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Beckwith Has A Perfect Day At The Plate, Mejia Keeps Raking, And Moore Turns In Another Solid Start In Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Jair Jurrjens was obliterated again today, Ernesto Mejia kept on hammering baseballs, Navery Moore posted a quality start, and William Beckwith had a perfect day at the plate.

Charlotte Knights 10, Gwinnett Braves 3

  • Ernesto Mejia, DH: 3-4, R, .323
  • Felix Pie, RF: 2-4, R, RBI, .271
  • Tyler Pastornicky, SS: 1-5, R, SB(1), .200
  • Jair Jurrjens, SP: 4.2 IP, 12 H, 10 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 5.56 ERA
  • Jose Lugo, RP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.38 ERA
Jair Jurrjens has been ridiculously streaky so far in AAA. After throwing 8 innings of 3-hit shutout ball in his last outing, Jurrjens was strafed by the Charlotte Knights this evening, giving up 6 earned runs on 12 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings pitched. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about today's start was the fact that Jurrjens didn't strike out a batter and gave up 3 home runs. JJ now sports a 5.56 ERA in 43.2 minor league innings, and has allowed 6 home runs over that span. Ernesto Mejia keeps on hitting however, going 3 for 4 at the plate and scoring a run, bringing his average up to a very impressive .323 on the year. Felix Pie had his 2nd multi-hit game in as many tries, and Tyler Pastornicky, making his G-Braves debut, went 1-5 with a steal and a run.

Kris Medlen makes his first start tomorrow for Gwinnett in an effort to get stretched out to start at the major league level.
Montgomery Biscuits 9, Mississippi Braves 1
  • Keenan Wiley, RF: 1-4, 2B, R, .286
  • Barrett Kleinknecht, C: 1-1, 2B, BB, SB(2), .194
  • Phil Gosselin, 2B: 1-3, BB, SB(8), .263
  • David Hale, SP: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 7 BB, 3 K, 4.94 ERA
  • Chris Jones, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.91 ERA
Bad David Hale showed up tonight for Mississippi, issuing 7 walks over 3.2 innings on his way to a 6-run outing. Hale was incredibly wild and hittable as will, allowing 5 over his brief start. He immediately put Mississippi in a hole that the offense could not climb out off. The offense was actually pretty offensive as well, being 4 hit over the course of 9 innings. Super utility man Barrett Kleinknecht replaced Bethancourt mid-game at catcher and went 1-1 with a double, walk, and a steal. No word as of yet why Bethancourt came out of the game. Phil Gosselin was the only other Brave to reach base more than once, going 1-3 with a walk and his 8th steal of the year.

Zeke Spruill goes tomorrow for Mississippi.

Lynchburg Hillcats - Postponed
Lynchburg was caught in the same storm cell the big league club was, and was rained out. They will make it up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

Rome Braves 1, Lexington Legends 4
  • William Beckwith, 1B: 3-3, 2B, R, BB, SB(3), .327
  • Brandon Drury, DH: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .173
  • Sergio Miranda, 2B: 0-2, 2 BB, SB(1), .204
  • Navery Moore, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 3.25 ERA
William Beckwith had a banner day for Rome, reaching in all 4 of his plate appearances with a walk, 2 singles, and a double. He scored Rome's only run and also stole his third base of the year. Unfortunately, despite his 3 hits, the entire rest of Rome's roster could only muster 3 hits collectively. Navery Moore pitched well for Rome, allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits across 6 innings. More impressively, he struck out 6 while not walking a single man. Moore's transition to the rotation has actually been a pleasant surprise for Rome so far, allowing three earned runs or less in all but one of his 9 starts so far this year. He's also done a great job of improving his control, as he's only allowed 5 walks in his last 30.1 innings. He's struck out 20 over that same span.

Greg Ross gets the nod for Rome tomorrow against the Legends.

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