Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/25

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Aaron Northcraft collected the victory for Mississippi on Sunday in a 15-2 win over Chattanooga.

Norfolk Tides 8, Gwinnett Braves 2

Gwinnett faced Orioles' top prospect Kevin Gausman on Sunday and struggled to put together any offense, finishing with nine hits, eight of which were singles, in an 8-2 loss. Mark Hamilton had the only extra-base hit for the G-Braves, lacing his ninth double of the season and knocking in a run. Christian Bethancourt and Phil Gosselin both had two knocks, with Bethancourt collecting an RBI along the way. May has been much kinder to Bethancourt, as he's slashed .318/.347/.500 in this month as opposed to a measly .500 OPS in April. Cody Martin got the nod for the G-Braves and struggled with bad defense and command through four innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks, striking out one. Ryan Buchter allowed two runs on four hits over two innings, while Mitch Atkins pitched three innings to finish out the game, allowing a run on three hits and a couple of walks.

Mississippi Braves 15, Chattanooga Lookouts 2
Mississippi's offense punished the Lookouts, outhitting them 20-6 and beating them by a final score of 15-2. Seth Loman was one of the bright spots on offense, collecting four hits, including his 12th double and seventh home run, scoring and knocking in a combined nine runs. Kyle Kubitza continued his hot streak of late, pounding a couple of doubles in a three-hit effort and knocking in three runs. Barrett Kleinknecht spent time at both second base and shortstop during the game and knocked his second home run of the season at the plate. Catcher Matt Kennelly smacked three singles of his own. Aaron Northcraft pitched well over five and two-thirds, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, fanning six and bringing his season ERA to 2.77. Chasen Shreve and Eric Berger were perfect in relief, pitching a combined three and one-third innings, not allowing a hit or a run and striking out six.

Winston-Salem Dash 0, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 2-4, R, 2B (10), .322
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 2-4, 2B (3), 2 RBI, 2 SB (23), PO, .280
  • Josh Elander, LF: 0-4, 4 K, .239
  • Eric Garcia, DH: 2-3, .277
  • Joseph Odom, C: 1-3, R, .215
  • Greg Ross, RHP: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 5:11 GO:FO, 2.33 ERA
  • Alex Wilson, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 2.74 ERA
A pitcher's duel ensued in Lynchburg, with Greg Ross and Winston-Salem's Jeffrey Wendelken both pitching strong games. In the end, Ross prevailed, throwing eight strong innings and allowing no runs on five hits and one walk, striking out five. The Frostburg State product has been used both in the rotation and out of the bullpen throughout the course of the season and has seen great success, throwing 58 innings and allowing only 52 hits and 15 earned runs (2.33 ERA), while posting a 50:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .236 opponents' average. He is repeating the league after seeing success in Lynchburg last season, so the success is to be expected, as is a probable call-up to Mississippi at some point this summer if his performance continues to impress. It was reported that Ross was the PTBNL in the Jeff Baker trade in 2012, but Ross is still in Atlanta's farm system despite the report. Based solely on his statistics, Ross is a bit of a sleeper in the system. On offense, Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren were the usual catalysts, smacking two hits and a double apiece, with Wren swiping two bags to bring his season total to 23. Eric Garcia collected a couple of singles, and Josh Elander picked up the golden sombrero after his scorching return from the disabled list.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 12, Rome Braves 2
  • Seth Moranda, 2B: 1-4, 2B (2), RBI, K, .208
  • Jacob Schrader, 1B: 0-4, R, 2 K, E (2, fielding), .237
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 0-3, BB, K, .335
  • Connor Lien, LF: 0-3, BB, K, .273
  • Bryan De La Rosa, C: 0-2, R, BB, K, .092
  • Daniel Cordero, RHP: 3.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4:3 GO:FO, 7.62 ERA
  • Andy Otero, LHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2:1 GO:FO, 2.70 ERA
  • Richie Tate, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4:3 GO:FO, 5.55 ERA
  • Michael Swanner, RHP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 4.66 ERA
  • Blake Brown, OF: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
The Rome Braves were outhit 21-1 on Sunday, so that should tell you all you need to know about this contest. Seth Moranda collected the only hit, a double, and collected an RBI. The pitching staff struggled, with starter Daniel Cordero allowing 11 hits and six earned runs over three innings of work. On the bright side, outfielder Blake Brown took the mound for a third of an inning, walking one and inducing a groundout. Blowouts can be awesome in their own little way, I suppose.

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