Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/8

Kevin C. Cox

Jose Constanza had himself a day Thursday morning

Buffalo Bison 3, Gwinnett Braves 4

  • Jose Constanza LF: 4-5, 2B (4), R, 3SB (10)
  • Todd Cunningham CF: 2-5, SB (6)
  • Phil Gosselin 3B: 1-4, 2B (8)
  • Tommy La Stella DH: 0-2, BB, HBP
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 1-4
  • Sean Kazmar SS: 2-4, 2B (5), R
  • Christian Bethancourt C: 2-4, R
  • Hector Daniel Rodriguez: 5IP, 8H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
  • Pedro Beato: 2IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
  • Wifrin Obispo: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
  • Juan Jaime: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, K

Gwinnett took the final game of the series against Buffalo, 4-3. Over 8,000 showed up for the 10:30am start, and saw Jose Constanza go 4-5 with a double and three stolen bases. Todd Cunningham, Sean Kazmar and Christian Bethancourt each had multi-hit mornings with Cunningham stealing a bag. Tommy La Stella found a way to reach again, twice, via walk and hit-by-pitch. He has now reached base safely in 28 of his 29 starts this season. On the mound, Hector Daniel Rodriguez went five innings surrendering three runs. The bullpen did its covering the final four innings, holding the Bison scoreless, striking out five. Aside from Juan Jamie's one poor outing on May 4th, he's held opponents scoreless with a 19:9 strikeout-to-walk.

Gwinnett Stats

Mississippi Braves 2, Mobile Bay Bears 0

  • Mycal Jones CF: 0-5
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 1-4
  • Seth Loman 1B: 2-4, 2B (8), R
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 0-2, BB, IBB, R
  • Daniel Carroll LF: 0-2, HBP
  • Braeden Schlehuber C: 1-3, BB
  • Williams Perez: 7.2IP, 7H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
  • James Hoyt: IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K
Williams Perez made another phenomenal start, going 7.2 shutout innings. He only struck out two, put was helped by his sinking fastball which produced 13 groudouts. Amazingly, it only took him 85 pitches. He has now racked up 39.1 innings, surrendering only seven earned runs all season. The offense wasn't anything special, but two runs proved to be enough. Seth Loman lead the charge, going 2-4 with the only extra base hit. Him and Kyle Kubitza, who reached on two walks, scored the only two runs for Mississippi.

Mississippi Stats

Lynchburg Hillcats 9,  Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

  • Jose Peraza 2B: 2-5, 2R, SB (15)
  • Kyle Wren CF: 0-4, BB, R
  • David Nick LF: 3-4, 3B (1), 2R
  • Kevin Ahrens 3B: 2-4, BB, R
  • Tyler Tewell DH: 1-5, 3B (2), R
  • Daniel Castro SS: 1-4
  • Lay Batista: 6IP, 3H, 0ER, BB, 7K
  • Alex Wilson: 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K

Lay Bautista put together a rather impressive start Thursday, throwing six shutout innings, walking one and striking out seven. Alex Wilson came in and recorded the three inning save. Not bad against a rather loaded Wilmongton lineup. Jose Peraza put together another two hit day, accounting for two of the Lynchburg runs. David Nick and Tyler Tewell each tripled, with Nick collected two addition singles. The 24-year-old was once a fourth round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks and was most recently a member of the Independent League's Southern Illinois Miners, before having his contract purchased by the Braves

Lynchburg Stats

Charleston RiverDogs 6, Rome Braves 2

  • Connor Oliver CF: 2-4, R
  • Blake Brown LF: 1-4, 2B (7), R
  • Jacob Schrader DH: 1-4
  • Victor Reyes RF: 1-4
  • Joey Menses 1B: 1-4
  • Chuck Buchanan: 3/1IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
  • Brady Feigl 1.1IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, K
  • Michael Swanner: IP, H, 2ER, 5BB, 0K
Rome also got underway Thursday with an 10:30 first pitch, but took a 6-2 loss. Chuck Buchanan was touched up in 3.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. The bullpen pieced together a valiant effort, but three runs was too much to overcome against Charleston pitching.  Connor Oliver has another multi-hit day, going 2-4 with a run scored. He has now hit in nine straight, currently posting a .295/.311/.477. The 20-year-old hash't shown much plate discipline in the early going, but has shown  decent amount of pop for a 6'0" 180lb speedster. For those unfamiliar, Oliver was a 23rd round draft pick in last years first year player draft. Blake Brown added the only extra base hit of the game, his seventh double of the season.

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