1 IP, 10 ER, 11 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 6.30 ERA
  • Bryam Garcia 2.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2.16 ERA
  • John Cornely 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.38 ERA

Ryan Weber had the worst start of his career, allowing 10 earned runs in just 2.2 innings after only allowing 7 earned runs in 27.1 innings this season between Lynchburg and Rome. John Cornely made his fifth straight scoreless appearance, recording all 4 of his outs by strikeout. For the year he's averaging 15.4 K/9 in 18.2 innings. Walks have been an issue for Cornely, as he's averaging 6.7 BB/9 on the year, though during his 5 appearance scoreless streak he's allowed just 1 walk in 6 innings. Kyle Kubitza hit his second homer in his last 3 games, and while he's hitting just .259 in his last 10 games, he has a .400 OBP and a .556 slugging percentage in that same span. Will Skinner hit a double to extend his hitting streak to 7 games, and during that span he's gone 8-17 with 4 doubles, 2 RBI, and 4 walks.

Navery Moore will start the series finale tomorrow evening.

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