Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/9

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Former White Sox RHP Zach Stewart made his debut in the Braves organization Wednesday evening.

Gwinnett Braves 4, Norfolk Tides 3

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 1-4, BB, SB (3)
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 0-4, BB, 2 K
  • Joey Terdoslavich, RF: 0-2, BB, CS (1)
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 0-4, 2 K
  • Phil Gosselin, 2B: 2-4, 2 R, RBI
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 3-4, R, SB (1)
  • Mark Hamilton, DH: 1-4, 2B (1), RBI, K
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 3-4, 2 RBI
  • Zach Stewart, RHP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 75p-47s, 11:2 GO:FO
  • Yunesky Maya, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12p-8s, 2:0 GO:FO
  • Luis Vazquez, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12p-7s, 1:0 GO:FO
  • Wirfin Obispo, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12p-9s, 1:1 GO:FO
  • Juan Jaime, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 19p-11s, 1:0 GO:FO
Gwinnett squeaked out a win over the Tides on Wednesday, scoring two runs in the eighth to take the lead, which they would not relinquish. Edward Salcedo and Christian Bethancourt both collected three singles, while designated hitter and former St. Louis Cardinal Mark Hamilton smashed his first double of the season. Phil Gosselin also ripped a couple of singles, continuing his incredibly hot start at the plate (.500/.545/.650 in his first five games). Zach Stewart, who was acquired in early March from the Chicago White Sox, made his debut with Gwinnett, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings of work, striking out one. Yunesky Maya, Luis Vasquez, Wirfin Obispo, and Juan Jaime each worked an inning in relief, allowing no runs after the fifth inning. Juan Jaime collected his second save, striking out two and walking one in the ninth.

Mississippi Braves 2, Jackson Generals 4
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 0-4, 4 K, outfield assist
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 2-3, R, BB
  • Seth Loman, 1B: 1-3, R, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, K
  • David Rohm, RF: 1-4, K
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 0-4, 2 K
  • Robby Hefflinger, DH: 0-4, 3 K
  • Braeden Schlehuber, C: 1-3, 2B (1)
  • Lay Batista, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 37p-19s, 2:3 GO:FO
  • Chasen Shreve, LHP: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 28p-22s, 1:2 GO:FO
  • John Cornely, RHP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 25p-17s, 0:2 GO:FO
  • Ronan Pacheco, LHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 13p-7s, 3:1 GO:FO
Mississippi's offense was stymied by the top pitching prospect in the game last evening, as Taijuan Walker made his second rehab start and dominated. The big right-hander fanned ten M-Braves hitters over five innings of work, allowing only three hits and throwing over 63 percent of his pitches for strikes. The M-Braves offense was able to tally a couple of runs once Walker left the game. Emerson Landoni knocked a couple of singles, and Seth Loman drove in the only two runs of the game with a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Kyle Kubitza and Robby Hefflinger had forgettable nights, going a combined 0-for-8 with five strikeouts. Lay Batista got the start and struggled with command, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. John Cornely and Ronan Pacheco closed out the game in relief and looked sharp, allowing no runs or hits and fanning a combined five batters.

Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Potomac Nationals 1
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 1-3, R, BB, SB (3)
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-5, R
  • Josh Elander, LF: 2-5, 2 R, HR (1), 2 RBI
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B; 2-5, R, RBI, K
  • Will Skinner, RF: 1-5, K
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 1-5, R, RBI, 2 K
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 2-4, 2 R, 3B (1), K
  • Levi Hyams, DH: 1-3, R, HR (1), 3 RBI
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, 2B (2), 2 RBI, K
  • Lucas Sims, RHP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 5:4 GO:FO
  • Patrick Scoggin, RHP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1:2 GO:FO
  • Matt Chaffee, LHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO
  • Nate Hyatt, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1:0 GO:FO
Another night, another offensive explosion from the Hillcats, peppering the Nationals with nine runs on 12 hits. Josh Elander and Levi Hyams led the offense, each homering for the first time this season and knocking in five runs between them. Kevin Ahrens and Tyler Tewell chipped in with a couple of hits apiece, and shortstop Daniel Castro laced his second double of the season. Top prospect Lucas Sims pitched five strong innings, fanning four and allowing only one run on two hits, notching the win. Patrick Scoggin, Matt Chaffee, and Nate Hyatt combined to pitch four innings of scoreless relief. Hyatt, a 13th-rounder in 2012, is repeating the Carolina League after a moderately successful 2013 campaign in which he was the team's primary stopper. He misses bats with his fairly lethal fastball/slider combination, but throwing more strikes will be the key as he continues to climb the organizational ladder.

Rome Braves 5, Lexington Legends 2
  • Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 1-3, 2 R, 3B (1), 2 BB, 1 K, SB (3)
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, K
  • Victor Caratini, C: 1-5, R, 2B (2), RBI, K
  • Joey Meneses, LF: 0-2, R, 3 BB
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-5, RBI
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 1-3, BB, 2 K
  • Jacob Schrader, 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Chuck Buchanan, LHP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 3:2 GO:FO
  • Brady Feigl, LHP: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0:4 GO:FO
  • Michael Swanner, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1:1 GO:FO
  • Richie Tate, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2:1 GO:FO
Rome held Lexington to two runs on three hits Wednesday morning/afternoon, with four pitchers combining to throw a gem. Chuck Buchanan, an 18th-rounder in 2013, whiffed nine in five innings of work, allowing only two hits and two runs, none of which were earned. Brady Feigl, Michael Swanner, and Richie Tate combined to throw four innings of no-hit, no run baseball to close out the game, with Tate earning his first save of the season. On the offensive side, Mikey Reynolds and Victor Caratini had the team's only extra-base hits, with the former notching his first triple and the latter collecting his second double of the season. Reynolds, a 5th-round pick in 2013, shows up-the-middle defensive chops, has a little speed, and has a high-contact approach, giving him a ceiling of utility player at the highest level. Elsewhere, Victor Reyes had a couple of singles and Jacob Schrader knocked in two runs on a 1-for-4 afternoon.
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