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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/20

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Gwinnett plates 16, Lucas Sims has a quality outing, and Wes Parsons gets roughed up.

Scott Cunningham

Gwinnett Braves: 16 vs. Charlotte Knights: 2

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 1-3, 2 R, 2B (10), RBI (32), 3 BB, K, CS (8), .292
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-5, 2 R, RBI (55), BB, K, .284
  • Donnie Murphy, 3B: 2-6, 2 R, 2B (2), HR (3), 5 RBI (12), K, .212
  • Joey Terdoslavich, 1B: 3-5, 3 R, HR (13), 2 RBI (51), BB, .255
  • Sean Kazmar, 2B: 3-5, R, 2B (14), RBI (23), .290
  • Edward Salcedo, RF: 2-3, 2 R, HR (9), 2 RBI (41), 2 BB, .215
  • Terry Doyle (W): 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5:3 GO:FO, 3.30 ERA
  • Gus Schlosser: IP, K, 1:1 GO:FO, 4.28 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve: IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 0:1 GO:FO, 2.45 ERA
  • Juan Jaime: IP, H, BB, 2 K, 3.76 ERA
Well, then. Gwinnett brought the lumber in a 16-2 thumping of Charlotte last night. Terry Doyle got the win and allowed only one run on a solo homer in six innings of work, striking out six. Gus Schlosser worked a clean seventh, and Chasen Shreve allowed a run on a home run in the eighth. Juan Jaime allowed a pair of baserunners in the ninth but kept them from scoring. Literally every G-Braves started had a hit in this one, so yeah. Edward Salcedo, Joey Terdoslavich, and Donnie Murphy homered. José Constanza, Donnie Murphy, Steven Lerud, and Sean Kamar doubled. Murphy, Terdoslavich, Kazmar, Brandon Boggs, and Salcedo had multi-hit games. That about sums it up. Zach Stewart starts for Gwinnett tonight against Charlotte.

Mississippi Braves: 6 at Mobile BayBears: 2

  • Kyle Wren, CF: 4-5, R, RBI (12), SB (11), .255
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-5, 2 RBI (50), .299
  • Barrett Kleinknecht, 1B: 2-5, R, HR (8), 2 RBI (33), 2 K, .277
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, R, K, E (5), .272
  • Joe Gardner (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, K, 6:2 GO:FO, 3.21 ERA
  • John Cornely: IP, BB, 2 K, 2.63 ERA
Mississippi prevailed on the Gulf Coast last night, toppling the BayBears 6-2. Joe Gardner, a former Indians and Rockies farmhand who was signed yesterday to a Minor League contract, pitched five scoreless innings in his Braves debut despite striking out only one hitter. Andrew Robinson allowed two runs in two innings of relief work. Jorge Reyes and John Cornely each pitched a scoreless inning. Kyle Wren had a huge day at the top of the lineup, collecting four hits and his eleventh stolen base since his promotion. Kyle Kubitza also did well, singling twice and doubling in a pair of runs. If you would've told me that he'd be hitting .299 on August 20th before the season started, I probably would've called you crazy. Barrett Kleinknecht also hit his eighth homer of the year to spark the offense. Mitch Atkins will oppose Archie Bradley in the series finale tonight.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 1 vs. Potomac Nationals: 8 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Justin Bloxom, 1B: 1-3, R, 2B (13), .248
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 1-3, 2B (37), .264
  • Will Skinner, DH: 1-3, 2B (30), RBI (50), .263
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-3, K, .294
  • Wes Parsons (L): 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4:3 GO:FO, 4.86 ERA
  • Navery Moore: 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, K, 3:0 GO:FO, 5.49 ERA
Lynchburg lost the first game of their twin bill with the Nats by an 8-1 final. Wes Parsons had an ugly outing on the mound, allowing six runs in only four innings of work. He struck out three, allowed three walks, and permitted an unsightly seven hits, including a pair of home runs. It wasn't his best day out there. Navery Moore and Cody Fassold each allowed a run in relief as well. The bats didn't do too much for the Hillcats, with Justin Bloxom, Will Skinner, and Kevin Ahrens' doubles being the highlights.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 0 vs. Potomac Nationals: 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • José Martinez, LF: 3-3, 2B (12), .329
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 1-3, K, .259
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-2, BB, .263
  • Lucas Sims (L): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), BB, 5 K, 5:7 GO:FO, 4.24 ERA
  • Alex Wilson: IP, 2 H, 2 K, 1.70 ERA
Lynchburg's offense was once again nearly silent in Game 2 of their DH with Potomac, which, combined with errors, wasted some good pitching. Lucas Sims started the second game and had a decent outing, allowing six hits and a walk in six innings of work. He struck out five hitters and was charged with one earned run after errors allowed two other runs to cross the plate. Overall, it was a solid outing. Alex Wilson allowed a pair of singles, but struck out two hitters and didn't allow a run. The 'Cats only scratched out four hits as a team, and José Martinez had 75% of those, including his twelfth double. Tyler Tewell had the only other hit. Johan Camargo reached once on a walk. Jarrett Miller will start the series finale against Potomac tonight.

