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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/1

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Todd Cunningham has a perfect night while Tommy La Stella and Jose Peraza each notch three-hit games.

Tommy La Stella: A second baseman that can hit!
Tommy La Stella: A second baseman that can hit!
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Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 7, Gwinnett Braves 5

  • Tommy La Stella, 2B: 3-4, BB, .330
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 4-4, 2 2B, SB(5), .303
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-4, 2 RBI, .221
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 0-3, BB, .211
  • Zach Stewart, SP: 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 5.86 ERA
  • Juan Jaime, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
It was the Cunningham and La Stella show last night at Gwinnett, as the pair combined to reach base eight times. La Stella notched a walk and 3 hits to bring his average up to .330 and his OBP up to .390. (In case you were wondering, Dan Uggla's marks are .202 and .258, respectively). Cunningham was the star of the show, going a perfect 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and his fifth steal of the year. (Or what Dan Uggla would call a good week). A day after notching his first multi-hit game of the year, Christian Bethancourt did it again. All of the sudden, his average has surpassed Edward Salcedo, who is currently hitting .211. Zach Stewart got the start for Gwinnett and, well, you can see why the White Sox were willing to part with him for next-to-nothing. On the bright side, Juan Jaime tossed a clean frame and struck out the side.

Jacksonville Suns 4, Mississippi Braves 5
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 2-4, .240
  • David Rohm, RF: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .200
  • Seth Loman, 1B: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .278
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1-4, 2B, .276
  • David Bromberg, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R(1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2.60 ERA
  • John Cornely, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1.93 ERA
  • Shae Simmons, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.35 ERA
Mississippi won a close one last night over the Suns with 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Matt Lipka put together a two-hit night, as did David Rohm who had a single and an RBI double. Seth Loman had the big blow with a 2 run double. David Bromberg pitched an efficient 4 innings, and the pen took it from there. John Cornely continued his stellar work with 2 perfect frames and 3 punchouts, while Shae Simmons pitched a clean frame just one night after giving up his first runs of 2014.

Salem Red Sox 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 4
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 3-5, 3B, .343
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 1-3, 2B, BB, .244
  • Will Skinner, RF: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .210
  • Wes Parsons, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 4.12 ERA
  • Jarrett Miller, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.52 ERA
Aside from Jose Peraza, Lynchburg's offense was largely MIA last night. Peraza was outstanding, going 3-5 with his second triple of the year. Kevin Ahrens and Will Skinner added a double and a walk each, and that was largely it for the offense. Wes Parsons made his first start in two weeks (minor injury) and was hit around a little, but still managed to post a stellar 6:1 K:BB ratio in 4 innings of work. Jarrett Miller piggybacked with him and was even better, tossing 2 innings of 1-hit ball.

Rome Braves 7, Asheville Tourists 8
  • AJ Kirby-Jones, 1B: 2-3, HR(2), 3 RBI, .429
  • Connor Oliver, CF: 3-5, 3B, .261
  • Alejandro Piloto, RF: 3-3, HR(1), 2 RBI, .750
  • Yean Carlos Gil, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R(0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 0.86 ERA
Holy crap, did the Rome 'pen implode last night. Rome cruised into the 8th inning with a 7-2 lead before Tyler Brosious allowed two in the bottom of the frame. Not to be outdone, Brady Feigl and Richie Tate each allowed two in the 9th inning, culminating in Tate giving up a two-run walkoff bomb. Holy crap. The implosion overshadowed a very good start from Yean Carlos Gil, who tossed 5 innings of 2-hit ball with 3 strikeouts. The newly-signed AJ Kirby-Jones hit a homer in his debut two nights ago and followed it up with another last night. Alejandro Piloto launched his first of the season as part of a perfect day at the plate, while Connor Oliver notched 3 hits, including a triple.