A rough night for the affiliates was highlighted by a Mike Minor rehab start in Mississippi.
Gwinnett Braves 1, Columbus Clippers 7
- Phil Gosselin, 2B: 0-4, 2 K, 2 E (4, throw, fielding)
- Tommy La Stella, 2B: 1-4, .333
- Joey Terdoslavich, DH: 2-4, R, HR (2), RBI, K, .292
- Edward Salcedo, 3B: 2-3, K, E (6, throw), .229
- Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-3, 2 K, .200
- Zach Stewart, RHP: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 93p-61s, 13:2 GO:FO, 4.98
- Ryan Buchter, LHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 22p-16s, 0:0 GO:FO, 4.63
- Luis Vazquez, RHP: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 19p-14s, 0:0 GO:FO, 11.57
It was a tough game for both G-Braves bats and arms, as both struggled to compete against the Columbus Clippers Friday evening. Joey Terdoslavich was the main contributor on offense, smashing his second home run of the season in the ninth inning, the only extra-base hit the team mustered in the contest. Edward Salcedo had a couple of singles while committing his sixth error of the season, and Christian Bethancourt had a hit and two strikeouts, bringing his season line to .200/.259/.220. While Bethancourt's having a rough go to start the season in Gwinnett, Tommy La Stella is rather predictably ripping it up.
Zach Stewart was touched up in five and two-thirds innings of work, allowing three earned runs on ten hits, including a home run by big man Jesus Aguilar, walking one and fanning three. Ryan Buchter fanned three in an inning and a third, and Luis Vazquez's troubles continued, allowing two home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Vazquez has allowed 12 earned runs in nine and one-thirds innings of work thus far this season, leaving his season ERA at 11.57.
No official word yet, but if this turns out to be true, this is will be an interesting development due to Mejia's status on the 40-man roster.
Mississippi Braves 1, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5
- Mycal Jones, LF: 2-4, R, HR (1), RBI, BB, .500
- Matt Lipka, CF: 0-4, BB, K, .185
- Emerson Landoni, 2B-3B: 1-5, K, SB (2), .288
- Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 1-3, 2B (5), BB, K, .200
- Matt Kennelly, C: 0-2, 2 BB, .256
- David Rohm, RF: 1-4, K, .147
- Mike Minor, LHP: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4 HR, 81p-58s, 8:7 GO:FO, 8.00 ERA
- James Hoyt, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 22p-12s, 0:1 GO:FO, 1.80 ERA
Mike Minor made his second start in Mississippi as part of his rehab stint and struggled in a losing effort, allowing ten hits, five runs, and four home runs, whiffing two through seven innings. He threw 72 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced eight groundouts and seven flyouts. Offensively, Mycal Jones had a great season debut, collecting a single, homer, and a walk from the lead-off spot. Kyle Kubitza collected a double and a walk, bringing his season line to .200/.279/.350. Matt Kennelly has had an interesting two-game stint, collecting six walks cumulatively after taking two more Friday night.
Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Salem Red Sox 10
- Jose Peraza, 2B: 1-4, .315
- Kyle Wren, CF: 0-4, 2 K, .268
- Will Skinner, RF: 2-4, 2B (5), K, E (4, throw), .211
- Tyler Tewell, DH: 1-4, K, .327
- Daniel Castro, SS: 1-3, .262
- Patrick Scoggin, RHP: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1:1 GO:FO, 8.74 ERA
- Eric Pfisterer, LHP: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5:2 GO:FO, 7.53 ERA
- Clay Schrader, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2:2 GO:FO, 4.50 ERA
- Nate Hyatt, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2:1 GO:FO, 1.86 ERA
- Brandon Cunniff, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
The Hillcats were pummeled by Salem, losing by a final score of 10-0. Will Skinner had the only extra-base hit of the evening, collecting his fifth double of the season, and was the only player to have multiple hits. Tyler Tewell knocked a single, continuing his hot start and bringing his OPS to .799. The pitching staff struggled outside of two good relief performances by Nate Hyatt and Brandon Cunniff to finish off the game. There isn't much to say about this one.
Kannapolis Intimidators 12, Rome Braves 2
- Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-4, 1 R, 2B (6), K, E (3, fielding), .250
- Chris Constantino, DH: 1-4, 2B (1), RBI, K, .111
- Victor Reyes, RF: 0-4, 2 K, .293
- Victor Caratini, 3B: 1-2, R, 2B (5), BB, 2 E (2, fielding, fielding), .273
- Johan Camargo, SS: 1-3, 2 K, E (6, missed catch), .181
- Yean Carlos Gil, LHP: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3:4 GO:FO, 1.13 ERA
- Michael Flores, LHP: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6:2 GO:FO, 7.98 ERA
- Brady Feigl, LHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5:1 GO:FO, 2.13 ERA
Another affiliate, another loss in epic fashion. Rome's offense was held in check by Kannapolis starter Jake Sanchez, collecting only 1 hit in his six innings of work, whiffing 10 times. Joey Meneses, Chris Constantino, and Victor Caratini all collected doubles, and Johan Camargo had the only other hit of the night, a single. Yean Carlos Gil, while not showing up in his walk totals, struggled with commanding his fastball all evening, and allowed a couple of runs in four innings of work while striking out four. Michael Flores struggled out of the pen, giving up five hits and four earned runs in three innings, fanning two. Brady Feigl finished off the game for the Braves and was victimized by shoddy defense in his two innings of work, allowing 5 runs, only two of which were earned. He allowed three hits, one walk, and struck out one. Despite going undrafted last season, Brady Feigl is an interesting arm out of the bullpen. He has some serious command issues and a max-effort delivery but flashes three average pitches (FB, CB, CH) from a high three-quarters arm slot from which he creates good downhill plane on a 90-93 mph fastball. He's worthy of note, in the very least.
I have no idea how a 6-foot-3, 175-pound lefty with decent stuff was not drafted, but hey, good find. This article
explains Feigl's road to professional baseball. You may recognize the name Gene Kerns from the signing of Brandon Beachy.