Freeman Begins Rehab And Bethancourt Shines In A Doubleheader In Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Christian Bethancourt was 6-11 in a doubleheader. - CB Wilkins

A roundup of how all the Braves affiliates fared last night.

Freddie Freeman began his rehab, Omar Poveda tossed a gem, Christian Bethancourt had a big performance in a doubleheader, Cody Martin made his first start of the year, and rain washed out the Hillcats.

Gwinnett Braves 8, Charlotte Knights 0

  • Jose Constanza LF 3-5 RBI(3), .204 AVG
  • Corey Winberly 2B 3-5 2B(2), RBI(2), K, .231 AVG
  • Freddie Freeman DH 0-3 BB, 3K, .000 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 1-2 2 RBI(19), BB, E(4), .346 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF 2-5 2B(7), HR(3), 3 RBI(12), .299 AVG
  • Paul Janish SS 1-4, .200 AVG
  • Omar Poveda 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, W (1), 2.00 ERA
  • Yohan Flande 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 5.23 ERA
  • Andy Russell 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.68 ERA

Great offense and great pitching will often win you ballgames and tonight it did. Nearly everyone on the Braves offense contributed tonight with Terdoslavich, Constanza and Winberly all leading the way with seven hits between them and Joey T with two extra base hits to boot. He now has 10 extra base hits in his last 10 games. On the season he has struck out just 11 times in 67 at bats but he has just one walk to boot. On the mound Omar Poveda, Andrew Russell and Yohan Flande combined to shut down the Knights' offense allowing just five total hits and one walk.

Daniel Rodriguez will take on Knights starter Zach Stewart tomorrow.

Jackson Generals 7, Mississippi Braves 8 - Game 1, 11 Innings

  • Christian Bethancourt C 4-6 2B(3), RBI(4), SB(2), K, E(1), .324 AVG
  • Chrstian Marrero 1B 3-5 2B(6), HR(1), 2 RBI(4), BB, .300 AVG
  • Gus Schlosser 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 9.58 ERA
  • Erik Hamren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (1), 5.68 ERA

Players never want a resumed game to to go into extra innings, but that is what happened today with Mississippi. Luckily for the fans the free baseball was incredibly exciting with four lead changes after the resumption of play including a game tying double from Chrisitian Marrero that plated Christian Bethancourt in the bottom of the ninth and then a game winning walk-off home run from Marrero, again, in the 11th. Bethancourt is putting together a solid season so far at the plate with an OPS around .800 after this contest. He still doesn't walk much(read: at all), but he doesn't strike out either and he is hitting like he did at Rome two years ago.

Mississippi Braves 4, Jackson Generals 3 - Game 2

  • Phil Gosselin 2B 2-5, .222 AVG
  • Christian Bethancourt DH 2-5, RBI, SB (3), .310 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 2-5, RBI, .269 AVG
  • Kyle Russell RF 2-5, RBI, .267 AVG
  • Jaime Pedroza SS 2-4, E (2), .280 AVG
  • Dan Brewer LF 2-3, BB, .194 AVG
  • Cody Martin 4 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 4.63 ERA
  • Mike Lee 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K, W (2), 4.61 ERA

Cody Martin made his first start of the season, striking out 8 batters while walking none and allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, over 4 innings of work. In his first 7.2 innings this season, he had allowed 5 earned runs, walked 6, and struck out 9. Mike Lee picked up the win with a great relief outing, allowing 1 run over 5 innings, striking out 8. It was a nice comeback after allowing 5 earned runs in 2.2 innings his last time out. Christian Bethancourt combined to go 6-11 in the doubleheader with a double, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. He's collected a hit in 8 of his last 10 games. In his last 3 games, Edward Salcedo has gone 4-14 with a homer and 2 RBI. Phil Gosselin is 5-15 with a double and a RBI in his last 4 games. Kyle Russell is 4-11 with 3 RBI in his last 3 games, and has a hit in 8 of his last 10 games, though he's also struck out in 33% of his at bats this year. Jaime Pedroza is 4-10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 walks in his last 4 games.

The M-Braves begin a series in Mobile on Saturday, with Aaron Northcraft scheduled to start against Derek Eitel for the Bay Bears.

Lycnhburg Hillcats - Postponed

Tonight's rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 7th. The Hillcats will play the Salem Red Sox Saturday evening, with Ryan Weber scheduled to go for the Cats against Mike Aguilera for the Sox.

Asheville Tourists 7, Rome Braves 5

  • Josh Elander LF 1-4, BB, .333 AVG
  • Carlos Franco 3B 1-5 2B(3), E (7), .170 AVG
  • Aris Alcantara 1B 0-2, RBI, 3 BB, .122 AVG
  • Tony Mueller CF 2-2, 2 RBI, BB, .200 AVG
  • Frank Lafreniere 5.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 4.32 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 1.64 ERA

Not a whole lot went right for the Braves in this one. They scored five runs on some timely hitting and station to station baseball, but starter Frank Lafreniere put the Braves behind the eight ball early by giving up two runs in the first inning. The Braves fought back and took the lead back in the second and third innings, but bullpens arms eventually surrendered the winnings runs.

Rafael Briceno will start for the R-Braves against TJ Oakes for the Tourists on Saturday.

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