Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/15


Ernesto Mejia homered Saturday night for the Gwinnett Braves.

Gwinnett Braves 5, Rochester Red Wings 6

  • Jose Constanza: 1-4, R, BB, SB (11); (.266/.316/.313)
  • Todd Cunningham: 2-4, RBI; (.276/.368/.368)
  • Tyler Pastornicky: 0-4, R, K; (.316/.358/.427)
  • Ernesto Mejia: 2-4, 2 R, HR (16), 2 RBI, 2 K; (.258/.347/.542)
  • Brandon Boggs: 1-3, BB, K, E (1); (.254/.347/.449)
  • Stefan Gartrell: 2-4, RBI; (.310/.356/.500)
  • Paul Janish: 1-4, R; (.228/.294/.268)
  • David Hale: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 74 pitches-42 strikes; (29.0 IP, 5.28 ERA, 25:13 K/BB)
  • Cole McCurry: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 42p-26s; (36.2 IP, 3.93 ERA, 29:13 K/BB)
  • Cory Rasmus: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 34p-14s; (25.0 IP, 1.44 ERA, 30:16 K/BB)
  • Pat Egan: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 27p-15s; (36.2 IP, 3.93 ERA, 29:9 K/BB)
  • Kameron Loe: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 12p-8s; (18.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 12:5 K/BB)
Gwinnett lost in a one-run contest on Saturday. David Hale made his sixth start of the season and fared much better than he did in his previous start. The 25-year-old pitched four innings, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks, striking out four. Gwinnett's bullpen slightly imploded, giving up all six runs in the final two innings of the contest. Pat Egan's night was exceptionally poor, going one-third of an inning and allowing four earned runs on three hits and a walk. The only extra-base hit of the evening belonged to Ernesto Mejia, who smashed two hits, inlcuding his 16th home run of the season. Todd Cunningham and Stefan Gartrell also added two hits of their own.

Mississippi Braves 2, Tennessee Smokies 5

  • Mycal Jones: 2-4; (.204/.297/.293)
  • Christian Marrero: 1-4, K; (.251/.405/.420)
  • Edward Salcedo: 3-4, R, 2B (14), HR (8), RBI; (.273/.333/.437)
  • Jaime Pedroza: 2-4, K; (.280/.346/.345)
  • Braeden Schlehuber: 2-4, R, K; (.222/.280/.374)
  • Michael Lee: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 66p-47s; (61.1 IP, 4.70 ERA, 36:8 K/BB)
  • Andrew Russell: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 27p-18s; (38.0 IP, 4.03 ERA, 28:20 K/BB)
The M-Braves scattered ten hits across nine frames but could only push across two runs on Saturday. Edward Salcedo led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4, notching his 14th double and eighth home run of the season. These were the only extra-base hits of the evening, as the other eight hits were all singles. Notably, Mycal Jones, Jaime Pedroza, and Braeden Schlehuber all collected two hits on the evening. Starter Michael Lee pitched six decent innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, one of which was a home run, while striking out three. Andrew Russell only allowed one hit in two innings pitched, but the 29-year-old righty hit the first two batters to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, which would eventually come around to score. All told, the righty gave up three earned runs in two innings of work.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Salem Red Sox 9

  • Matt Lipka: 1-4, K; (.276/.319/.410)
  • David Rohm: 2-4, 2B (20), K; (.291/.344/.415)
  • Robby Hefflinger: 1-4, 2B (17), 2 K; (.298/.351/.593)
  • Kyle Kubitza: 2-2, R, HR (8), RBI, 2 BB, CS (6); (.284/.397/.500)
  • Shawn McGIll: 2-4, 2B (5); (.327/.417/.448)
  • Elmer Reyes: 1-3, R, HR (3), BB, K; (.306/.323/.440)
  • Navery Moore: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K; (74.2 IP, 5.06 ERA, 50:28 K/BB)
  • James Hoyt: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; (49.2 IP, 4.89 ERA, 72:25 K/BB)
  • John Cornely: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; (20.1 IP, 6.20 ERA, 29:10 K/BB)
Lynchburg, not unlike Mississippi, could not make use of their nine hits on Saturday, plating only two runs. Kyle Kubitza had a great night at the plate, going 2-2 with a home run, his eighth of the season, and two walks. Last night's exploits brought the 22-year-old's on-base percentage to .397 and his slugging percentage to .500. He is undoubtedly the hottest hitter in the system during the month of June, posting a .391/.500/.804 triple slash, which is just absurd. Elsewhere, David Rohm added his 20th double of the season, placing him in third place in the Carolina League in this category. Robby Hefflinger also added a double, his 17th of the season, and Elmer Reyes hit his third home run for the Hillcats. On the mound, Navery Moore couldn't escape the fourth inning, going three and two-thirds and allowing six earned runs on six hits and four walks. James Hoyt and John Cornely combined for 4.1 innings of relief, allowing three earned runs on five hits, including a home run off the bat of Blake Swihart.

Rome Braves 8, Kannapolis Intimidators 10

  • Jose Peraza: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, E (16); (.262/.317/.342)
  • Levi Hyams: 2-5, 2 RBI, 3 K; (.315/.371/.401)
  • Josh Elander: 0-4, RBI, BB, K, assist; (.316/.379/.557)
  • Trenton Moses: 1-2, 2B (10), K; (.363/.449/.520)
  • Joey Meneses: 1-3, R, 2B (10); (.294/.329/.425)
  • Chase Anselment: 1-4, R, RBI, K; (.263/.326/.375)
  • Ronald Luna: 1-3, R, BB; (.237/.263/.272)
  • Felix Marte: 2-4, 2 R, 3B (5), 2 RBI, K, assist; (.279/.316/.408)
  • Blake Brown: 1-4, 2 R, 2B (10), K, E (4); (.205/.283/.314)
  • Patrick Scoggin: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR; (61.0 IP, 3.84 ERA, 46:26 K/BB)
  • Robert Fish: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; (7.2 IP, 7.04 ERA, 13:3 K/BB)
  • Shae Simmons: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; (28.2 IP, 2.20 ERA, 45:9 K/BB)
  • Bryam Garcia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; (30.1 IP, 4.15 ERA, 31:16 K/BB)
Rome and Kannapolis combined for 18 runs on 22 hits Saturday evening, but Rome couldn't muster enough offense to overtake Kannapolis, losing their third game in a row. Second baseman Levi Hyams and right fielder Felix Marte had two hits apiece, including Marte's fifth triple of the season. Blake Brown, Trenton Moses, and Joey Meneses all added doubles to the offensive attack. Big righty Patrick Scoggin pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four. Robert Fish had a rough outing in relief, going 1.2 innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits.
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