Heyward Begins Rehab, Wood Dominates, And Russell Extends Hitting Streak In Thursday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Jason Heyward went hitless in his first rehab game with Gwinnett. - Scott Cunningham

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

Jason Heyward went hitless in his first rehab apparance, Alex Wood continued his season-long dominance, and Kyle Russell extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Gwinnett Braves 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 14

Jason Heyward began his rehab today, working on recovering from an emergency appendectomy surgery he had on April 22nd, and went 0-5 with a walk, striking out 3 times. Paul Janish continued his rehab and had a 3 hit day that included a pair of doubles. He's gone 4-12 with a walk in is last 3 games. Alden Carrithers reached base all 5 times he came to the plate, with a double, 2 singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. He's gone 8-16 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 4 RBI during his current 5 game hitting streak. Tyler Pastornicky reached base 3 times today, and he's gone 2-16 with 3 walks since being sent down from Atlanta earlier in the week. Joey Terdoslavich drove in a pair of runs, and he's gone 7-20 with a double, a homer, and 4 RBI during his 5 game hitting streak. He also committed a pair of errors playing first base, showing he still has trouble handling the ball in the infield. Matt Kennelly hit a 2 run homer, a RBI double, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. In his last 3 games, he's gone 5-8. Roman Colon had allowed 3 earned runs in 8 innings over his first 4 appearances with Gwinnett, but he allowed 5 earned in just 3 innings of work today. Andy Russell had allowed 3 earned runs and 5 walks in 4.2 innings over his last 4 appearances, but he struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings today.

The G-Braves begin a 4 game series in Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Friday, with Tim Corcoran scheduled to start the opener for Gwinnett against Chris Bootcheck for the Rail Riders.

Mississippi Braves 5, Montgomery Biscuits 0

  • Phil Gosselin 2B 1-4, BB, .281 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella DH 1-5, .400 AVG
  • Christian Marrero 1B 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, .277 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 2-4, 2B, RBI, E (8), .275 AVG
  • Kyle Russell 1-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, BB, .312 AVG
  • Dan Brewer RF 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SB (7), .259 AVG
  • Alex Wood 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K, W (2), 0.47 ERA
  • Mark Lamm 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.71 ERA

Alex Wood continues his utter dominance this season, striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to pick up his second win of the year. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 29 innings over his last 5 starts, and he's only allowed 2 earned runs all year, both of which came in his second start of the year. In 38 innings over 7 total starts, he has a 0.47 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, 5.9 H/9, 2.1 BB/9, and 10.2 K/9. In his last 10 appearances, Mark Lamm has only allowed 1 earned run on 9 hits and 4 walks, striking out 16 over 16 innings. Kyle Russell homered for the second straight night to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He's gone 16-43 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 9 RBI, and 4 walks during the streak. Phil Gosselin extended his own hitting streak to 4 games, and he's gone 8-18 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a walk in that span. Edward Salcedo doubled as part of a 2 hit night that extended his hitting streak to 6 games. He's gone 9-22 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 4 walks, and 2 steals in that stretch. During his 6 game hitting streak, Christian Marrero has gone 8-23 with 4 doubles, a triple, a RBI, 5 walks, and 2 steals. In 10 games between Lynchburg and Mississippi, Tommy La Stella has gone 17-35 with 4 doubles, a triple, a homer, 9 RBI, and 8 walks. Dan Brewer has gone 4-9 with 2 doubles, a RBI, a walk, and a stolen base in his last 3 games.

Gus Schlosser will take on Biscuits starter Enny Romero tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 12

  • Matt Lipka CF 1-5, HR (3), 2 RBI, .237 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, E (2), .298 AVG
  • David Rohm RF 1-4, BB, E (3), .336 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 1-2, .266 AVG
  • Emerson Landoni SS 2-2, 1.000 AVG
  • James Hoyt 3.1 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 3.77 ERA
  • Ryan Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 4.24 ERA

James Hoyt had only allowed 5 earned runs in 25.1 innings over his first 8 appearances, but he allowed 7 earned in just 3.1 innings today. Ryan Weber returned after almost 3 weeks on the disabled list, tossing a scoreless inning in relief. Matt Lipka only had 4 home runs in 937 career at bats coming into this season, but he's already clubbed out 3 homers in 118 at bats this year. He only had 8 extra base hits in 199 at bats with the Hillcats last season, but already has 15 extra base hits this year. He's gone 7-22 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 4 RBI, and 3 steals during his current 5 game hitting streak. During his 4 game hitting streak, David Rohm has gone 6-16 with a double, a triple, a RBI, and 2 walks. After hitting .326 with a 1.038 OPS in 92 at bats in April, Robby Hefflinger has struggled so far in May, hitting .219 with a .536 OPS in 32 at bats. After going 8-23 with a double, a homer, and 7 RBI in 10 games with Mississippi, Emerson Landoni went 2-2 in his first game with Lynchburg.

The Hillcats begin a 4 game series in Zebulon, NC against the Carolina Mudcats tomorrow, with AJ Holland set to start the opener for the Hillcats against Jacob Lee.

Rome Braves 1, Savannah Sand Gnats 3

  • Casey Kalenkosky 1B 2-4, HR (4), RBI, .245 AVG
  • Chase Anselment C 1-3, .167 AVG
  • Trent Moses DH 1-3, .333 AVG
  • Felix Marte CF 1-3, E (3), .238 AVG
  • Rafael Briceno 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 6.03 ERA
  • Bryam Garcia 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.38 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 1.53 ERA

Casey Kalenkosky accounted for all the R-Braves offense, hitting his fourth homer of the year. He's been an extra base machine, with 9 of his 12 hits going for extra bases, helping him to a .592 slugging percentage. Trent Moses joined the team today from Extended Spring Training and went 1-3 in his Rome debut. Rafael Briceno had another tough start, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, in 5 innings of work, and 2 of the runs were allowed by reliever Alex Wilson after Briceno was out of the game. Despite an overall ERA of 6.03 and an overall WHIP of 1.78 in 31.1 innings this season, Briceno has a 3.27 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 22 innings over his last 4 starts. Bryam Garcia has struck out 9 while allowing 2 earned runs in 8 innings over his last 6 appearances. Zach Jadofsky had a wild 9th inning, keeping the Sand Gnats off the scoreboard despite allowing 3 hits and a walk thanks to left fielder Josh Elander throwing a runner out at home. He's struck out 8 while allowing only 1 earned run in 8.1 innings over his last 6 starts.

Mauricio Cabrera will start tomorrow for the R-Braves against Rainy Lara for the Sand Gnats.

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