Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/23

Joel Auerbach

Phil Gosselin continued his hot start at the plate in Tuesday's MiLB action.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Columbus Clippers 2

In the eighth inning of last night's game, Gwinnett put up two runs to take the lead which they would not relinquish. After a Jose Constanza walk, Phil Gosselin ripped an RBI double and Tommy La Stella pounded an RBI single, proving to be the tying and go-ahead runs in the inning. Elsewhere on offense, Edward Salcedo collected his sixth double of the season and Christian Bethancourt, while not collecting a hit, took a couple of walks, his first such game since 2012. Mitch Atkins fired five decent innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out three. The real story of the night was Gwinnett's bullpen, as four pitchers combined to pitch four scoreless innings to close out the game. Wirfin Obispo was pitching when the G-Braves took the lead, so he took his second win of the season, while Juan Jaime collected his fifth save after walking one and striking out none in an inning of work.

Mississippi Braves 7, Montgomery Biscuits 10
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 0-6, 2 K, .197
  • Emerson Landoni, DH: 2-4, 3 R, 2B (3), HR (1), RBI, K, .274
  • David Rohm, RF: 1-3, 2 R, 3B (1), BB, assist, .150
  • Seth Loman, 1B: 3-5, R, 2B (3), 2 RBI, K, .266
  • Elmer Reyes, SS: 2-5, 2B (5), 2 RBI, K, E (4, fielding), .462
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 1-5, RBI, 3 K, .189
  • Robby Hefflinger, LF: 1-4, R, 3B (1), BB, K, .137
  • Gustavo Nunez, 2B: 2-4, RBI, BB, 2 K, .309
  • Braeden Schlehuber, C: 2-4, BB, .266
  • J.R. Graham, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2:2 GO:FO, 1.17 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve, LHP: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 5:1 GO:FO, 2.35 ERA
  • Lay Batista, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 8.22 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco, LHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 3:1 GO:FO, 10.80 ERA
  • Ryne Harper, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0:1 GO:FO, 6.75 ERA
A wild one ensued in Montgomery on Wednesday evening, as both starters struggled to get outs and left the game very early. In particular, J.R. Graham could only last two innings, struggling with command and allowing two earned runs. Ian will have a breakdown of this start later today. The bullpen struggled, as well, with Ronan Pacheco taking the loss after allowing four earned runs on five walks in an inning and two-thirds of work. Offensively, the M-Braves outhit the Biscuits 14-9, but the Biscuits made the most of their hits and Mississippi's wildness to take the win. Seth Loman led Mississippi's attack, collecting three hits, including his third double of the season. Emerson Landoni pounded a double and a home run, his first round-tripper of the season. Elmer Reyes continues to pound the ball, collecting a single and double in five plate appearances. David Rohm and Robby Hefflinger both collected a triple in the contest. Hefflinger has gotten off to a putrid start this season, slashing .137/.241/.235 and whiffing 21 times in 16 games thus far. Say it with me: plus raw power, well below-average hit tool.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Salem Red Sox 4
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 2-4, R, 3B (1), SB (10), .309
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-3, RBI, BB, CS (2), PO, .293
  • Josh Elander, LF: 1-2, 2 BB, K, SB (4), .239
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 1-3, R, HR (1), RBI, CS (2), E (2, throw), .333
  • Will Skinner, RF: 1-4, 2B (4), K, .203
  • Levi Hyams, DH: 2-4, CS (2), .269
  • Jarrett Miller, RHP: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 9:5 GO:FO, 3.86 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky, RHP: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1:2 GO:FO, 4.09 ERA
Lynchburg could only muster two runs on eight hits against Salem, falling in the first game of their series against the Red Sox. Jose Peraza and Levi Hyams both collected a couple of hits, with Peraza collecting his first triple while stealing his tenth base of the season. Josh Elander reached base three times with a hit and two walks while also swiping a bag, his fourth thus far. Catcher Tyler Tewell, a former 14th-rounder out of Appalachian State in 2012, pounded his first home run of the young season, bringing his season line to .333/.353/.479. Jarrett Miller pitched six innings and wasn't very effective, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks, allowing two long balls. Zach Jadofsky closed the game out, striking out three over two innings of work.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 7, Rome Braves 2
  • Daniel Carroll, LF: 1-4, BB, .348
  • Eric Garcia, SS: 1-5, R, 3B (1), 2 K, E (3, fielding), .136
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-5, R, 2B (5), HR (3), 2 RBI, K, .265
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-4, K, assist, .309
  • Victor Caratini, C: 2-4, .283
  • Blake Brown, CF: 1-4, K, .250
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-4, K, .196
  • Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 1-4, K, .177
  • Jared Dettmann, LHP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 3:5 GO:FO, 6.06 ERA
  • Rafael Briceno, RHP: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 12.71 ERA
  • Tyler Vail, RHP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2:1 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
  • Brady Feigl, LHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 0.84 ERA
Rome and Greensboro collected the same number of hits (12) throughout the evening, but the Grasshoppers were able to push across seven runs in a winning effort, taking the series win from the R-Braves. Joey Meneses led the offensive attack, pounding his fifth double and third home run of the season, knocking in the only two runs to score for the Braves. The Two Victors (Reyes and Caratini) and Carlos Franco all collected two singles apiece, with shortstop Eric Garcia lacing his first triple of the season. Jared Dettmann had a rough outing, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks while fanning four in four and one-third innings of work. Rafael Briceno wasn't much better in relief, allowing four runs on six hits in just over an inning of work, bringing his ERA to a cool 12.71. Tyler Vail and Brady Feigl closed out the game and allowed no runs on only two hits in just over three innings of work. The R-Braves welcome the Kannapolis Intimidators into town on Thursday and will throw Andry Ubiera in the first game of the series.
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