The Braves minor league teams got some rough pitching performances last night, but homers by Bethancourt and Hefflinger highlight the good.
Norfolk Tides 8, Gwinnett Braves 10
- Alden Carrithers, 3B: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB - .323
- Matt Pagnozzi, C: 3-4, 2 R - .206
- Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-2, 3 R - .281
- Cody Martin, SP: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 6 BB, 3 K - 2.73 ERA
- Mark Lamm, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K - 0.00 ERA
Thanks in part to 3 Tides errors, Gwinnett notched 10 runs despite only 11 hits. The hits were so evenly distributed that not many players had a particularly notable game, despite the high score. Cody Martin took his first rough turn in AAA, and it was a doozie. Martin allowed a whopping 14 baserunners across 3.2 innings, and somehow managed to only give up 5 runs. Even after the rough outing, Martin's ERA still sits pretty at 2.73, and he should be just fine going forward. Mark Lamm made his second appearance with Gwinnett and notched a perfect 8th inning.
Chattanooga Lookouts 2, Mississippi Braves 8
- Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-4, 2B, HR(5), 2 RBI, 2 R - .262
- Robby Hefflinger, LF: 2-4, HR(3) - .225
- Jose Martinez, RF: 2-4 - .299
- Edward Salcedo, 3B: 1-4, SB(13) - .261
- Mitch Atkins, SP: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K - 2.91 ERA
The M-Braves' top of the order carried the day yesterday, en route to an 8-2 whipping of the Lookouts. Christian Bethancourt was 2-4 with a double and his 5th homer of the year, and all of the sudden is actually taking walks and connecting on extra base hits. Over his last 10 games, the Braves' top catching prospect has drawn 6 walks and hit 4 doubles and 1 home run. That's good for a slash line of .257/.341/.457. Robby Hefflinger notched his second multi-hit game in as many nights, including blasting his 3rd AA home run. Mitch Atkins threw a solid game to back the offense, turning in 7 strong innings of 2-run ball with an excellent 5/0 K/BB ratio.
Carolina Mudcats 15, Lynchburg Hillcats 8
- Matt Lipka, CF: 2-5, CS(9) - .287
- Josh Elander, LF: 2-3, 2 BB - .265
- Will Skinner, DH: 2-3, BB, 2 RBI - .224
- Blaine Sims, SP: 1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 7 BB, 3 K - 11.63 ERA
The HIllcats got some good offense last night, but were doomed by a rough performance from knuckleballer Blaine Sims. Sims actually struck out the side in the first inning before running into major trouble in the second. Without recording an out, Sims allowed 4 hits and 6 walks in the 2nd inning, along with 2 wild pitches. Apparently it wasraining at the game though, which could explain some of Sims's struggles. Sims's blowup overshadowed an excellent night from Josh Elander, who reached base 4 times.
Rome Braves 1, Lakewood BlueClaws 9
- Jose Pereza, DH: 2-4, SB(32), R - .277
- Casey Kalenkosky, 1B: 2-3, RBI - .254
- Chase Anselment, C: 1-3, BB - .278
- Mauricio Cabrera, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R(4 ER), 3 BB, 5 K - 4.48 ERA
Another rough outing from a Braves farmhand, this one from touted prospect Mauricio Cabrera. Cabrera allowed 7 runs(4 earned) across 5 innings of work. He allowed 10 baserunners and struck out 5 in his worst outing in a month. Rome didn't have much offense either, with only Jose Pereza and Casey Kalenkosky recording multi-hit games.
Kingsport Mets 1, Danville Braves 7
- Victor Caratini, 3B: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI - .356
- Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 2-3, R - .227
- Carlos Sanchez, C: 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI, R - .240
- Connor Lien, CF: 1-5, 2 R, SB(3) - .250
- Jorge Montenegro, SP: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K - 3.38 ERA
- Mark Marksberry, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K - 4.70 ERA
Danville dominated the Kingsport Mets last night behind another excellent offensive showing. Victor Caratini continued his assault on the Appy League, going 2-3 with a double. On the season, Caratini is slashing .324/.467/.471. Mikey Reynolds and Carlos Sanchez each chipped in with a multi-hit game as well while Jorge Montenegro tossed 3 innings of 1-run ball.
GCL Braves 5, GCL Yankees 11
- Victor Reyes, LF: 1-3, BB - .370
- Fernelys Sanchez, DH: 1-4, 3 K - .214
- Dylan Manwaring, 3B: 0-4, BB - .389
- Jorge Zavala, SP: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K - 6.75 ERA
The GCL Braves got demolished last night by the GCL Yankees. Victor Reyes was the only GCL-Brave to reach base more than once, doing so on a single and a walk. Reyes has been the GCL team's best hitter so far this year, putting together a fantastic .370/.446/.478 line through his first 12 games. The power hasn't fully developed yet, but the Braves expect it to come. He's already showing a great eye so far with a 7/11 BB/K ratio.