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Durango And Jones Set The Table While Salcedo, Garcia, And Franco Provide The Fireworks In Thursday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Gwinnett Braves 8, Louisville Bats 5

  • Luis Durango, CF: 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI, R, SB(32), .287
  • Felix Pie, RF: 2-5, 2 2B, R, RBI, .290
  • Christian Marrero, 1B: 2-3, 2B, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB(6), .247
  • Lance Zawadzki, SS: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB(2), .234
  • Todd Redmond, SP: 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 3.58 ERA
  • Jaye Chapman, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.80 ERA
Todd Redmond was awfully hittable last night for Gwinnett, but the G-Braves' bats backed Redmond with 8 runs. Redmond went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs (only 4 earned) on 10 hits. On the bright side, he didn't walk a man while whiffing four. Gwinnett had several fantastic offensive performances, with 6 G-Braves recording multi-hit games. Luis Durango led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, including his 4th triple of the year. Durango also swiped his 32nd base, tops among all Braves farmhands. Christian Marrero reached base 4 times tonight, with a single, double, and two walks in 5 plate appearances. Marrero scored 3 runs and even stole his 6th base of the year. Lance Zawadzki had a three hit day with a double, 2 singles, 2 RBI, and his second steal. Jaye Chapman pitched 2 perfect innings with 4 punchouts to record his 5th save.

Gwinnett takes on the Bats again tonight.
Mississippi Braves 3, Jackson Generals 4
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 2-5, 3B, R, .310
  • Joe Leonard, 3B: 1-3, HR(6), 2 RBI, .277
  • Keenan Wiley, RF: 1-4, R, RBI, SB(11), .255
  • David Hale, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 4.06 ERA
Good David Hale showed up last night for the M-Braves, but Mississippi's bullpen blew his win. Hale went 5 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits. He walked one and whiffed 6, giving him 47 punchouts in his last 47 innings pitched. Hopefully he can begin inching closer to consistency. Joe Leonard provided 2/3 of Mississippi's offense tonight with his 6th homer of the year. Keenan Wiley provided the rest with an RBI single. Todd Cunningham was the only M-Brave to record a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with a triple and scoring on Leonard's homer.

Sean Gilmartin looks for his 6th win today against the Generals.

Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Salem Red Sox 2
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 2-4, HR(10), BB, .276
  • Myke Jones, CF: 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB, .262
  • Nick Ahmed, SS: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, .267
  • Chris Garcia, 1B: 2-4, HR(8), 4 RBI, .301
  • Matt Weaver, 2B: 2-4, HR(9), .241
  • Gus Schlosser, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.45 ERA
Gus Schlosser picked up his 9th win last night as the Hillcats battered the Red Sox with the long ball. Schlosser threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out a half-dozen. He was backed by 3 long balls, one each from Edward Salcedo, Chris Garcia, and Matt Weaver. Salcedo's was his 10th on the year, he also singled and walked as well. Myke Jones continued his recent on-base successes, reaching 4 times with 2 singles and 2 walks. Jones has drawn 8 walks over his last 10 games (to only 8 Ks). Nick Ahmed had a multi-hit game as well, rapping out a single and a double in 4 at bats.

Lynchburg takes on Salem again today.

West Virginia Power @ Rome Braves - Postponed
This game was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader today.

Princeton Rays 12, Danville Braves 1 - Game 1
  • Ronald Luna, SS: 3-4, .362
  • Kurt Fleming, LF: 2-3, RBI, OF Assist, .278
  • Eduardo Castillo, SP: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 11.45 ERA
Princeton Rays 1, Danville Braves 12 - Game 2
  • Ronald Luna, 2B: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, .392
  • Carlos Franco, DH: 2-4, HR(2), 4 RBI, 2 R, .292
  • Edison Sanchez, LF: 3-4, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, .284
  • Nick DeSantiago, C: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, .241
  • Logan Robbins, CF: 2-2, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB(5), .161
  • Frank Lafreniere, SP: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.45 ERA
Danville and Princeton split a doubleheader, with each team winning a game 12-1. The opener saw Princeton roll, hammering D-Braves' starter Eduardo Castillo early and often. Castillo gave up 7 runs in just over 2 innings, allowing 9 hits and 2 walks while only striking out 1 man. Ronald Luna accounted for half of Danville's hits with 3 singles, and Kurt Fleming chipped in 2 as well. In the night cap, Frank Lafreniere shut down the Rays, throwing 5.2 innings of 1 run ball, striking out 3. Carlos Franco hit his 2nd homer of the season and had 4 RBI as part of a 2 hit day to power the offense. Ronald Luna added another 3 hits, while Edison Sanchez chipped in with 3 as well - including a triple.

Carlos Perez takes the mound tomorrow against the Rays.

GCL Braves 2, GCL Yankees 1 - Game 1
  • Jose Pereza, SS: 2-3, RBI, .321
  • Fernelys Sanchez, CF: 1-1, 2B, R, 2 BB, .200
  • Roberto Estrella, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 5.27 ERA
  • Richie Tate, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
GCL Yankees 1, GCL Braves 0
  • Joey Meneses, LF; 2-3, .234
  • Bryan De La Rosa, C: 1-1, 2B, BB, .241
  • Abraham Espinosa, SP: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.71 ERA
The GCL Braves split a doubleheader with the GCL Yanks, though there wasn't much exciting happening in either, as the Braves managed just 9 runs across both games. The first game saw the GCL Bravos win 2-1 behind 4 shutout innings from Roberto Estrella and a perfect day at the plate for recent signee Fernelys Sanchez. This was Sanchez's 2nd pro game, and he collected his first hit, a double. He also walked a pair of times and scored a run as well. Jose Pereza kept on hitting, though he was caught stealing for the third time. In the nightcap, Abraham Espinosa took the tough luck loss after he allowed 1 run across 4 innings. Joey Meneses had a pair of hits, and Bryan De La Rosa reached twice as well.

The GCL Braves take on the GCL Phillies tomorrow.

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