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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/11

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After performing poorly as a starter earlier in the year, lefty Richard Sullivan has been a revelation out of the bullpen.
After performing poorly as a starter earlier in the year, lefty Richard Sullivan has been a revelation out of the bullpen.

Gwinnett 4, Rochester 5

  • M. Young 2-5, 2B, BB, E (3), .293 AVG
  • N. McLouth 2-5, RBI, .257 AVG
  • F. Freeman 2-5, 2B, RBI, BB, .305 AVG
  • B. Hicks 3-5, .217 AVG
  • T. Redmond 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.27 ERA
  • This just in: Freddie Freeman is good. In his last 7 games he's gone 14-29 with 5 doubles and 9 RBI. Brandon Hicks must have taken exception to me calling out his strikeout rate yesterday, as he managed not only to not strike out tonight, but also to club out 3 singles.

    Mississippi 2, Birmingham 3

  • T. Pastornicky 1-1, 2 BB, SB (9), .237 AVG
  • M. Gomez 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .275 AVG
  • J. Thompson 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.89 ERA
  • R. Sullivan 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 5.37 ERA
  • Tyler Pastornicky had a perfect night, with a single, 2 walks, and a sacrifice bunt, adding a stolen base for good measure. Mauro Gomez took over the league lead in doubles, breaking a tie with teammate Wille Cabrera, clubbing out his 36th 2-bagger of the year. Jacob Thompson put up a quality start and he's really turned things around, with a 1.96 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 44.1 innings since the start up July after having a 6.68 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP in 67.1 innings before that. Richard Sullivan is on a roll as well, thriving in relief, with another 3 perfect innings tonight. He hasn't allowed a run in 4 August appearances, totaling 10 innings.

    Myrtle Beach 5, Frederick 3

  • My. Jones 2-3, HR (6), RBI, BB, .284 AVG
  • C. Harrilchak 1-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, .279 AVG
  • C. Johnson 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .500 AVG
  • JJ Hoover 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 8 K, W (10), 3.41 ERA
  • JJ Hoover takes over the organizational lead with his 10th win, fanning 8 over 6 innings. For the year the big righty has been solid, but he's gotten better with the heat of summer, with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 52.2 post All-Star break innings. Cody Johnson was good in his return to High A, with a double, 2 walks, and, of course, a strike out. Myke Jones hit his third homer in 2 days, extending his hitting streak to 5 games.

    Rome - Off

    Danville 9, Bristol 5

  • B. Kleinknecht 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .303 AVG
  • J. Terdoslavich 2-4, 2 RBI, SB (3), .291 AVG
  • A. Odreman 1-4, 3B, 3 RBI, .200 AVG
  • D. Jurik 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.73 ERA
  • Barrett Kleinknecht rapped out 3 hits, continuing the tear he's been on in August, with a .349 average and a .889 OPS in 43 at bats this month. Joey Terdoslavich has enjoyed August as well, with a .412 average and .944 OPS in 34 at bats. After hitting .286 with a .895 OPS in 08 as a 19 year old in the DSL, there was reason to be interested in Alberto Odreman's future. He was Ok last year, with a .251 average and .720 OPS in the GCL. He started this year in Rome, but was sent to Extended Spring Training after hitting just .111 in 27 at bats. He hasn't fared much better in limited playing time for Danville, with a .200 average and .627 OPS in 60 at bats. This is a good example about how infrequently a good showing in the DSL leads to success in the US.

    GCL Braves - Postponed, Rain

    DSL Braves 0, DSL Rangers 0, 14 innings

  • R. Luna 2-6, .318 AVG
  • J. Gil 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 1.75 ERA
  • E. Garcia 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.59 ERA
  • H. Mendez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K, 1.57 ERA
  • The Dominican Braves managed to get just 6 runners on base in 14 innings, including old man Ronald Luna reaching on a pair of singles. Jean Carlos Gil struck out 7 in 7 innings, and in 54.1 innings as a starter the 19 year old has a 1.66 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, and 9.3 K/9.