Christian Bethancourt hit a pair of bombs Friday night. - Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Bethancourt hits a pair of bombs, Beachy continues his rehab, Wren flashes his speed, and Lien shows off all his tools in Friday's Atlanta Braves minor league action.
Indianapolis Indians 3, Gwinnett Braves 4
- Phil Gosselin, 2B: 2-4, RBI, .271
- Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 1-3, HR(25), BB, 2 K, .245
- Sean Kazmar, SS: 1-2, BB, RBI, .213
- Brandon Beachy, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.38 ERA
- Cory Rasmus, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.87 ERA
Brandon Beachy's third rehab start was probably his best one yet. Beachy limited a good Indians lineup to 1 run on 5 hits in 5 innings of work. He needed 70 pitches to get through 5 innings, throwing 46 of them for strikes. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Ernesto Mejia backed Beachy with his 25th homer of the year as the G-Braves squeaked out a 4-3 win. It was Beachy's first win in rehab. Cory Rasmus pitched a perfect 9th with 2 Ks to earn the save.
Mississippi Braves 3, Jackson Generals 4
- Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-5, 2 HR(7,8), .265
- Edward Salcedo, 3B: 2-4, .261
- Jaime Pedroza, SS: 2-4, .293
- Michael Lee, SP: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R(0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3.96 ERA
- Ronan Pacheco, RP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
Mississippi lost despite not allowing an earned run to the Generals. *Five* M-Braves errors led to all 4 Jackson runs. For good measure, Mississippi also had 2 runners thrown out on the basepaths. It was a shame, because the errors ruined stellar games from both pitcher Michael Lee and catcher Christian Bethancourt. Lee tossed 7 innings of 5-hit ball, while Bethancourt hit two home runs, the first multi-homer game of his career.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Potomac Nationals 2
- Matt Lipka, CF: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, .279
- Trenton Moses, 1B: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .253
- Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 0-2, 3 BB, SB(6), .252
- Josh Elander, DH: 1-3, RBI, BB, .241
- Greg Ross, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3.45 ERA
Lynchburg pounded the Nationals High-A affiliate last night, putting together 8 runs to back starter Greg Ross. Matt Lipka hit a pair of doubles, drew a walk, and scored twice. Trenton Moses also reached three times on a single, double, and walk. Ethan's prospect-crush Kyle Kubitza showed off his batting eye, walking 3 times and swiping his 6th bag of the year. Josh Elander added an RBI single and a walk as well. This backed a strong start from Ross who threw 6 innings of 2-run ball to pick up the win.
Lexington Legends 3, Rome Braves 2
- Kyle Wren, CF: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 SB(9,10), .333
- Jose Peraza, SS: 1-4, RBI, .275
- Casey Kalenkosky, 1B; 1-3, BB, SB(5), .243
- Wes Parsons, SP:7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.49 ERA
Ho, hum. Another day, another multi-hit game for Kyle Wren. Wren showed off his legs extensively tonight, reaching on a bunt single and legging out a double. He stole two bases as well, bringing him up to 10 in his Rome career. He still hasn't been caught on the base paths. Casey Kalenkosky reached twice as well and stole his 5th base of the year. Unfortunately, that was about all the offense Rome could muster, as they fell despite an excellent start from pitcher Wes Parsons.
Danville Braves 12, Kingsport Mets 5 - Game 1
- Connor Lien, CF: 1-3, HR(4), SB(4), 3 RBI, 2 BB, .267
- Victor Caratini, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, .326
- Bryan De La Rosa, DH: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB, .292
- Anthony Nunez, C: 3-3, 3 R, BB, .412
- Jean Carlos Gil, SP: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4, 7.50 ERA
Danville Braves 0, Kingsport Mets 1 - Game 2
- Victor Caratini, DH: 1-3, .326
- Justin Black, LF: 0-1, BB, SB(4), .186
- Andrew Waszak, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.02 ERA
Danville split a doubleheader with Kingsport yesterday, hammering them in the first game while getting shutout 1-0 in the second. The first game was the Connor Lien show, as he showed off all of him tools. Lien blasted his 4th homer of the year, stole a base, and took two walks as well. Victor Caratini kept smashing the ball, adding a pair of doubles and a walk. Bryan De La Rosa continued his torrid streak as well, going 2-4 with a double, single, and walk. Jean Carlos Gil was not sharp in the opener, allowing 5 runs in 3 innings of work, but the offense bailed him out big time. In the nightcap, Danville lost despite a good start from Andrew Waszak.
GCL Braves 8, GCL Phillies 6
- Reed Harper, SS: 2-5, 2B, R, .280
- Connor Oliver, CF: 2-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI, .140
- Jose Morel, LF: 1-4, 2 R, SB(2), .229
- Fernelys Sanchez, RF: 0-3, BB, R, .185
- Francisco Gonzalez, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 6.00 ERA
- Jonathan Holmes, RP: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.80 ERA
The GCL Braves took advantage of some of Phillies' miscues (that's GCL ball for you) to put up 8 runs in a win. Table-setters Reed Harper and Connor Oliver each notched multi-hit games to power Francisco Gonzalez to a win. Gonzalez threw 5 innings of 2-run ball, striking out 4 in the process. Jonathan Holmes locked down his 3rd save of the year by pitching 2.2 shutout innings.