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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/31

BJ Upton went 0-3 in his first rehab start for Gwinnett Wednesday night.


Charlotte Knights 2, Gwinnett Braves 1

  • BJ Upton CF: 0-3
  • Philip Gosselin 2B: 1-4
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B: 1-4, 2B (24)
  • Brandon Boggs RF: 1-3, 2B (15)
  • Cody Martin: 8IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, 7K
  • Mark Lamm: IP, 2H, ER, 0BB, 0K

Gwinnett and Charlotte were tied throughout until the Knights took the lead in the 9th off Mark Lamm. It was BJ Upton’s first rehab game – he went 0-3 with a groundout, fly out and a strikeout. As Upton stated, he won’t try to rush back, a smart decision considering the Braves continue to roll. Cody Martin had a phenomenal 120 pitch outing, going eight innings surrendering one run. Martin was TC’s 7th ranked prospect mid-season and has continued to show why he jumped up many rankings, posting a 119:48 strikeout-to-walk in 113.2 innings across AA and AAA. His great start was spoiled in the 9th, but the offense wasn't of much help either. Gwinnett only collected four hits on the night, which included doubles from Ernesto Mejia and Brandon Boggs.

Gwinnett Player Stats

Montgomery Biscuits 3, Mississippi Braves 2

  • Mycal Jones CF: 2-4, BB, R, SB (23)
  • Tommy La Stella DH 2-4, BB
  • Jose Martinez RF: 0-2, 2BB
  • Edward Salcedo 3B: 0-5
  • Dan Brewer LF: 3-4, R
  • Michael Lee: 6IP, 8H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
  • James Hoyt: 2IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K

Mississippi lost in a close one Wednesday, falling to the Biscuits 3-2. Mycal Jones, Dan Brewer and Tommy La Stella all reached base three of their four times at the plate. Jones had two singles and a walk, stealing his 23rd base of the season. Brewer collected three singles in the nine hole and scored on one occasion. Tommy La Stella roped two singles and coaxed a walk, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. La Stella, TC’s 12th ranked prospect, was one of the guys I highlighted mid-season. He continues to show why he could be a quick riser through the system with his advanced approach and solid bat at the plate. In 225 PA, he has posted a .352/.436/.495 slash including three walks for every two strikeouts. Michael Lee took the loss, going six innings giving up three runs on eight hits. Ryne Harper threw the 9th and now has a 1.76 ERA and 39:13 strikeout-to-walk in 41 innings this season.

Mississippi Player Stats

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Frederick Keys 2

  • Matt Lipka CF: 2-5, 3B (6) SB (23), CS (11)
  • Josh Elander LF: 0-4, BB, SB (2)
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 2-4, 2B (22), BB, R
  • David Rohm RF: 2-5, 3B (4), R, CS (8)
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 0-2, 2BB, R
  • Williams Perez: 5IP, 3H, 0ER, 4BB, 2K
  • Robert Fish: 2IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
  • Zach Jadofsky: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, K

Lynchburg jumped ahead scoring five runs in the second inning, holding off Frederick 6-2. Matt Lipka went two for five, legging out a triple and swiping his 23rd base of the season. Kyle Kuitza and David Rohm also had multi-hit nights, each adding an extra base hit to the box score. Kubitza also reached base on a walk, upping his OBP to .377 on the season. A collection of Lynchburg pitchers fought their way through Tuesday’s game, giving up only two runs. Williams Perez made the start, going five strong giving up three hits and four walks to go along with his five punch outs. Robert Fish threw a couple innings, striking out a pair in the process.

Lynchburg Player Stats

Rome Braves 2, Augusta GreenJackets 3

  • Jose Peraza: 1-4
  • Eric Garcia 3B: 1-3, BB
  • Casey Kalenkosky DH: 0-2, 3BB
  • Daniel Carroll CF: 2-2, 2BB, 2R
  • Frank Lafreniere: 6IP, 5H, 2ER, BB, 4K
  • Shae Simmons: IP, H, ER, 0BB, K

Rome couldn’t rally enough in the 9th to take down Augusta last night. The offense had an off night, singling five times and walking seven. Eric Garcia reached on a single and walk, driving in both runs Wednesday. Daniel Carroll had himself a night, going two for two with two walks and two runs scored. He also stole his fifth bag of the season, but did get thrown out later in the game. Jose Peraza added his 48th stolen base of the season. Frank Lafreniere went six giving up two earned. Shae Simmons came in in the 9th giving up one unearned run, lowering his 2013 ERA to 1.51.

Rome Player Stats

Danville Braves 2, Bluefield Blue Jays 7 (F/8 - Rain)

  • Connor Lien DH: 0-4
  • Johan Camargo SS: 2-3, 2B (6), BB, R, CS (1)
  • Mikey Reynolds SS: 1-2, 2BB, SB (5)
  • Victor Caratini 3B 1-4
  • Justin Black LF: 1-3, R
  • Andrew Waszak: 5IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, 3K
  • Jared Dettmann 5IP, 3H, ER, BB, 6K
  • Richie Tate: 2.1IP, 6H, 2ER, 0BB, K

Errors doomed Danville in the late innings, falling to Bluefield 7-2 in a rain shorted eight-inning contest. Jared Dettmann went five strong, giving up one run. He walked one and struck out six in his fourth start of the season. Things got ugly for Richie Tate, who gave up six runs on seven hits, however only two of these runs were earned. Johan Camargo, Mikey Reynolds and Justin Black all committed errors allowing the game to get out of hand late. Camargo and Reynolds did however reached base three of the four times they were at the plate. Camargo hit his sixth double of the season, but proceeded to get thrown out at third attempting to steal.

Danville Player Stats

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