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Drury Goes Deep And Elander Had A Perfect Day At The Plate While Delgado and Spruill Turn In Solid Starts In Saturday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Gwinnett Braves 10, Durham Bulls 5

  • Josh Kroeger, LF: 4-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, .270
  • Brian Friday, SS: 3-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, .228
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 2-4, RBI, R, BB, SB(9), .308
  • Ruben Gotay, 3B: 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .241
  • Randall Delgado, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 9 K, 4.13 ERA

Gwinnett went to town on the Bulls last night, scoring 10 runs on a whopping 19 hits. Josh Kroeger led the way with 4, including a double. He scored twice and drove in one. Shortstop Brian Friday collected two singles and a double, driving in two while scoring one. Ernesto Mejia continued his year-long dominance of the International League, reaching 3 times while scoring once, driving a run in, and stealing a base. Ruben Gotay reached 4 times as well. To give you a sense of just how crazy this game was, all 9 hitters in the G-Braves lineup reached base at least twice. Randall Delgado allowed 4 runs in 6 innings of work, 3 by way of 2 home runs. Other than that, Delgado had his stuff working, striking out 9 Bulls over his 6 innings of work.

Julio Teheran takes on the Bulls tonight.

Mississippi Braves 2, Jackson Generals 3 - 10 Innings

  • Alden Carrithers, 3B: 2-3, .284
  • Jaime Perdoza, SS: 1-4, HR(2), .207
  • Matthew Kennelly, C: 1-4, 2B, .279
  • Zeke Spurill, SP: 9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.71 ERA

Zeke Spruill threw 9 innings of 2 run ball, needing only 100 pitches (70 strikes) to do so. Unfortunately for him, Mississippi couldn't scrape together much offense, and the M-Braves fell in the 10th. For Spruill, the outing lowered his ERA to 3.71, and he only allowed 8 baserunners on the evening while striking out 6. He also had his sinker working, generating twice as many groundouts as flyouts (10 to 5). Alden Carrithers was the only M-Brave to reach base more than once, going 2-3. Jaime Perdoza, Mississippi's light hitting shortstop, hit his 2nd homer of the year. A Joey Terdoslavich RBI singe was the only other offense the M-Braves would get.

Brent Leach goes this evening for Mississippi.

Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

  • Nick Ahmed, SS: 2-3, .270
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1-2, BB, .222
  • Dimasther Delgado, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.12 ERA

Lynchburg and Wilmington were tied 1-1 for 8 and a half innings before Wilmington walked off in the bottom of the 9th, thanks to Juan Jaime's wildness. The loss spoiled a very solid start from "the other Delgado". Dimasther threw 6 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 4 hits and a walk while striking out 4. After back to back rough outings, this was Delgado's best start in a month. Lynchburg's offense was offensive tonight, managing just 3 hits. Nick Ahmed had two of those three, and Emerson Landoni had the other.

Gus Schlosser looks for a team-leading 14th win today against Wilmington.

Lexington Legends 3, Rome Braves 5

  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, .241
  • Brandon Drury, 1B: 2-3, HR(5), 3 RBI, .229
  • William Beckwith, DH: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SB(15), .301
  • Greg Ross, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R(2 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 4.58 ERA
  • John Cornley, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.51 ERA

Another day, another good game for Brandon Drury, who drove in 3 of Rome's 5 runs tonight. 2 of Drury's RBIs came on his 5th home run of the year, continuing his recent power surge. Over his last 10 games, Drury is slugging .474 while batting close to .300. Kyle Kubitza chipped in with some power of his own, clubbing 2 doubles and scoring twice. William Beckwith had an RBI double and also stole his 15th base of the year, an improbable number for the big first baseman. Greg Ross threw a quality start for the R-Braves, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Ross also struck out 6 en route to his 6th win of the year.

Alex Wood goes today, looking for his 4th win of the year.

Bluefield Blue Jays 7, Danville Braves 10

  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 2-5, 2 RBI, R, .222
  • Josh Elander, DH: 1-1, RBI, R, 3 BB, SB(2) .288
  • Felix Marte, RF: 1-3, RBI, R, .283
  • Mauricio Cabrera, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.31 ERA

Danville got some help from Bluefield's shoddy defense last night, scoring 10 runs on only 6 hits. Josh Elander had a perfece day at the plate, going 1-1 with 3 walks. For good measure, he also swiped a base. Elander, Atlanta's 6th round pick this year, has been an OBP machine so far in rookie ball, posting an OBP of .400 in his first 99 professional at bats. Further, he has more walks than strikeouts (15 to 11). All in all, it's been a great debut for one of my favorite prospects from this draft class. Levi Hyams had a good day as well, going 2-5 with 2 RBI. Mauricio Cabrera was a little too hittable in his start today, giving up 7 in 5 innings en route to allowing 3 runs. On the bright side, he didn't walk a batter and struck out 3.

Danville plays Bluefield again today.

GCL Braves - Postponed.

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