Constanza Extends Streak To 20, Wilson Has 4 Hits And Drives In 4, And Heffley Stays Hot In Tuesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Ross Heffley is 9-19 in his last 4 games.

Jose Constanza extended his hitting streak to 20 games, Josh Wilson had a perfect day at the plate, Chasen Shreve had a nice AA debut, Myke Jones and Nick Ahmed had big days for Lynchburg, Ross Heffley stayed hot, and Trenton Moses hit the first homer of his career.

Gwinnett Braves 8, Indianapolis Indians 5

  • Jose Constanza LF 1-3, RBI, .322 AVG
  • Stefan Gartrell LF 1-2, HR (13), RBI, .246 AVG
  • Felix Pie RF 2-5, HR (2), RBI, .294 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-5, 2B, .309 AVG
  • Ruben Gotay 2B 2-4, 2B, RBI, .212 AVG
  • Josh Wilson SS 4-4, 2 2B, HR (4), 4 RBI, E (16), .259 AVG
  • Yohan Flande 6.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, W (4), 4.46 ERA
  • Andrew Russell 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 , 0 BB, 2 K, 2.45 ERA
  • Jaye Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (6), 3.38 ERA

Jose Constanza extended his hitting streak to 20 games, which is a Gwinnett Braves record, and ties the longest hitting streak in the International League this season. During the streak, he's gone 35-88. Josh Wilson had a great day at the plate, going a perfect 4-4, clubbing out a pair of doubles, hitting a homer, and driving in 4 runs. He has his own 7 game hitting streak going, and has gone 10-26 with 5 doubles, a triple, a homer, and 6 RBI during that stretch. Ernesto Mejia had his fourth straight multi-hit day, and he's gone 9-17 with 4 doubles, 2 homers, and 2 RBI in that stretch. In his last 10 games, Felix Pie has hit .355 with a 1.007 OPS, 5 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI, and over his last 10 games, Ruben Gotay is hitting .333 with a 1.137 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 5 RBI. Yohan Flande picked up the win, but allowed 4 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Over his last 3 starts, he's allowed 15 earned runs in 13.2 innings.

Eric Junge will face Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Mississippi Braves 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 10

  • Todd Cunningham CF 2-4, BB, .320 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 1B 1-3, BB, .278 AVG
  • Tim Smith LF 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SF, .311 AVG
  • Sean Gilmartin 3.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.59 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Christian Marrero 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Todd Cunningham reached base 3 times and extended his hitting streak to 6 games, going 12-26 with a triple, 2 RBI, and 2 walks during that span. Sean Gilmartin had a rough start, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, in just 3.2 innings, but he might have been a bit off his routine after starting 3 days ago and pitching just 1 inning due to rain. Chasen Shreve made his AA debut, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings. The 22 year old lefty had a 1.85 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 43.2 innings over 30 appearances with High A Lynchburg this year. Things got out of hand after Shreve left the game, and first baseman-outfielder Christian Marrero was forced to make the first pitching appearance of his career. The lefty managed to strand 2 runners by inducing a popout and a flyout.

Mississippi begins a series against the Jacksonville Suns tomorrow, with David Hale scheduled to start the opener.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Potomac Nationals 7, 10 innings

  • Myke Jones CF 3-5, 2B, .261 AVG
  • Nick Ahmed SS 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SAC, E (18), .271 AVG
  • Shawn McGill C 1-3, 2B, RBI, .286 AVG
  • Matt Weaver LF-1B 1-4, HR (10), 3 RBI, .236 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.72 ERA

After going 3-21 in his last 5 games, Myke Jones was 3-5 today. Nick Ahmed had 3 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI, and over his last 10 games, he's hitting .333 with a .891 OPS, 7 doubles, 6 RBI, and 4 steals. Shawn McGill had a RBI double today, and the 28 year old catcher has moved around this year, playing in games for ynchburg, Mississippi, and Gwinnett. Dimasther Delgado had a so-so start, allowing 3 earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. July has been his worst month, as he's allowed a 4.41 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in 16.1 innings over 3 starts.

Gus Schlosser will take on the Nationals tomorrow.

Rome Braves 1, Asheville Tourists 3

  • Ross Heffley 2B 3-5, 2B, RBI, .307 AVG
  • Greg Ross 8 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 5.22 ERA
  • John Cornely 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.23 ERA

Greg Ross picked up the loss, but he had a very solid start, allowing 3 runs over a season high 8 innings of work. The 22 year old has a 5.22 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 79.1 innings over 17 appearances, 13 starts, this season. Ross Heffley had 3 hits and drove in Rome's only run. Over his last 4 games, the 18th rounder has gone 9-19 with 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 RBI.

Rome is off on Wednesday before beginning a series in Savannah on Thursday.

Danville Braves 2, Burlington Royals 4

  • Edison Sanchez LF 2-4, .301 AVG
  • Trenton Moses 3B 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, E (2), .262 AVG
  • Frank Lafreniere 4 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 3.34 ERA
  • Eduardo Castillo 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 10.50 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.73 ERA

Trenton Moses drove in the only 2 D-Braves runs with the first homer of his professional career. The 26th round pick is 7-16 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI in his last 7 games. Edison Sanchez extended his hitting streak to 5 games with a pair of singles, and during the streak he's gone 9-20 with a double, a triple, and 2 RBI. Frank Lafreniere had allowed 4 earned runs in 11 innings over his last 2 starts, but he allowed 4 earned in 4 innings today, taking his first loss of the season. In 12.1 innings over 7 appearances, Zach Jadofsky has a 0.73 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts.

Williams Perez will take on the Royals tomorrow.

GCL Braves 5, GCL Pirates 6

  • Connor Lien CF 2-5, 3B, RBI, SB (7), .259 AVG
  • Tyler Tewell DH 2-3, 2B, RBI, .350 AVG
  • Jackson Laumann 1B 2-5, 2B, .288 AVG
  • Justin Black LF 2-4, BB, .172 AVG
  • Roberto Estrella 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 4.34 ERA
  • AJ Holland 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 6.35 ERA

Connor Lien had a pair of hits, rapping out a triple and stealing his seventh base of the season. The 18 year old 12 round pick has been an OBP machine this year, walking in 17% of his plate appearances. Tyler Tewell had his second straight multi-hit game, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. During the streak, he's gone 9-21 with 2 doubles and 6 RBI. In his last 3 games, Jackson Laumann has gone 6-13 with a double and a RBI. Justin Black reached base 3 times, and in his last 4 games he's gone 5-13 with a triple, 2 RBI, and 2 walks. Still, it's been a rough pro debut for the 4th rounder, as he's hit just .172 with a .514 OPS and struck out in 41% of his at bats. In his last 2 starts, Roberto Estrella has allowed just 1 earned run in 9 innings and struck out 7.

Abraham Espinosa will face the Blue Jays tomorrow.

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