Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/11


Joey Terdoslavich homered in Gwinnett's win over the Clippers on Tuesday.

Columbus Clippers 2, Gwinnett Braves 9

  • Jose Constanza: 2-5, R, RBI (.274/.323/.324)
  • Todd Cunningham: 2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB; (.273/.367/.370)
  • Tyler Pastornicky: 2-5, K; (.316/.361/.420)
  • Ernesto Mejia: 2-5, R, 2 RBI; (.256/.349/.534)
  • Joey Terdoslavich: 1-4, 2 R, HR (12), 2 RBI, BB, SB (3); (.315/.348/.550)
  • Joe Leonard: 2-4, R, K; (.245/.293/.340)
  • Paul Janish: 2-4, R, RBI, K; (.228/.288/.272)
  • Omar Poveda: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 112 pitches-72 strikes; (83.2 IP, 3.01 ERA, 58:24 K/BB)
  • Pat Egan: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K, HR, 26p-17s; (36.1 IP, 2.97 ERA, 29:8 K/BB)
  • Yohan Flande: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 14p-9s; (60.2 IP, 5.04 ERA, 42:22 K/BB)
  • Cory Rasmus: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 21p-10s; (24.0 IP, 1.13 ERA, 27:12 K/BB)
Gwinnett's game was nationally televised on MLB Network Tuesday afternoon. The G-Braves took full advantage of the added exposure, plating nine runs on 13 hits, including a huge seven-run sixth inning. Joey Terdoslavich had the only extra-base hit for the G-Braves, notching his 12th home run of the season with an absolutely gorgeous swing in which he merely dropped the barrel of the bat on the baseball. Six of the nine starters had two hits apiece, including third baseman Joe Leonard. Leonard, a third-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, had a horrendous start to the season but has picked it up as of late, posting a .971 OPS in his last 10 games. The big third baseman is still homer-less on the season, however. Omar Poveda threw six solid innings, collecting seven strikeouts along the way. The 25-year-old induced plenty of awkward swings-and-misses with his devastating changeup.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7, Mississippi Braves 3

  • Dan Brewer: 1-4, R, HR (1), RBI, K; (.266/.350/.386)
  • Christian Bethancourt: 0-4, K; (.241/.253/.310)
  • Jose Martinez: 2-4; (.311/.368/.403)
  • Christian Marrero: 3-4, R, 3B (2); (.254/.408/.421)
  • Edward Salcedo: 1-4, 2 K; (.269/.333/.420)
  • Barrett Kleinknecht: 1-4, R, RBI, K; (.255/.314/.409)
  • Jaime Pedroza: 1-2, 2B (5), 2 BB, E (7); (.275/.344/.344)
  • Aaron Northcraft: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 92p-50s; (60.2 IP, 4.30 ERA, 54:25 K/BB)
  • Ian Thomas: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 33p-19s; (34.2 IP, 2.60 ERA, 54:12 K/BB)
  • Mark Lamm: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 41p-19s; (36.1 IP, 1.98 ERA, 39:17 K/BB)
  • Chasen Shreve: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 13p-7s; (301.1 IP, 5.34 ERA, 18:14 K/BB)
Mississippi's bullpen imploded Tuesday evening, allowing six runs to cross in the final two innings of the game. Ian Thomas was the main culprit, allowing four earned runs on four hits and one walk in 1.1 innings pitched. Aaron Northcraft, Tuesday night's starter, had generally solid results but struggled with control, walking four in 5.2 innings of work. While the lanky righty does a great job of inducing groundballs and, to a lesser extent, missing bats, the one knock on him has been his propensity to give away free passes. While this isn't a huge deal, this is one of his primary areas of concern as he inches toward the majors. After hitting a walk-off home run in the first game Monday, first baseman Christian Marrero put together an impressive 3-for-4 performance, including his second triple of the season.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Winston-Salem Dash 7

  • Matt Lipka: 2-4, 2 SB (14); (.282/.324/.424)
  • Emerson Landoni: 2-4, 2B (4), K, CS (1); (.295/.362/.390)
  • Kyle Kubitza: 2-4, 2 R, 2B (16), HR (6), RBI, 2 K; (.280/.385/.477)
  • Elmer Reyes: 2-4, 2 K; (.300/.316/.419)
  • Matt Weaver: 1-4, K; (.215/.274/.309)
  • Cory Brownstein: 1-4, 2B (2), 2 K; (.164/.307/.197)
  • Blaine Sims: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 K; (14.0 IP, 6.43 ERA, 16:13 K/BB)
  • Billy Bullock: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; (4.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 5:1 K/BB)
  • Ryan Woolley: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; (25.0 IP, 7.20 ERA, 19:15 K/BB)
After a promotion from the Rome Braves earlier Tuesday morning, Blaine Sims started his first game in High-A in 2013. The start was not particularly impressive, as the 24-year-old allowed three earned runs on four hits and five walks in four innings pitched, raising his season ERA to 6.43. Billy Bullock made his third appearance of the season after serving a 50-game suspension for his second violation of MiLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The big righty pitched two innings, allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. Kyle Kubitza set the tone on offense, collecting his sixth home run and 16th double of the season. Elmer Reyes collected two more hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Matt Lipka and Emerson Landoni also picked up two hits of their own.

Rome Braves 4, Lexington Legends 1

  • Jose Peraza: 0-3, R, BB, K; (.257/.310/.339)
  • Levi Hyams: 2-3, R, BB, K; (.321/.377/.413)
  • Josh Elander: 1-4, 2B (22), 2 RBI, 3 K; (.329/.386/.580)
  • Carlos Franco: 0-4, K; (.232/.319/.298)
  • Casey Kalenkosky: 2-4, R, HR (6), RBI; (.218/.317/.454)
  • Joey Meneses: 1-4, 2B (9), K; (.295/.329/.432)
  • Williams Perez: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; (49.0 IP, 3.86 ERA, 38:13 K/BB)
  • Bryam Garcia: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K; (29.1 IP, 4.30 ERA, 29:16 K/BB)
  • Shae Simmons: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; (28.1 IP, 2.22 ERA, 44:8 K/BB)
Lexington struggled mightily to muster any offense Tuesday, collecting only two hits throughout the game. Williams Perez struck out seven and allowed the only two hits of the game, while Bryam Garcia and Shae Simmons combined to pitch five solid innings in relief of the starter. Garcia walked five in three innings of work, allowing the only run all day for Lexington. Simmons pitched two great innings, striking out three and walking only one. Levi Hyams and Casey Kalenkosky each collected a couple of hits on the evening. Hyams, a 19th round senior-sign out of the University of Georgia in 2012, possesses a decent approach and has shown good bat-to-ball skills thus far in 2013. Doubles-machine Josh Elander is channeling his inner Joey Terdoslavich, as his 22nd double of the season placed him firmly in second place in the South Atlantic League, behind only Savannah's Kevin Plawecki and Hagerstown's Tony Renda. Coincidentally, all three of these players were part of the 2012 draft class.
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