Ahmed Stays Hot, Anselment Has Big Day, And Merejo Fans 7 In Saturday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Nick Ahmed has a 1.155 OPS in his last 10 games.

Nick Ahmed and Myke Jones stayed hot for Lynchburg, as did Tony Mueller for Rome, Chase Anselment had a big day, Gerardo Reyes and Carlos Franco had great days for Danville, and Luis Merejo had a fine start in the GCL.

Gwinnett Braves 4, Syracuse Chiefs 12

  • Jose Constanza CF-LF 2-5, SB (10), .290 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-4, HR (14), 2 RBI, .311 AVG
  • Stefan Gartrell RF 1-2, 2 BB, .244 AVG
  • Julio Teheran 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 3.50 ERA
  • DJ Carrasco 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 11.25 ERA

Julio Teheran had a poor start, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, over 6 innings, walking 3. In his last 2 AAA starts, he had allowed 3 earned runs in 13 innings and walked just 2. DJ Carrasco had a solid appearance, retiring the only hitter he faced to strand 2 runners in the ninth. Jose Constanza had 2 hits for the second straight day, and over his last 7 games, he's gone 11-32 with a doubles and 2 walks. Ernesto Mejia hit his 14th homer of the year, and in his last 6 games he's gone 7-20 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 3 RBI.

Jose Lugo will take on the Chiefs tomorrow.

Mississippi Braves 4, Birmingham Barons 6

  • Keenan Wiley RF 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .278 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 3B 2-5, .333 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 6 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.90 ERA
  • Brent Leach 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.45 ERA

Zeke Spruill had one of his worst starts of the year, allowing 6 earned runs on 10 hits in 6 innings. June has been rough for him, as he's allowed a 4.91 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 25.2 innings. Brent Leach made his debut with the Braves organization, tossing a scoreless inning. The 29 year old lefty appeared in 38 games for the Dodgers in 2009, posting a 5.75 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 20.1 innings. Cory Rasmus made his third straight scoreless appearance, and in that span he's struck out 4 in 3 innings. Joey Terdoslavich had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 5 games. During that span, he's gone 9-20 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Keenan Wiley reached base 3 times, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .341 with a .801 OPS.

David Hale will starts for the M-Braves tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Salem Red Sox 5

  • Emerson Landoni 3B 2-4, RBI, .220 AVG
  • Nick Ahmed SS 2-4, HR (5), RBI, BB, E (14), .272 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 2-3, HR (6), RBI, BB, .308 AVG
  • Myke Jones LF-CF 2-4, 2B, .248 AVG
  • David Rohm RF 2-3, RBI, .222 AVG
  • Matt Weaver 3B-LF 2-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, .246 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.79 ERA
  • Cody Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (7), 3.41 ERA
  • Juan Jaime 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (14), 3.54 ERA

Nick Ahmed reached base 3 times today, and hit his fifth homer of the season. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .375 with a 1.155 OPS, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, 8 RBI, and 2 steals. Myke Jones had a pair of hits, including a double, and over his last 3 games he's gone 5-12 with 3 doubles. Chris Garcia had only gone 3-21 in his last 8 games, but he was 2-3 today, rapping out his sixth homer of the year and walking. Despite his recent slump, he still has a .412 OBP in his last 10 games and a .428 OBP for the season. David Rohm had gone 4-27 in his last 9 games, but he went 2-3 today. Matt Weaver hit his seventh homer of the season, giving him as many homers in 118 at bats this season as he had in 714 at bats in his career prior to this year. Dimasther Delgado had a poor start, allowing 10 hits and 4 earned runs without making it out of the fifth inning. In his last 3 starts he had allowed just 2 earned runs in 18.1 innings. Cody Martin picked up the win in his second relief appearance in his last 3 outings. Over his last 4 appearances, he's allowed 2 earned runs in 10.2 innings, striking out 15. Juan Jaime picked up a save in his third straight appearance, and he is now tied for the league lead with 14 saves.

The Hillcats will begin a series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans tomorrow, with Gus Schlosser scheduled to start the opener.

