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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/5

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Aaron Northcraft made his third strong start in a row Monday night.

Ed Gardner

Buffalo Bison 7, Gwinnett Braves 3

  • Jose Constanza LF: 1-4, 2B (2), R
  • Phil Gosselin DH: 2-4, 3B (1), 2R
  • Tommy La Stella DH: 2-4, 2B (3)
  • Joey Terdoslavich RF: 0-4
  • Christian Bethancourt C: 1-4
  • Edward Salcedo 3B: 0-3
  • Yunesky Maya: 4IP, 3H, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
  • Mark Lamm: 2.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
  • Atahualpa Severino: 2.1IP, 2H, 4ER, 3BB, 5K

Atahualpa Severino gave up the lead late, allowing four runs in the 9th to the Bison. Maya, Lamm and Severino each threw 50+ pitches, but allowed the free passes to bite them in the butt. Everyone's favorite new young son, Tommy La Stella, went 2-4 including his third double of the season, furthering his case for a call-up. He has reached base safely in 25 of his 27 starts this season. Christian Bethancourt collected a single and stole a base, but allowed two of three stolen bases behind the dish. Phil Gosselin continued his hot start at the plate, with a multi-hit performance including his first triple of the season. He now has 8 XBH hits.

Gwinnett Stats

Mississippi Braves 4, Mobile Bay Bears 1

  • Mycal Jones CF: 1-4
  • Gustavo Nynez LF: 2-4, R
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 2-4, 2B (7)
  • Seth Loman 1B: 1-3, R, SB (2)
  • Matt Kennelly C: 2-3, R
  • David Rohm RF: 1-3, 2B (5), R
  • Aaron Northcraft: 5.2IP, 4H, ER, 0BB, 6K
  • Ryan Weber 1.2IP, 4H, 0ER, 0BB, K
  • Shae Simmons: 1.2IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K

Mississippi was the only club to record a "W" monday night behind a strong performance from one Aaron Northcraft. Northcarft threw 92 pitches over 5.2 innings, giving up one run and striking out six. He also worked to his strength, recording a 9:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio. Shae Simmons capped off the great night on the mound, working a five out save, his seventh of the season. SS Elmer Reyes continued his hot start at the plate, ripping a single and his seventh double of 2014. The 23-year-old has made a big impression in only 16 games this year, sporting a .359 average thus far. Matt Kennelly and Gustavo Nunez also had multi-hit night. Interesting to note that third baseman Kyle Kubitza came into play LF in the 9th.

For those who enjoyed the interview last time, here is a short interview (via Kyle Tait) with top prospect JR Graham after his start Sunday. Great stuff from the right-hander who discusses his mechanics and trying to limit the stress on his shoulder, among other things.

Mississippi Stats

Carolina Mudcats 10, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

  • Jose Peraza 2B: 0-4
  • Kyle Wren CF: 1-4, SB (16)
  • Josh Elander LF: 0-2, 2BB, R, SB (5)
  • Daniel Carroll RF: 1-4, HR (2), R
  • Tyler Tewell C: 2-4, 2B (4)
  • Daniel Castro SS: 1-3
  • Jarrett Miller: 5IP, 5H, 7ER, 4BB, 3K
  • Clay Schrader: 1.2IP, 0H, ER, 3BB, 2K
  • Ronan Pacheco: 2.1IP, 3H, 2ER, BB, K

Carolina jumped on Lynchburg and starter Jarrett Miller early, scoring five runs in the second inning. The bullpen also failed to keep the Mudcat hitters in check, giving up eight hits and eight walks on the night, including three homers - a rough night on the bump all around. The offense couldn't scrape together much either. Daniel Carroll did go deep for the second time since being called up May 1, while Tyler Tewell had the only other extra base hit of the night. Kyle Wren did record a hit, stealing his 16th base of the season. The recently turned 23-year-old is now 16-for-18 this season and 51-for-60 in his young career.

Lynchburg Stats

Rome Braves 1, Savannah Sand GNats 5

  • Connor Oliver CF: 2-5
  • Victor Reyes RF: 2-3, BB
  • Victor Caratini C: 1-4, BB
  • Carlos Franco 3B: 2-3, BB
  • Matt Marksberry: 6IP, H, 0ER, 3BB, 6K
  • Tyler Brosius: 2.1IP, 4H, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
  • Tyler Vail: 1.2IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K

Rome lost again, 8-1, Monday night in front of 2,000+ fans at Grayson Stadium. Tyler Brosius gave up all five runs on the night in 2.1 innings. The rest of the staff actually pitched quite well including shutout performances from Tyler Vail and Michael Swanner. Starter Matt Marksberry made his first start since being demoted from Lynchburg, throwing three scoreless. According to the lefty himself, he needs to continue the ability to repeat his delivery and work on his change up. As a 23-year-old in single-A, it will definitely be an uphill batter from here on out. Victor Reyes continued his hot streak at the plate, notching two more hits and a walk. For those counting that is his fourth straight multi-hit game, including 15 for his last 29. He continues to show off a hit tool that could quickly carry him through the minors.

Rome Stats