Hefflinger Homers Twice, Terdoslavich Stays Hot, And Constanza And Elander Extend Streaks In Wednesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Robby Hefflinger hit two homers tonight, and leads the Carolina League with 7 homers. - CB Wilkins

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

Robby Hefflinger hit a pair of homers, Joey Terdoslavich stayed hot, Jose Constanza and Josh Elander extended hitting streaks, and Omar Poveda and Jarrett Miller had great starts.

Gwinnett Braves 7, Louisville Bats 3

  • Jose Constanza LF 1-5, 3B, .247 AVG
  • Corey Wimberly 2B 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, .256 AVG
  • Todd Cunningham CF 2-5, HR (1), 2 RBI, SB (6), .227 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF 2-4, .329 AVG
  • Omar Poveda 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.75 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (3), 0.82 ERA

Joey Terdoslavich has gone on a tear in his last 10 games, hitting .425 with a 1.229 OPS, 9 doubles, 2 homers, and 6 RBI in 40 at bats. Todd Cunningham hit his first homer of the year, and he's 3-8 in his last 2 games. Jose Constanza extended his hitting streak to 7 games, and he's gone 13-28 with a double, a triple, and 2 RBI in that stretch. In his last 2 games, Corey Wimberly has gone 4-9 with 3 doubles. Omar Poveda had a great start, allowing 1 earned run in 7.2 innings of work. In 14.2 innings over his last 2 starts, he's struck out 8, walked 3, and allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run. Cory Rasmus recorded his third save, recording one out, stranding a pair of inherited runners. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 8 appearances.

Daniel Rodriguez will start tomorrow for the G-Braves against Chad Reineke for the Bats.

Mississippi Braves 3, Mobile Bay Bears 4

Cody Martin had a so-so start, allowing 2 earned runs in 4 innings of work. In 8 innings as a starter, he's struck out 11, walked 2, and given up 9 hits and 3 earned runs. In his last 5 appearances, Mark Lamm has struck out 9 over 8 shutout innings. After going 2-28 in his first 11 games, Barrett Kleinknecht was 3-4 today, hitting his second double, his first home, and driving in his first 3 runs of the year. In 2 games this year, Shawn McGill has gone 3-7 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, and a walk.

The M-Braves begin a 5 game series in Huntsville on Thursday, with Mike Lee scheduled to go against Jimmy Nelson for the Stars.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 1

  • Matt Weaver 1B 2-4, SB (2), .250 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 2-3, 2 HR (6, 7), 3 RBI, .296 AVG
  • Jarrett Miller 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K, W (1), W (1), 1.20 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K, SV (1), 4.50 ERA

Robby Hefflinger clubbed out a pair of homers, driving in 3 runs. The 23 year old is leading the Carolina League with 7 homers and a .648 slugging percentage, and is tied with teammate William Beckwith for the league lead with 15 RBI. Matt Weaver has gone 3-7 with a steal in his last 2 games. Jarrett Miller made his first start of the season and picked up his first win, striking out 7 while walking 1 and allowing 2 hits over 5 shutout innings. He's struck out 19 over 13 shutout innings in his last 5 appearances. Matt Chaffee picked up his first save of the year, stranding a pair of inherited runners and striking out 4 over 2.1 scoreless innings.

Mark Pope will start the series finale tomorrow against Dash starter Terance Marin.

Rome Braves 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 11

  • Jose Peraza SS 2-4, BB, .242 AVG
  • Felix Marte PH 1-1, HR (2), RBI, .234 AVG
  • Josh Elander LF 3-4, 2B, BB, .432 AVG
  • Casey Kalenkosky C 2-3, 2B, HR (1), 2 RBI, .267
  • Patrick Scoggin 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 4.32 ERA

Josh Elander had a 3 hit day that included a double, adding a walk for good measure. It extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and he's gone 8-24 with 3 doubles, a triple, 3 RBI, and 3 walks in that span. Jose Peraza has gone 4-9 in his last 2 games after going 0-8 in the previous 2. Casey Kalenkosky doubled, hit his first homer of the year, and played his first professional game at catcher after appearing exclusively at first base last season with Danville and so far this year with Rome. Last season, working in relief, Patrick Scoggin struck out 16 and walked only 2 in 14.1 innings, but this year he's allowed 9 walks while striking out 13 in 16.2 innings as a starter.

Frank Lafreiniere will start on Thursday for the R-Braves against Myles Jaye for the Intimidators.

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