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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/31

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Wes Parsons returns from injury and Ozhaino Albies wreaks havoc in a roundup of yesterday's action.

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Gwinnett Braves: 4 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: 8

  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B (21), BB, HBP, .280
  • Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 3-4, BB, .305
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-4, 2B (14), 3 RBI (38), .271
  • Elmer Reyes, SS: 2-4, R, 2B (7), K, .279
  • Edward Salcedo, RF: 1-3, BB, .207
  • Daniel Rodriguez (L): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 6:4 GO:FO, 4.63 ERA
  • Terry Doyle: IP, 3:0 GO:FO, 2.96 ERA
A bullpen implosion prevented the G-Braves from defeating Scranton last night. Daniel Rodriguez took the loss despite allowing only two runs in five innings of work on six hits. Unfortunately for him, James Hoyt followed, allowing five runs and getting only two outs, and then Atahualpa Severino gave up a run in the next inning. Terry Doyle did manage a scoreless eighth. The offense did feature some nice performances last night, as Tyler Pastornicky had another nice night, singling three times and walking in 5 PAs. Todd Cunningham also had a nice day, reaching four times himself on a pair of doubles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Elmer Reyes chipped in with a two-hit day, including his seventh double since being promoted. Christian Bethancourt also got in on the action with a double and three RBIs of his own. Cody Martin is scheduled to face the RailRiders in the series finale tonight.


Mississippi Braves: 7 vs. Mobile BayBears: 4

  • José Peraza, 2B: 0-4, .362
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 2-4, R, K, CS (3), .273
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 0-4, R, 2 K, SB (20), E (21), .297
  • Cedric Hunter, LF: 1-2, 2 R, HR (12), 2 RBI (56), 2 BB, .294
  • Rich Poythress, 1B: 1-2, 2 R, HR (5), 2 RBI (23), 2 BB, K, .254
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, R, 2B (7), RBI (18), K, .320
  • Mycal Jones, RF: 2-4, 2 RBI (33), 2 SB (20), .262
  • J.R. Graham: 2 IP, H, K, 3:1 GO:FO, 5.26 ERA
  • Jason Hursh (W): 6 IP, H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 9:2 GO:FO, 3.56 ERA
The M-Braves' offense broke out in a 7-4 victory over the BayBears. J.R. Graham made another abbreviated start and pitched well, allowing just a single in two innings of work with a strikeout and no walks. Graham has struggled majorly with control at times this season (and with just being straight-up hittable), including in my sole viewing, so this outing is a positive step. Jason Hursh followed Graham and had a solid outing, allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a pair of walks. He stuck out five hitters. It's a little weird to see, but both José Peraza and Kyle Kubitza were held hitless in this contest. Kubitza did steal his twenty-first base of the season, making him 21/24 on the season, a stellar percentage. He also committed his twenty-first error. Kyle Wren had a pair of hits, but was caught stealing for the third time since his promotion. Cedric Hunter and Rich Poythress each smacked a home run in the game, Daniel Castro doubled, and Myke Jones had a pair of hits and stolen bases. Greg Ross will toe the slab against Mobile tonight at Trustmark Park.


Lynchburg Hillcats: 4 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 3 (5 innings, rain)

  • David Nick, 2B: 1-3, R, HR (6), RBI (30), .289
  • Will Skinner, DH: 1-2, R, .272
  • Levi Hyams, 1B: 2-2, R, .233
  • Blake Brown, RF: 2-2, R, 3B (1), 2 RBI (9), .271
  • Wes Parsons: 2 IP, H, 4:1 GO:FO, 4.60 ERA
  • Blair Walters (W): 3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 5:1 GO:FO, 3.38 ERA
The 'Cats clawed their way to a narrow 4-3 triumph in a rain-shortened affair with Wilmington yesterday. Wes Parsons made his first appearance since suffering from right biceps tendonitis on July 10th, and was solid in a short stint, allowing a hit in two innings of scoreless work. Blair Walters followed Parsons and got hit around, allowing eight hits and three runs in three innings. He received the win, because baseball is silly and arbitrary. Offensively, Blake Brown had a quality night, getting two hits, including a three-bagger, in two tries at the plate. Levi Hyams also had a pair of hits, and David Nick also clubbed a lead-off home run to begin the game off of Miguel Almonte. The Hillcats begin a series in Winston-Salem tonight, and Lucas Sims will start, attempting to continue his good work of late.