Rome Braves 9, Asheville Tourists 3

  • Tony Mueller CF 2-5, 2 RBI, SAC, .269 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 1-3, RBI, BB, SF, .299 AVG
  • Will Skinner LF 2-5, 2B, HR (6), 2 RBI, .268 AVG
  • Chase Anselment RF 3-4, HR (1), RBI, BB, .364 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 3-4, 2B, .256 AVG
  • Ryan Weber 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, W (3), 5.70 ERA
  • David Peterson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Chase Anselment had the first big day of his pro career, rapping out 3 hits, including the first homer of his career, and takling a walk. Tony Mueller continued his fine work of late, with 2 hits for the second straight game. Over his last 7 games, he's gone 10-30 with a double, 6 RBI, 2 steals, and 5 runs scored. Will Skinner doubled and homered, extending his hitting streak to 5 games. During that span, he's gone 8-21 with 3 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI. William Beckwith extended his own hitting streak to 7 games, and during that span he's gone 9-26 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 6 RBI. Elmer Reyes had a 3 hit day, and over his last 4 games he's gone 6-14. Ryan Weber picked up his third win with Rome, and over his last 3 starts he's posted a 3.18 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 17 innings. David Peterson, the Braves 8th round pick in this year's draft, made his professional debut, and the 22 year old righty allowed 1 hit in a scoreless inning.

Danville Braves 8, Bristol White Sox 4

  • Kurt Fleming CF 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .300 AVG
  • Carlos Franco 3B 2-4, BB, SB (1), E (1), .308 AVG
  • Josh Elander DH 2-5, RBI, .400 AVG
  • Edison Sanchez LF 2-5, 2 2B, .313 AVG
  • Ronald Luna SS 2-5, 2 RBI, E (2), .200 AVG
  • Gerardo Reyes 2B 4-4, 2 RBI, SB (1), E (1), .500 AVG
  • Ernesto Silva 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1), 0.00 ERA

Ernesto Silva struggled with Rome, going 0-6 with a 6.53 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP in 51 innings, but he flourished in his first start this year for Danville, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 innings, picking up his first win of the year. Gerardo Reyes had a perfect day at the plate, rapping out 4 singles and driving in a pair of runs. The 21 year old also struggled with Rome this year, going just 2-26. Kurt Fleming had a 2 hit day, making him 3-7 with 2 walks in his last 2 games. Carlos Franco reached base 3 times today, and the 20 year old Dominican has reached in 10 of his 19 plate appearances this season. Josh Elander stayed hot, with the first multi-hit game of his career making him 4-7 with 2 walks on the season. Edison Sanchez rapped out a pair of doubles, making him 5-13 in his last 3 games.

GCL Braves 0, GCL Pirates 1

  • Seth Moranda SS 2-4, .214 AVG
  • Connor Lien PH-RF 1-3, .200 AVG
  • Anthony Nunez C 1-3, 2B, .375 AVG
  • Luis Merejo 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.60 ERA
  • Richie Tate 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

Luis Merejo made the second start of his professional career, and it was a great one, as he allowed just 1 earned run and struck out 7 in 5 innings. The 18 year old Dominican righty has now struck out 13 in 10 innings this year. Richie Tate, working on coming back from missing all of 2011 to injury, was great in relief, tossing 3 scoreless innings, giving him 7 scoreless on the year. After going 1-10 in his first 3 games, Seth Moranda was 2-4 today. The 19 year old hit .200 with a .598 OPS in 80 GCL at bats last season. Anthony Nunez doubled today, and the 22 year old Dominican has a hit in all 3 games he's played in this year.

The GCL Braves are off on Sunday, before taking on the Blue Jays on Monday, with Abraham Espinosa scheduled to start.

DSL Braves 5, DSL Angels 13

  • Luis Monasterio 2B 1-3, 2 BB, .194 AVG
  • Jose Morel CF 2-4, 2B, .229 AVG
  • Eugenio Diaz 1B 3-5, 2 RBI, .455 AVG
  • Daniel Cordero 2.1 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.15 ERA

Eugenio Diaz had 3 hits and 2 RBI today, and the 17 year old Venezuelan is now 5-11 with 2 walks on the season. Luis Monasterio reached base 3 times today, and despite hitting just .194 through his first 36 at bats, he has a .310 OBP. Jose Morel had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. During that span, he's gone 9-22 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI and a walk.

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