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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/24

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Playoff Hunt

There are only 2 Braves affiliates still in playoff contention and we're going to keep you updated on their progress every day until they clinch their post-season tickets.

Myrtle Beach - After beating Salem tonight, the Pelicans trail the Red Sox by just half a game. The Winston-Salem Dash are actually in first place, but since they clinched the division's first half title the runner up will win the second half.

Danville - A Pulaski loss and a Danville win allowed the Braves to pull within 3.5 games of the Mariners. The top 2 teams in the division make the playoffs, so even though the Braves are currently in second, they're 2 games ahead of Burlington for a playoff spot.

Gwinnett 9, Charlotte 5

  • M. Young 3-4, BB, E (5), .302 AVG
  • F. Freeman 2-5, RBI, .314 AVG
  • T. Glaus 2-4, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB, 2 E (1, 2), .333 AVG
  • B. Canizares 3-4, RBI, .334 AVG
  • J. Thurston 2-4, RBI, BB, .263 AVG
  • B. Beachy 5.2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 2.67 ERA
  • C. Gearrin 1.1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, W (3), 3.54 ERA
  • S. Marek 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1.17 ERA
  • Troy Glaus had 2 hits, including a 3 run homer, but he also made 2 fielding errors at third base. Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 6 games, going 10-24 in that span. Barbaro Canizares has a healthy 10 point lead in the IL batting race. Joe Thurston remains hot, extending his hitting streak to 6 games, going 11-25 in that span. Brandon Beachy hasn't missed a beat since moving up to AAA, and while I was bearish on giving him prospect consideration at the All-Star break I can absolutely admit I was wrong. This guy is doing something special this season and he's definitely a prospect.

    Mississippi 0, Jacksonville 2

  • O. Mercado 2-3, .283 AVG
  • J. Teheran 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.34 ERA
  • B. Pruneda 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 3.69 ERA
  • The M-Braves had almost no offense behind Julio Teheran tonight. Teheran was good, fanning 6 in 6 innings. He hasn't been as dominant in AA as he was in Low or High A, and that's a wonderful indication of his talent that he had to move up 2 levels to find a place where the hitters had a fair chance against him. Benino Pruneda was dominant, striking out 6 in 3 scoreless innings. Since the All-Star break he has a 1.83 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 19.2 innings. He's walking a few too many, but the diminutive 22 year old righty is progressing well.

    Myrtle Beach 3, Salem 2

  • L. Sumoza 2-4, 2 RBI, OF Assist, .231 AVG
  • M. Kennelly 1-3, HR (4), RBI, .224 AVG
  • P. Clemens 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 3.30 ERA
  • J. Lowery 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K, W (1), 0.00 ERA
  • Luis Sumoza made an impact as a hitter, driving in the winning run with a walkoff single, and as a fielder, throwing out Alex Hassan at home to end Salem's threat in the 4th. Sumoza is playing well at the right time, hitting .300 with a .900 OPS in his last 10 games. Matt Kennelly, who homered tonight, has been hot in his last 10 as well, hitting .351 with a .963 OPS. Paul Clemens continues to flourish as a starter, striking out 6 in 6 innings. In 29.2 innings as a starter for the Pelicans he has a 1.82 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Jason Lowery picked up his first win in affiliated baseball, tossing 2 scoreless and striking out 4 to end the game.

    Rome 2, West Virginia 5, 12 innings

  • K. Rose 1-5, 2B, BB, SB (23), .269 AVG
  • C. Bethancourt 2-5, 2 E (10, 11), PB, .262 AVG
  • C. Curley 2-5, 3B, RBI, .222 AVG
  • R. Weber 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 6 K, 4.81 ERA
  • D. Acord 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.40 ERA
  • Ryan Weber continues to pitch great, somehow working around 5 walks to allow just 1 unearned run. In his last 4 games, he has a 2.48 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Christian Bethancourt stays hot with the bat, he's gone 7-12 in his last 3 games, but he had some troubles on defense, with 2 errors and a passed ball.

    Danville 8, Kingsport 1

  • A. Simmons 2-4, .265 AVG
  • R. Delgado 2-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, BB, .264 AVG
  • A. Odreman 2-4, 2B, HR (2), 2 RBI, .225 AVG
  • I. Marshall 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K, W (1), 0.00 ERA
  • E. Mora 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K, SV (2), 4.72 ERA
  • Ian Marshall picked up the win in his first start for Danville, allowing just 1 unearned run in 5 innings. The 23 year old wasn't particularly effective for the GCL Braves, with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 39.1 innings, but hopefully he can bolster the D-Braves rotation as they push for a playoff spot. In his last 3 appearances, Edigson Mora had allowed 10 earned runs in 8 innings, but he threw 4 scoreless tonight to seal the victory. Andrelton Simmons extending his hitting streak to 4 games, going 8-14 in that span.

    GCL Braves 5, GCL Pirates 1, 7 innings

  • Ku. Fleming 2-3, 2B, HR (3), RBI, .270 AVG
  • B. Drury 1-3, HR (3), 4 RBI, .207 AVG
  • C. Rohrbough 3 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.50 ERA
  • E. Silva 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1), 5.30 ERA
  • Kurt Fleming and Brandon Drury provided all the offense with homers, Fleming's a solo shot and Drury's 7th inning shot was a walkoff grand slam since the game was only scheduled for 7 innings. The teams were scheduled to play 2 games, but rain forced the second game to be canceled since the teams don't meet again this season. Cole Rohrbough made his third rehab appearance and overall he's allowed 1 run in 6 innings while striking out 9 in the GCL.