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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/29

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Pastornicky's big night, Povse's quality outing, and Janas' strong start highlight yesterday's action down on the farm.

Tyler Pastornicky had a four-hit day yesterday.
Tyler Pastornicky had a four-hit day yesterday.

Gwinnett Braves: 6 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: 5

  • José Constanza, LF: 1-4, 2 R, BB, SB (22), .287
  • Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 4-5, 2 R, 2B (5), 3 RBI (15), E (4), .296
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-3, OF assist, .278
  • Joey Terdoslavich, 1B: 2-5, 2 RBI (41), .255
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-4, R, 2B (13), BB, K, SB (5), E (9), .268
  • Kanekoa Texeira: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, 7:8 GO:FO, 5.50 ERA
  • Pedro Beato (SV): IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 4.17 ERA
Gwinnett rallied to beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (really rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) by a 6-5 count last night. Kanekoa Texeira made a solid start despite not missing many bats, allowing four hits, two walks, and a pair of runs in six innings of work. The bullpen was shaky, with Carlos Fisher blowing a save by allowing a pair of runs in the seventh, Zach Stewart allowing three hits in the eighth, and Pedro Beato allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Pastornicky had a huge night offensively, with four hits including a double in five trips to the plate. He did, however, make a throwing error. Joey Terdoslavich also had a multi-hit game with a pair of singles and RBIs, and Christian Bethancourt hit an RBI double and walked, but also made an error in the field. Gus Schlosser will take the ball for Gwinnett against the RailRiders this afternoon, with a matinee noon start time. In a bit of roster news, Juan Jaime was recalled to Atlanta after Shae Simmons was DL'd, and Zach Stewart has been activated for Gwinnett.

Mississippi Braves: 4 vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos: 3

  • José Peraza, 2B: 3-4, 2 R, 3B (3), SB (21), K, .375
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 0-3, R, BB, 2 K, .262
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 1-2, 2 BB, SB (19), .299
  • Braeden Schlehuber, C: 2-4, 2 RBI (31), .223
  • Ryan Weber (W): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 8:3 GO:FO, 4.54 ERA
  • Brandon Cunniff: 2 IP, K, 3:1 GO:FO, 1.66 ERA
  • Ryan Kelly (SV): IP, H, 2 K, 0:1 GO:FO, 3.45 ERA
Mississippi won a squeaker over the Blue Wahoos by a 4-3 score last night. Ryan Weber notched a quality start, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out four. Not only did he pitch, but he also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base. Brandon Cunniff pitched in two scoreless innings of relief, and Ryan Kelly struck out two in the ninth to earn the save. José Peraza had another quality night at the top of the order, tripling and singling twice in four PAs. He also stole his twenty-first base since his promotion to Mississippi. Kyle Kubitza had the most Kyle Kubitza line ever, walking twice times and singling once in four tries. He also stole his nineteenth bag of the year. He's such a weird player, and I love it and can't get enough of it. Braeden Schlehuber also had a two-hit game. The M-Braves' offense did a quality job against highly-touted Reds prospect Robert Stephenson, who struggled with wildness last night. Mitch Atkins will oppose Michael Lorenzen, another tough Pensacola pitcher, tonight at Trustmark Park.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 4 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 2

  • José Martinez, LF: 1-4, 2B (8), 2 RBI (20), .359
  • Will Skinner, CF: 1-3, R, K, .271
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 1-3, R, 2B (32), RBI (49), K, E (9), .264
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 1-3, K, .264
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 2-3, RBI (17), CS (2), PO, .306
  • Daniel Watts: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 8 K, 6:3 GO:FO, 5.18 ERA
  • Mauricio Cabrera (W): 0.2 IP, K, 3.54 ERA
  • Alex Wilson (SV): IP, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 1.88 ERA
The Hillcats rode the backs of strong pitching efforts from Daniel Watts, Mauricio Cabrera, and Alex Wilson for a 4-2 victory over the Blue Rocks. Daniel Watts made an excellent start for Lynchburg, pitching 7.1 innings and allowing one earned run, striking out eight and walking none. Mauricio Cabrera got two outs, including one strikeout, and Alex Wilson pitched a perfect ninth inning for a save, striking out two hitters. Offensively, José Martinez delivered the decisive blow, hitting a two-run double in the eighth to put Lynchburg ahead. Kevin Ahrens also hit his thirty-second double of the year and drove in a run, and Emerson Landoni had a two-hit game. Jarrett Miller will toe the rubber for the Hillcats tonight against Wilmington in the second game of the series.

Rome Braves: 3 vs. West Virginia Power: 4 (10 innings)

  • Connor Oliver, RF: 0-2, R, 3 BB, 2 SB (9), CS (6), .254
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-5, RBI (35), K, .271
  • Victor Caratini, C: 0-4, .279
  • Jacob Schrader, 1B: 2-4, R, HR (8), RBI (41), 2 K, .295
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-4, 2B (15), E (24), .235
  • Connor Lien, CF: 1-3, RBI (23), 2 K, .269
  • Steve Janas: 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 10:4 GO:FO, 4.96 ERA
Rome couldn't take advantage of a great outing by Steve Janas, losing 4-3 in extras. Janas went eight strong innings last night, giving up one run on six hits and a pair of walks. He didn't miss many bats, as he only struck out three hitters, but did a good job of throwing strikes and keeping the ball on the ground. Richie Tate blew a save by allowing a pair of runs in the ninth, and Matt Sims allowed a run in the tenth to seal the deal. Jacob Schrader was the offensive highlight for Rome, hitting his eighth home run of the season and singling. Carlos Franco also had a two-hit night, including a double, and also committed his twenty-fourth (yikes) error of the season. Rome is off today before beginning a series against the Greenville Drive tomorrow.

Danville Braves: 2 vs. Kingsport Mets: 6

  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 1-4, BB, 2 K, CS (1), E (3), .382
  • Jordan Edgerton, 3B: 2-3, 2 BB, K, 2 E (6), .291
  • Tanner Murphy, C: 1-4, BB, K, .216
  • Omar Obregón, 2B: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, .304
  • Fernelys Sánchez, RF: 2-4, 2 K, .273
  • Max Povse (L): 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K, 6:4 GO:FO, 5.71 ERA
  • Kyle Kinman: 2 IP, H, R (0 ER), 4 K, 0:2 GO:FO, 3.71 ERA
  • Bradley Roney: IP, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3:0 GO:FO, 3.77 ERA
Sloppy defense and a lack of offense doomed the D-Braves in a 6-2 loss to Kingsport yesterday. Max Povse made a strong start, allowing five hits and no walks in five innings. He struck out four hitters and allowed just one run. The 2014 3rd-round pick has had some rough starts since beginning his pro career, so last night's start was a positive. Colby Holmes and Kyle Kinman each allowed an unearned run in their relief appearances, and Bradley Roney's ninth was a bit of a mess, as he walked two hitters and allowed three runs, although only one was earned due to errors, including one throwing error committed by him. Ozhaino Albies walked and singled in six tries, but he did commit an error in the field and was caught stealing for the first time. Jordan Edgerton had a productive day, singling and walking twice. Omar Obregón reached three times on a pair of walks and a single, and Fernelys Sánchez also had a two-single game. Andry Ubiera will oppose the Mets in the rubber game of the series tonight in Danville.

GCL Braves at GCL Tigers: Suspended, rain

The game between the Braves and Tigers in Lakeland yesterday afternoon was suspended after an inning and a half of play due to rain. The game will be completed as part of a doubleheader on August 13th.