Heyward Rehabs, Russell Extends Hitting Streak, And Gosselin's Sac Fly Leads To A Missisippi Win In Saturday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Phil Gosselin helped Mississippi win with an 11th inning sacrifice fly. - CB Wilkins

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

Jason Heyward resumed his rehab, a Phil Gosselin 11th inning sacrifice fly helped Mississippi earn a win, Kyle Russell extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and a slew of Lynchburg hitters extended their own hitting streaks.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders 4

After missing yesterday's game with soreness, Jason Heyward went 0-3 today, making him 0-8 with a walk in 2 rehab games. Ernesto Mejia doubled and hit his league leading ninth homer of the year, making him 4-7 in his last 2 games. Tyler Pastornicky is 4-13 with 2 walks in his last 3 games. After going 2-17 with a walk and 6 strikeouts in his last 5 games, Joe Leonard was 1-3 with a walk today. Omar Poveda made his fifth straight quality start, and he has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.01 ERA in 34.2 innings in that stretch.

G-Braves lefty Daniel Rodriguez will start against Rail Riders righty Brett Marshall Sunday afternoon.

Mississippi Braves 5, Montgomery Biscuits 4, 11 innings

  • Phil Gosselin LF 1-5, 3 RBI, SF, .277 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 2-4, HR (1), RBI, BB, .375 AVG
  • Kyle Russell DH 1-5, 2B, RBI, .305 AVG
  • Jose Martinez RF 4-4, BB, .319 AVG
  • Jaime Pedroza SS 3-4, BB, SB (3), .250 AVG
  • Aaron Northcraft 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.11 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve 3.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 4.50 ERA
  • Ryan Woolley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 12.27 ERA
  • Mark Lamm 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (3), 1.57 ERA

Phil Gosselin drove in 3 runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th on a sacrifice fly. He's gone 9-23 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, and a walk in his last 5 games. Kyle Russell extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and he's gone 17-48 with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 10 RBI, and 4 walks in that stretch, good for a .354 batting average and a .967 OPS. Jose Martinez reached base all 5 times he came to the plate, and he's gone 9-22 with 4 RBI, and a walk in his last 5 games. Tommy La Stella hit his first AA homer, and he's collected a hit in all 5 games he's played with Mississippi, going 9-24 with 3 doubles, a triple, a homer, 6 RBI, and a walk. Jaime Pedroza broke an 0-7 slump in his last 2 games with a 3 hit day that included a walk and his third stolen base of the year. Aaron Northcraft has been inconsistent this year, with a 0.50 ERA and a 0.50 WHIP in 18 innings combined between his first, third, and fifth starts, and a 9.75 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP in 12 innings combined between his second, fourth, and sixth starts. In his last 3 appearances, Chasen Shreve has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings. Mark Lamm picked up his third win of the year, essentially saving the game for himself by tossing 2 scoreless frames to end the game. In his last 10 appearances, he's struck out 14 while allowing 10 hits and 2 walks, giving up only 1 earned run.

Cody Martin will start on Sunday for the M-Braves against Jimmy Nelson.

Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Carolina Mudcats 8

  • Matt Lipka CF 2-5, .236 AVG
  • Emerson Landoni 3B 2-5, 2B, .400 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 2-5, SB (6), .261 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger DH 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB, .301 AVG
  • David Rohm LF 1-5, .328 AVG
  • Will Skinner RF 2-4, 2B, HR (5), 3 RBI, BB, .192 AVG
  • Ross Heffley 2B 3-4, 2B, RBI, SAC, .205 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, SAC, .294 AVG
  • Jarrett Miller 1 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4.00 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco 4 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 2.20 ERA
  • Ryan Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.00 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee 1.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, W (2), 4.96 ERA
  • John Cornely 0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (1), 5.63 ERA

Jarrett Miller had a rough day, allowing 4 earned runs in just 1 inning of work. After allowing 4 earned runs in 20 innings over his first 7 appearances, he's allowed 8 earned runs in 7 innings his last 2 times out. Ronan Pacheco did an admirable job in relief, striking out 5 while allowing 1 earned run in a season high 4 innings. Ryan Weber made his second straight scoreless relief appearance. Matt Chaffee hasn't allowed and earned run in 4.1 innings over his last 3 appearances, striking out 6 in that span. Will Skinner homered for the second straight day, adding a double and driving in 3 runs. During his 5 game hitting streak, he's gone 7-19 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 6 RBI, and a walk. William Beckwith extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and he's gone 8-25 with a double, 2 homers, and 4 RBI in that stretch. David Rohm has gone 8-25 with a double, a triple, a RBI, and 3 walks during his 6 game hitting streak. In his last 10 games, Matt Lipka is hitting .308 with a .879 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 homers, 5 RBI, and 5 steals. Robby Hefflinger has gone 6-17 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and 2 walks in his last 4 games. Ross Heffley has gone 5-13 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in his last 3 games. Elmer Reyes has gone 6-10 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 3 RBI in his last 3 games.

Greg Ross will start for the Hillcats tomorrow against Shawn Morimando.

Rome Braves 2, Savannah Sand Gnats 3

  • Josh Elander LF 3-4, 2B, RBI, .320 AVG
  • Casey Kalenkosky 1B 1-2, RBI, BB, .255 AVG
  • Chase Anselment C 2-4, .214 AVG
  • Williams Perez 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.89 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.37 ERA

After going 2-11 in his last 4 games, Josh Elander had a 3 hit day today. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .333 with a .475 OBP, a 1.175 OPS, 2 doubles, 3 homers, and 8 RBI. Casey Kalenkosky has gone 3-6 with a homer, 2 RBI, and a walk in his last 2 games. Chase Anselment was just 3-24 this season in 9 games with Lynchburg and Rome, but he had 2 hits today. Williams Perez has allowed 8 earned runs in 13 innings over his last 2 starts. Zach Jadofsky pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, and he's only allowed 1 earned run in 10.1 innings over his last 7 appearances, striking out 9 in that span.

Patrick Scoggin will face Sand Gnats starter Matthew Koch Sunday afternoon.

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