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Rome Walks Off With A Win Thanks To de los Santos, Mejia, Terdoslavich, And La Stella Homer, And Hale And Martin Have Solid Starts In Saturday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Fernando de los Santos hit a walkoff single for Rome tonight.
Fernando de los Santos hit a walkoff single for Rome tonight.

Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich homered for Gwinnett, David Hale and Cody Martin had great starts, Tommy La Stella had another fine game, and Fernando de los Santos had a walkoff single for Rome.

Gwinnett Braves 8, Toledo Mud Hens 3

  • Ernesto Mejia DH 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, .269 AVG
  • Joey Terdoslavich 3B 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, .233 AVG
  • Jose Yepez C 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, .258 AVG
  • Todd Redmond 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K, W (2), 3.04 ERA
  • Erik Cordier 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 4.66 ERA
  • Jason Rice 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.80 ERA

Joey Terdoslavich drove in a pair of runs with his third homer of the year, extending his hitting streak to 4 games, going 6-16 during that span. Ernesto Mejia also hit his third homer of the year, snapping an 0-8 skid in his last 2 games. Jose Yepez reached base 3 times tonight, and the 30 year old catcher has a .410 OBP in 10 games played this year. Todd Redmond picked up his second win with a quality start, striking out 7 and walking 2. He's been a K machine this year, averaging 11.5 strikeouts per 9 innings this season, a huge jump over the 7.5 K/9 he's averaged in his first 3 AAA seasons. The strikeouts are even more impressive when coupled with a nearly identical walk rate, 2.7 BB/9 this season, compared to 2.6 for the rest of his AAA career. Erik Cordier moves to the bullpen with Jair Jurrjens joining the team, and he tossed 2 scoreless innings. The 26 year old righty still struggled with his control, walking 2, and he's averaging 8 walks per 9 innings this season. Jason Rice made his fourth straight scoreless appearance, striking out 4 over 5 innings in that span.

Tomorrow afternoon, Jair Jurrjens will make his first start with Gwinnett since being sent down from Atlanta.

Mississippi Braves 1, Huntsville Stars 2, 10 innings

  • Todd Cunningham RF 2-5, SB (1), .269 AVG
  • Andrelton Simmons SS 1-3, RBI, BB, .284 AVG
  • David Hale 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.78 ERA
  • Chris Masters 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4.96 ERA
  • Cory Rasmus 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.46 ERA
  • Billy Bullock 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.93 ERA

Andrelton Simmons drove in Mississippi's lone run with a third inning single, breaking an 0-7 slump in his last 2 games. Todd Cunningham had 2 of the team's 3 hits tonight, and stole his first base of the season. In his last 8 games, he's gone 10-33 with an RBI, and 2 walks. David Hale continued his inconsistent ways, following up his last start, a poor one that saw him allow 7 runs over 5.2 innings, with a great start tonight, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. Hale has been dominant with the bases empty, limiting hitters to a .113 average, but once he allows a runner to reach he struggles, allowing a .412 average against with runners on and a .429 average against with runners in scoring position. After starting in his first 4 appearances, Chris Masters pitched out of the bullpen today, tossing a scoreless inning. Cory Rasmus pitched 2 scoreless innings and he's struck out 12 over 12.1 innings this season, posting a 1.46 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.

Chris Masters was scheduled to start tomorrow, but he pitched in relief tonight and the M-Braves have yet to name a starter. It's possible that Luis Avilan may be activated from the disabled list.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Frederick Keys 1

  • Tommy La Stella 2B 3-5, 2B, HR (2), 3 RBI, .352 AVG
  • Edward Salcedo 3B 1-4, 2 RBI, .278 AVG
  • Chris Garcia 1B 1-3, BB, SB (1), .324 AVG
  • Cody Martin 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 7 K, W (3), 3.38 ERA
  • Caleb Brewer 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 5.40 ERA
  • Ryan Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 5.40 ERA

Tommy La Stella drove in 3 runs with his second homer of the year, part of a 3 hit day. In his last 8 games, he's gone 11-30 with 4 doubles, a homer, 9 RBI, and 5 walks. Edward Salcedo drove in a pair of runs with a first inning single, snapping an 0-10 stretch over his last 3 games that saw him strike out 7 times. Chris Garcia reached base twice for the third straight game, and he has a .432 OBP on the season. Nick Ahmed had an awful day at the plate, striking out in all 5 of his plate appearances. Cody Martin picked up his third win of the season by limiting the Keys to 1 run over 6 innings. He's been a little wild lately, walking 9 in 10.1 innings over his last 2 starts, but he's also struck out 13 in that same period. For the season, he's averaging 11.7 strikeouts per 9 innings and 5 walks per 9. After allowing 6 runs over 7 innings in his first 3 appearances, Caleb Brewer has notched 2 scoreless appearances in a row. He's still struggling with his control though, walking 6 in 10 innings. Ryan Weber has had little trouble with control, walking just 1 in 10 innings over 8 appearances, while striking out 9

Gus Schlosser will start the series finale tomorrow.

Rome Braves 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 5, 12 innings

  • Elmer Reyes SS 3-6, 2B, .241 AVG
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B 1-4, 2 BB, E (2), .286 AVG
  • Fernando de los Santos 2B 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, .241 AVG
  • Nick DeSantiago C 2-4, .196 AVG
  • Felix Marte RF 1-5, 2B, 3 RBI, .224 AVG
  • Navery Moore 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 2 K, 3.32 ERA
  • Wilson Rivera 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.00 ERA
  • Ryne Harper 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.00 ERA
  • Cole Rohrbough 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (1), 4.15 ERA

Fernando de los Santos hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 12 to seal an extra inning victory for the R-Braves. He also reached twice on walks, continuing a nice stretch that has seen the 22 year old Dominican go 10-28 with 3 doubles, 4 RBI, and 2 walks in his last 8 games. Felix Marte drove in a pair of runs with a sixth inning double, and drove in another with a groundout in the eighth. Despite his productive day, the 21 year old outfielder is struggling this year, hitting .224 with a lowly .555 OPS and striking out in 46% of his at bats. Nick DeSantiago snapped a 0-11 skid with a 2 hit day, but he's also struggling with strikeouts, fanning in 34% of his at bats. Navery Moore was a bit wild, allowing 5 walks, but limiting the Intimidators to 2 runs over 5 innings. Walks have plagued him this year, as he's allowing 7.6 per 9 innings. Wilson River continues to be a strikeout machine, as the former outfielder fanned 2 in 2 scoreless innings tonight, his fourth straight scoreless appearance, giving him 14 in 9 innings on the season. Of course, River has nothing on Ryne Harper, who struck out 3 in 2 innings tonight, giving him 23 in 12 innings on the season, a phenomenal 17.3 K/9 rate.

AJ Holland will take on Kannapolis Sunday afternoon.

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