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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/14

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Kyle Kubitza, Tanner Murphy, and Justin Black have excellent games while Max Povse and Yean Carlos Gil toss a pair of gems.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Gwinnett Braves 1

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 2-4, 2 SB(26,27), .289
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 2-4, SB(14), .286
  • Christian Bethancourt, 0-4, .269
  • Kaneoka Texeira, SP: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 4.69 ERA
Not too much exciting in Gwinnett last night, as the G-Braves lost 5-1 to the Paw Sox. Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham were really the only two players who had anything going on offense. They each notched a pair of singles and stole 3 bases between them. The rest of the team managed three hits combined. Kaneoka Texeira was thoroughly mediocre, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits.

Montgomery Biscuits 1, Mississippi Braves 4

  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 3-4, 2B(27), HR(6), .297
  • Cedric Hunter, LF: 2-3, 2B(26), BB, .290
  • David Rohm, RF: 3-3, 2B(17), .257
  • Williams Perez, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.18 ERA
The M-Braves' offense was a three man show last night, as Kyle Kubitza, Cedric Hunter, and David Rohm combined for 8 of Mississippi's 9 hits, with each of the three hitting a double. Kubitza also added a homer, continuing his breakout season; he's now batting .297 on the year with an OBP north of .400. Williams Perez was in vintage form, hurling 6 innings of one run ball with a spiffy 4/1 K/BB ratio and an excellent 8/1 groundout/flyout ratio.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 5

  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 2-4, HR(6), .266
  • Justin Bloxom, 1B: 1-3, HR(2), BB, .246
  • Lucas Sims, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 4.36 ERA
The Hillcats were dashed last night by Winston-Salem, losing 5-4. Kevin Ahrens and Justin Bloxom each hit homers in the losing effort, and that was basically it. Lucas Sims had an alright start, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits across 6 innings. The 4/2 K/BB ratio isn't terribly impressive, but his strikeout numbers have certainly been moving in the right direction of late.

Rome Braves 3, Charleston River Dogs 2

  • Ross Wilson, 2B: 2-4, .254
  • Sal Giardina, C: 2-4, .253
  • Yean Carlos Gil, SP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.48 ERA
Yean Carlos Gil was killin' it last night, allowing only 1 hit across 5 shutout innings of work. He also posted an impressive 6:1 K:BB ratio and an 8:1 GO:FO ratio as well. That's about as domination of a start as he's had. Somehow Rome managed to score 3 runs tonight, despite just 5 total hits. Don't let the runs fool you, their offense is still, well, offensive. (I'm sorry.)

Danville Braves 10, Burlington Royals 1

  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 2-3, SB(10), BB, .386
  • Omar Obregon, 2B: 3-5, SB(4), BB, .297
  • Tanner Murphy, C: 3-4, HR(4), 2 BB, .248
  • Justin Black, CF: 4-5, 2 2B(6,7), .301
  • Braxton Davidson, LF: 0-6, .250
  • Max Povse, SP: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.06 ERA
Hoo-boy. The Danville offense, on the other hand, is awesome. Danville shellacked Burlington, putting up 10 runs on 16 hits. Justin Black led the charge with 4 hits, including 2 doubles, while Tanner Murphy reached 5 times and clocked his 4th homer of the year. Ozhaino Albies and Omar Obregon got in on the fun too, combining for 5 hits, 2 walks, and 2 steals. Not bad for the top of the order. Seemingly the only D-Brave who didn't get in on the fun was Braxton Davidson, who posted an 0-6 in his second game with Danville. And if all that isn't enough, third rounder Max Povse tossed a gem, limiting Burlington to 2 baserunners in 7 innings.

GCL Tigers 1, GCL Braves 2

  • John Franco, 2B: 3-4, 2B(1), .371
  • Cody Livesay, CF: 1-4, CS(2), .241
  • Jordany Santana, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 4.24 ERA
Despite a win, not too much exciting from the Gulf Coast club. John Franco accounted for 3 of the club's 5 hits, and that was about it for the offense. Jordany Santana put up 5 zeroes, but walked 4 men in the process. He only allowed 2 hits though. An odd, if effective, start.