Danville Loses Playoff Series And Rome Clinches Division With Doubleheader Sweep In Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Levi Hyams had 4 hits in Danville's playoff loss.

Danville lost the deciding game 3 of its playoff series, ending their season. Lynchburg lost tonight, eliminating them from winning the second half division title. Still, the team won the first half title, and will face the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the playoffs beginning September 5th. Rome won both ends of a doubleheader tonight to clinch the second half division title. They will play the Asheville Tourists in the first round beginning September 5th.

Gwinnett Braves 0, Norfolk Tides 4

Yohan Flande had was doing a great job of keeping the Norfolk hitters from crossing the plate, but had to leave with 1 out in the 7th after reaching the 100 pitch mark. The 26 year old Dominican lefty finishes his season with a 6-11 record, a 4.21 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, and 1.9 K/BB in 147.2 innings over 29 appearances, 27 starts.

Lefty Daniel Rodriguez is scheduled to start against Norfolk on Saturday.

Mississippi Braves4, Mobile Bay Bears 3

  • Todd Cunningham CF 2-4, RBI, .314 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 1B 1-4, .311 AVG
  • Evan Gattis LF 1-4, 2B, .253 AVG
  • Jaime Pedroza SS 1-2, HR (4), RBI, .190 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 3 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.67 ERA
  • Brent Leach 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (2), 2.87 ERA
  • Mark Lamm 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.99 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (6), 3.75 ERA

After 3 days off because of Hurricane Isaac, the M-Braves were able to defeat the Bay Bears tonight. In his last 10 games, Todd Cunningham is hitting .319 with a .700 OPS, 2 RBI, 8 runs scored, and 6 steals. During his 4 game hitting streak, Joey Terdoslavich has gone 5-13 with a double and 2 RBI. Evan Gattis has struggled in August, hitting .211 with a .676 OPS, 7 doubles, 2 triples, a homer, and 12 RBI in 95 at bats. Because of all the off days, Zeke Spruill hadn't pitched since last Thursday, which is why he only went 3 innings tonight. The 22 year old righty finishes his season with a 9-11 record, a 3.67 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, 5.9 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, and 2.3 K/BB in 161.2 innings over 27 starts. He is currently the Southern League leader in innings pitched. Brent Leach has thrown 4.1 scoreless innings in his last 3 appearances. In his last 4 appearances, Mark Lamm has struck out 10 while allowing 1 earned run in 7.2 innings.

The M-Braves and Bay Bears will play a doubleheader on Saturday, with Jose Lugo and David Hale scheduled to start.

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Winston-Salem Dash 10

  • Nick Ahmed SS 1-2, HBP, SAC, SB (39), E (24), .263 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 1-3, RBI, BB, .300 AVG
  • Adam Milligan DH 1-3, HBP, .258 AVG
  • Chad Comer C 1-3, E (3), .175 AVG
  • Ryan Weber 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.38 ERA

Tommy La Stella reached base twice tonight, and the 23 year old has gone 13-19 with 3 doubles, a triple, 4 RBI, and 2 walks in 6 games since coming off the DL. During his 6 game hitting streak, Nick Ahmed has gone 7-21 with a RBI, a walk, and 2 steals. His 39 steals lead the Carolina League. In his last 10 games, Adam Milligan is hitting .333 with a .980 OPS, 4 doubles, 2 homers, and 5 RBI. Chad Comer is 3-7 in his last 2 games. Ryan Weber finished his season strong, striking out 9 while only allowing 1 earned run in 10 innings in his last 2 starts. The 22 year old righty had a 7-9 record, a 4.91 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, 7.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, and 4 K/BB in 117.1 innings over 35 appearances, 16 starts, between Rome and Lynchburg.

The Hillcats head to Myrtle Beach for their final 3 game series of the season, with Michael Lee scheduled to start the opener.

Rome Braves 4, Lexington Legends 2, Game1

  • Tony Mueller CF 2-3, BB, .272 AVG
  • Ross Heffley 2B 1-3, .284 AVG
  • William Beckwith DH 2-4, HR (15), 3 RBI, .294 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 0-1, 2 BB, SB (7), .281 AVG
  • Will Skinner RF 1-3, 2B, .247 AVG
  • Cory Brownsten C 1-2, BB, .209 AVG
  • Alex Wood 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2.22 ERA
  • David Peterson 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K, W (4), 2.00 ERA

Alex Wood made his final start of the season, and the 21 year old lefty, selected in the 2nd round out of UGA this year, finishes with a 4-3 record, a 2.22 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, and 3.7 K/BB in 52.2 innings over 13 starts. David Peterson picked up his 4th win of the year, striking out 4 over 3 shutout innings. The 22 year old righty, selected in the 8th round this year, has a 2.00 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 27 innings over 19 appearances. In his last 5 games, Cory Brownsten has gone 5-15 with a double and a triple.

Rome Braves 3, Lexington Legends 2, Game 2

  • Ross Heffley 2B 1-3, .285 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB (17), .297 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 0-1, 2 BB, .280 AVG
  • Will Skinner DH 1-3, RBI, .248 AVG
  • Chase Anselment RF 1-2, BB, .222 AVG
  • Ryan Query C 2-3, .214 AVG
  • Navery Moore 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K, W (8), 3.86 ERA
  • Ian Thomas 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (6), 3.15 ERA

Navery Moore picked up his 8th win of the year by allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, over 5 innings of work. The 22 year old righty didn't pitch in 2011 after being selected in the 14th round, so he finishes his first professional season with a 8-3 record, a 3.86 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, and 1.9 K/BB in 102.2 innings over 26 appearances, 13 starts. Ross Heffley was 2-6 in the doubleheader, and he's hit .316 with a .737 OPS in his last 10 games. William Beckwith was 4-7 with a double, a triple, and 4 RBI in the doubleheader. He hit his 15th homer and stole his 17th base. Robby Hefflinger was 0-2 in the doubleheader, but he walked 4 times, and he's collected 8 walks in his last 5 games. Will Skinner was 2-6 with a double and a RBI in the doubleheader, and he's gone 4-13 during his 4 game hitting streak. In his last 4 games, Chase Anselment has gone 5-10 with 4 walks.

Greg Ross will start against Lexington tomorrow.

Danville Braves 2, Elizabethton Twins 4

  • Jose Peraza SS 1-3, BB, SB
  • Levi Hyams 2B 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI, E
  • Logan Robbins CF 3-4, 2B
  • Williams Perez 3.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K
  • Shae Simmons 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Danville lost game 3 of their playoff series, eliminating them and allowing the Elizabethton Twins to move on to the Appy League Championship series. Williams Perez struggled with his control, walking 4 and allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, in just 3.1 innings of work. Levi Hyams did all he could tonight, rapping out 4 hits and driving in both D-Braves runs. The 22 year old Athens native went 5-9 in the series. Logan Robbins contributed with a 3 hit night, and the 22 year old went 5-11 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI in the series. Danville didn't get much production from its sluggers, as third baseman Carlos Franco went 1-14 in the series and catcher Josh Elander went 1-10 with 2 walks.

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