Tommy La Stella led an offensive explosion for Mississippi, Joey Terdoslavich homered for Gwinnett, Greg Ross had a stellar debut for Lynchburg, and Lucas Sims, Frank Lafreniere, and Josh Elander excelled in a doubleheader for Rome.
Gwinnett Braves 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
- Joey Terdoslavich RF 2-4, HR (6), 2 RBI, .341 AVG
- Brandon Boggs DH 1-4, .188 AVG
- Joe Leonard 3B 1-4, 2B, .193 AVG
- Paul Janish SS 1-3, BB, E (3), .200 AVG
- Daniel Rodriguez 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 6 K, 6.51 ERA
Joey Terdoslavich his his sixth homer of the season, and in his last 3 games, he's gone 4-11. Despite homering yesterday, Jordan Parraz was hitting just .141 with a .550 OPS in 78 at bats and he was released today. He was replaced on the roster by Brandon Boggs, who was hitting .184 with a .608 OPS in 76 at bats with Rochester before he was released by the Twins organization on Saturday. The 30 year old switch hitter is from Marietta and went to Georgia Tech, and has hit .209 with a .695 OPS, 10 homers, and 43 RBI in 382 plate appearances in 4 Major League seasons with the Rangers and Brewers. Ernesto Mejia is still leading the International League with 8 homers, but he's gone 0-20 so far in May and has gone just 2-31 with 16 strikeouts in his last 10 games. For the year, he's hitting .224 with a .836 OPS and 40 strikeouts in 107 at bats. After allowing 6 earned runs in just 3 innings his last time out, Daniel Rodriguez had a solid night, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, in 6 innings of work. The 28 year old lefty is showing the same electric, but wild arm he showed in the Mexican League, with 6.8 BB/9 and 10.7 K/9 in 27.2 innings over 7 starts.
Sean Gilmartin will take the mound against Paw Sox starter Terry Doyle on Wednesday as the G-Braves look to end their 10 game losing streak.
Mississippi Braves 19, Montgomery Biscuits 2
- Phil Gosselin DH 4-6, 2B, 2 RBI, .276 AVG
- Tommy La Stella 2B 3-6, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, .500 AVG
- Christian Marrero 1B 1-3, BB, .266 AVG
- Barrett Kleinknecht 1B 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, .246 AVG
- Edward Salcedo 3B 1-3, BB, E (7), .267 AVG
- Braeden Schlehuber C 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI, .226 AVG
- Jaime Pedroza SS 1-5, HR (1), 4 RBI, BB, .247 AVG
- Myke Jones CF 0-1, RBI, 3 BB, HBP, .207 AVG
- Cody Martin 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 3.38 ERA
- Mike Lee 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.42 ERA
- Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 5.52 ERA
The M-Braves demolished the Biscuits tonight, scoring 19 runs on 19 hits, led by their newest player, second baseman Tommy La Stella, who had a 3 hit debut, clubbing out a pair of doubles and a triple while driving in 4 runs. He formed a dynamic duo at the top of the lineup with Phil Gosselin, who's likely to lose a lot of playing time at second base, as the two hitters combined to go 7-12 with 3 doubles, a triple, and 6 RBI. Gosselin's 4 hit day is even more impressive since he'd missed the last week with an injury. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .359 with a .855 OPS, 3 doubles, and 3 RBI. Christian Marrero has gone 5-16 with 2 doubles and 3 walks in his last 4 games. In his last 9 games, Barrett Kleinknecht has gone 12-29 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 12 RBI, and 4 walks. Edward Salcedo reached base twice tonight and has gone 6-14 with 2 doubles, a RBI, 4 walks, and 2 steals in his last 4 games. Braeden Schlehuber had a 3 hit day, and he's gone 12-34 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 5 RBI in his last 8 games. Jaime Pedroza's first homer of the year was a 2nd inning grand slam, and he's gone 4-12 in his last 3 games. Myke Jones collected 3 walks tonight and reached on a hit by pitch. He's batting just .207 but has a .337 OBP. After pitching 2 shutout relief innings on Saturday, Cody Martin made his fourth start of the season tonight and allowed 2 earned runs in 5 innings to pick up the win. In 9.2 relief innings he has a 4.66 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP compared to a 2.65 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 17 innings as a starter. Mike Lee has thrown 8 shutout innings in his last 2 appearances.
JR Graham will start on Wednesday for the M-Braves against Matt Buschmann for the Biscuits.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3
- Matt Lipka CF 1-4, SB (6), .239 AVG
- Greg Ross 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
- Ronan Pacheco 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 2.25 ERA
Greg Ross was excellent in his Hillcats debut, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 4 over 5 shutout innings. The 23 year old righty, who was traded to the Tigers as the player to be named later for Jeff Baker only to return to the Braves as a free agent at the end of Spring Training after the Tigers released him, has been dominant this year, with a 1.11 ER and a 0.86 WHIP in 24.1 innings over 8 games with Rome and Lynchburg, walking just 1 while striking out 22. Matt Lipka has gone 5-13 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 2 RBI in his last 3 games.
Navery Moore will start for the Hillcats tomorrow against Nick Martinez for the Pelicans.
Rome Braves 0, Hagerstown Suns 1, Game 1
- Josh Elander LF 1-2, BB, .321 AVG
- Carlos Franco 3B 2-3, .253 AVG
- Patrick Scoggin 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4.39 ERA
- Lucas Sims 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 4.41 ERA
Patrick Scoggin had allowed 7 earned runs in 9 innings over his last 2 starts, but he allowed just 1 earned run in 5 innings today. After allowing 8 earned runs in 9.1 innings over his first 5 appearances, Lucas Sims has hit his stride, tossing 7 shutout innings and striking out 6 over his last 3 appearances.
Rome Braves 1, Hagerstown Suns 0, Game 2
- Levi Hyams 2B 1-3, .293 AVG
- Josh Elander LF 1-2, 2B, BB, .325 AVG
- Tyler Tewell C 1-2, RBI, .282 AVG
- Frank Lafreniere 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 3.82 ERA
- Carlos Perez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.03 ERA
- Shae Simmons 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.80 ERA
After allowing 10 earned runs in 16.2 innings over his last 3 starts, Frank Lafreniere came back with 5 shutout innings today. In his last 5 appearances, Carlos Perez has struck out 6 while allowing 2 hits and 2 walks over 6.1 shutout innings. Shae Simmons picked up his league leading 10th save, and he's struck out 12 while allowing 4 hits and walking none over 7 shutout innings in his last 5 appearances. Josh Elander combined to go 2-4 with a double and 2 walks in the doubleheader. He's gone 6-11 with a double, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 4 walks in his last 4 games, and has taken a walk in 5 straight games. Tyler Tewell drove in the only run in the second game, and in his last 10 games he's hitting .423 with a .983 OPS, a homer, and 5 RBI. Levi Hyams was 2-6 in the doubleheader and is hitting .333 with a .862 OPS, a double, 2 triples, 5 RBI, and 4 steals in his last 10 games. Carlos Franco went 2-5 in the doubleheader, and is hitting .387 with a .928 OPS, a double, a homer, and 6 RBI in his last 10 games. Jose Peraza is 0-9 with a walk in his last 3 games after going 13-32 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI, and a walk in his previous 7 games.
Rome is off on Wednesday before beginning a 4 game series in Savannah on Thursday. Rafael Briceno is scheduled to start the opener for the Braves.