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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/10

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Prospects go bananas: Bethancourt and Gosselin hit 2 doubles each, Salcedo goes yard, Kubitza has a perfect night, Peraza swipes 3 bases, Miller hurls 12 K gem, and Meneses hits for the cycle!

There were fireworks all over the Atlanta system last night.
There were fireworks all over the Atlanta system last night.
Dustin Bradford

Gwinnett Braves 10, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 8 (F/11)

  • Phil Gosselin, SS: 3-6, 2 2B(9,10), .331
  • Joey Terdoslavich, LF: 2-4, 2B(11), 2 BB, .326
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-6, 2 2B(5,6), .250
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 1-4, HR(3), .205
  • Tommy La Stella, 2B: 2-5, BB, .297
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 2-6, .312
  • Yunesky Maya, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R(3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2.55 ERA
  • Pedro Beato, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.45 ERA
Talk about an offensive explosion for Gwinnett! The G-Braves scored ten runs on a whopping 14 hits, including 7 of the extra-base variety. Phil Gosselin and Christian Bethancourt each smashed a pair of doubles, while Mark Hamilton and Joey Terdoslavich each added one. Terdoslavich is just tearing the cover off of baseballs right now, having smacked 5 doubles in his last 8 games. Edward Salcedo capped off the fireworks with his third home run of the year. After 3 hitless games in a row, Tommy La Stella got back to his hittin' ways, notching his 11th multi-hit game of the year. Yunesky Maya had a rough start, but his defense didn't help him out much.

Montgomery Biscuits 3, Mississippi Braves 6
  • Elmer Reyes, SS: 3-4, 2B(9), HR(2), SB(1), .367
  • Myke Jones, CF: 2-4, 2B(4), BB, .296
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-2, 2B(7), 2 BB, SB(5), .284
  • Matt Kennelly, C: 2-4, .317
  • Cedric Hunter, DH: 2-4, BB, .268
  • J.R. Graham, SP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2.35 ERA
Don't be alarmed by J.R. Graham's line, there was a long rain delay in the first inning and it cut short his start. The bullpen got the final 25 outs after the game resumed. But hey, offense! Elmer Reyes had himself a day, falling a triple short of the cycle. He also stole his first base of the season. Kyle Kubitza had a whale of a day as well; in fact, he was perfect at the plate! Kubitza singled, doubled, and drew two walks, raising his average up to .284. After a miserable start, it would appear he's righted the ship. Myke Jones, Cedric Hunter, and Matt Kennelly all notched two-hit games as well. Those five guys combined for all 11 of Mississippi's hits on the evening.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 2-4, BB, 3 SB(16,17,18), .329
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-4, BB, CS(3), .260
  • David Nick, LF: 3-4, 2B(1), .375
  • Will Skinner, RF: 2-4, 2B(7), .212
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 2-4, .298
  • Jarrett Miller, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K, 4.11 ERA
Holy crap, Jarrett Miller. Lynchburg's previously winless starter picked up his first "W" tonight in dominating fashion. Miller turned in the best start that Atlanta's system has seen so far this year, tossing 7 innings of 3 hit ball with no walks and TWELVE punchouts. That means he struck out half the men he faced. Just a stellar game. Jose Peraza took the team lead in steals back from Kyle Wren by swiping 3 bags tonight, giving him 18 to Wren's 17. Wren was caught stealing for only the 3rd time all year. It's gonna be fun watching these two kids try and outdo each other on the basepaths this year. Recent minor league free agent signee David Nick put together a 3 hit game, including his first double.

Asheville Tourists 2, Rome Braves 13
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 4-5, 2B(8), 3B(1), HR(5), .269
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-5, SB(6), .375
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 SB(1,2), .165
  • Victor Caratini, C: 2-5, 2B(7), .300
  • Connor Oliver, CF: 3-5, 2B(2), SB(3), BB, .321
  • AJ Holland, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.50 ERA
  • Navery Moore, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.50 ERA
I did a double take when I saw this at first, because I'm used to Rome being on the wrong end of scores like this. But no, they really did score 13 runs, thanks in part to Joey Meneses becoming the first player in the Braves' organization to hit for the cycle this year. Meneses started his night with a groundout, then proceeded to go double, triple, and single in his next 3 at-bats. Needing only a homer, Meneses stepped to plate in the 7th and claimed his cycle in dramatic fashion, launching a pitch off of reliever Matt Carasiti over the left field wall. The two Victors continued their excellent work at the plate, as they each notched multi hit games. Caratini smacked his 7th double of the year, while Reyes swiped his 6th bag. Johan Camargo, who has struggled mightily this year, reached base 3 times and stole a pair as well. Connor Oliver also had a nice game (there are usually lots of those when you have 13 runs) by notching two singles, a double, and a steal.

Overall, I'd say this was the best night Atlanta's system has had all year.