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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/27

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Connor Lien collected three hits, including a walk-off single for Rome

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Gwinnett Braves 8, Pawtucket Red Sox 3

  • Jose Constanza LF: 1-2, 2BB, 2R
  • Todd Cunningham CF: 1-3, BB, 2R
  • Tommy La Stella 2B: 1-4, HR (1), BB, R
  • Phil Gosselin 2B: 1-5
  • Mark Hamilton 1B: 1-5, 3B (1), R
  • Christian Bethancourt C: 1-4, 2B (8)
  • Gus Schlosser: 6.2IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
  • Atahualpa Severino: IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K
  • Juan Jaime: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
The G-Braves took it to Pawtucket, jumping out early and holding onto win 8-3. Gus Schlosser ran into some trouble in the 7th, but first threw six scoreless, in a rather impressive outing. The bullpen held down the final frames, striking out four over 2.1 innings. Of course, the main topic of interest from this one was the first home run of the season from Tommy La Stella. Jose Constanza provided a spark at the top of the lineup, reaching base three times, scoring two runs. 22-year-old Christian Bethancourt collected his 8th double, continuing on a bit of a hot streak over the past week.

Gwinnett Stats

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2, Mississippi Braves 3 (F/11)

  • Mycal Jones CF: 1-6
  • Joe Leonard 1B: 1-4, BB
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 1-4, BB, R, SB (9)
  • David Rohm RF: 3-4, 3B (4), BB, 2R
  • Ryan Weber: 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, K
  • John Cornely: 2IP, 0H, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
  • Brandon Cundiff 2IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K
  • Ryne Harper: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
  • Shae Simmons: IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
  • Chasen Shreve: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
Nine innings wasn't enough on Educator's Appreciation Night. Mississippi took a tied ballgame into the 11th before Mycal Jones knocked a single up the middle to score David Rohm. Rohm was the catalyst all night, going 3-4 with his fourth triple of the season. Reds top prospect Robert Stephenson was able to hold the M-Braves lineup in check for most of the night, giving up five hits and one earned run on 99 pitches. The Braves pitching was a mix and match, but proved to be effective. The "bullpen" threw a combined eight innings, surrendering only four hits, fanning 13 batters. Ryne Harper recorded five K's in his two innings of work, bringing his strikeout rate to a remarkable 35%. Harper, Chasen Schreve (33% K) and Shae Simmons (34% K) have formed quite the trio in the Mississippi 'pen this season.

Mississippi Stats

Frederick Keys 6 , Lynchburg Hillcats 9

  • Jose Peraza 2B: 2-2, BB, 2R, 2SB (24, 25)
  • Kyle Wren CF: 0-3
  • Kevin Ahrens 3B: 2-4 2B (11)
  • Will Skinner RF: 2-4, 2R
  • Tyler Tewell C: 3-4, 3B (3), 2B (5), R
  • Eric Garcia DH: 1-3, BB, R
  • Daniel Castro SS: 2-4, 3B (3), 2R
  • Wes Parsons 3IP, 2H, ER, 0BB, 3K
  • Navery Moore: 2.1IP, 7H, 5ER, BB, 3K
  • Alex Wilson 1.2IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
Unfortunately, a 51-minute weather delay caused Wes Parsons outing to be cut short as he was only able to go three innings Wednesday. Parsons has put together another fine season at Lytnchburg, despite what his 3.86 ERA suggests. An abnormally high BABIP has distorted a very great season in which his 25% strikeout and 6% walk rate have shined thus far. Combine that with his ability to keep the ball in the yard and you can see why many (myself) are enamored with his potential. I hope to get an in person look at him later this season.

The offense also put on a show, going for nine runs on 12 hits. Jose Peraza reached base three times and is now slashing .400/.444/.575 over his past 10 games. Mix in six stolen bases and you can see why there is much to love about the 20-year-old from Venezuela. Backstop Tyler Tewell finally got things going since returning from the DL, falling just a home run shy of the cycle. Daniel Castro continued to up his average from the bottom of the order, going 2-4 with a triple.

Lynchburg Stats

West Virginia Power 4, Rome Braves 5

  • Johan Camargo SS: 2-4, R
  • Victor Reyes RF: 0-4, R
  • Victor Caratini C: 1-4, R
  • Jacob Schrader 1B: 1-4, R
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 1-4, 2B (5)
  • Connor Lien LF: 3-4, 2B (1), R
  • Matt Marksberry 5IP, 3H, 2ER, 4BB, 0K
  • Steve Janas 4IP, 5H, ER, 0BB, 4K
Rome finally caught a break, improving their record to 15-36 on the season. Connor Lien provided the late inning magic, ripping a single for his third hit of the night. In his 5th game with Rome, he has made quite the impression, collecting 12 total bases. Johan Camargo was bumped up to the 2-hole after showing some recent signs of life, knocking two singles. Once scorching hot, right fielder Victor Reyes is now ice cold. He did score a run, but is slashing .132/.214/.211 over his past 10 contests.

On the hill, Matt Marksberry went five innings and put up a rather odd line. He only gave up three hits, but four walks lead to three runs against. Steve Janas made his 2013 debut, going four strong, giving up one hit with four strikeouts. The 2013 6th round pick only threw 4.2 innings in 2013 after being drafted out of Kennesaw State in June. Janas, 22, is definitely a name to keep an eye out for in Rome.

Rome Stats