Rome Braves: 4 at Greenville Drive: 1 (6 innings, rain)

  • Connor Oliver, RF: 0-1, R, 2 BB, .253
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-3, SB (6), E (29), .272
  • Jacob Schrader, DH: 1-2, R, 3B (3), RBI (42), .297
  • Anthony Núñez, C: 1-1, R, RBI (2), 2 BB, .133
  • Connor Lien, LF: 1-3, 2B (14), RBI (24), .270
  • Chris Diaz: 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 5:0 GO:FO, 2.31 ERA
  • Brandon Barker (W): 1.2 IP, BB, 2 K, 3:0 GO:FO, 4.61 ERA
Rome's game was also shortened due to wet weather, and they came out on top against Greenville. Chris Diaz started on the mound and allowed only a run in 3.1 innings, despite struggling with control. Only half of Diaz's pitches on the night were strikes and he walked four hitters, but was also able to strike out four and skirt disaster. Brandon Barker followed Diaz and was effective in one and two-thirds innings, allowing a walk and striking out two. Connor Oliver did a nice job leading off, reaching base twice via the free pass despite not getting a knock. Johan Camargo did manage a hit and his sixth steal of the season, but also made his twenty-ninth error. Jacob "ASAC" Schrader tripled and drove in a run, and Connor Lien hit his fourteenth double in the club's first game without Victor Caratini, who's now a Cub. Rome will take on the Drive again tonight.


Danville Braves: 6 vs. Pulaski Mariners: 2

  • Joseph Daris, CF: 1-4, R, BB, .245
  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 2-3, 2 R, RBI (5), 2 BB, 2 SB (6), .405
  • Matt Tellor, 1B: 2-4, 2 RBI (10), BB, K, .372
  • Alejandro Piloto, LF: 2-4, R, HR (3), 2 RBI (17), BB
  • Fernelys Sánchez, RF: 1-4, 3 K, .274
  • Daniel Cordero (W): 6 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6:5 GO:FO, 5.72 ERA
  • Dustin Emmons: IP, 2 K, 0:1 GO:FO, 0.00 ERA
Danville shipwrecked the Mariners last night by a 6-2 count. Daniel Cordero took the ball for the D-Braves and somehow managed to give up only one run despite allowing eight hits and two walks in six innings. Tyler Vail allowed an unearned run in relief, and then Dustin Emmons came in and struck out two hitters in a perfect ninth. Ozhaino Albies had a monster night on Thursday, singling and walking twice in five trips to the dish. Not only did Albies reach base in most of his tries, but he also stole a pair of bags. He's pretty fun. Alejandro Piloto got in on the action with a pair of hits and a walk, including his third home run of the campaign. Matt Tellor also had a two-hit night with a walk, and Joseph Daris reached twice at the top of the order. Get excited, because today's Alec Grosser Day as the Braves take on the Mariners.

GCL Braves: 12 at GCL Blue Jays: 2

  • Erison Mendez, CF: 4-6, 2 R, 2B (3), 2 RBI (18), .273
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 1-4, BB, .247
  • Braxton Davidson, DH: 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB, .260
  • Dylan Manwaring, 3B: 1-4, R, RBI (11), BB, K, .178
  • Kelvin Estevez, RF: 1-4, 2 R, HR (1), 4 RBI (10), 2 OF assists, .179
  • Oriel Caicedo (W): 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K, 7:2 GO:FO, 3.41 ERA
  • Jordan Sechler: IP, H, 3 K, 4.50 ERA
The GCL Braves thrashed the GCL Jays yesterday in Dunedin. Oriel Caicedo made a nice start for the team, going five innings and only allowing one run. He limited baserunners by not issuing any free passes, got ground balls, and struck out three hitters in his outing. Rafael Rodriguez worked a two-inning scoreless relief appearance. Jared Dettmann gave up a run on two hits and two walks in an ugly inning of relief work, and Jordan Sechler struck out the side in the ninth to end it. Erison Mendez had a big day at the plate for the Braves, rapping four hits, including a double, in six tries. Kelvin Estevez hit his first home run of the year in the third inning, a grand slam. Braxton Davidson continued to demonstrate his aptitude for getting on base, drawing a pair of walks along with two singles. The power hasn't manifested itself for Davidson yet, but the on-base skills are a positive sign. The Braves return home to take on the GCL Yankees1 this afternoon.