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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/2

Yunesky Maya and Steve Janas made strong starts, José Peraza had another multi-hit performance, and J.R. Graham had a rough outing in Monday's action on the farm.

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Gwinnett Braves: 6 at Rochester Red Wings: 5

  • José Constanza, LF: 1-5, R, 2B (5), .261
  • Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 2-5, .471
  • Mark Hamilton, 1B: 1-5, R, HR (4), 3 RBI (27), 4 K, .269
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-4, K, .280
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-4, R, .247
  • Joey Terdoslavich, DH: 1-3, BB, .251
  • Brandon Boggs, RF: 1-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI (8), 2 K, .255
  • Yunesky Maya (W): 7 IP, 5 H, BB, 8 K, 8:2 GO:FO, 2.55 ERA
  • Ryan Buchter: IP, 2 H, K, 0:1 GO:FO, 4.13 ERA
Yunesky Maya made an excellent start for the G-Braves as they won their season finale in Rochester. The veteran Cuban lefty went seven strong innings, striking out eight batters and surrendering nary a run. If you would've told me who would've shined in a matchup between Maya and Twins prospect Alex Meyer, who pitched for Rochester, I probably would've chosen the latter, but that's baseball for you. The lone run given up by the G-Braves' staff on the night was a homer ceded in the final inning by Pedro Beato, but it ended up being inconsequential. Gwinnett's offense was fueled by a pair of home runs by Mark Hamilton and Brandon Boggs, that drove in 5 of the team's 6 runs last night. Tyler Pastornicky and Christian Bethancourt both had two-hit games, and everyone's favorite licker of bats also doubled. IN addition to Bethancourt's pair of hits, he also caught a runner stealing, putting his famous plus-plus arm strength on display. Gwinnett will now return home to Coolray Field, leaving Rochester, which has THIS THING outside of its stadium.

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Chills. The G-Braves will begin a set with the Columbus Clippers tonight, a team that is thankfully not owned by Donald Sterling.

Mississippi Braves: 1 at Montgomery Biscuits: 5
  • Mycal Jones, CF: 2-4, K, CS (4), .308
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-4, .292
  • Elmer Reyes, DH: 1-4, R, 3 K, .327
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1-3, 2B (5), K, .255
  • David Rohm, RF: 2-3, RBI (27), .276
  • J.R. Graham (L): 4 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 4 K, 3:5 GO:FO, 5.27 ERA
  • Chasen Shreve: IP, 1:2 GO:FO, 2.78 ERA
The M-Braves dropped their third consecutive contest in Montgomery last night, falling 5-1 to the Biscuits. J.R. Graham had a tough start, giving up a pair of home runs and five runs in four innings of work. Judging by the home runs and the atypical ratio of fly balls to ground balls that Graham gave up, it seems as if Graham had a flat fastball that didn't produce its characteristic sink on the night. If you're looking for a silver lining from the outing, Graham did manage to strike out four batters and allowed no free passes. Mississippi didn't have too much luck offensively, plating only one run on a David Rohm RBI single. Rohm had a pair of hits on the nights, and has been hot recently, hitting .393 in his past ten games with a .969 OPS. Myke Jones and Kyle Kubitza also had two singles on the night. Kubitza had a really weird night, didn't he? No walks, no strikeouts, and a pair of singles is quite possibly the least Kubitzan line that I could dream up, but I'll take it. Mississippi will attempt to stem the tide and pick up a win in Montgomery again this evening.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 5 at Winston-Salem Dash: 6

  • José Peraza, 2B: 2-5, 3B (7), 3 RBI (24), .322
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-4, .271
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, R, HR (1), RBI (27), .298
  • Levi Hyams, 1B: 1-4, R, 2B (12), .287
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 1-3, 2B (7), RBI (22), BB, .302
  • Lucas Sims: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 8:5 GO:FO, 4.24 ERA
Lynchburg fell victim to a walk-off two-run home run hit by Tim Anderson to blow a lead and lose 6-5 on Monday night. Lucas Sims took the ball for the Hillcats and had an okay outing, giving up three runs in 6.1 innigs pitched. All of the runs given up by Sims came via a 3-run home run that he gave up to Jason Coats in the bottom of the third inning after a walk and a single. Sims left an off-speed pitch up in the zone and Coats didn't miss it, mashing it over the fence and leaving Sims looking outwardly frustrated. Sims continued to not miss many bats, striking out only two hitters but inducing a solid number of ground balls. Ryan Kelly, recently signed after playing in the Padres' system last year, gave up the walk-off homer to give the Dash the win. José Peraza was once again the offense's main catalyst, as he singled and later tripled in the top of the ninth inning to give the Hillcats a lead. Daniel Castro hit his first homer of the season tonight, and Tyler Tewell also had an RBI double to go along with a walk. The Hillcats will return home to begin a series with Myrtle Beach and noted crusher of baseballs Joey Gallo tonight.

Rome Braves: 6 at Augusta GreenJackets: 5
  • Connor Oliver, CF: 1-4, R, RBI (8), 3 K, BB, .250
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 2-5, 2 RBI (15), .249
  • Victor Caratini, C: 1-5, .293
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 2-4, K, .306
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-4, R, 2 K, .222
  • Blake Brown, DH: 1-2, 2 R, 2B (12), BB, K, .231
  • Steve Janas (W): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K, 5:4 GO:FO, 2.70 ERA
  • Colby Holmes: 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K, 1:2 GO:FO, 3.50 ERA
Rome escaped with a one-run win over Augusta in their series opener at Lake Olmstead Stadium last night. Steve Janas, the Kennesaw State product, who was probably inspired by his alma mater's NCAA Regional win earlier in the day yesterday, made a strong start for Rome, going six innings and giving up two runs while striking out seven hitters. Janas, a sixth-round pick from last year's draft, has been strong in both of his starts for Rome this year, striking out plenty of batters. I spoke with former CAC writer David Lee, who now covers the GreenJackets for the Augusta Chronicle (His twitter account is full of excellent 'spect info, and he's just an all-around good dude. Go follow him.) to get an idea of what Janas is working with. According to Lee, Janas' fastball sat in the 87-89 MPH range with some tail, occasionally touching 90. He also incorporated a decent slider in the 77-80 MPH range with two-plane movement and some sweeping bite, along with a low-80's show-me changeup that needs some work in order to become a workable pitch. Janas' command was strong, and he established his fastball with good control and used the slider to generate a few whiffs. Janas is 6'5" and could still add some weight to his frame, which could mean that a small jump in his fastball velocity is possible. I'll be keeping an eye on him as the year progresses. A big thanks to David for all of the good information. Pete Pérez almost coughed up the lead in the bottom of the ninth by giving up a pair of runs, but it ultimately didn't matter. Johan Camargo, last week's TC Player of the Week, continued his hot hitting, rapping a pair of singles and collecting two RBIs. Victor Reyes also had a multi-hit game, as he is prone to do. It'll be the same two teams at the same time at the same place tonight.

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