Durango, Salcedo, And Peraza Run Wild On The Bases, Cunningham Hits First Homer, And Spruill Excels In Complete Game Loss In Sunday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Todd Cunningham hit his first homer of the season tonight.

Luis Durango, Edward Salcedo, and Jose Peraza went wild on the basepaths, Todd Cunningham hit his first homer of the year, Zeke Spruill took a complete game loss, Tony Mueller stayed hot, and Nathan Hyatt had a great debut with Rome.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 4

  • Jose Constanza LF 2-4, BB, .324 AVG
  • Luis Durango CF 1-5, RBI, 2 SB (34, 35), .283 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 1-3, BB, E (3), .307 AVG
  • Jose Yepez C 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .272 AVG
  • Yohan Flande 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 4.44 ERA
  • Jaye Chapman 1.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 3.20 ERA

Jose Constanza reached base 3 times tonight, and in 2 games since his 22 game hitting streak ended, he's gone 3-7 with a walk. Luis Durango has gone 4-10 with 2 RBI in his last 2 games, and leads the league with 35 steals. He leads by a healthy margin, with Columbus' Ezequiel Carrera coming in at second with 23 steals. In his last 4 games, Ernesto Mejia has gone 5-15 with 2 homers and 5 RBI. In his last 10 games, Jose Yepez has hit .303 with a .960 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 7 RBI. Yohan Flande had hit a rough patch in his last 3 starts, allowing 15 earned runs in 13.2 innings, but he made a quality start tonight, allowing 3 earned runs over 6.1 innings. Jaye Chapman made his third straight scoreless appearance, and over that span he's tossed 3.2 innings and allowed 3 hits and 2 walks.

Eric Junge will start the sereis finale on Monday.

Mississippi Braves 1, Jacksonville Suns 2

  • Todd Cunningham CF 1-4, HR (1), RBI, BB, .314 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 1B 2-2, 2 BB, .304 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.06 ERA

Zeke Spruill took a complete game loss today, allowing just 2 earned runs while striking out 4 and giving up 1 walk over 8 innings. It was his first complete game of the year after throwing 6 last season. In his last 2 starts, the 22 year old righty has allowed 4 earned runs in 15 innings, striking out 8 and walking 2. Todd Cunningham hit his first homer of the year, and just his sixth homer in 1015 career plate appearances. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .357 with a .949 OPS, 2 triples, a homer, 5 RBI, 5 walks and 2 steals. Joey Terdoslavich had his third straight multi-hit game, and during his 5 game hitting streak, he's gone 9-18 with 4 doubles, 1 RBI, and 2 walks.

The M-Braves are off on Monay, and Sean Gilmartin will start the first game of a series against the Mobile Bay Bears beginning Tuesday night.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Carolina Mudcats 4

  • Dan Brewer CF 1-4, RBI, BB, SB (1), .375 AVG
  • Adam Milligan LF-RF 1-4, HR (10), RBI, BB, .243 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 0-2, 2 BB, 3 SB (18, 19, 20), .264 AVG
  • Michael Spina 1B 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, .333 AVG
  • Chad Comer C 2-4, .200 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 K, W (6), 3.61 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 0 K, SV (5), 4.04 ERA

Edward Salcedo went hitless in 2 at bats, but he collected a pair of walks and stole 3 bases, giving him 20 on the season. He's now fifth in the Carolina League in steals, and Nick Ahmed stole his league leading 29th base tonight. Adam Milligan hit his 10th homer with the Hillcats, and in his last 5 games, he's gone 7-21 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, 4 RBI, and 2 walks. Dan Brewer reached base twice and stole his first base with Lynchburg. Michael Spina went 1-3 for the second straight night, and he drove in a pair of runs. Dimasther Delgado picked up the win by allowing just 1 run over 5 innings of work. Over his last 5 starts, he has a 3.21 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 28 innings. After allowing 3 earned runs in 3.2 innings over his last 2 appearances, Matt Chaffee tossed 1.1 scoreless innings tonight, working around 3 walks to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Gus Schlosser will start the series opener against the Potomac Nationals on Monday.

Rome Braves 1, Savannah Sand Gnats 5

  • Tony Mueller CF 1-2, 2 BB, SB (21), .262 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 2-4, .281 AVG
  • Brandon Drury 1B 1-3, .214 AVG
  • Fabian Williamson 4.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.38 ERA
  • Nathan Hyatt 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

Tony Mueller reached base 3 times and stole his 21st base of the season. In his last 3 games, the 22 year old has gone 4-7 with 4 walks. He's been very good at getting on base this year, walking in 14% of his plate appearances, and he's been a tough man to strike out, fanning in just 7% of his at bats. Robby Hefflinger had a pair of hits, and in his last 10 games, he's hitting .324 with a .763 OPS, 1 double, 2 RBI, and 5 walks. Brandon Drury extended his hitting streak to 4 games, going 4-14 in that stretch. In hist first start, Fabian Williamson allowed only 1 unearned run in 5 innings of work, but he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, in 4.1 innings today. Nathan Hyatt struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings in his Rome debut. The 21 year old, selected in the 13th round of this year's draft, had a 1.80 ERA, a 0.60 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings with Danville.

Greg Ross will take on the Charelston River Dogs tomorrow.

Danville Braves 6, Bluefield Blue Jays 8

  • Jose Peraza DH 2-5, 2 SB (3, 4), .269 AVG
  • Blake Brown CF 2-4, RBI, SB (3), .208 AVG
  • Mauricio Cabrera 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 2.84 ERA
  • Carlos Perez 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2.35 ERA
  • Jeremy Fitzgerald 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.27 ERA

After going just 1-12 in his last 5 games, Jose Peraza had a pair of singles and a pair of steals today. In his last 6 games, Blake Brown has gone 6-18 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, and 1 steal. Mauricio Cabrera allowed 2 earned runs in 10 innings over his last 2 starts, but he allowed 3 earned runs and 5 walks in just 3.1 innings today, his worst start of the season.

Frank Lafreniere will face the Jays tomorrow.

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