Heyward Continues His Rehab, Mejia Homers, And La Stella And Reyes Stay Hot In Monday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Elmer Reyes had his fourth straight multi-hit game on Monday. - CB Wilkins

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

Jason Heyward seems to be getting his swing back, Ernesto Mejia hit a big homer, Tommy La Stella stayed hot, Elmer Reyes had another multi-hit game, and Cory Rasmus picked up another save.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders 2

  • Jason Heyward RF 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, .214 AVG
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B 2-3, HR (10), RBI, BB, .242 AVG
  • Yohan Flande 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 4.95 ERA
  • Cole McCurry 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4.15 ERA
  • Kameron Loe 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, W (1), 0.00 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (5), 1.00 ERA

Jason Heyward reached base twice and drove in a run, finally playing in the outfield after 3 rehab games at DH. He's gone 3-6 with 4 RBI and a walk in his last 2 games after going 0-8 with a walk in his first 2 games. Ernesto Mejia hit his league leading 10th home run in the top of the 9th to put the G-Braves ahead for good. He's gone 6-14 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 2 RBI, and 3 walks in his last 4 games. Yohan Flande was wild, walking 4 in 6 innings, but he only allowed 2 earned runs. In his last 4 starts, he's allowed 14 earned runs in 20 innings, giving up 10 walks while striking out 16. Kameron Loe picked up the win in his first appearance with Gwinnett, stranding an inherited runner while tossing 1.1 scoreless innings. Cory Rasmus picked up his fifth save with a perfect inning, and he's allowed just 2 earned runs in 18 innings over 17 appearances this year, striking out 20 and walking 8.

The G-Braves head to Pawtucket on Tuesday, where Sean Gilmartin will face Paw Sox starter Allen Webster.

Mississippi Braves 5, Huntsville Stars 1

  • Myke Jones CF 2-4, SB (13), .208 AVG
  • Christian Bethancourt C 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SF, .313 AVG
  • Tommy La Stella 2B 2-4, 2 RBI, .387 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 1-3, RBI, SF, SB (7), .268 AVG
  • Kyle Russell LF 0-3, .295 AVG
  • Phil Gosselin PH-LF 1-2, .271 AVG
  • JR Graham 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.04 ERA
  • Juan Jaime 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Mark Lamm 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, SV (3), 1.38 ERA

JR Graham pitched 2 scoreless innings, but after throwing a few warmup pitches prior to the 3rd he left the game with an undisclosed injury. In his 3 previous starts, he had allowed 11 earned runs in 15.2 innings. Juan Jaime made his first appearance of the season, allowing a walk in a scoreless inning. Mark Lamm picked up his third save of the season by tossing 3 scoreless innings to finish the game. In his last 10 appearances, he's picked up all 3 of his saves, striking out 16 while only allowing 1 earned run in 16.1 innings. Tommy La Stella had a 2 hit, 2 RBI day, and he's he's safely in all 7 games he's played with Mississippi, batting .387 with a 1.069 OPS. Christian Bethancourt also had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and he's gone 5-17 with 2 doubles and 6 RBI in 5 games since returning from the DL. Myke Jones has gone 3-8 in his last 2 games, and while he's hitting just .208 in 96 at bats, he's taken a walk in 14% of his plate appearances, helping him to a .333 OBP. In is last 10 games, Edward Salcedo is hitting .333 with a .835 OPS, 4 doubles, 3 RBI, and 3 steals. Kyle Russell struck out in all 3 of his at bats, ending his 13 game hitting streak. During the streak, he went 18-51 with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 10 RBI, and 5 walks, good for a .353 batting average and a .960 OPS.

Alex Wood will start for the M-Braves on Tuesday against Taylor Jungmann for the Stars.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Carolina Mudcats 4

  • Matt Lipka CF 2-4, BB, .246 AVG
  • Emerson Landoni 2B 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .500 AVG
  • William Beckwith 1B 2-4, RBI, .262 AVG
  • Ross Heffley DH 1-4, 2B, .231 AVG
  • Elmer Reyes SS 2-4, 2 RBI, .309 AVG
  • Navery Moore 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K, W (3), 6.15 ERA

Elmer Reyes had his fourth straight multi-hit game, and during his 5 game hitting streak, he's gone 10-14 with 3 doubles, a homer, 7 RBI, and a walk. In his last 10 games, Emerson Landoni had his third straight multi-hit game, and he's gone 9-18 with 2 doubles, 5 RBI, and 3 walks in 5 games with the Hillcats. Matt Lipka is hitting .293 with a .882 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 homers, 4 RBI, and 4 steals. Ross Heffley has gone 9-17 with 5 doubles, 2 RBI, and a walk during his 5 game hitting streak. In his last 8 games, William Beckwith has gone 10-32 with a double, 2 homers, 6 RBI, and 4 walks. Navery Moore continued his trend of having success in every other start, picking up his third win by striking out 7 while allowing 2 earned runs over 6 innings. In 24 innings between his second, fourth, sixth, and eighth starts, he has a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, compared to a 11.65 ERA and a 2.29 WHIP in 17 innings between his first, third, fifth, and seventh starts.

The Hillcats head home on Tuesday to begin a 3 game series against the Frederick Keys , with Jarrett Miller scheduled to start for Lynchburg against Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rome Braves 8, Augusta Green Jackets 11

  • Levi Hyams 2B 2-5, 3B, E (2), .307 AVG
  • Blake Brown CF 1-2, RBI, .169 AVG
  • Chase Anselment C 2-5, 2B, .263 AVG
  • Carlos Franco 3B 2-4, RBI, BB, E (13), .224 AVG
  • Trent Moses 1B 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .273 AVG
  • Joey Meneses RF-LF 2-4, 2B, 3B, BB, .212 AVG
  • Felix Marte CF-RF 2-5, 2 RBI, E (4), .239 AVG
  • Frank Lafreniere 4 IP, 8 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.35 ERA
  • Brandon Rohde 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 6.59 ERA

In his last 10 games, Levi Hyams is hitting .297 with a .840 OPS, 3 triples, 4 RBI, and 2 steals. Chase Anselment has gone 4-9 in his last 2 games. He's converting to catching this season, so some growing pains are to be expected, which might explain why he was charged with 3 passed balls tonight. Carlos Franco was 2-23 in his previous 7 games, but went 2-4 in this one, though he did commit his 13th error of the season. Joey Meneses has gone 4-8 in his last 2 games after going just 2-17 in his previous 7 games. Frank Lafreniere had only allowed 2 earned runs in 10 innings in his previous 2 starts, but he allowed 8 earned runs in 4 innings in this one.

Rafael Briceno will start for the R-Braves on Tuesday against Justin Schumer for the Green Jackets.

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