Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/16

Scott Cunningham

The Braves' affiliates played seven games combined last night, going 5-2. Aaron Northcraft, Gus Schlosser, and Wes Parsons twirled gems.

Gwinnett Braves: 4 at Buffalo Bisons: 1, Game 1 (7 innings)

Gwinnett Braves: 9 at Buffalo Bisons: 3, Game 2 (7 innings)
The Braves swept a doubleheader in Buffalo last night. Gus Schlosser, starting for Gwinnett after a stint in Atlanta's bullpen at the beginning of the season, took the ball and had a good outing, allowing only one hit over 5 innings' worth of work. He did walk three batters, but struck out five and didn't allow a run. Ryan Buchter struck out a couple of men in a scoreless inning of work, and Pedro Beato vultured a save. Tommy La Stella was the offensive MVP, picking up a couple of hits, including a triple, and driving in three runners. Christian Bethancourt had a tough night at the dish, going 0-4 with a trio of strikeouts. The G-Braves drew a ton of walks during the game as a result of Ricky Romero's wildness.

In the second game, Yunesky Maya got the start and had a bit of a strange outing. He gave up a ton of baserunners, 10 to be exact, but only allowed three runs in 5.1 innings of work. He clearly didn't miss many bats, but he did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground. Mitch Atkins finished up the work on the mound and didn't allow a hit in 1.2 innings of work. Gwinnett beat up Kyle Drabek, pounding him for 11 hits and 6 earned runs over 5 innings of work. Todd Cunningham had a two-hit game, raising his average to .308. Phil Gosselin also doubled and had a pair of hits. Brandon Boggs doubled in his G-Braves debut and drove in a pair of runs. Gwinnett will return home tonight to take on Gregory Polanco and the Indianapolis Indians.

Mississippi Braves: 2 vs. Tennessee Smokies: 0
Aaron Northcraft and the M-Braves bullpen combined for a shutout to top the Smokies 2-0 on Friday. Northcraft was effective, although he did walk three batters. He kept Tennessee from scoring, despite scattering seven baserunners over six innings' worth of work. Northcraft has had an excellent 2014 campaign thus far, and he kept up the good work last night. Shae Simmons dominated once again, striking out the side to pick up a save in the ninth and lowering his ERA below 1. Mississippi didn't do too much offensively in this pitcher's duel, but Elmer Reyes did pick up a couple of hits to raise his average to .364 and score a run. Cedric Hunter had the Braves' only extra-base hit. David Bromberg will go for the M-Braves tonight against the Smokies once again.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 1 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 5, Game 1 (7 innings)
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-3, BB, CS (6), .271
  • David Nick, LF: 1-4, 2 K, .378
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 1-3, K, .250
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-3, .288
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 2-3, R, K, E (4, fielding), .226
  • Jarrett Miller (L): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 6:1 GO:FO, 4.58
  • Ronan Pacheco: 2.2 IP, 2 K, 4:2 GO:FO, 6.48 ERA
Lynchburg Hillcats: 7 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 1, Game 2 (7 innings)
  • José Peraza, 2B: 2-4, 2B (8), 2 RBI (14), SB (20), .313
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-3, BB, K, E (1, fielding), .272
  • Will Skinner, RF: 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B (12), RBI (17), K, .242
  • Levi Hyams, 1B: 2-2, 2 R, RBI (16), BB, .250
  • Eric Garcia, 3B: 1-3, R, K, .273
  • Wes Parsons (W): 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 10:3 GO:FO, 3.72 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky: IP, 3 BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 5.14 ERA
The Hillcats split a doubleheader in Lynchburg last night, winning the second and dropping the first game against Wilmington.  Jarrett Miller had a tough start in the first game, getting roughed up over 4.1 innings of work.  Ronan Pacheco, however, limited the damage and kept the Blue Rocks in check by pitching 2.2 innings of perfect ball. The Hillcats were punchless at the plate in the first game, scattering eight singles and scoring only one run. Kyle Wren was caught stealing yet again, as he's gone 0 for his last 3 in stolen base attempts. José Peraza, his partner in crime at the top of the lineup, went hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts.

The Hillcats' fortunes improved in the second game of the doubleheader, however, as they won convincingly, 7-1. Wes Parsons pitched well, picking up the win after pitching six inning of one-run ball. As is the norm for Parsons, he didn't strike out a ton of hitters, but he induced ground balls and limited the damage from the six baserunners he allowed to reach. Zach Jadofsky took care of the final inning for Lynchburg, and had an interesting outing, walking the bases loaded after getting a groundout to begin the inning. However, Jadofsky bore down and struck out Bubba Starling and Hunter Dozier to end the game. Peraza was the offensive standout for Lynchburg, picking up a pair of hits, including a double, and stealing his 20th base of the season. Will Skinner also had a pair of doubles. Lucas Sims will take the ball tonight for Lynchburg against the Blue Rocks.

Rome Braves: 8 at Greensboro Grasshoppers: 3, Game 1 (7 innings)
  • Connor Oliver, CF: 1-4, R, K, .324
  • Victor Caratini, C: 2-3, R, RBI (15), BB, K, .298
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 3-4, 2 R, 2B (10), HR (7), 3 RBI (25), K, .295
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 1-4, RBI (18), K, CS (5), .382
  • A.J. Kirby-Jones, DH: 2-4, 2B (1), K, .184
  • Blake Brown, LF: 1-3, R, 2B (8), BB, .231
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 1-4, R, HR (2), RBI (6), 2 K, E (8, fielding), .186
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 2-3, R, 2B (3), RBI (8), .194
  • Matt Marksberry: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 7 K, 5:1 GO:FO, 3.38 ERA
  • Pete Perez: 1.2 IP, 2 K, 1:2 GO:FO, 2.25 ERA
Rome Braves: 1 at Greensboro Grasshoppers: 4, Game 2 (7 innings)
  • Seth Moranda, 2B: 1-3, R, K, E (4, fielding), .214
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 1-3, RBI (19), .381
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-2, .198
  • Tyler Brosius (L): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 5.19 ERA
  • Colby Holmes: 2.1 IP, 2 K, 3.09 ERA
Rome also split their doubleheader on Friday, winning the first and losing the second game against Greensboro. Matt Marksberry had a nice outing for Rome in the first contest, striking out seven hitters over 4.1 innings. The lefty has struck out 12 hitters over 10.2 innings of work following his demotion from Lynchburg to join Rome's starting rotation. Pete Perez also had a nice relief outing, striking out a pair of hitters in 1.2 perfect innings. Victor Caratini and Joey Meneses provided most of the offensive fireworks, the former going 2-3 with a walk, and the latter falling just a triple short of the cycle. Meneses has been a great bat in the middle of the lineup for Rome this season, with a wOBA right around .400 and plenty of power. Victor Reyes singled, and his hit streak moved to 15 in the first game.

The second game didn't go quite as smoothly for Rome, as they were beaten 4-1. Tyler Brosius had a tough outing, pitching 3.2 innings and getting hit around. He gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, along with 6 hits and 3 walks. Colby Holmes kept the Grasshoppers in check in relief, striking out a pair of hitters in 2.1 flawless relief innings. Rome didn't score until the final frame, when Victor Reyes drove in Seth Moranda in his final at-bat of the day. This extended his hit streak to an impressive 16 games. Rome only picked up three hits, with the aforementioned Reyes and Moranda joining Johan Camargo as the only Braves to pick up a hit. Rome now travels to Lakewood, NJ to take on the BlueClaws starting this afternoon.
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