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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/17

Albies, Kubitza, Lien, and Giardina all go yard.

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Gwinnett Braves 4, Norfolk Tides 3

  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 3-4, .285
  • Joey Terdoslavich, 1B: 2-5, HR(10), .251
  • Edward Salcedo, RF: 2-4, SB(12), .215
  • Jose Constanza, LF: 2-5, .287
  • Cody Martin, SP: 7.2 iP, 6 H, 2 R(1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 3.51 ERA
Cody Martin turned in another strong start for the G-Braves, who knocked off the Norfolk Tides in a late thriller. Martin allowed 1 earned run on 6 hits across 7.2 innings, including posting an impressive 5:0 K:BB ratio. On the offense's side, Gwinnett collected a whopping 14 hits, but it was Joey Terdoslavich's two-run bomb in the 9th inning that would prove the difference. The Gwinnett outfield combined for 7 hits, including 3 by Todd Cunningham. Edward Salcedo actually recorded a multi-hit game, but balanced things out by committing his 24th error in the field.

Mississippi Braves 6, Mobile BayBears 0

  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 1-4, HR(7), .297
  • Erik Castro, 1B: 2-3, HR(1), BB, .143
  • David Rohm, RF: 3-4, .263
  • Cedric Hunter, LF: 1-2, 2B(27), BB, .291
  • Jason Hursh, SP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.24 ERA
Mississippi shut out Mobile last night, but it was marred by Jason Hursh's early exit. Hursh was struck on the back with a liner in the second inning and had to leave the game; it was unclear if the liner hit his arm or just his back. The Mississippi pen answered the call however, tossing 7.2 innings of 4-hit ball. Kyle Kubitza and Erik Castro supplied the fireworks, as they each went yard. David Rohm chipped in with a 3 hit game, while Cedric Hunter reached twice with a double and a walk.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Frederick Keys 7

  • Eric Garcia, 2B: 1-4, 2B(12), .244
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 1-3, BB, .261
  • Blake Brown, RF: 1-3, .242
  • Blair Walters, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.09 ERA
Lynchburg was smacked around by the Keys yesterday, dropping 7-2. Blair Walters - though it wasn't pretty - tossed a quality start, but the bullpen let the game get out of reach. Offensively, the toothless Hillcat offense managed a paltry five hits, so there wasn't much to write home about on that front.

Rome Braves 4, Charleston RiverDogs 5

  • Connor Lien, RF: 2-5, HR(5), SB(12), .281
  • Sal Giardina, 1B: 2-4, HR(2), .284
  • Matt Marksberry, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R(1 ER), 4 BB, 7 K, 3.65 ERA
Rome lost yesterday, as home runs from Connor Lien and Sal Giardina weren't enough to overcome some shaky defense and a bad bullpen appearance from the younger Kimbrel. Lien really had an excellent day, notching a single, homer, and steal while raising his average up to .281. Sal Giardina (who, let's be real, sounds like he should own his own salad dressing company) also put up a dinger and a single. Matt Marksberry struck out 7 men in 5 innings, but also walked 4. His defense let him down as well, letting in two unearned runs that would end up being the difference.

Pulaski Mariners 4, Danville Braves 3

  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 2-5, HR(1), .389
  • Omar Obregon, 2B: 1-3, 2B(5), .307
  • Braxton Davidson, DH: 1-3, BB, .214
  • Justin Black, CF: 1-3, BB, .289
  • Oriel L Caicedo, SP: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
Oriel Caicedo tossed another dandy for Danville, allowing only 3 baserunners across 7 innings of work, unfortunately, Luis Miranda and the Danville 'pen blew Caicedo's win. Danville's wunderkind shortstop, Ozhaino Albies, clocked his first professional home run yesterday, and raised his average up to .389. Reminder: he's 17 in Rookie-level ball (the average age of players in Rookie ball is 20) and is currently slashing .389/.450/.484, with 11 steals. He's also posting a 10:11 BB:K ratio. So yeah, he's pretty good. Braxton Davidson and Justin Black each got in on the fun as well, reaching base twice.

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