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Gems By Clemens and Lopez And Salcedo's Streak Highlight Wednesday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

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Mississippi's Paul Clemens is turning his potential into production and rocketing himself up prospect lists.
Mississippi's Paul Clemens is turning his potential into production and rocketing himself up prospect lists.

Paul Clemens continues to dominate for Mississippi, tossing another gem tonight, while Edward Salcedo just keeps getting on base for Rome, and veteran Rodrigo Lopez tossed a gem of his own for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett Braves 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 0

  • Jordan Schafer CF 1-4, 2B, RBI, .276 AVG
  • Matt Young LF 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, .SB (5), 316 AVG
  • Rodrigo Lopez 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K, W (5), 1.79 ERA
  • Jairo Asencio 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (4), 2.61 ERA

Rodrigo Lopez improved his record to a perfect 5-0, blanking the Paw Sox over 7 innings, fanning 7 in the process. The 35 year old has had no problem dominating AAA, with a 1.79 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 45.1 innings. If the Braves can't use him down the stretch, you'd have to believe they could trade him for a player they could use, perhaps a righty slugger for the bench. Jordan Schafer is on a bit of a roll. His RBI double today extended his hitting streak to 6 games, and over his last 10 he's hitting .326 with a .341 OBP, and a .829 OPS. Matt Young drove in Schafer on a single, and he managed to reach base in 3 of his 4 plate appearances. After struggling in his first taste of the Majors, in very limited playing time, he's been the same old Matt in AAA, with a .316 average, a .435 OBP, and a .803 OPS in 57 at bats.

Julio Teheran returns to AAA, starting the final game of the series Thursday.

Mississippi Braves 4, Jackson Generals 1

  • Myke Jones CF 0-1, 3 BB, .150 AVG
  • Tyler Pastornicky SS 2-4, 2 RBI, .317 AVG
  • Jeff Fiorentino DH 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, .267 AVG
  • Paul Clemens 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, W (3), 1.90 ERA

Paul Clemens picked up his third consecutive win and he's really putting together the breakout year that people have been expecting from him for a while now. Through 42.2 innings, the righty has a 1.90 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 6.3 H/9, 3.6 BB/9, and 8.2 K/9. Myke Jones didn't help his average by striking out in his only official at bat, but he did do his job as a leadoff hitter, reaching 3 times on walks. Tyler Pastornicky continued his fine work, picking up a pair of singles, driving in 2 runs with one of them. Jeff Fiorentino reached base 3 times tonight, and he's had a good first week with his new organization, hitting .267 with a .917 OPS in 5 games.

Righty JJ Hoover takes on the Generals tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Frederick Keys 6

  • Andrelton Simmons SS 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, E (10), .347 AVG
  • Barrett Kleinknecht 3B 2-4, .250 AVG
  • Keenan Wiley RF 2-4, RBI, .359 AVG
  • Zeke Spruill 7 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.51 ERA

The biggest story of this game might be that Todd Cunningham went 0-4, ending his torrid 8 game hitting streak. Andrelton Simmons did get a hit, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, though he also commited a throwing error, his 10th error of the season. Barrett Kleinknecht, filling in at third base for Joe Leonard, who's home sick with the flu, rapped out a pair of hits, as did Keenan Wiley, who has fared well in a fill-in role for both Rome and Lynchburg, combining to hit .325 with a .794 OPS in 80 at bats between the two stops. Zeke Spruill didn't pitch that poorly, but his own shoddy defense led to 1 of his 2 unearned runs.

Cory Rasmus takes the hill for the Hillcats tomorrow.

Rome Braves 5, Augusta Greenjackets 2

  • Edward Salcedo SS 2-3, 2B, BB, SB (7), .302 AVG
  • Robby Hefflinger DH 1-5, HR (1), RBI, .276 AVG
  • Christian Bethancourt C 2-5, .231 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 2-4, HR (2), 3 RBI, .217 AVG
  • Hilton Richardson CF 2-4 .213 AVG
  • Caleb Brewer 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, W (1), 2.95 ERA
  • Ryan Weber 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.30 ERA

Edward Salcedo reached base 3 times and stole a base, extending his on base streak to 25 games and his hitting streak to 8 games in the process. Robby Hefflinger clubed out his first homer of the season and Chris Garcia hit his second in 3 games, a 3 run shot in the 3rd inning that gave the R-Braves all the runs they would need to get Caleb Brewer his first win of the season. Brewer has been solid all year, with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 42.2 innings. He's kept the hit totals relatively low all season, allowing 5.5 H/9 this season, and in his last few starts he's reeled in the walk totals, with a 2.8 BB/9 rate, compared to a 5.2 BB/9 rate in his first 5 starts.

Steve Kent pitches Thursday as the R-Braves look for a series split against the Greenjackets.