Reyes Homers Again While Jurrjens And Graham Have Excellent Starts To Highlight Sunday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

JR Graham allowed 1 run over a season high 8 innings.

Elmer Reyes homered for the second straight day, Jair Jurrjens and JR Graham both had great starts, and Keenan Wiley had a 3 hit day that included a homer to send the game into extra innings.

Gwinnett Braves 6, Charlotte Knights 2

  • Ernesto Mejia DH 2-3, 2B, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB, .255 AVG
  • Christian Marrero 1B 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, .262 AVG
  • Jair Jurrjens 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1), 1.80 ERA
  • Cory Gearrin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.57 ERA

Jair Jurrjens' second start with Gwinnett was another good one, as he allowed just 2 runs over 8 innings, giving up just 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. He threw 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes, and after allowing 30 hits and 10 walks in just 16.1 innings in 4 starts in the Majors, he's given up only 9 hits and 4 walks in 15 innings over 2 starts in AAA. Cory Gearrin struck out 2 in a scoreless ninth inning. In 15.2 innings over 9 games he has a 0.57 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, and 1.2 BB/9. After going 2-17 in his last 4 games, Ernesto Mejia went 2-3 today with a double and his fourth homer of the season. Christian Marrero reached base 3 times today, and for the season he has a .385 OBP.

On Monday, Gwinnett begins a series against the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets AAA affiliate. The game will feature a matchup of top prospects Julio Teheran and Matt Harvey.

Mississippi Braves 3, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4, 12 innings

  • Andrelton Simmons SS 1-4, 2 BB, .320 AVG
  • Joe Leonard 3B 2-5, 2B, SAC, .268 AVG
  • Evan Gattis C 0-4, BB, .320 AVG
  • Ian Gac 1B 2-4, 2B, BB, E (3), .239 AVG
  • Keenan Wiley RF-CF 3-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB, OF Assist, .385 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.58 ERA
  • Billy Bullock 1.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1.93 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.23 ERA
  • Mark Lamm 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.14 ERA

Keenan Wiley hit his first homer of the year in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, but a 12th inning error by Ian Gac allowed the winning run to score. Wiley has played well in very limited time this year, hitting .385 with a 1.102 OPS in just 26 at bats. Despite the costly error, Gac had a nice day at the plate, reaching base 3 times, snapping a 2-30 skid in his last 7 games. Evan Gattis proved he might be human, going 0-4 while reaching on a walk. The slugger is just 1-9 in his last 2 games. Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 8 games, going 13-32 with 4 RBI, 5 walks, and 3 steals in that span. Joe Leonard has gone 4-10 in his last 2 games. Zeke Spruill had a solid start, working around 10 hits to only allow 2 runs in 6 innings. It was a nice comeback after allowing 8 runs over 7.1 innings in his last 2 starts. Cory Rasmus made his fourth straight scoreless appearances, striking out 5 over 5 innings in that stretch.

Jose Lugo will start for Mississippi tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

  • Nick Ahmed SS 1-3, BB, 2 SB (10, 11), E (8), .292 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 2-4, 2B, RBI, .329 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 2-4, .257 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 2-4, .337 AVG
  • Ryan Query C 2-4, .278 AVG
  • JR Graham 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K, W (4), 2.61 ERA
  • Juan Jaime 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K, SV (3), 5.91 ERA

JR Graham picked up his fourth win of the year, striking out 4 and walking none over a season high 8 innings. For the year, he has a 2.61 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, and over his last 4 starts he has a 2.00 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. Nick Ahmed extended his hitting streak to 7 games, and he's gone 8-27 with 3 doubles, a homer, and 3 steals in that span. His 11 steals tie him for the league lead. Tommy La Stella had a 2 hit day that included his ninth double of the year. Edward Salcedo had a 2 hit day, and he's gone 4-13 in his last 3 games. Chris Garcia reached base twice for the third straight game, making him 5-10 with a walk in that span.

The Hillcats are off Monday, before beginning a series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday, with Aaron Northcraft scheduled to take the mound.

Rome Braves 3, Greenville Drive 11

  • Tony Mueller CF 1-3, 2 BB, SB (5), .237 AVG
  • Fernando de los Santos 2B 2-4, HR (2), RBI, .232 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, .238 AVG
  • Ernesto Silva 5 IP, 8 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 8.88 ERA
  • Joe Lucas 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 9.75 ERA

Elmer Reyes homered for the second straight day, making him 3-7 with 4 RBI in his last 2 games. Tony Mueller reached base 3 times for the second straight night, going 1-3 with 2 walks in both games. Over his last 0 games, the 22 year old has a .419 OBP. Ernesto Silva had another rough game, allowing 8 runs over 5 innings. In his last 3 appearances, he's allowed 20 runs over 13 innings. After allowing 13 earned runs over 10 innings in his first 6 appearances, Joe Lucas had his first scoreless appearance of the season.

Rafael Briceno will face the Drive tomorrow.

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