Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/10

Jason Hursh threw six strong innings last night. - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Hursh turned in another strong start for Mississippi while Shae Simmons was stellar out of the pen.

Gwinnett Braves 4, Norfolk Tides 7

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 2-5, 2 K, R, .222
  • Tommy La Stella, 2B: 0-1, 2 BB, 2 RBI, SF, .308
  • Cody Martin, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 6.43 ERA
  • Atahualpa Severino, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4.91 ERA
  • Mark Lamm, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 4.50 ERA
Gwinnett only scratched out 5 hits against Norfolk last night, but somehow managed to turn them into 4 runs. Unfortunately, it would not be enough, as Gwinnett's pitching got pretty beaten up. Jose Constanza was the only G-Brave to record a multi-hit game, going 2-5. Tommy La Stella continued to show off his impressive eye, drawing a pair of walks. On the young season, Gwinnett's second baseman has four walks and only one strikeout. Cody Martin was battered to the tune of six hits and four runs across four innings. On the bright side, he did manage to turn in an impressive 5/0 K/BB ratio. The bullpen gave up three more runs, with two coming off Mark Lamm. Lamm was wild, walking three men in two innings of work.

Mississippi Braves 3, Jackson Generals 2
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 2-5, RBI, SB(2), CS(1), .261
  • Kyle Kubitza, DH: 1-3, 2B(1), RBI, BB, .190
  • Joe Leonard, 3B: 1-3, BB, .091
  • Jason Hursh, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1.80 ERA
  • James Hoyt, RP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.45 ERA
  • Shae Simmons, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
Mississippi was the only team in the Atlanta franchise that won yesterday. Matt Lipka paced with the M-Braves' offense with a two-hit night; he also stole his second base of the year. Kyle Kubitza collected his first extra-base hit of the season with a double. Joe Leonard, Mississippi's glove-only third baseman (who hit third for some reason) collected his first hit of the year, and is now batting a cool .091. The story of the game was Jason Hursh, who was excellent in his second start. Hursh gave up only 1 run across 6 innings while striking out 3 and walking none. Not to be outdone, Shae Simmons was called upon for a four-out save and struck out every batter he faced.

(Fun fact: Did you know Jason Hursh's middle name is Brewster?)

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Potomac Nationals 7
  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 1-4, HR(2), 2 RBI, .391
  • Jose Peraza, SS: 1-4, 2B(3), .310
  • Alejandro Piloto, RF: 1-4, 2 RBI, .143
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 0-3, BB, .250
  • Mauricio Cabrera, SP: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 3.68 ERA
Gross. I don't know how Lynchburg scored 5 runs. They only had 4 hits. Levi Hyams had a two-run blast and that was about all there was of note. Jose Peraza smacked his third double in six games and is sporting an impressive .310 average so far this season. Mauricio Cabrera had a mess of a start, walking 4 men in 3.1 innings. It's never good when you give up more runs than hits. That said, he kept them in the game until Eric Pfisterer relieved him and promptly gave up five runs, courtesy of two long balls. Gross.

Savannah Sand Gnats 12, Rome Braves 5

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, RBI, .261
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-4, RBI, SB(3), .286
  • Blake Brown, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, .263
  • Bryan De La Rosa, C: 2-4, 2B(1), .188
  • MIchael Flores, SP: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 10.80 ERA
  • Rafael Briceno, RP: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9.53 ERA
  • Tyler Brosius, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 0 K, 5.79 ERA
I take back calling Lynchburg gross. This was gross. At least there's Victor Reyes. Reyes played right field tonight, which is intriguing and something to keep an eye on going forward should he get many more starts there. Reyes rapped out two hits and swiped his third bag. He doesn't project to have a ton of speed long-term, but it's nice to see nonetheless. Blake Brown also continued his strong start to the year, drawing a pair of walks. In eight games so far, the toolsy outfielder has put together a .263/.417/.421 line with an impressive 5/5 K/BB ratio. It's way to early to call this a breakout, but if Brown keeps it up, he could turn heads. As for Rome's pitching last night...
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