Gattis And Gartrell Homer Again And Teheran Has A Solid Start In Monday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Kyle Kubitza hit his fifth homer of the season tonight.

Evan Gattis and Stefan Gartrell each homered again, Julio Teheran had a solid start, and Jose Constanza reached base 4 times.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Buffalo Bisons 4

  • Jose Constanza LF 3-4, BB, SB (5), .341 AVG
  • Luis Durango CF 2-5, 2B, RBI, SB (15), .254 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-5, RBI, .262 AVG
  • Stefan Gartrell RF 1-3, HR (5), RBI, BB, .216 AVG
  • Julio Teheran 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 2.81 ERA

The plural of bison is bison. The people of Buffalo need to be informed about this. Julio Teheran had a solid start, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3. After a rough first start of the year, he's calmed down and now has a 2.81 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 25.2 innings. Jose Constanza reached base 4 times and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. During that span, he's gone 14-41 with 2 doubles, 5 walks, and 3 steals. Luis Durango stole his 15th base of the season, giving him the league lead. Ernesto Mejia had a 2 hit game, making him 4-8 in his last 2 games. Stefan Gartrell hit 3 homers last week to earn him International League Player Of The Week, and he hit another one today. He now has a 8 game hitting streak, going 11-30 with a double, 4 homers, 11 RBI, and 4 walks in that span.

Eric Junge will face the Bisons tomorrow.

Mississippi Braves 3, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2, 12 innings

  • Evan Gattis LF 1-3, HR (4), RBI, 2 BB, .321 AVG
  • Matt Kennelly C 1-3, 2 BB, .235 AVG
  • Jose Lugo 8.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.45 ERA
  • Andrew Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Chris Masters 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1), 4.29 ERA

Keenan Wiley scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning on a wild pitch. The game ended up in extra innings after Ryan Buchter inherited a bases loaded situation in the ninth and allowed a runner to score, tying the game. Before loading the bases with two outs in the ninth, Jose Lugo had pitched a stellar game. He ended up being tagged with 2 earned runs over 8.2 innings, giving him a 1.45 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in 18.2 innings over 3 starts with Mississippi. Chris Masters struck out the side in a scoreless inning, and e has 10 strikeouts in 5.2 innings as a reliever. Evan Gattis hit his fourth homer in just his seventh game with the M-Braves, upping his RBI total to 9 and doubling his walk total to 4. Matt Kennelly reached base 3 times, and in his last 3 games, he's gone 4-8 with a double, a homer, 2 RBI, and 2 walks.

Sean Gilmartin will face Pensacola tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats - Off

Aaron Northcraft will take the mound Tuesday as the team begins as series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Rome Braves 6, Greenville Drive 11

  • Tony Mueller CF 2-5, RBI, .250 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 2-5, HR (5), RBI, .260 AVG
  • Jakob Dalfonso 1B 2-5, RBI, SB (1), .295 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 1-3, 2B, BB, .241 AVG
  • Rafael Briceno 3.2 IP, 9 ER, 14 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 7.11 ERA

Rafael Briceno had an awful day, allowing 15 baserunners and 9 runs without making it out of the 4th. In his last 2 starts, he's allowed 16 earned runs in just 8 innings, and for the season, his ERA has bloated to 7.11 and his WHIP is up to 1.74. Tony Mueller had a pair of hits and a RBI, and over his last 4 games, he's gone 5-15 with 4 walks. Kyle Kubitza hit his fifth homer of the year, and despite hitting just .189 in his last 10 games, the 21 year old is still having a nice season, hitting .260 with a .887 OPS through 104 at bats. Jakob Dalfonso broke a 0-11 slump over his last 3 games with a 2-5 performance that included a RBI and a steal. After homering in each of his last 2 games, Elmer Reyes doubled and walked today, making him 4-10 with 4 RBI in his last 3 games. Rome is just 6-24 on the year, and their pitching has been very poor, as they have a league worst 6.30 ERA and a league worst 1.69 WHIP. The offense isn't doing much better, with the team coming in at second worst in average, OBP, slugging, and OPS, with a slash line of .218/.301/.331/.632.

David Filak will pitch in the series finale tomorrow afternoon.

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