Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/14

Tate Nations

Jason Hursh has an okay outing, Kyle Wren has a three-hit game, and Victor Reyes' hit streak moves to 14 games.

Gwinnett Braves @ Buffalo Bisons: Rained Out

Soggy weather in western New York caused last night's game between the G-Braves and Bisons to be rained out. They'll play two seven-inning games starting at 5:05 PM this evening.

Mississippi Braves: 5 vs. Montgomery Biscuits: 2

Mississippi shrugged off a couple of rain delays to defeat the Montgomery Biscuits on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Hursh took the mound for the M-Braves and was okay, lasting 5.2 innings and surrendering two runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four. Hursh's command wasn't top notch, as evidenced by the aforementioned walks and that only 53 of his 95 pitches on the afternoon were strikes. Nevertheless, Hursh induced ground balls and got the occasional strikeout to keep Montgomery hitters in check. It wasn't a dominant outing by any stretch of the imagination, but he kept the ball down and limited damage. Chasen Shreve had a fantastic relief outing, escaping a sixth-inning jam with a strikeout of Jeff Malm, one of his five strikeouts. Shae Simmons picked up his tenth save of the season and lowered his ERA to a tidy 1.00, inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the game after allowing a ground ball single with one out in the ninth.

The bottom of the lineup did the vast majority of Mississippi's damage on Wednesday, as the trio of Barrett Kleinknecht, David Rohm, and Braeden Schlehuber went a combined 6-12, driving in four of the five Mississippi runs on the day. Rohm and Kleinknecht both doubled, while Schlehuber had a pair of singles that brought home three Mississippi baserunners.  Kyle Kubitza had a quintessentially Kubitzan night, walking twice and striking out twice. Myke Jones' only hit on the day was voided as he was caught stealing in the bottom of the fourth after reaching on a single. The M-Braves begin a series with Tennessee tonight at Trustmark Park, sending Williams Perez to the mound.

In other M-Braves news, former first-round pick and outfielder Matt Lipka underwent hand surgery yesterday. Although the nature of the injury in terms of specifics has not been released, he was placed on the DL with a hand contusion back on May 7th, so obviously the problem ended up being a little more serious than a contusion.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 5 at Carolina Mudcats: 3

  • José Peraza, 2B: 1-5, R, 2B (7), K, .316
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 3-5, 2 R, 2B (2), CS (5), .270
  • David Nick, LF: 3-5, R, 2B (2), 2 RBI (6), .394
  • Will Skinner, RF: 2-4, R, 2B (10), K, .238
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 2-3, RBI (10), E (3, fielding), .214
  • Greg Ross (W): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 6:2 GO:FO, 2.72 ERA
  • Benino Pruneda: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 3:1 GO:FO, 3.68 ERA
  • Nate Hyatt (SV): IP, 2 BB, 1 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 2.65 ERA
Greg Ross, the 24-year-old Marylander, took the mound for Lynchburg and picked up his third win of the season as the Hillcats topped the Mudcats by a 5-3 score yesterday. Ross wasn't great, allowing eight singles and three runs, but he worked out of jams and produced ground balls. It certainly didn't hurt that he didn't walk anyone, either. After being thrown into the rotation in the third week of the season, Ross has been a good, stable veteran in Lynchburg's starting staff, going at least five innings and never allowing more than three runs in all six of his starts. Nate Hyatt had a bit of an interesting ninth inning, as he walked Todd Hankins and Logan Vick back-to-back with an out. However, he induced a groundout and a strikeout to end the game, picking up a save, his second of the season, and putting the game in the books.
Kyle Wren and David Nick stole the show offensively for the Hillcats on Wednesday, as both players went 3-5 with two singles and a double. Wren now has 38 hits on the season; he has 36 singles and a pair of doubles. He was caught stealing for the second consecutive night, which is quite uncharacteristic of him, as his speed and instincts on the base paths usually lead to better results than what he's experienced the past couple of evenings. His counterpart at the top of the lineup, José Peraza, also doubled in the contest, and made a nice play to rob a run from the Mudcats in the bottom of the fifth.
Lynchburg will now return home to begin a series with Wilmington starting tonight at Calvin Falwell Field.
Rome Braves: 3 at Greensboro Grasshoppers: 8
  • Victor Caratini, C: 0-3, BB, K, .289
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-4, 2B (9), K, .281
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-4, R, .386
  • Jacob Schrader, DH: 2-4, R, .259
  • Blake Brown, LF: 1-3, R, HR (1), 3 RBI (11), .228
  • Carlos Salazar: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 4:3 GO:FO, 10.67 ERA
  • Tyler Vail: 2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Brady Feigl: IP, 5 H, 3 ER, K, 4.05 ERA
It was another start, another rough outing for Carlos Salazar, and another loss for Rome last night in Greensboro. Salazar was ineffective, giving up seven hits, including a double and a home run, and walking three in 3.2 innings of work. Most of the damage came in the fourth inning, as he allowed the aforementioned home run as well as a pair of singles and a walk. He wasn't helped by a Seth Moranda error that turned a potential double play into a force out, but Salazar had a tough night regardless. I'm not sure at this point why Salazar is still being trotted out every fifth day as a starter for Rome. He's been wholly ineffective, and has been riddled with control problems. His secondary offerings are a long ways away from being viable, and it seems as if he'd benefit both psychologically and in a developmental sense from spending some time down at Extended Spring Training in order to work on his mechanics, control, and secondary offerings. Brady Feigl had a tough night too, giving up five hits, including a home run, in relief.

I know you'll find this almost impossible to believe, but Victor Reyes had a multi-hit game last night, increasing his hit streak to 14 games. Blake Brown drove in all three of Rome's runs on the evening with a seventh inning blast off of Ramon Del Orbe, his first round-tripper of the campaign. Victor Caratini had a rare hitless night, but still reached base once on a walk. Rome dropped to 12-27 on the season with last night's loss, and will send A.J. Holland to the bump tomorrow night in an attempt to turn the tide.
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