Rome Braves: 6 vs. Savannah Sand Gnats: 3

  • Connor Oliver, RF: 2-4, 2 RBI (25), BB, K, CS (7), .249
  • Connor Lien, CF: 2-3, R, 2B (17), RBI (34), 2 SB (2), .281
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-3, 2 R, BB, E (26), .251
  • Carlos Sánchez, C: 1-3, 3 R, RBI (8), K, .194
  • Yean Carlos Gil: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, 7:3 GO:FO, 3.51 ERA
  • Andy Otero (W): 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 K, 4:0 GO:FO, 3.86 ERA
  • Caleb Dirks (SV): 2.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 4:1 GO:FO, 2.45 ERA
Rome beat Savannah in an early game at State Mutual Stadium by a 6-3 final. Yean Carlos Gil started on the mound and had a short outing, giving up a pair of runs in four innings. He walked a couple of batters and only struck out one hitter, so it wasn't the greatest start. Andy Otero allowed a pair of hits and a run in relief, but also struck out five of the eight hitters that he faced. Caleb Dirks worked the final 2.1 innings and didn't allow a run despite no strikeouts and a hit and two walks. Connor Lien had a nice day, with a pair of hits including his seventeenth double of the year, as well as a pair of stolen bases. Carlos Franco also had a two-hit game (and made his 26th error), and Connor Oliver reached three times at the top of the order. Rome and Savannah will play again tonight.

Danville Braves - Off-day

The D-Braves were off yesterday before beginning a home series against Johnson City tonight.

GCL Braves: 4 at GCL Phillies: 0

  • John Franco, 2B: 2-4, RBI (11), K, .365
  • Yenier Bello, C: 1-4, .286
  • Erison Mendez, 3B: 3-4, 2 R, 2B (6), SB (6), .284
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 2-4, R, K, CS (4), .295
  • Connor Obrochta, LF: 1-2, 2 RBI (7), K, .250
  • Francisco González (W): 7.2 IP, H, BB, 3 K, 11:6 GO:FO, 4.27 ERA
  • Jordan Sechler (SV): 1.1 IP, 3 K, 0:1 GO:FO, 3.77 ERA
The GCL Braves shut out the Phillies by a 4-0 score yesterday afternoon. Francisco González threw seven and two-thirds innings of shutout, one-hit ball. The 19-year-old Venezuelan walked one hitter and struck out three. The BABIP gods seem to have been on his sides, but hey--we'll take it. Jordan Sechler worked the final inning and a third and recorded three strikeouts and a flyout. Erison Mendez had a big day offensively for the team, rapping a pair of singles and a double, as well as stealing his sixth base of the year. Ray-Patrick Didder and John Franco also had two-hit games, and Connor Obrochta drove in a pair of runs. The Braves and Phillies will play again this afternoon.