Hale Tosses A Gem And Lynchburg and Rome's Offenses Explode In Wednesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

David Hale struck out a season high 11, Todd Cunningham extended his hitting streak to 6 games, Edward Salcedo's 3 hit day let Lynchburg's potent offense, while Kyle Kubitza and Robby Hefflinger powered a 15 run day for Rome.

Gwinnett Braves 1, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 5

  • Stefan Gartrell RF 1-3, 2B, .252 AVG
  • Christian Marrero LF 1-3, RBI, .262 AVG
  • Yohan Flande 5 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 3.92 ERA
  • Dusty Hughes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.75 ERA
  • Anthony Varvaro 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2.74 ERA
  • Cory Gearrin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.14 ERA

Gwinnett only had 3 hits tonight, including Stefan Gartrell's 10th double of the year. Christian Marrero drove in the team's only run, and over his last 10 games he's hitting .321 with a .891 OPS and 8 RBI. Yohan Flande had a rough start, allowing 5 earned runs over 5 innings, and after posting a 0.90 ERA, 1.00 ERA, 9.5 K/9, and 5 BB/9 in 20 innings in April, he's posted a 5.55 ERA, a 1.45 ERA, 6 K/9, and 3.1 BB/9 in 37.1 innings in May and June. Anthony Varvaro allowed 3 baserunners in his lone inning of work, but he also managed to strike out 3. In his last 8 appearances, he has allowed 1 earned run, struck out 16, walked 5, and given up 10 hits in 11 innings. In his last 9 appearances, Cory Gearrin has allowed 1 earned run, struck out 17, walked 4, and given up 4 hits in 13 innings.

Kris Medlen will make his second start with Gwinnett tomorrow against Lehigh Valley.

Mississippi Braves 1, Huntsville Stars 0

Phil Gosselin 2B 2-3, RBI, BB, .272 AVG

Todd Cunningham CF 1-4, 2B, .333 AVG

David Hale 7.2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K, W (4), 4.36 ERA

Mark Lamm 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (7), 2.96 ERA

David Hale had a phenomenal start, striking out a season high 11 batters over 7.2 innings. As always, you have to hope Hale can build on this start and have another positive outing next time out. On May 15th he tossed 6 shutout innings, then allowed 12 earned runs in 13.2 innings over 3 starts leading up to tonight, so hopefully that trend doesn't repeat itself. Todd Cunningham doubled for this third straight day and extended his hitting streak to 6 games. During that span, he's gone 11-21 with 3 doubles and 6 RBI. Phil Gosselin was 2-3, and in his last 3 games he's gone 5-10 with 2 walks.

Mississippi will begin a series against the Tennessee Smokies tomorrow, with Zeke Spruill scheduled to start the opener.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

  • Myke Jones CF 2-5, OF Assist, .221 AVG
  • Nick Ahmed SS 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .246 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 2-4, BB, .335 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 3-4, 2 RBI, .252 AVG
  • Matt Weaver RF 1-4, HR (4), 3 RBI, .220 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, W (2), 4.14 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, SV (4), 4.63 ERA

Lynchburg ended its 8 game losing streak, led by Edward Salcedo had a great day at the plate, rapping out 3 singles and driving in 3 runs, snapping a 1-14 skid over his last 4 games. Chris Garcia also reached base 3 times, and in his last 3 games he's gone 4-11 with a homer, 1 RBI, and 2 walks. After going 1-19 in his last 5 games, Myke Jones was 2-5 today. Matt Weaver drove in 3 runs with his fourth homer of the year, breaking a 0-12 slump over his last 6 games. Dimasther Delgado picked up his fourth win of the year by tossing 5 shutout innings, a nice comeback after allowing 6 earned runs in just 3.1 innings in his last start. He did walk 3 however, and control has been an issue for him this year, as he's allowing 4.1 BB/9, and has only struck out 23 while walking 19. Matt Chaffe picked up his fourth save of the year, tossing a season high 4 innings. Over his last 7 appearances, he's allowed 2 earned runs, struck out 13, walked 8, and allowed 10 hits in 13 innings.

JR Graham will start the series finale tomorrow.

Rome Braves15, Greenville Drive 5

  • Tony Mueller CF 2-3, RBI, BB, .250 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, .249 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 3-5, 2B, RBI, .226 AVG
  • William Beckwith DH 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB (5), .316 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .249 AVG
  • David Filak 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K, W (3), 4.65 ERA
  • Bryam Garcia 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.35 ERA
  • Ian Marshall 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.21 ERA

Kyle Kubitza had a great day at the plate, reaching base 4 times and driving in 3 runs. In his last 4 games, he's gone 5-13 with 2 doubles, 5 RBI, and 4 walks. After going hitless in 13 at bats over his last 4 games, Robby Hefflinger had 3 hits and a RBi today. William Beckwith was just 1-9 in his last 3 games, but he had a pair of hits and a pair of doubles today, adding in a walk for good measure. Tony Mueller reached base 3 times today, and in his last 2 games he's gone 5-7 with a walk and 3 RBI. Elmer Reyes doubled for the second straight game, making him 4-10 in his last 3 games. David Filak was named to this year's SAL All-Star team, but he had allowed 17 earned runs in just 7.2 innings over his last 2 starts, and things got off to a rough start today as he allowed 3 earned runs in the first inning today, but settled down after that, tossing 5 shutout innings and finishing with 7 strikeouts. Bryam Garcia struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings, and he's done a fine job since joining the team in mid-May, with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 13.1 innings over 7 appearances.

Navery Moore will start the series finale tomorrow afternoon.

DSL Braves - Unreported

The DSL season has started, but there are still occasionally communication problems with getting the scores to the states.

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