Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/20

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Hector Daniel Rodriguez took the loss for Gwinnett but struck out 11 over seven innings of work.

Indianapolis Indians 4, Gwinnett Braves 2

Gwinnett fell to the Indianapolis Indians Tuesday night behind seven innings of work from Hector Daniel Rodriguez, who fanned 11 and walked only one over seven innings of work. Rodriguez allowed four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits, including a home run from shortstop Robert Andino. Wirfin Obispo and Juan Jaime both pitched an inning of scoreless relief, both collecting a strikeout apiece. At the plate, Christian Bethancourt led the charge, collecting a stolen base and a couple of hits, including a double and two RBIs, bringing his season line to .261/.291/.387. Derrick Mitchell and Edward Salcedo had the other two extra-base hits for the G-Braves, both collecting a double. With his 1-for-4 performance last evening, Salcedo brought his season line to .200/.250/.338, good for a 60 wRC+.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Potomac Nationals 6

  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, .337
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-5, 1 K, E (1, fielding), .281
  • Levi Hyams, DH: 2-4, BB, .286
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 2-5, R, RBI, K, .250
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 1-5, R, 2 K, .239
  • Josh Elander, PH-LF: 1-3, BB, SB (5), .228
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-3, 2B (5), RBI, BB, E (4, fielding), .257
  • Jarrett Miller, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 3.68 ERA
  • Greg Ross, RHP: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8:5 GO:FO, 2.81 ERA
  • Nate Hyatt, RHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0:0 GO:FO, 5.06 ERA

Lynchburg Hillcats 10, Potomac Nationals 1 (7 innings)

  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 1-4, R, K, .320
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 2-3, 2 R, 3B (1), SB (19), .280
  • Will Skinner, CF: 1-1, R, .237
  • Josh Elander, LF: 2-2, 3 R, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 BB, .233
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 2-4, 2 R, 2B (9), RBI, .257
  • Levi Hyams, 1B: 3-3, R, 2B (6), 3B (1), 4 RBI, BB, .296
  • Eric Garcia, DH: 1-4, K, .250
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, K, .283
  • Joseph Odom, C: 0-2, BB, .211
  • Zach Jadofsky, RHP: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3:2 GO:FO, 4.94 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco, LHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4:0 GO:FO, 5.06 ERA
  • Colby Holmes, RHP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0:3 GO:FO, 4.91 ERA

Lynchburg and Potomac played a doubleheader of sorts yesterday, completing a suspended game from April and following it up with a seven-inning contest. The Hillcats lost the completion game 6-5. Greg Ross picked up the game in the second inning and pitched seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on ten hits and one walk, fanning five. Nate Hyatt took the blown save and eventually the loss, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks, striking out two. Jose Peraza was 2-4 in the contest, taking a walk and scoring three runs, while Levi Hyams and Kevin Ahrens also collected a couple of singles against the P-Nats. Shortstop Daniel Castro collected the only extra-base hit of the contest, lacing his fifth double of the season.

The Hillcats' offense exploded in the seven-inning contest with left fielder Josh Elander and first baseman Levi Hyams co-leading the charge. Elander reached base four times, including his second home run of the season, while also scoring and driving in three runs apiece. Levi Hyams also reached base four times in the contest, knocking his sixth double and first triple of the season, collecting four RBIs along the way. Kevin Ahrens was 2-for-4, lacing his ninth double, while Kyle Wren stole a base and smashed his first triple thus far. According to Damien Sordelett, Wren was removed from the game after getting hit in the helmet on a pickoff attempt. We'll have more on this as it becomes available.

Zach Jadofsky walked three and fanned two in two and two-thirds innings of work, allowing the only run of the evening for the Nationals. Ronan Pacheco and Colby Holmes combined for four-plus innings of great relief, surrendering no runs on four hits, striking out two.

Rome Braves 4, Lakewood BlueClaws 6

  • Connor Oliver, CF: 2-5, R, 3B (4), RBI,  2 K, .318
  • Seth Moranda, 2B: 2-4, R, 2B (1), RBI, BB, .205
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 0-5, 2 K, .299
  • Jacob Schrader, DH: 1-5, R, HR (4), 2 RBI, 3 K, .237
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 0-4, K, .347
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 0-3, BB, SB (2), .210
  • Blake Brown, LF: 1-4, E (3, fielding), .221
  • Bryan De La Rosa, C: 0-3, BB, 2 K, .095
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 2-4, R, .199
  • Carlos Salazar, RHP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3:8 GO:FO, 9.62 ERA
  • Richie Tate, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4:1 GO:FO, 5.31 ERA
  • Andy Otero, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2:1 GO:FO, 2.25 ERA

Rome made a last-minute push against Lakewood, putting up four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead, but Andy Otero gave up 3 runs over the last one and one-third innings of work, blowing the save and taking the loss after Dylan Cozens launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Carlos Salazar threw five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, fanning two. While his line represents one of his best performances to date, TC's Ben Duronio was at the contest and said that he was hit hard despite the decent line.

Designated hitter Jacob Schrader launched his fourth home run of the season, while Connor Oliver, Seth Moranda, and Johan Camargo both slashed two hits apiece, including a triple and a double from Oliver and Moranda, respectively. Victor Reyes was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the contest, and while he's cooled down of late (.263/.300/.289 in his past ten games), he's still impressing evaluators. Be sure to check out Ben's report on him in our Scouting the System series.

(Note: while he wasn't in the lineup yesterday, be sure to check out my Victor Caratini scouting report at Baseball Prospectus, which went live this morning.)

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