Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/26

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Bethancourt walks, Rome walks-off and Wren promoted among Wednesday's MiLB action.

Buffalo Bisons 4, Gwinnett Braves 3

  • Todd Cunningham CF: 1-4, SB (12) - (.289/.373/.378)
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 1-4, R, OF Assist - (.322/.358/.588)
  • Phil Gosselin 2B: 0-4, R - (.250/.296/.317 AA/AAA)
  • Joe Leonard 3B: 1-4 - (.236/.280/.322)
  • Sean Kazmir SS: 1-3 - (.215/.258/.275)
  • David Hale: 6IP, 6H, 3ER, BB, 6K (41 IP, 4.39 ERA, 34K/14BB)
  • Ryan Butcher: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K (33.1IP, 3.78 ERA 54K/30BB)
  • Wirfrin Obispo: IP, H, ER, BB, K (38.1IP, 3.52 ERA 46K/21BB)

Wednesday night's game was a flip of the score from Tuesday, 4-3 Buffalo. Gwinnett ran across three runs in the first, but were held scoreless for the final eight innings. As a team, they scattered five singles and a walk. Todd Cunningham stole his 12th base of the season in 17 attempts. David Hale went six innings for the second consecutive outing in his fifth start back in the rotation. Wilfrin Opispo gave up the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth, breaking a string of 12 scoreless outings.

Mississippi Braves 8, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3

  • Christian Bethancourt C: 1-4, 2B (10), BB, 2R - (.263/.284/.389)
  • Jose Martinez RF-LF: 2-5, R - (.300/.361/.383)
  • Edward Salcedo 3B: 1-5, 2B (18), R - (.271/.338/.447)
  • Jamie Pedroza SS: 3-5, R - (.289/.350/.363)
  • Omar Luna 2B: 3-5, 2B (5), 2R - (.202/.240/.253)
  • Barrett Kleinkencht 1B: 2-3, HR (5), BB, R - (.239/.301/.384)
  • Ian Thomas: 4P, 3H, ER, 3BB, 4K (44IP, 2.66 ERA, 63K/20BB)
  • Chasen Shreve: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K (35.2IP, 4.79 ERA, 21K/17BB)
  • Juan Jamie: 1.2IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 3K (23.2IP, 1.90 ERA 42K/14BB)
Mississippi brought out the bats late, scoring four runs in the 6th and 7th, to take a 8-3 victory over Pensacola. Jamie Pedroza and Omar Luna each had three-hit games. Barrett Kleinknecht hit his 5th home run of the season adding a single. Of course, anytime Christian Bethancourt walks it is going to be mentioned; it was his 5th of the season and third in his last six games! Him and Salcedo also added doubles, their 10th and 18th, respectively. Juan Jamie, who has been great in 2013, gave up two runs. He did add three strikeouts however, lowering his K% to 40.4% in 23.2 innings. As a team, Mississippi drew four walks, only striking out twice.

Wilmington Blue Rocks 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 5

  • Matt Lipka CF: 2-4, R, SB (18) - (.283/.326/.406)
  • Trenton Moses 1B 2-5, 2B (2), E (3) - (.354/.447/.513 A/A+)
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 1-3, BB - (.286/.340/.583)
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 1-5, 3B (4), 2R - (.276/.396/.487)
  • Will Skinner LF-RF: 3-4, HR (14), 2B (11), R - (.219/.250/.550)
  • Ryan Weber: 4.2IP, 10H, 4ER, BB, K (57.1IP, 3.77 ERA 48K/12BB)
  • Greg Ross 3.1IP, 3H, 0ER, 2BB, 3K (51.5IP, 3.51 ERA, 36K/21BB)
  • Brandon Cunniff: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K (2.0IP, 0.00 ERA 3K/0BB)
Lynchburg final inning rallies fell short Wednesday night, taking a 6-5 loss. Will Skinner was the offensive performer of the night, hitting a double and home run in four plate appearances. He continues to sport one of the oddest lines around (.250 OBP & .550 SLG), to go along with his 7 walks and 56 strikeouts. Trenton Moses and Matt Lipka had multi-hit games. On the mound, Ryan Weber was roughed up for four runs in 4.2 innings, recording only one strikeout. 12 of his 14 outs came via groundout which included two double plays that were turned behind him. Brandon Cunniff made his second scoreless appearances since being signed out of the independent league.

Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Rome Braves 7

  • Jose Peraza SS: 0-3, BB, R, SB (26) - (.258/.316/.344)
  • Ross Heffley 2B: 1-4, 2B (1), BB, 2R, (1) - (.212/.268/.304 A/A+)
  • Josh Elander LF: 1-4, BB, R - (.318/.381/.536)
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 2-4, BB, R - (.229/.310/.290)
  • Casey Kalenkosky C: 2-5, R - (.245/.324/.444)
  • Blake Brown CF: 1-3, BB, SB (7) - (.203/.284/.305)
  • Frank Lafreniere: 6IP, 7H, 5ER, 3BB, 4K (75IP, 5.52 ERA, 54K/24IP)
  • Eric Pfisterer: 3IP, 2H, ER, 0BB, 4K (9.1IP, 1.93 ERA, 14K/0BB)
Rome won in exciting fashion Wednesday night with Casey Kalenkosky ripping a single up the middle, scoring the tying and go-ahead runs. Both Kalenkosky and Carlos Franco had multi-hit nights. Jose Peraza wreaked havoc on the bases again stealing his 26th base. Rome only trotted out two pitchers, first being Frank Lafreniere who gave up five runs in six innings of work. Eric Pfisterner worked three innings in his fourth appearance, giving up one run. So far he has a remarkable 14 strikeouts and zero walks in 9.1 innings of work. The 23-year-old from Duke has had a great start to his professional career.

Danville Braves 6, Johnson City Cardinals 12

  • Kyle Wren CF: 3-5, 2 2B (2,3), 2R
  • Johan Carmargo SS: 0-3
  • Victor Caratini 3B: 2-3, 2BB
  • Jacob Schrader DH: 1-4, HR (1), BB, R
  • Mikey Reynolds 2B: 1-5, E (1)
  • Justin Black LF: 1-4, R
  • Andry Ubiera: 5IP, 6H, 3ER, BB, 6K
  • Andrew Waszak: 1.2IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
  • Ryan Gunther: 1.1IP, 3H, 5ER, BB, 2K
The Danville pitching and defense was terrible, allowing 12 runners to cross the plate Wednesday. Up and coming 20-year-old Andry Urbia went five innings, surrendering three runs on six hits. He have up two home runs, but sported a nice 6:1 strikeout-to-walk. Andrew Waszak, in one of the odder lines you'll see, gave up one hit and one walk, but some how four runs crossed the plate, none earned. Then the wheels really fell off as Ryan Gunther gave up three home runs in 1.1 innings. Kyle Wren* collected three hits including two doubles. Victor Caratini reached four of the five time he came to the plate (two singles, two walks), raising his (very) early season OBP to .538. The box score listed Caratini at SS last night. I'm going to go out and guess that he they simply switched him and Johan Camargo in the box score, the normal SS, who was listed at 3B last night.

*Kyle Wren received a promotion to Rome after the game Wednesday. Not exactly surprising since he's got off to a great start as a 22-year-old in Danville.

ICYMI, Joey Terdoslavich and Christian Bethancourt were selected to be a part of the All-Star Futures game as part of Team USA and Team World, respectively.
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