Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/9

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Sean Gilmartin got touched up for 10 runs Sunday in Gwinnett.

Columbus Clippers 16, Gwinnett Braves 5

  • Jose Constanza LF: 2-4, R, BB – (.270/.321/.322)
  • Todd Cunningham CF: 3-5, 2B (9), 2R – (.268/.361/.366)
  • Tyler Pastornicky 2B: 0-5, E (5) – (.310/.357/.414)
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B: 2-4, 2B (15) – (.247/.353/.547)
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 0-3, BB – (.317/.348/.535)
  • Alden Carrithers 3B: 2-4, 2B (6), R, SB (2), E (3) – (.370/.446/.521)
  • Sean Gilmartin: 3.2IP, 9H, 9ER, 3BB, 2K (66.2IP, 5.40 ERA, 45K/27BB)
  • Cole McCurry: 3.1IP, 5H, 4ER, 3BB, 3K (25.2IP, 4.56 ERA, 19K/13BB)
  • Kameron Loe: IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 0K (15.2IP, 4.02 ERA, 9K/5BB)

Sunday was pretty much a disaster for Gilmartin all around. He didn’t make it out of the 4th before giving up nine earned runs (10 total) on nine hits. I went back and watched the start via MiLB.tv and Gilmartin did get hit hard; however, there was a bit of bad batted ball luck and poor defense (if Leonard is at 3B instead of Carrithers at least two runs don’t score) that contributed to the ugly line. For the majority of the start he lacked the command and control, which is basically his entire approach as a pitcher. Even pitches he was able to locate down at the knees were left over the middle of the plate. I don’t know if Gilmartin has just hit a wall at Triple-A, or if the lack of control should be a real concern just yet. Offensively, Todd Cunningham had a great day collecting a double and two singles. Ernesto Mejia, who now has a .900 OPS this season, hit his 15th double of the season.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4, Mississippi Braves 0 (Suspended – Rain)

The game was suspended during the middle of the 4th due to rain. It will be continued and finished today, 6/10.

Game 1: Salem Red Sox 1, Lynchburg Hillcats 4 (F/7)

  • Matt Lipka CF: 1-3, 2B (17)
  • William Beckwith 1B: 1-3
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 0-3, E (4)
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 3-3, 2B (15), R, CS (5)
  • Will Skinner RF: 1-3, 2B (9), R
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 1-2, 2B (17)
  • Navery Moore: 5IP, 7H, 0ER, 2BB, 4K (71IP, 4.56 ERA, 45K/24BB)
  • Billy Bullock: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K (2IP, 0.00 ERA, 3K/0BB)
  • John Cornley: IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, K (18.1 IP, 6.38 ERA, 27K/10BB)

Lynchburg had another doubleheader Sunday. The offense was lead by 22-year-old Kyle Kubitza who went 3-3 with his 15th double of the season. The 3rd round pick from 2011 offers a solid offensive approach than can be seen in both his eye (14.3% walk rate) and decent power (.167 ISO) coming from his quick hands and wrists. Lipka, Skinner and Reyes all contributed with doubles. Navery Moore went five innings scattering seven hits, but was able to keep the runs off the board. Josh Cornely gave up the only run in his one inning of work.

Game 2: Salem Red Sox 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 4 (F/7)

  • Ross Heffley 2B: 0-4 – (.214/.259/.318)
  • William Beckwith 1B: 0-3 – (.239/.348/.438)
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 0-2, R, BB – (.285/.343/.566)
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 0-3 – (.274/.378/.441)
  • Will Skinner RF: 2-3, HR (8), R – (.200/.237/.464)
  • David Rohm LF: 2-3, R – (.287/.344/.407)
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 1-3, 2B (18), R – (.294/.310/.418)
  • Jarrett Miller: 4.1IP, 6H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K (62IP, 4.06 ERA, 53K/28BB)
  • James Hoyt: 2.1IP, 4H, 3ER, BB, 4K (47.1IP, 4.75 ERA, 69K/25BB)

The Lynchburg pitching got roughed up in the second game Sunday. Jarrett Miller and James Hoyt went a combined 6.2 IP, giving up seven runs on 10 hits. Will Skinner continued his hot hitting after a slow start, hitting safely in 8 of his last 10 games, including four doubles and three home runs. Elmer Reyes extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Rome Braves 6

  • Eric Garcia 3B-SS: 1-4, R, BB – (.311/.447/.492)
  • Jose Preaza SS: 1-3, 2B (8), CS – (.262/.313/.341)
  • Josh Elander LF: 2-5, HR (10), 2 R – (.332/.390/.574)
  • Trenton Moses 1B: 2-4 – (.388/.453/.565)
  • Levi Hyams 2-4: 2-4 – (.320/.372/.416)
  • Felix Marte CF: 2-4 2B (7), R – (.294/.329/.423)
  • Patrick Scoggin: 5.2IP, 4H, 0ER, 5BB, 3K (56IP, 3.70 ERA, 42K/24BB)
  • Carlos Perez: 2.1IP, 3H, 3ER, 1BB, 3K (31IP, 2.03 ERA 35K/8BB)
  • Zach Jadofsky: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K (32.1, 4.45 ERA, 37K/11BB)

Yesterday also featured an exciting game in Rome Sunday that ended on a walk off home run in the 9th, by who else than Josh Elander. It was the 22-year-old’s 10th of the season; he now has 34 extra-base hits in 62 games, slugging a hefty .574. I don’t know when the promotion is coming, but it looks to be soon. Every starter had at least one hit for Rome yesterday. On the mound Patrick Scoggin worked around five walks, not giving up any runs in 5.2 innings. Zach Jadofsky had a bounce back outing going an inning striking out two.

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