Marte Homers Twice, Bethancourt Hits Walkoff Single, And Drury Stays Hot In Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Felix Marte hit a pair of homers for Danville, including a 9th inning grand slam.

Felix Marte hit a pair of homers as part of an offensive explosion for Danville, Christian Bethancourt had a walkoff single for Mississippi, Brandon Drury continued his hot hitting, and Peter Moylan had a rough rehab appearance.

Gwinnett Braves 1, Durham Bulls 4

  • Felix Pie RF 2-4, 2B, .288 AVG
  • Ruben Gotay 3B 1-3, HR (2), RBI, .188 AVG
  • Todd Redmond 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 3.40 ERA
  • Cole McCurry 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.08 ERA

The only G-Braves run came from a solo homer by Ruben Gotay, who's gone 3-8 with a double, a homer, and 3 walks in his last 3 games. Felix Pie had a pair of hits, making him 5-13 with 2 doubles, a triple, a RBI, and 2 walks in his last 4 games. Todd Redmond struck out 8, but he also allowed 4 earned runs in 6 innings. In his last 2 starts, he's allowed 7 earned runs in 11.2 innings. Cole McCurry pitched 3 scoreless innings in his debut for Gwinnett, and he's pitched for 4 different teams this year, also seeing time with Lynchburg, the AAA Norfolk Tides, and the AA Bowie Baysox.

Yohan Flande will face the Bulls on Saturday.

Mississippi Braves 3, Jackson Generals 2, 12 innings

  • Jason Christian PR-3B 1-2, RBI, .227 AVG
  • Christian Bethancourt C 2-4, RBI, BB, .254 AVG
  • Alden Carrithers LF 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .225 AVG
  • Sean Gilmartin 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 3.42 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 3.79 ERA

Mississippi won in the bottom of the 12th inning on back to back RBI singles by Jason Christian and Christian Bethancourt. Bethancourt reached base 3 times today after going 1-10 in his last 3 games. In his last 2 games, Jason Christian has gone 2-5 after going 0-10 in his previous 4 games. Sean Gilmartin had an outstanding start, striking out 7 and allowing just 1 earned run over 9 innings, a nice comeback after allowing 9 earned runs in 11 innings over his last 2 starts.

The M-Braves head to Birmingham tomorrow for a doubleheader to begin a series with the Barons.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 6, 10 innings

  • Tommy La Stella 2B 2-3, SB (12), .265 AVG
  • Adam Milligan DH 2-5, .244 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .269 AVG
  • Braden Schlehuber C 2-5, 2B, RBI, .286 AVG
  • Gus Schlosser 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.64 ERA
  • Caleb Brewer 0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.82 ERA

Tommy La Stella snapped a 1-12 skid over his last 4 games with a 2 hit night, stealing his 12th base of the season. Adam Milligan also had a 2 hit day, and over his last 7 games he's gone 9-29 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 3 RBI. Edward Salcedo had his second straight multi-hit game, going 5-7 with 2 doubles and 2 walks in those 2 games. Braeden Schlehuber also had a 2 hit day, and over his last 3 games he's gone 5-15 with a double, a triple, and 3 RBI. Gus Schlosser made a quality start, and in his last 2 starts he's allowed 2 earned runs over 12 innings, striking out 10.

The Hillcats will head to Winston-Salem on Saturday to begin a series against the Dash, with JR Graham scheduled to start.

Rome Braves 0, Greenville Drive 4, Game 1

  • Alex Wood 3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2.25 ERA
  • Navery Moore 3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.16 ERA

The R-Braves were shutout as they collected just 3 hits in this one. Alex Wood picked up the first loss of his career as he allowed the first runs of his career. In 8 innings over 3 starts he's allowed 2 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, and has struck out 9. Navery Moore has struggled since being paired with Wood as a tandem starter, allowing 6 earned runs, 8 hits, and 6 walks in 9 innings while striking out 4 in 3 appearances.

Rome Braves 6, Greenville Drive 3, Game 2

  • Elmer Reyes SS 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, .267 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 1-4, 3 SB (9, 10, 11), .256 AVG
  • William Beckwith DH 1-3, HR (9), 2 RBI, BB, SB (7), .294 AVG
  • Brandon Drury 1B 2-3, 2B, HR (3), 2 RBI, .214 AVG
  • Greg Ross 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K, W (2), 5.51 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.13 ERA
  • David Peterson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (2), 1.42 ERA

Brandon Drury had a double and a homer, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .395 with a .978 OPS, 3 doubles, a homer, 8 RBI, and 9 runs scored. William Beckwith hit his ninth homer and stole his seventh base, and over his last 10 games he's hitting .300 with a .817 OPS, 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 8 RBI. Elmer Reyes hit a pair of doubles in the second game, and over his last 10 games, he's hitting .357 with a 1.013 OPS, 3 doubles, 3 triples, 6 RBI, and 7 runs scored. Kyle Kubitza only had 1 hit in the second game, but he managed to steal 3 bases, stealing both second and third after reaching on a fifth inning fielder's choice. Greg Ross allowed 3 earned runs over 5 innings, but he did strike out 7 and pick up his second win of the year. Ronan Pacheco tossed a scoreless inning, and since being sent down to Rome he's allowed just 1 earned run in 8 innings over 4 appearances, striking out 8. David Peterson picked up is second save with a scoreless inning, and he's allowed 1 earned run in 6.1 innings over 5 appearances since being selected in the 8th round this season.

