Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/15

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Ernesto Mejia competed in the Triple-A Home Run Derby Monday night in Reno, Nevada.

Gwinnett Braves – All-Star Break

Ernesto Mejia took part in the Triple-A Home Run Derby Monday night in Reno, Nevada. Mejia hit three home runs in the first round, advancing to the second round after having a "swing off" with former Brave farmhand, Mauro Gomez. In the second round, Mejia tacked on four more, but it was not enough to advance to the finals. Mejia has 24 home runs for Gwinnett in 2013.

Diamondbacks prospect Matt Davidson won the contest, just one day after being named Futures Game MVP.

Mississippi Braves - All-Star Break

Mississippi will return to action Thursday.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

  • Matt Lipka CF: 0-4, BB – (.278/.322/.398)
  • Emerson Landoni 2B: 2-5 – (.313/.362/.398)
  • Josh Elander LF: 1-5 – (.250/.379/.354)
  • Will Skinner RF: 2-3, BB, 3R – (.222/.256/.509)
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 2-3, 3B (2), 2B (20), BB, 2R – (.278/.314/.397)
  • Williams Perez: 6IP, 3H, 0ER, BB, 7K (76 IP, 3.91 ERA, 66K/19BB)
  • Brandon Cundiff: IP, 2H, ER, 0BB, K (8.2 IP, 3.12 ERA, 9K/3BB)

Lynchburg took care of business Monday night, beating Wilmington 8-1. Williams Perez made his Lynchburg debut going six shutout innings, striking out seven. Emerson Landoni, Wil Skinner and Elmer Reyes each had multi-hit nights. Reyes recorded his 20th double of the season while adding his third triple. Will Skinner continues to put up one of the oddest slash lines and BB/K you’ll see all season.

Rome Braves 3, Hagerstown Suns 1

  • Kyle Wren CF: 0-4 – (.314/.385/.486)
  • Jose Preaza SS: 1-4, SB (38) – (.276/.348/.354)
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 0-4, 3K – (.211/.289/.261)
  • Tyler Tewell C: 2-3, HR (6), BB, 2R – (.226/.282/.360)
  • Mauricio Cabrera: 6IP, 3H, ER, 3BB, 6K (92.1 IP, 4.29 ERA, 81K/50BB)
  • Alex Wilson: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K (32.1 IP, 2.51 ERA 24K/2BB)
  • Shae Simmons: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K (37 IP 1.70 ERA, 59K/13BB)

It’s hard to beat Rome when one of the system's top prospects hands over a lead to Alex Wilson and Shae Simmons. Macurio Cabrera scattered three hits and three walks over six innings, surrendering only one run. Alex Wilson worked two innings giving up two hits, lowering his ERA to 2.51. Shae Simmons closed the door for his 22nd save this season, striking out two in the ninth. Kyle Wren snapped his 11-game hit streak and failed to reach base for the first time since being drafted. 21-year-old Tyler Tewell (turns 22 tomorrow) belted his sixth home run of the season, reaching base three of his four times at the plate.

Princeton Rays 6, Danville Braves 5 (F/10)

  • Connor Lien CF: 2-5, 3B (3), 2B (6) – (.275/.322/.538)
  • Victor Caratini 3B: 1-5 – (.320/.418/.467)
  • Bryan De La Rosa C: 1-3, BB, R, SB (1) – (.288/.348/.322)
  • Justin Black LF: 2-3, HR (1), BB, 2R, SB (3) – (.190/.246/.286)
  • Hector Garcia RF: 2-4, 2B (2), R – (.214/.214/.286)
  • Andy Urbia 3.2IP, 6H, ER, 0BB, 2K (22 IP, 4.09 ERA, 18K/6BB)
  • Michael Flores: 4IP, 3H, 2ER, 3BB, 4K (20.2 IP, 3.92 ERA, 28K/12BB)
  • Ryan Gunther IP, H, ER, 0BB, K (8.1 IP, 6.48 ERA, 12K/1BB)

Danville dropped Monday night’s game in extras after DH Hunter Lockwood popped a home run off Ryan Gunther in the 10th. The loss snapped Danville’s seven game winning streak. Andy Urbia went 3.2 innings, giving up one earned on 6 hits. There were a couple of notable performances on offense including a personal favorite, Connor Lien. Lien hit a double and a triple, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (10 XBH). Lien hasn’t shown the ability to draw many walks, but when you’re hitting the cover off the ball, players sometimes have the tendency to be more aggressive at the plate. As a raw 19-year-old high school draftee, there is plenty of time to improve his approach at the plate. Justin Black not only homered, but also drew a walk (and stole a base), both rare occurrences for the 20-year-old this season.

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