Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/2

Karl Moore

Gwinnett Braves 3, Charlotte Knights 5

I traveled to the other side of town Tuesday to watch the G-Braves take on Durham (I know I said Raleigh in the 'cap yesterday, I'm an idiot, that's where I was writing from). It was a breezy, 96 degree, night which saw very little to actually recap, aside from the first and last innings. Gwinnett tried to to rally late, but fell short, taking a 5-3 loss.

Phil Gosselin hit an absolute bomb in the top of the first, going what I would estimate was a solid 420 ft., just to the left of center. Even aside from the homer, I came away impressed. He ripped a ball to short and just got under a fastball in his final at-bat, making solid contact on both occasions. On defense, he really only had one notable chance, a slow roller which he scooped up barehanded, but couldn't get a good enough grip to made a strong accurate throw. Terdoslavich and Cunningham each hit a couple balls hard, resulting in one hit a piece. Edward Salcedo, again in right field, only had one routine play, but he did double in the 9th and proceeded to come around to score on a Brandon Boggs pinch-hit single.

Yunesky Maya got the start, throwing a variety of pitches over a 105 pitch performance. He gave up five runs, surrendering two long balls. Ryan Butcher came in in relief and showed his inconsistent habits, struggling to find the zone on every other batter. With that said, his fastball and curveball combo is quite solid when he can locate it. They'll continue the series tomorrow in Durham.

Gwinnett Stats

Huntsville Stars 1, Mississippi Braves 5

Despite not striking out a single batter, Ryan Weber went eight innings, only giving up one run on three hits, totaling 93 pitches. John Cornely finished the deal, striking out one in the 9th. Seth Loman and Kyle Kubitza each had monster game. Both players racked up a pair of doubles as Kubitza added a triple to the mix. Kubiza continues to hit the crap out of the ball, making himself a valuable threat on offense.

Mississippi Stats

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Carolina Mudcats 4

  • Daniel Carroll LF: 1-4, BB, SB (11,12)
  • Jose Martinez DH: 1-2, 2BB, SB (2)
  • Will Skinner RF: 1-4, 2B (23), R, OF assist
  • Tyler Tewell C: 1-4, HR (5), R
  • Blake Brown CF: 2-4, 2B (2)
  • Cody Scarpetta: 3IP, 6H, 0ER, 5BB, 3K
  • David Peterson 2IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
As with Lucas Sims, Cody Scarpetta's follow up start to his no-hitter start was less than desirable. The righty gave up five walks, only lasting three innings. The bullpen was better, only allowing one run the rest of the night, striking out seven. David Carroll was able to get on base twice, using he speed to swipe second both times. Will Skinner found some green grass, knocking his 23rd double of the season, good for second best in the Carolina League. With a runner on, catcher Tyler Tewell went deep for the fifth time this season.

Also good news:

Lynchburg Stats

Augusta GreenJackets 5, Rome Braves 6

  • Johan Camargo SS: 2-4, BB, 2R
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 2-4, R
  • Victor Caratini DH: 2-4, 2 3B (3,4), R
  • Connor Oliver RF: 1-3, HR (2), R, HBP
  • Steve Janas: 5.1IP, 4H, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
  • Michael Swanner: 2.2IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
Rome found enough punch in the offense to win this one, despite giving up their usual five runs. Victor Caratini legged out not one, but two triples, driving in three runs and scoring once himself. Johan Camargo, Carlos Franco and Connor Lien also had multi-hit games, with Camargo also reaching on a base on balls. Good to get a W, even if they are 30 games below .500.

Danville Braves - Off Day

The D-Braves will return home tonight as 2014 draftee Max Povse toes the rubber in his first start.

GCL Phillies 5, GCL Braves 6

  • Kelvin Estevez RF: 2-5, R, 2 SB (1,2)
  • Braxton Davidson DH: 0-5, R
  • Luke Dykstra 2B: 3-5, R, SB (2)
  • Dylan Manwaring 3B: 1-4, 2B (1), R
  • Jose Pina LF: 4-5, 2 2B (1,2), OF assist
  • Joseph David CF: 2-4
  • Carlos Perez: IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K
  • Francisco Gonzalez: 3.2IP, 7H, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
  • Abraham Espinosa: 3IP, 5H, ER, 0BB, K
The GCL squad was at it again at Champion Stadium, this time taking a 6-5 win. Left fielder Jose Pina went 4-5 with two doubles,  adding an outfield assist and an error in the field. Kelvin Estevez, 18, reached twice and stole two bases hitting in the two hole. Luke Dykstra also had a three him game as the clubs second baseman, continuing his hot start to the season. Starting on the hill was Carlos Perez who made his third start in the GCL after struggling in Rome. His one walk now brings his K:BB to 4/18 (yes, that's correct) over only 4.1 innings (yes, that is also correct). Overall, the pitching allowed 20 base runners and somehow managed to still come out on the right side of this contest.

*The header for each team takes you to that game's box score. The "stats" link will take you to individual player stats.

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