Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/5

Lucas Sims threw a 5 inning "complete game" Wednesday night - David Cross -

Braves affiliates drop three of four Wednesday night in a couple of weather shortened games.

Rochester Red Wings 4, Gwinnett Braves 2 (F/8 - Rain)

  • Todd Cunningham CF: 2-4, 2BB
  • Tyler Pastornicky 2B: 1-3
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B: 1-2, 2B (14), BB
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 0-3
  • Alden Carrithers 3B: 3-3, 2B (5), 2R
  • Jose Yepez C: 2-3, E (5)
  • David Hale: 2.1IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 2K (21.2IP, 5.40 ERA, 17K/8BB)
  • Cole McCurry: 3.1IP, 2H, 0ER, 2BB, 3K (22.1IP, 3.63 ERA, 16K/10BB)
  • Kameron Loe: 1.1IP, 2H, ER, BB, 2K (13.2IP, 3.29 ERA, 9K/5BB)

Gwinnett lost to Rochester 4-2 in an eight inning, rain shortened, contest last night. After a couple of appearances in the bullpen since returning from the DL, David Hale got the start. In an attempt to get stretched back out, Hale struggled, only throwing 22 of his 43 pitches for strikes in his 2.1 innings of work. 28-year-old Alden Carrithers gathered three hits and upped his triple slash to .368/.442/.515 in 78 PA with Gwinnett. Todd Cunningham also had a multi-hit game; he has now reached base safely in 14 of his last 15 games.

Mississippi Braves 0, Chattanooga Lookouts 1 (F/11)

  • Phil Gosselin 2B: 0-5
  • Christian Bethancourt C: 1-5
  • Jose Martinez RF: 1-3, 2B (10), BB
  • Edward Salcedo 3B: 1-3
  • Luis Nunez 2B-SS: 1-3, 2B (3)
  • Gus Schlosser: 5IP, 4H, 0ER, 0BB, 5K (65.2IP, 2.74 ERA, 50K/19BB)
  • Andrew Russell: 2IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K (13.2IP, 3.29 ERA, 9K/6BB)
  • Ian Thomas: 3IP, 2H, 0ER, BB, 4K (33IP, 1.64 ERA, 51K/11BB)
  • Mark Lamm: 0.1IP, 2H, ER, BB, K (33.2IP, 1.60 ERA, 36K/13BB)

Mississippi again lost on a walk-off, this time in 11 innings. The offense struggled at the plate scattering five hits and two walks, while striking out 13 times. Gus Schlosser had a fine start, going five giving up four hits and striking out five. The 24-year-old has thrown well in 65.2 innings this season, sporting a 2.74 ERA and 3.18 FIP. Andrew Russell has also held his own since being demoted from Gwinnett. Mark Lamm unfortunately lost it for the Braves in the giving up a single to Bobby Coyle with a man on second and two outs, one of few blemishes on his great start to the 2013 season.

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Frederick Keys 2

  • Matt Lipka CF: 2-4
  • William Beckwith 1B: 0-3, BB
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 0-4
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 0-3, BB
  • Will Skinner LF: 1-3, 2B (8), BB, SB (1)
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 4-4, HR (2), 2B (16), R
  • A.J. Holland: 8IP, 4H, ER, 5BB, 5K (65IP, 3.74 ERA, 43K/33BB)
  • Ryan Woolley: 0.1IP, H, ER, 3BB, K (19 IP, 5.68 ERA, 16K/12BB)

Lynchburg was able to finish their game in a standard nine innings, but lost 2-1 on a “walk-off walk” in the 9th. If that phrase sounds familiar, yes, that is what happened to Mississippi last night. Ryan Woolley had a disastrous 9th, giving up a hit and three walks in a third of an inning. He spoiled A.J. Hollands fabulous eight inning start, which he surrendered only one run. Holland induced 12 groundballs that helped lead to four double plays from the defense behind him. Elmer Reyes was the offensive star, going 4-4 including his second home run and 16th double of the season. Robby Hefflinger snapped his 12-game hitting streak.

Rome Braves 7, Asheville Tourists 4 (F/6 - Rain)

  • Eric Garcia SS: 1-3, 2B (5), R, BB, E (3)
  • Levi Hyams 2B: 2-4, R
  • Josh Elander LF: 1-2, 2B (21), R, 2BB
  • Trenton Moses 1B: 1-3
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 1-3
  • Joey Meneses DH: 2-3, HR (2), R
  • Tyler Tewell C: 2-3, 2B (4)
  • Lucas Sims: 5IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K (36 IP, 3.25 ERA, 40K/17BB)

Rome, again, played a shortened contest Wednesday night. They lead 7-4 going into the bottom of the 6th before the game was finally called due to inclement weather. Lucas Sims, in only his third start this season, threw a “complete game” going five innings giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits. The 19-year-old has impressed so far in low-A, only giving up one home run and holding opponents to a .168 average. The offense put up a 11 hits and walked four times. Josh Elander reached base safely three of four times to the plate, adding his 21st double of the season. 21-year-old Joey Meneses continued his hot hitting, connecting with his second home run of the season. He has now hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games (.389 avg).

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