Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/7

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Due to rain, Mississippi was the only affiliate to play Monday night. J.R. Graham made quite the impression in his first start of the season.

Gwinnett at Norfolk: postponed due to rain

Game 1: Mobile BayBears 0, Mississippi Braves 4

  • Matt Lipka, CF: 2-3, 2B (2)
  • Cedric Hunter, LF: 0-2, R, BB
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 0-3, R, RBI, 2 K, SB (1)
  • David Rohm, RF: 1-3, 2 RBI, K
  • J.R. Graham, RHP: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 63 pitches-37 strikes, 9:2 GO:FO
  • Ryne Harper, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17p-10s, 1:0 GO:FO
  • Shae Simmons, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 17p-11s, 1-1 GO:FO
In the first of two seven inning contests, Mississippi scored all of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Lipka notched the only extra-base hit of the game and kept a rally going during the sixth inning by showing off his plus-plus wheels and bunting for a single. While offense was in short supply, J.R. Graham was the story of the evening. In his first start of the season, Graham fired five innings of no-hit ball, striking out three and allowing his only baserunner by way of a free pass. His strike percentage (58.7 percent) in this particular outing was a little down compared to what he has exhibited in previous seasons, but for his first official start after a frustrating 2013 campaign marred by a shoulder injury, this outing was stellar by all accounts. In classic Graham style, he kept his infielders busy all evening, inducing nine groundouts. Hopefully this is the first of many healthy starts for Graham, who could very well see time in Atlanta this season. Ryne Harper and Shae Simmons tossed the final two innings and kept the BayBears, ahem, at bay. Harper relies very heavily on a big breaking curveball to offset average fastball velocity, and while he has posted outrageous strikeout numbers in the past, the rate has dropped each year as he continues to climb the ladder.

Game 2: Mobile BayBears 2, Mississippi Braves 1
  • Cedric Hunter, CF: 1-3, R, 3B (1), K
  • Emerson Landoni, SS: 1-3, RBI
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 1-3, 2 K, SB (2)
  • Robby Hefflinger, LF: 0-3, 3 K
  • David Rohm, RF: 0-3, 3 K
  • Joe Leonard, 1B: 0-3, 2 K
  • Barrett Kleinknecht, 2B: 0-2, BB
  • David Bromberg, RHP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 71p-42s, 3:2 GO:FO
  • Ryan Weber, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 13p-10s, 1:1 GO:FO
  • Carlos Perez, LHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 28p-12s, 0:1 GO:FO
  • James Hoyt, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9p-7s, 0:1 GO:FO
The BayBears pitching staff rendered Mississippi immobile (I'll show myself out) in the second game of the double-header, spreading three hits and only one run across seven frames. Starter A.J. Schugel fanned nine Braves hitters while the relief corps held the Braves hitless over the final two innings. In the first inning, Cedric Hunter tripled for the first time this season and Emerson Landoni drove him in, proving to be the only offense the team could muster all game. David Bromberg struggled in his first appearance with the organization, and while Carlos Perez didn't allow any runs, his three walks in one inning of work further exacerbates his poor start to the season.

Rome at Lexington: postponed due to rain
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