Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/8

Joe Robbins

Brandon Beachy squared off against Trevor Bauer Saturday in his second-to-last rehab start.

Columbus Clippers 3, Gwinnett Braves 4 (F/10)

  • Jose Constanza LF: 0-5, R - (.265/.313/.318)
  • Todd Cunningham CF: 2-5, R - (.260/.356/.356)
  • Tyler Pastornicky 2B: 2-3, 3B (1), 2BB - (.318/.366/.424)
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 0-4, OF assist - (.321/.350/.542)
  • Joe Leonard 3B: 3-4, 2 2B (12), R, BB - (.239/.289/.339)
  • Brandon Beachy: 5IP, 4H, ER, 3BB, 8K (19IP, 3.00 ERA, 18K/8BB)
  • Ryan Butcher: 2IP, 0H, 0ER, 2BB, 3K (26.2IP, 3.38 ERA, 42K/24BB)
  • Cory Rasmus: IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K (23IP, 0.78 ERA, 26K/11BB)

Saturday’s game actually featured a MLB caliber pitching matchup between Indians top prospect Trevor Bauer and rehabbing Brandon Beachy. Beachy’s line was solid in what was likely his second-to-last minor league tune up before making his 2013 debut, June 18. The Gwinnett lineup couldn't crack Bauer, but got to the bullpen late scoring two in the 9th to tie, and one in the 10th to win. Tyler Pastornicky reached base in four of his five plate appearances, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Joe Leonard also reached base in four of his five plate appearances, hitting his 11th and 12th doubles of the season.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4, Mississippi Braves 1

  • Phil Gosselin LF: 1-4 - (.257/.307/.339)
  • Christian Bethancourt: 0-4 - (.241/.254/.314)
  • Jose Martinez RF: 1-4 - (.306/.364/.403)
  • Edward Salcedo 3B: 0-4, E (12) - (.275/.340/.431)
  • Dan Brewer CF: 2-3, 2B (11) - (.268/.349/.376)
  • Barrett Kleinknecht 1B: 2-3, HR (4), R - (.245/.304/.412)
  • Mitch Atkins: 5IP, 4H, ER, 3BB, 3K (8IP, 1.13 ERA, 5K/3BB)
  • Chasen Shreve: 2.1IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K (30IP, 5.40 ERA, 18K/13BB)
  • Thomas Keeling: 1.1IP, H, 0ER, 2BB, 0K (20.1IP, 4.43 ERA, 23K/14BB)

The Mississippi offense was almost held scoreless Saturday night until 24-year-old 1B Barrett Klienknecht, went deep in the 8th. Aside from that, the rest of the offense could only put together five hits (four singles), no walks and seven strikeouts. Newly acquired Mitch Atkins made his first start in Mississippi going five innings and only giving up one run. Chasen Schreve got touched up in 2.1 innings, but he did record a strikeout (a couple actually), for the first time in his past seven relief appearances.

Game 1: Salem Red Sox 1, Lynchburg Hillcats 2 (F/7)

  • Matt Lipka CF: 2-3
  • Ross Heffley 2B: 0-3
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 0-3
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 1-3, 2B (14), R
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 1-2, R, SB (4)
  • Ryan Weber: 5.2IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, 3K (65IP, 2.59 ERA, 43K/33BB)
  • Ronan Pacheco: 0.2IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K (19 IP, 1,82 ERA, 16K/12BB)
  • Nate Hyatt: 0.2IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K (19 IP, 4.09 ERA, 16K/12BB)

Lynchburg took the first game of the shortened doubleheader, 2-1. Matt Lipka lead the way with a multi-hit game, but was caught stealing for the seventh time this season. Kyle Kubitza had the only extra-base hit in game one, his 14th of the season. Ryan Weber had a solid outing, only surrendering one run over 5.2 innings. In 41.1 innings this season, Weber has yet to give up a home run along with an impressive 35:9 strikeout-to-walk. Ronan Pacheo and Nate Hyatt had matching lines, with Hyatt picking up his eighth save of the season.

Game 2: Salem Red Sox 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 1 (F/7)

  • Matt Lipka CF: 0-3 - (.272/.317/.418)
  • Emerson Landoni 2B: 2-2, BB - (278/.342/.347)
  • William Beckwith 1B: 0-2, E (7) - (.241/.353/.447)
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 1-3, 2B (14) - (.291/.347/.578)
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 0-3 - (.267/.375/.433)
  • Will Skinner LF: 1-2, HR (7), R, BB - (.185/.224/.429)
  • Greg Ross: 5IP, 9H, 2ER, BB, 3K (38IP, 4.26 ERA, 26K/17BB)
  • Matt Chaffe: 2IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, K (27.1IP, 3.96 ERA, 32K/15BB)

Will Skinner was responsible for the lone run in the second game. Aside from Skinner’s home run, Lynchburg only reached base six other times (four hits, two walks), three coming from Emerson Landoni. 24-year-old Greg Ross had a decent bounce back start, giving up nine hits and four runs (two earned) with only one walk.

Game 1: Savannah Sand Gnats 4, Rome Braves 1 (F/7)

  • Eric Garcia 2B: 1-4
  • Jose Peraza SS: 0-2
  • Josh Elander LF: 2-3, R
  • Trenton Moses 1B: 0-2
  • Carlos Franco DH: 0-1, BB
  • Frank Lafreniere: 5.2IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 6K (55.1IP, 5.43 ERA, 31K/33BB)
  • Alex Wilson: 1.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K (26.1IP, 0.54 ERA 24K/11BB)

Rome also played two yesterday. They dropped game one 4-1, even though Rome out-hit Savannah 6-5. Recently turned 23-year-old Frank Lafeniere actually had a fairly nice start aside from a three run homer in the 4th. He was able to keep the ball on the ground other wise, recording eight groundouts. 22-year-old Alex Wilson has been very impressive in 16.2 innings in 2013. As a 15th round selection of the 2012 draft, he has only gave up one run, has a 13/2 strikeout-to-walk and a .155 average against so far this season. 19-year-old Jose Peraza played in his first game since May 26th, getting two plate appearances before being pulled for Ronald Luna

Game 2: Savannah Sand Gnats 0, Rome Braves 3 (F/7)

  • Eric Garcia SS: 1-2, R, BB - (.316/.451/.509)
  • Levi Hyams 2B: 1-3, 2B (8) - (.316/.369/.414)
  • Josh Elander LF: 0-3 - (.330/.390/.565)
  • Trenton Moses 1B: 1-3, HR (2), R (.383/.451/.568)
  • Felix Marte RF: 1-2, 3B (4), R - (.289/.325/.415)
  • Blake Brown CF: 0-2 - (.199/.276/.305)
  • Wes Parsons: 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K (19IP, 4.26 ERA, 14K/4BB)
  • Shae Simmons: IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K (26.1IP, 2.39 ERA, 41K/7BB)

Rome took game two after a strong start from Wes Parsons. The 20-year-old had his second good start in row, only giving up three hits while striking out six. Shae Simmons locked down his league leading 17th save and has now gone eight straight appearances without giving up a run. Aside from one poor outing on May 17, the 22-year-old has absolutely dominated the South Atlantic League. The offense pushed across three runs on five hits and one walk, thanks to extra base hits from Hyams, Marte and Moses.

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