Pie And Beckwith Go On RBI Binge, Flande And Moran Pick Up Wins, And Cunningham Stays Hot In Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Troy Snitker hit his first homer of the season tonight.

Felix Pie and William Beckwith went on a RBI binge, Yohan Flande and Gary Moran had great starts, Todd Cunningham stayed hot, and Jose Peraza and Troy Snitker hit their first homers of the season.

Gwinnett Braves 13, Durham Bulls 1

  • Luis Durango CF 2-4, RBI, BB, .289 AVG
  • Jack Wilson DH 0-4, HBP, .227 AVG
  • Felix Pie RF 3-5, 2B, HR (4), 6 RBI, .292 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .307 AVG
  • Terry Tiffee 3B 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, .375 AVG
  • Ruben Gotay 2B 2-4, HR (4), RBI, .230 AVG
  • Yohan Flande 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, W (5), 4.17 AVG
  • Dusty Hughes 1.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.81 ERA

Felix Pie had a phenomenal day, driving in 6 runs as part of a 3 hit day that included a double and a homer. In his last 5 games, he's gone 8-23 with a double, 2 homers, 9 RBI, and 2 walks. Terry Tiffee also had a 3 hit day, his fourth straight multi-hit game, and he's gone 12-27 with 3 doubles, a homer, and 5 RBI in his last 7 games. Luis Durango reached base 3 times, and in his last 7 games, he's gone 12-33 with a double, a triple, 7 RBI, 5 walks, and 3 steals. Ernesto Mejia rapped out a pair of doubles and a pair of RBI, and in his last 9 games, he's gone 12-38 with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 12 RBI and 3 walks. Yohan Flande had allowed 18 earned runs over 19.2 innings in his last 4 starts, but he tossed 7 shutout innings today. Dusty Hughes stranded 3 inherited runners en route to pitching 1.1 shutout innings to close the game, a nice comeback after allowing 5 earned runs in 6 innings over his last 4 appearances.

Miguel Batista will start for the G-Braves on Saturday as the team heads to Charlottte to begin a series against the Knights.

Mississippi Braves 6, Mobile Bay Bears 1

  • Todd Cunningham CF 2-5, HR (2), 3 RBI, .318 AVG
  • Tim Smith LF 2-4, .298 AVG
  • Jaime Pedroza SS 3-4, .389 AVG
  • Alden Carrithers 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .255 AVG
  • Gary Moran 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K, W (4), 3.08 ERA
  • Chris Jones 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.07 ERA

Todd Cunningham hit his second homer of the year, both of them coming in his last 5 games. During his 7 game hitting streak, he's gone 9-26 with a double, 2 triples, 2 homers, 7 RBI, and 6 walks. In his last 2 games, Jaime Pedroza has gone 5-8 with 2 doubles. In his last 7 starts, Gary Moran has a 2.84 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 44.1 innings.

Zeke Spruill will start the series finale tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 6

  • Nick Amed DH 1-3, SAC, .270 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 1-3, 2B, BB, .259 AVG
  • Braeden Schlehuber C 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .298 AVG
  • Emerson Landoni SS 2-4, RBI, .207 AVG
  • Dimasther Delgado 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 3.76 ERA
  • Blaine Sims 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 4.03 ERA

Braeden Schlehuber drove in a pair of runs, and in his last 4 games, he's gone 6-13 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Emerson Landoni had 2 hits, making him 4-7 with 2 RBI in his last 2 games. In his last 2 games, Nick Ahmed has gone 2-5. Edward Salcedo was 1-3 today, but he's hitting just .143 with a .402 OPS in his last 10 games. Dimasther Delgado only allowed 1 earned run in 5 innings in his last start, but he allowed 4 earned in 6 innings today, taking his fifth loss of the year.

Gus Schlosser will face the Red Sox Saturday night.

