Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/4

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Ervin Santana was touched up in his Triple-A tune up start Friday

Gwinnett Braves 12, Durham Bulls 7

The Gwinnett offense came alive Friday night, led my Ernesto Mejia, who jacked two homers, his 2nd and 3rd of the season. Edward Salcedo, at DH, also went deep for the first time in triple-A. For most of the night, all eyes were on Ervin Santana who was making his final tuneup start before a hopeful entry into the Braves rotation. As you can see, the results weren't the prettiest, but the stuff and velocity were there so don't go freaking out at the line. At 93 pitches, Santana should be read to roll, my guess would be Wednesday the 9th v. the Mets. Cody Martin also worked three innings in relief, scattering three hits and a run, striking out four. Back on offense, Joey Terdoslavich and Tommy La Stella each had multi-hit nights with La Stella also drawing a walk. With Dan Uggla's hot start at the plate, it looks like La Stella will keep having to rake in triple-A for the time being. Both also committed a fielding error on defense.

Mobile Bay Bears 7, Mississippi Braves 5

Jason Hursh made his season debut, going four innings, scattering two hits and a run. Out of the 12 outs, he recorded nine groundouts, two flyouts and a strikeout. The rest of the staff struggled, each giving up at least a run, only recording three punch outs as a team on the night. Matt Lipka found himself causing trouble to the top of the lineup, ripping a double and later stealing second, his first swipe of the season. Mississippi did run themselves into some trouble though and were caught stealing three times. To no surprise, one of those was Kyle Kubitza who went 8-24 in stolen base attempts last season. Gustavo Nunez and Seth Loman each and multi-hit nights, including their first doubles of the season.

Frederick Keys 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 6 (F/10)

  • Jose Peraza 2B: 1-4, BB
  • Kyle Wren CF: 1-4, BB, SB
  • Josh Elander LF: 1-4, 2B, BB
  • Edison Sanchez 1B: 2-5, 2B, R
  • Will Skinner RF: 0-4, BB, R, E
  • Levi Hyams DH: 2-3, 2BB, 2R
  • Daniel Castro SS: 3-3, BB, R
  • Mauricio Cabrera: 4IP, 4H, ER, BB, 5K
  • Greg Ross: 3.2IP 3H, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
  • Brandon Cundiff: 1.1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
  • Zach Jadofsky IP, H, 0ER, BB, K

The tweet pretty much says it all, Cabrera is a dude. In his first outing of 2014, he worked through the Frederick lineup striking out five in four innings of work. He was able to induce six groundouts, including a double play. They needed extras, but Lynchburg tied the game in the 9th and won it in the 10th thanks to a walk off single from Daniel Castro. Speaking of Castro, he reached base all four times last night, going 3-3 with a walk. Levi Hyams also did damage at the bottom of the lineup, going 3-4 with a walk. Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren put up identical lines at the plate, with Wren stealing his first bag of the season. Edison Sanchez, playing first, had a multi-hit performance as well, doubling of starter Parker Birdwell. As a team Lynchburg roped out 11 hits and coaxed 7 walks on the night.

Also, here is a pretty cool headline from The News and Advance touting Lynchburg's dynamic rotation of Sims, Cabrera and Parsons for the 2014 season.

Rome Braves 1, Hagerstown Suns 2

  • Mikey Reynolds 2B: 1-4, CS
  • Johan Camargo SS: 1-4
  • Victor Caratini 3B: 0-4
  • Victor Reyes RF: 0-2, BB, R, CS (2)
  • Carlos Franco DH: 0-2, BB
  • Bryan De La Rosa C: 0-2, BB
  • Blake Brown CF: 1-3, 2B (2)
  • Chuck Buchanan: 5IP, 3H, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
  • Jean Carlos Gil: 2IP, H, 0ER, BB, K
  • Tyler Brosius: 1.2IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 0K
The young Rome offense struggled again Friday night, going for three hits and a run against Hagerstown pitching. Rome actually scored in the 8th to take a 1-0 lead, but gave it up in the 9th with two outs, losing in walk-off fashion. Mikey Reynolds, Johan Camargo and Blake Brown recorded the hits, Brown going for his second double of the season. Victor Reyes was able to draw a walk, but was thrown out trying to steal home. On the hill, Chuck Buchanan had a great outing for Rome, firing five innings of shutout baseball, giving up three hits on the night. Saturday night should be an exciting pitching matchup as Carlos Salazar faces Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito.
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