Hefflinger And Beckwith Homer Again, While Reyes, Kubitza, And Elander Extend Hitting Streaks In Tuesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Robby Hefflinger had 4 homers in his last 3 games. - CB Wilkins

Robby Hefflinger homered for the third straight game, William Beckwith homered for the second straight game, Elmer Reyes, Kyle Kubitza, and Josh Elander extended hitting streaks, and Daniel Rodriguez and Rafael Briceno struggled on the mound.

Gwinnett Braves 8, Durham Bulls 12

  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-5, 2B, HR (3), 3 RBI, .318 AVG
  • Matt Pagnozzi C 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .364 AVG
  • Sean Kazmar SS 1-4, HR (1), 3 RBI, .167 AVG
  • Daniel Rodriguez 0.1 IP, 9 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 48.60 ERA
  • Wifrin Obispo 1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 10.80 ERA
  • Ryan Buchter 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Dusty Hughes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 6.00 ERA

Daniel Rodriguez's ERA won't recover from this one. The 28 year old Mexican lefty allowed 9 earned runs while recording just 1 out, giving up 7 hits and 2 walks. Wifrin Obispo, Ryan Buchter, and Dusty Hughes closed out the game, combining to strike out 7 over 4 scoreless innings. Ernesto Mejia clubbed out a double and his third homer of the year, and 5 of his 7 hits on the season have gone for extra bases. Matt Pagnozzi reached base 3 times, and he's gone 3-6 with 2 walks in his last 2 games.

Sean Gilmartin will start the series finale Wednesday evening against Chris Archer for the Bulls.

Mississippi Braves - Off

The M-Braves begin a 5 game series against Birmingham tomorrow, with Aaron Northcraft scheduled to start for Mississippi against Nestor Molina for the Barons.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Myrtle Beach 2

  • Elmer Reyes SS 2-5, .500 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, .267 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 1-5, HR (4), 2 RBI, .313 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 2-5, 2 2B, .438 AVG
  • Matt Weaver 2B 1-3, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB, .375 AVG
  • Ryan Weber 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, W (1), 3.60 ERA
  • Jarrett Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 4.50 ERA
  • Wilson Rivera 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Robby Hefflinger homered for the third straight day, giving him 4 homers in 16 at bats this season, which is as many as the 23 year old hit in 123 at bats with Lynchburg last season. William Beckwith homered for the second straight day, making him 3-6 with 4 RBI and a walk in his last 2 games. Matt Weaver also added a 3 run homer, his first of the year. Elmer Reyes had his third straight multi-hit game, and he's gone 8-15 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI in that span. Kyle Kubitza also had his third straight multi-hit game, making him 6-12 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 walks in that stretch. Ryan Weber picked up the win in his first start of the year, striking out 4 while allowing 2 earned runs in 5 innings. Jarrett Miller, Wilson Rivera, and Ronan Pacheco combined to strike out 5 over 4 scoreless relief innings.

Rigthy David Peterson will start the series finale Wednesday morning at 11am against Pelicans righty Nick Martinez.

Rome Braves 2, Greensboro Grasshoppers 9

  • Josh Elander LF 2-5, 2B, OF Assist, .333 AVG
  • Edison Sanchez 1B 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .143 AVG
  • Carlos Franco 3B 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .174 AVG
  • Nick DeSantiago DH 1-3, BB, .111 AVG
  • Rafael Briceno 2 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 0 K, 9.00 ERA
  • Lucas Sims 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 9.82 ERA

Josh Elander extended his hitting streak to 5 games, and he's gone 9-22 with a double, a homer, 3 RBI, and 2 steals in that span. Carlos Franco snapped a 0-11 skid in his last 3 games with a double and a walk today. Rafael Briceno had a rough start, allowing 5 earned runs in just 2 innings of work, giving up 5 hits and 5 walks. After allowing 4 earned runs in 1.2 innings in his first appearance, Lucas Sims gave up 1 unearned run in 2 innings of work today. Both of his appearances have come out of the bullpen, as the Braves are easing the 18 year old into his first full season.

Mauricio Cabrera will start for the R-Braves against face Scott Lyman for the Grasshoppers in the series finale tomorrow afternoon.

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