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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/26

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Jose Peraza knocked a bases loaded walk-off for Lynchburg Monday

Matt Bell

Gwinnett Braves 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 3

  • Jose Constanza LF: 1-4, BB, SB (11)
  • Todd Cunningham CF: 1-5, SB (8)
  • Phil Gosselin 2B: 1-4
  • Christian Bethancourt C: 0-4
  • Tommy La Stella DH: 1-4, 2B (6)
  • Edward Salcedo 3B: 2-3, 2 2B (10, 11), BB, R, SB (6)
  • Hector Daniel Rodriguez: 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 0BB, 7K
  • Pedro Beato: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K

Gwinnett staged a late rally in the 9th, but came a run short against the Red Sox affiliate Monday. Hector Daniel Rodriguez had a quality start, throwing 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The lefty has thrown quite well this season in 59 innings, posting a 3.20 ERA with a 57:18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The offense was able to muster up six hits and five walks, but left nine runners on. Edward Salcedo filled up the box score, ripping two doubles, drawing a walk and stealing his 6th base of the season. Speedster Jose Constanza also reached twice via a single and walk, stealing base number 11 this season

Also, Kameron Loe will join the Gwinnett club after signing a minor league deal Monday.

Gwinnett Stats

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Mississippi Braves 6

  • Mycal Jones CF: 0-3, BB, R
  • Barrett Kleinknecht 2B-1B: 2-5, 2B (9), R
  • Cedric Hunter LF: 1-4, 2B (8)
  • Matt Kennelly C: 2-3, 2B (4), BB, R
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 1-4, 2B (14)
  • Williams Perez: 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 0BB, 7K
  • James Hoyt: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K
  • Shae Simmons: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
It was an exciting game at Trustmark Park to cap off the holiday weekend. Trailing 3-1 going into the 8th, Mississippi scored five runs, holding the lead in the final frame. Williams Perez, while not necessarily a "legit" prospect, has put together a string of impressive performances for Mississippi this season. Monday's outing is the seventh straight game Perez has gone 6+ innings, allowing under three runs every time out. Shae Simmons did Shae Simmons things, saving his 14th game of the season. Barrett Kleinknecht and Matt Kennelly each had multi-hit games, each doubling and scoring a run. Kyle Kubitza continued his great start to the season, knocking his 14th double.

Mississippi Stats

Winston Salem Dash 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 7

  • Jose Peraza 2B: 2-5
  • Josh Elander LF: 1-4
  • Kevin Ahrens DH: 1-4 3B (1)
  • Eric Garcia 3B: 2-3, 2B (3), BB, R, SB (1)
  • Daniel Castro SS: 1-4, 2R
  • Levi Hyams PH: 1-1, 2B (8), R
  • Joseph Odom C: 1-2, HR (2), BB, R
  • Jarrett Miller: 4IP, 8H, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
  • Ronan Pacheco: 3IP, H, ER, BB, 2K
  • Benino Pruneda: 2IP, 2H, ER, 0BB, 2K

Lynchburg won 7-6 in a thrilling finish Monday. Down two runs in the 9th, Eric Garcia led off the inning with a walk. After a Daniel Castro force out, Levi Hyams pitch-hit and smacked a double to center moving Castro to third. Tyler Tewell was walked to load the bases and set up the force out. Leadoff hitter Jose Peraza then ripped a single to left which wound up scoring all three runs after the ball was misplayed by outfielder Courtney Hawkins. Peraza finished the night 2-5, raising his average to .324. The rest of the lineup was able to put together four extra base hits including Joseph Odom's second home run of the season. Jarrett Miller was touched up in his four innings of work, but only one of the four runs allowed was earned.

Lynchburg Stats

West Virginia Power 14, Rome Braves 6

  • Victor Reyes RF: 1-4
  • Victor Caratini C: 2-4, 2R
  • Jacob Schrader 3-4, HR (5), 2B (5), 3R
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 1-4, 2B (4)
  • Connor Lien LF: 1-4, HR (1), R
  • Carlos Salazar: 2IP, 5H, 6ER, 3BB, K
  • Tyler Brosius: 3.2IP, 6H, 5ER, 0BB, 3K
  • Tyler Vail: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
Yep, another disastrous performance from Rome. The struggle also continues to be real for Carlos Salazar this season. He was tagged for six runs in the first and couldn't make it past the second inning. The 19-year-old has now given up 42 earned runs in 35.2 innings, paired with a 27:38 strikeout-to-walk. At this point, you have to wonder if shutting him down for a bit would be the best course of action. Tyler Brosius went 3.2 innings, but didn't far much better giving up seven runs, five earned, on six hits. 23-year-old Jacob Schrader was the star on offense, falling a triple shy of the cycle, scoring half of the teams' runs.

Rome Stats