Jarrett Miller will start against the Drive Saturday night.

Danville Braves 13, Bluefield Blue Jays 3

  • Eric Garcia SS 1-2, 3 BB, .214 AVG
  • Ronald Luna PH-2B 2-3, 2 RBI, E (4), .265 AVG
  • Carlos Franco 3B 2-5, HR (1), 3 RBI, .294 AVG
  • Edison Sanchez LF 2-4, 3B, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB, OF Assist, .269 AVG
  • Felix Marte RF 2-5, 2 HR (3, 4), 5 RBI, .397 AVG
  • Frank Lafreniere 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 3 K, W (2), 2.70 ERA
  • Carlos Perez 2.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.79 ERA
  • Clint Wright 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Felix Marte clubbed out a fourth inning solo homer and then added on a grand slam in the ninth, giving him 5 RBI on the day. The 21 year old Dominican is absolutely crushing the ball with the D-Braves, hitting .397 with a 1.107 OPS, 3 doubles, a triple, 4 homers, 15 RBI, and 3 stolen bases in 58 at bats over 13 games. Carlos Franco hit his first homer of the year and drove in 3 runs, and over his last 5 games he's gone 7-19 with a double, a triple, a homer, and 4 RBI. Edison Sanchez also homered, and he's gone 5-12 with a triple, 3 homers, and 5 RBI in his last 4 games. Ronald Luna extended his hitting streak to 5 games, and during that span he's gone 6-19 with 3 RBI during that stretch. Eric Garcia reached base 4 times today, and in his last 2 games he's gone 3-7 with a double and 3 walks. Frank Lafreniere only allowed 3 earned runs in 14.2 innings over his first 3 starts, but he allowed 3 earned in 5.1 innings today and still managed to pick up his second win of the year. Carlos Perez stuck out 5 in 2.2 scoreless innings, and in his last 4 appearances he's struck out 13 and allowed 1 earned run in 9 innings.

The D-Braves head to Princeton tomorrow to begin a series against the Rays, with Rafael Briceno scheduled to start.

GCL Braves 2, GCL Blue Jays 1, completion of 6/26

  • Jose Peraza S 1-4, RBI, .400 AVG
  • Tyler Tewell D 2-3, HR (1), RBI, .667 AVG
  • Lucas Sims 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Chad Rodgers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 15.43 ERA
  • Roberto Estrella 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 2.25 ERA

The stats from this game actually count back to the 26th, which is why Jose Peraza's batting average is .400 instead of his current .309. This game was Lucas Sims' professional debut, even though the stats didn't count until today, and he tossed 2 perfect innings, striking out 3. Roberto Estrella pitched when play resumed today, and it was his best outing of the season, as he allowed just 1 unearned run and struck out 3 over 5 innings, picking up his first win of the year. This game technically became Tyler Tewell's GCL debut, after he played in 1 game with Danville, and will be counted as the first hits and first homer of his career.

GCL Braves 7, GCL Blue Jays 11

  • Jose Peraza SS 1-4, E (5), .302 AVG
  • Cody Livesay CF 1-3, BB, SB (2), .370 AVG
  • Jackson Laumann DH 2-4, 3 RBI, .304 AVG
  • Tyler Tewell C 1-3, 2 RBI, .273 AVG
  • Robinson Arno 1B 1-4, HR (2), E (2), .278 AVG
  • Peter Moylan 1 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 12.00 ERA
  • Richie Tate 4 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

After tossing 2 scoreless innings in his first 2 rehab appearances, Peter Moylan ran into a rough patch today, allowing 4 earned runs in an inning of work. These kinds of hiccups are bound to happen when a player is rehabbing, so unless Moylan says something felt wrong with his arm, the stats themselves are nothing to worry about. Richie Tate allowed his first runs this season, but they were unearned, giving the 20 year old righty 15.1 innings without allowing an earned run. Jose Peraza has recorded a hit in 9 of his last 10 games, but he's hitting just .238 with a .589 OPS during that stretch. Cody Livesay reached twice and stole his second base of the year. During his 5 game hitting streak, he's gone 6-16 with a RBI, 2 walks, and 2 steals. In his last 7 games, Jackson Laumann has gone 9-21 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 5 RBI. Tyler Tewell drove in a pair of runs, giving him 8 RBI in 8 games. Robinson Arno homered for the second straight day, making him 2-6 with 3 RBI and a walk in his last 2 games.

The Braves and Blue Jays will play another doubleheader on Saturday.

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