Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/21

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Hursh was on the mound for Mississippi on Monday night.

Charlotte Knights 3, Gwinnett Braves 6

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 2-5, R, 3B (2), .290
  • Phil Gosselin, 2B: 2-4, RBI, BB, .404
  • Tommy La Stella, DH: 2-3, R, 2 BB, .346
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 2-5, R, 2 K, .379
  • Joey Terdoslavich, RF-1B: 1-3, 2 R, BB, .237
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-4, R, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 K, .277
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 1-4, 2B (5), RBI, 2 K, .214
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-4, K, .214
  • Cody Martin, RHP: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 98p-61s, 5:3 GO:FO, 3.38 ERA
  • Mark Lamm, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 19p-9s, 1:1 GO:FO, 3.38 ERA
  • Pedro Beato, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 15p-8s, 1:1 GO:FO, 6.00 ERA
  • Juan Jaime, RHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 32p-17s, 0:1 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
Save for shortstop Tyler Greene, every member of Gwinnett's starting lineup had a hit Monday night in their victory over the Charlotte Knights. Jose Constanza, Phil Gosselin, Tommy La Stella, and Ernesto Mejia all collected two hits apiece, with Constanza collecting his 2nd triple of the season. With a couple of hits, La Stella raises his season averages to .346/.422/.385, while Gosselin remains above the .400 mark on the season. With his two hits, Mejia extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Todd Cunningham had the big blow on the evening, smashing a grand slam in the seventh inning, his first home run of the season. Edward Salcedo also collected his fifth double with Gwinnett. After being named TC's Minor League Pitcher of the Week last week, Cody Martin pitched well over six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking one and fanning five. Mark Lamm got the win thanks to Cunningham's grand slam, pitching an inning of scoreless relief. Juan Jaime collected his fourth save of the season, allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out two. Despite some control issues, Jaime has yet to allow an earned run this season, fanning 13 in seven innings of work thus far.

Mississippi Braves 2, Montgomery Biscuits 6
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 1-5, 2B (4), K, SB (7), .215
  • Joe Leonard, 3B: 2-4, R, 2B (2), K, .250
  • Seth Loman, 1B: 1-4, .250
  • Elmer Reyes, DH: 1-4, 2B (3), 2 RBI, .353
  • Matt Kennelly, C: 1-4, K, .278
  • David Rohm, RF: 2-4, 2 2B (3), K, .151
  • Gustavo Nunez, SS: 1-4, .294
  • Jason Hursh, RHP: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 7:2 GO:FO, 2.95 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve, LHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0:2 GO:FO, 2.19 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco, LHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 8.10 ERA
  • Ryne Harper, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 7.04 ERA
With Jason Hursh on the mound, Mississippi fell to the Montgomery Biscuits 6-2. The Biscuits collected four runs in the bottom of the third inning off of Hursh, and all told, the 2013 first-rounder allowed five runs, only two of which were earned. The right-hander allowed seven hits in four and a third innings of work, walking and fanning three apiece. Offensively, Mississippi outhit the Biscuits 9 to 8, but the Braves could only push two across on the evening. Right fielder David Rohm smashed two doubles, with Matt Lipka, Joe Leonard, and Elmer Reyes also collecting a two-bagger apiece. Reyes continues his hot start at the plate, slashing .353/.389/.529 in the five games in which he has played.

Potomac Nationals 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 0-4, 2 K, .299
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 2-4, R, RBI, K, .278
  • Josh Elander, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, .232
  • Kevin Ahrens, DH: 1-3, BB, K, .242
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 1-4, .333
  • Greg Ross, RHP: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4:5 GO:FO, 2.84 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee, LHP: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0:0 GO:FO, 2.16 ERA
  • Nate Hyatt, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1:2 GO:FO, 2.08 ERA
  • Brandon Cunniff, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
Lynchburg's offense struggled to pull anything together against the Potomac Nationals, scoring two runs on only four hits. The offense chased Nationals starter — and former Stanford Cardinal — Brett Mooneyham after only two and two-thirds innings of work, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks. Potomac's bullpen was very strong for the remainder of the game, allowing only three hits throughout the remaining six-plus innings. Kyle Wren was the only Hillcat to record two hits, also scoring and knocking in a run. Kevin Ahrens and Tyler Tewell were the only other players to collect hits. Greg Ross was fairly strong through six innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out three. Matt Chaffee, Nate Hyatt, and Brandon Cunniff pitched three solid innings of relief, with the only blemish coming on a seventh inning home run from Stephen Perez off of Nate Hyatt.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 9, Rome Braves 14

  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-4, 2 R, BB, E (4, missed catch), .177
  • Daniel Carroll, LF: 2-4, 2 R, 2B (2), K, .368
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K, .271
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-4, 3 R, 2B (3), RBI, SB (5), .317
  • Victor Caratini, C: 3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, K, PB, .264
  • Jacob Schrader, DH: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, .244
  • Blake Brown, CF: 2-5, 2 2B (6), 3 RBI, 2 K, .271
  • Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 1-4, 2 K, .167
  • Chuck Buchanan, LHP: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 7:2 GO:FO, 1.42 ERA
  • Michael Flores, LHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2:3 GO:FO, 6.94 ERA
  • Brady Feigl, LHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 0.93 ERA
  • Richie Tate, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2:2 GO:FO, 2.16 ERA
Rome and Greensboro combined for 23 runs, 28 hits, and five errors on Monday night, with Rome coming out on top due to their stellar offensive performance. Jacob Schrader was the main catalyst, launching two home runs, scoring two runs, and collecting seven (!) RBIs. In fact, this set a new Rome Braves record.

Center fielder Blake Brown ripped two doubles and knocked in three runs, while Victor Caratini smashed three hits and collected two RBIs. Rome's pitchers deserved a better fate, only allowing three earned runs all night. The defense let them down, however, allowing six unearned runs to score. Lefty Chuck Buchanan had his worst start thus far in the season, allowing six hits in four innings of work, walking two and striking out none. Michael Flores, Brady Feigl, and Richie Tate combined for five innings of solid relief, allowing only two earned runs and striking out five.
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