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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/15

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Max Wisler hits and pitches his way to victory, and Stephen Gaylor gets call up to Rome. Carolina falters in return to the field.

Stephen Gaylor
Stephen Gaylor
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(16-19) Gwinnett Braves 4, (15-20) Louisville Bats 5

  • Adonis Garcia, 3B: 2-4, 2 1B, RBI, R, .352
  • Matt Wisler, SP: 1-2, 1B, 2 RBI, .400; 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO, 4.15 ERA
  • Sean Kazmar, 2B: 1-3, 1B, RBI, R, .311
  • Eury Perez, CF: 1-5, 2B, R, SO, .286
  • David Carpenter, RP: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.54 ERA
Matt Wisler had an outstanding game offensively and defensively. Wisely tossed 5.2 innings with one earned run and five strikeouts. He allowed about one hit for every inning but limited the damage until the sixth inning when two runs scored for the Bats. Offensively, Wisler drove in the first runs of the game on a line drive to right field that scored Sean Kazmar and Joe Benson. Adonis Garcia led the team with two base knocks and has been one of Gwinnett's most consistent players in the 32 games play thus far. Eury Perez had a 1-5 game with a double and a run scored. David Carpenter offered a solid 1.1 innings of relief with just a hit issued. He did not walk a batter and struck out three while bringing his ERA down to 0.54 in the 11 games and 16.2 innings pitched. Opponents are only hitting a mere .193 against him.

(18-16) Mississippi Braves 5, (19-16) Mobile BayBears 2
  • Seth Loman, 1B: 3-3, 2B, R, BB, .228
  • KD Kang, LF: 2-4, 2 1B, SO, .259
  • Corban Joseph, 2B: 1-3, 1B, 2 RBI, BB, .253
  • Matt Lipka, CF-LF: 1-4, 1B, RBI, R, .308
  • Victor Mateo (1-2), SP: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 3.10 ERA
Mississippi has won the past 4 out of 5 games. The team was able to move above .500 on the season with this streak of wins. In today's game, starting pitcher, Victor Mateo, led the team with his first win on the season. He went 7 innings with five hits and no runs. He issued three bases while striking out three. To help put runs on the board, Corban Joseph led the team with two RBIs along with a single and a walk. Seth Loman had his personal best of three hits this season with a double and a pair of singles. He scored and walked once. Matt Lipka is riding a small three game hit streak as he led off for the Braves. He went 1-4 with a RBI and a run scored. KD Kang has also been hot these past three games as he went 2-4 today. In the last three games, Kang is 6-12 with 3 RBIs, 3 runs, a triple, and a double.

(19-13) Carolina Mudcats 3, (21-12) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7
  • Keith Curcio, LF: 2-5, 2 1B, RBI, R, .400
  • Sean Godfrey, CF: 2-5, 2B, RBI, .291
  • Levi Hyams, 2-4, 2 1B, .228
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-4, RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO, .250
  • Jose Briceno, C: 0-3, BB, SO, .175
  • Yean Carlos Gil (0-6), SP: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 4.23 ERA
  • Jorge Zavala, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA
On Keith Curcio's first day of being called up, he was placed in the leadoff spot and played left field. Curcio, not skipping a beat, went 2-5 with two singles, RBI, and a run scored. In his 32 games in Rome, his line was .342/.416/.479. Sean Godfrey has also been getting warmed up as he went 2-5 with a double and has gone 4-11 in his last three games. Levi Hyams has also been the same by going 5-12 in his last three games. After moving up to Lynchburg in 2013 for the first time, Hyams hasn't seem to catch on as he has stayed put in A (adv) for almost two years now. In part of 2013, Hyams tore up Sally ball by going .317/.378/.407. I wish him all the best since he is a Bulldog (I am a UGA fan). Yean Carlos Gil suffered one of his worst starts this season as he only went 5.1 innings with six runs, all earned, to score. He hit one batter and struck out six. In a positive note of Gil, he strikeout to walk ratio is 30:6, not including 2 hit batsmen.

Side note: this was Carolina's and Myrtle Beach's first game since this past Monday.

(15-20) Rome Braves 6, (14-20) Asheville Tourists 0
  • Omar Obregon, 2B: 2-4, 2 1B, 2 RBI, R, .276
  • Tanner Murphy, DH: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, .151
  • Joseph Daris, 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, .244
  • Stephen Gaylor, LF: 1-4, 1B, 2 SO, .250
  • Max Povse, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2,29 ERA
  • Oriel L Caicedo (1-0), RP: 3 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA
Personal note: Since Keith Curcio was called up Carolina, the Rome Braves had to call another outfielder to fill the void. A graduate of my college, Berry College in Rome (yes same place where the Rome Braves play), was able to play in his first game that was not in the GCL. Stephen Gaylor received the call to fly out of Orlando to travel to Asheville to play with Rome. To make the situation even more unique, Gaylor was born and raised in Rome; he is a graduate of Rome High School. His freshman year, he played one year at Georgia Southwestern State. Later he transferred home to play at Berry for his last three years. While at Berry, he batted a cool .372/.446/.450 while stealing 87 bases in 109 games. After signing in the summer of 2014 with the Atlanta Braves, Stephen moved to Orlando and played in 9 GCL games. He batted .325 with 13 hits, 7 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. As a friend, he has a great head on his shoulders, and this opportunity couldn't happen to a better guy. I wish him the best of luck in his endeavors. He will return to Rome on Monday the 18th to play in front of family, friends, past teammates, and coaches.

Now moving to an actual recap, Rome called on Max Povse to start with Oriel L Caicedo to relieve with three innings of work. Povse tossed four innings with just two hits and no runs. He struck out four and only walked a batter. Caicedo earned the victory since Povse did not go five innings. Caicedo hurled three innings with a hit and no runs while striking out five. On the offensive side, Rome scored a run in three different innings with four runs coming in the seventh. Braxton Davidson started the seventh with a HBP, and Tanner Murphy drove him in with his second double of the season. Joseph Daris traded places with Murphy to add to the lead. Later on, Omar Obregon singled to center to score Daris from second. To end the inning, Jordan Edgerton tripled to deep right field to plate Obregon from second.  Rome tied the series against the Tourists 3-3 after losing their first three games to Asheville.