Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/28

Mauricio Cabrera hurled a gem tonight - MILB.com

Mauricio Cabrera hurled a gem and Josh Elander made his Lynchburg debut.

Buffalo Bisons 8, Gwinnett Braves 2

  • Todd Cunningham CF: 1-4 - (.290/.371/.376)
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 1-4 - (.325/.361/.584)
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B: 1-4, SB (5) - (.245/.330/.518)
  • Alden Carrithers 3B: 1-4 - (.316/.395/.447)
  • Stefan Gartrell DH: 1-4, HR (6), R - (.308/.348/.538)
  • Matt Pagnozzi C: 1-3, 2B (6), BB, R - (.205/.267/.304)
  • Luis Nunez SS: 2-4 - (.317/.310/.537)
  • Omar Poveda: 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 4K (102.2IP, 3.42 ERA, 73K/33BB)
  • Wirfin Obispo: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, K (39.1IP, 4.12 ERA 46K/22BB)
  • Ryan Butcher: IP, 2H, ER, BB, K (34.1IP, 3.93 ERA 55K/31BB)

Well, the game was actually lose Friday night until Buffalo scored five runs in the ninth to blow the game open. Wirfin Obispo gave up four of the runs in the ninth on a hit, a walk and an error. Butcher came in after Obispo failed to get an out in the ninth and made two errors of his own on pickoffs. The Gwinnett offense had eight hits, six singles, and stuck out 12 times with only two walks. Stefan Gartrell hit his fourth home run of the year off former Brave Todd Redmond. Ernesto Mejia stole his fifth base of the season.

Mississippi Braves 6, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7

  • Dan Brewer, LF: 1-5, HR (2), 3 RBI - (.245/.327/.365)
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 3-4, 2B, 2 R - (.325/.357/.450)
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-5, BB, 2 K - (.263/.287/.385)
  • Myke Jones, CF: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI - (.220/.305/.298)
  • Aaron Northcraft, SP: 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R(5 ER), 0 BB, 3 K - 4.30 ERA
  • Pat Egan, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K - 2.16 ERA
  • Cristhian Martinez, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K - 9.00 ERA
Mississippi dropped a high-scoring affair to Pensacola last night after starter Aaron Northcraft got shelled. Northcraft went only 3 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 3 homers. If you're looking for a positive, he walked none and struck out 3, but it was still a tough start for the tall righty. Cristhian Martinez threw an inning of rehab in relief, walking one and striking out one. Dan Brewer accounted for half the Mississippi offense with his 2nd homer of the year, a three-run shot. Christian Bethancourt went 1-2 but took his second walk in as many games, a momentous occurrence.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6

  • Matt Lipka, CF: 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI, K, SB(19) - .284/.325/.409
  • Josh Elander, DH: 1-3, BB, K - .333/.500/.333
  • David Rohm, RF: 2-4, R - .296/.344/.408
  • Blaine Sims, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 BB, 5 K - 8.50 ERA
  • Wilson Rivera, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K - 2.02 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K - 1.75 ERA
Josh Elander took Robby Hefflinger's old spot with Rome, and was immediately plugged right into the heart of the order, hitting 3rd. Elander wasted no time in getting to work, going 1-3 with a walk. Matt Lipka, who I all but pronounced dead earlier this year, is beginning to show signs of life. After a 2-5 performance last night with a triple and a steal, Lipka's now hitting .284. This is his highest full-season average and highest full-season slugging of his minor league career - great signs for the Braves' supplemental round pick in 2010. Blaine Sims had an atrocious game last night, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and 6 walks.

Rome Braves 0, Savannah Sand Gnats 3

  • Kyle Wren, CF: 2-4
  • Ross Heffley, 2B: 2-3
  • Mauricio Cabrera, SP: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K - 4.30 ERA
Mauricio Cabrera tossed a gem for Rome last night, going 7 innings of 2 hit ball. Cabrera walked only 1 while punching out 8 and looked every bit like one of Atlanta's top pitching prospects. Unfortunately for Cabrera, Rome's bats couldn't touch Savannah, and Rome's pen promptly blew the game. Rome only managed 5 hits on the night, with 4 of them coming off the bats of Kyle Wren (who else!?) and Ross Heffley.

Danville Braves 2, Pulaski Mariners 4

  • Victor Caratini, 3B: 1-4, 2B - .379/.441/.586
  • Bryan De La Rosa, C: 1-3, R - .208/.240/.250
  • Connor Lien, CF: 1-4, K - .217/.280/.478
  • Justin Black, RF: 1-3, RBI - .208/.269/.292
  • Jorge Montenegro, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K - 2.25 ERA
Danville couldn't get much of anything going against the P-Mariners last night, only managing 6 hits. Victor Caratini went 1-4 with a double and is now slugging .586 8 games into his professional career. That'll do. Outfielders Connor Lien and Justin Black each added a single as well, while Bryan De La Rosa went 1-3 behind the plate. Jorge Montenegro had a good start, tossing 5 innings of 2-hit ball. Unfortunately, the 'pen promptly blew this one as well, as Matt Kimbrel allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th.

GCL Braves 5, GCL Blue Jays 6
  • Cody Livesay, CF: 1-2, 3 BB, K, RBI, 2 R
  • Omar Obregon, SS: 2-5, RBI
  • Victor Reyes, LF: 1-3, BB, 2 RBI
  • Robinson Arno, 1B: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
  • Daniel Cordero, SP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Luis Merejo, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 0 K
Another 1 run loss for a Braves affiliate as the GCL Braves fell to the GCL Jays last night. Cody Livesay was fantastc leading off, drawing 3 walks and collecting a single as well. Victor Reyes made the most of Livesay's on-base skills, driving him in twice. Robinson Arno and Omar Obregon each reached base twice as well. Daniel Cordero got his first stateside start last night and was excellent, allowing only 2 baserunners in 4 innings of work while striking out 3. Luis Merejo had a rough outing in relief, but a pair of errors hurt him badly. He didn't help his cause with 3 walks in 2 innings of work, however.

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