Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/11

Jason Hursh made the second start of his career last night. - dailyrepublic.com

Ernesto Mejia hit a pair of homers and Jason Hursh made his second professional start in the Braves' minor league action last night.

Norfolk Tides 4, Gwinnett Braves 10

  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 3-4, 2 RBI, CS(6) - .287
  • Phil Gosselin, 2B: 3-5, 2 R -.291
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 2-5, 2 HR(23,24), 3 RBI - .250
  • Stefan Gartrell, LF: 2-5, HR(5) - .271
  • Kameron Loe, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R(2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K - 2.97 ERA
  • Wirfin Obispo, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K - 3.80 ERA
Gwinnett's offense went bananas yesterday, pounding out 10 runs on 17 hits. Phil Gosselin and Todd Cunningham each had three-hit games, but the real story of the game was Ernesto Mejia. Gwinnett's slugging first baseman smashed two homers off Tides' starter Tsuyoshi Wada, his 23rd and 24th of the year. Stefan Gartrell got in on the fireworks display too, blasting his 5th of the year. Kameron Loe started for the G-Braves, and tossed 6 innings of 2-run ball to pick up the win.

Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Mississippi Braves 7
  • Tommy La Stella, 2B: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI - .315
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-4, 2B, RBI - .262
  • Jose Martinez, RF: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, BB - .303
  • Myke Jones, CF: 1-2, BB, SB(18), 2 RBI - .225
  • Michael Lee, SP: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K - 4.31 ERA
The M-Braves put a 7-spot up last night, thanks in part to Tommy La Stella. The Mississippi second baseman notched his first three-hit game since coming back from injury, including a double and 2 RBI. Christian Bethancourt continued his recent power surge, going 1-4 with an RBI double. Jose Martinez continues to be a steadying force in the middle of the lineup, reaching base 3 times.

Lynchburg - Postponed

Rome Braves 0, Lakewood BlueClaws 1
  • Ross Heffley, 2B: 0-0, 4 BB - .182
  • Jose Pereza, SS: 0-3, BB, 2 SB(33,34) - .273
  • Jason Hursh, SP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K - 0.00 ERA
  • Frank Lafreniere, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K - 5.49 ERA
  • Eric Pfisterer, RP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K - 1.80 ERA
Weird game for Rome last night. First, the bad: they got no-hit by a trio of BlueClaws pitchers. The good: they didn't get perfecto'd because they drew 5 walks, including four(!) by light-hitting 2B Ross Heffley. Jose Pereza drew the other walk, and promptly stole second and third, but was stranded. Pereza has been on fire of late, posting a .419/.550/.419 line over his last 10 games with 8 steals and no caught stealing. Jason Hursh made his second professional start, and threw two scoreless innings.

Danville - Postponed

GCL Yankees 4, GCL Braves 3
  • Victor Reyes, DH: 1-4, BB - .360
  • Ian Hagenmiller, 3B: 1-3, R, BB - .152
  • Carlos Salazar, SP: 0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K - 18.00 ERA
  • Daniel Cordero, RP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K - 2.31 ERA
Carlos Salazar's second pro start wasn't exactly a thing of beauty. The Braves' draftee allowed 5 baserunners without recording an out before being yanked. Fortunately, Daniel Cordero came in with sick strikeout stuff, and managed to get the Braves out of the jam. Despite scoring 3 runs, the GCL team only managed 5 hits. Victor Reyes (who else?) and Ian Hagenmiller were the only players to reach base more than once.
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