Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/12

J.R. Graham keeps churning right along down the comeback trail. - Elsa

J.R. Graham had another strong rehab start while Ernesto Mejia hit his 6th homer of the year.

Durham Bulls 4, Gwinnett Braves 3

Gwinnett lost a close one against the Bulls again, dropping last night's game 4-3. Ernesto Mejia did most of the damage with a two-run bomb, his sixth of the year so far. Mejia will never be a high average guy, but his power is very impressive, and to have that many homers through nine games is nuts. Jose Constanza had a nice game leading off, reaching base three times and driving in the other Gwinnett run. Mitch Atkins started for Durham and was not good at all, walking 4 en route to allowing 4 runs in 3 innings. The G-Braves bullpen picked up the slack through, throwing 6 innings of 3-hit shutout ball.
Mississippi Braves 5, Jackson Generals 2
Another very good start for J.R. Graham yesterday, as the rehabbing righty tossed 4.2 innings of shutout ball to lead Mississippi to a 5-2 win. Graham didn't strike out anyone, but still looked good, drawing a good amount of weak contact. He was lifted early due to pitch count. John Cornely and Shae Simmons were fantastic out of the pen, throwing 3 shutout innings between them. For the offense, Seth Loman kept up his hot hitting, drilling his 3rd home run. Emerson Landoni had himself quite a day, going 4-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Frederick Keys 1
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 3-5, R, SB(4), .324
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 2-4, 2B(3), RBI, BB, .286
  • Josh Elander, LF: 1-5, R, RBI, .324
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-4, R, BB, 2 K, .265
  • Will Skinner, RF: 1-4, 2B(2), 2 RBI, OF Assist(@second), .194
  • Jarrett Miller, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.16 ERA
  • Alex Wilson, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.59 ERA
Lynchburg demolished the Keys last night, thanks in part to some power hitting and a few Frederick errors. Edison Sanchez kept up his hot streak, going 2-4 with an RBI double. Jose Peraza had another ho-hum three-hits-and-a-steal night and is now hitting a sublime .324. Will Skinner had a nice game as well, delivering a 2 RBI double as well as an outfield assist. Jarrett Miller was strong in his second start, allowing a run on 4 hits in 4 innings. In what's become somewhat of a theme for today's MiLB recap, the bullpen was once again excellent. Matt Chaffee struck out 4 in 2 perfect innings, while Alex Wilson whiffed 3 in 2 scoreless innings.
Savannah Sand Gnats 4, Rome Braves 3
  • Mikey Reynolds, SS: 1-5, 2B(2), RBI, R, .207
  • Victor Caratini, C: 1-3, RBI, BB, K, .219
  • Cody Livesay, CF: 2-4, RBI, .174
  • Reed Harper, 2B: 2-4, .353
  • Jared Dettmann, SP: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 5.00 ERA
  • Brady Feigl, RP: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA
Ugh. Just a gross game all-around from Rome. Poor pitching and poor hitting. On the bright side, Victor Caratini reached base twice tonight; hopefully he's starting to break out of his mini-funk. Cody Livesay and Reed Harper each notched empty multi-hit games. This whole game was meh.
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