Rome Braves 13, Savannah Sand Gnats 3

  • Tony Mueller DH 2-5, 2 RBI, .269 AVG
  • Ross Heffley 2B 1-3, 2 BB, .287 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 3-4, HR (12), 5 RBI, HBP, .301 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .231 AVG
  • Will Skinner CF 3-5, 2 2B, .252 AVG
  • Cory Brownsten C 3-4, 2 RBI, .178 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, .263 AVG
  • Fabian Williamson 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, W (1), 3.76 ERA
  • Wilson Rivera 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.66 ERA
  • Ian Thomas 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 2.84 ERA

William Beckwith hit his 12th homer of the year and drove in 5 runs and in his last 3 games, the 21 year old has gone 6-11 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 2 walks, and 10 RBI after having 41 RBI in his first 73 games. In his last 8 games, Tony Mueller has gone 12-35 with 3 RBI, 7 walks, and 4 steals. Ross Heffley has 5 walks in his last 3 games, and during that span he's gone 5-9 at the plate. Kyle Kubitza was 2-32 in his last 9 games before going 2-4 today. Will Skinner had 3 hits, making him 5-13 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI in his last 3 games. In his last 5 games, Cory Brownsten has gone 7-17. Elmer Reyes was 1-15 in his previous 5 games, but doubled, tripled, and drove in 2 runs today. Fabian Williamson has allowed 6 earned runs in 9.1 innings in his last 2 starts after allowing 5 earned runs in 12 innings over his first 6 appearances. Wilson Rivera had allowed 5 earned runs in 5 innings over his last 3 appearances, but he tossed 3 shutout innings today. The 22 year old righty has put up some big strikeout numbers, averaging 11.4 K/9 in 36.1 innings this year. Ian Thomas has allowed 1 earned run in 11 innings over his last 5 appearances, striking out 13 in that stretch.

Greg Ross will face Savannah on Saturday.

Danville Braves 5, Johnson City Cardinals 6, 11 innings

  • Jose Peraza SS 1-5, HR (1), 2 RBI, E (3), .286 AVG
  • Troy Snitker C 2-5, HR (1), RBI, .324 AVG
  • Kurt Fleming LF 2-4, RBI, .265 AVG
  • Williams Perez 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 4.15 ERA
  • Shae Simmons 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

Jose Peraza drove in a pair of runs with his first homer of the season, making him 5-13 with 3 RBI in his last 3 games. Troy Snitker also hit his first homer of the year, and he's gone 4-9 in his last 2 games. The 23 year old, son of Atlanta third base coach Brian Snitker, has played well in limited action, hitting .324 with a .877 OPS in 37 at bats. Williams Perez struck out 7 in 6 shutout innings in his last start, but tonight he allowed 3 earned runs in 5.1 innings. In 4 appearances as a reliever, the 21 year old Venezuelan has allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 11 in 9 innings, compared to allowing 11 earned runs in 21.1 innings while striking out 23 in 4 starts. Shae Simmons struck out 15 and didn't allow an earned run in 14.1 innings over 7 appearances in the GCL, and the 21 year old righty, selected in the 22nd round this year, struck out 4 and didn't allow an earned run in 2 innings tonight in his first appearance for Danville, but took the loss as an unearned run, caused by a throwing error by Peraza, crossed the plate on him in the 11th.

Lucas Sims will start the series finale tomorrow.

GCL Braves 1, GCL Pirates 5

  • Evan Gattis LF 0-3, .500 AVG
  • Mike Dodig 3B 2-3, 3B, .154 AVG
  • Andry Ubiera 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.50 ERA
  • Brandon Rohde 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.29

The Braves had just 2 hits today, and both came off the bat of Mike Dodig, who has gone 5-15 in his last 4 games after going 9-76 in his first 22 games. Evan Gattis went hitless in his third rehab game, making him 0 for his last 4. In his last 2 starts, Andry Ubiera has allowed 8 earned runs in 8 innings.Brandon Rohde has a 1.29 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts in 14 innings over 10 appearances.

The Braves and Pirates will play again Saturday morning.

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