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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/19

Gwinnett's offense explodes and Williams Pérez dominates.

Stacy Revere

Gwinnett Braves: 10 at Charlotte Knights: 5

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 2-6, R, RBI (31), K, .291
  • Elmer Reyes, SS: 3-5, R, 2B (13), 3 RBI (19), K, .287
  • Joey Terdoslavich, RF: 1-4, R, HR (12), RBI (49), BB, .251
  • Brandon Boggs, CF: 2-5, R, K, .240
  • Joe Leonard, 1B: 2-3, 2 R, 2B (5), 2 BB, .246
  • Kanekoa Texeira: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2:1 GO:FO, 5.22 ERA
  • Ryan Buchter (W): 2 IP, H, 2 BB, K, 1:2 GO:FO, 3.51 ERA
  • James Hoyt: 2 IP, 4 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 5.81 ERA
Gwinnett went to town on the Knights yesterday, winning 10-5. Things got off to a shaky start, however, as the G-Braves trailed 5-1 after three, after Kanekoa Texeira turned in a forgettable start and Carlos Rodon kept the G-Braves mostly at bay. However, after Texeira departed, Ryan Buchter, James Hoyt, and Carlos Fisher each chipped in two scoreless innings to give the G-Braves a chance, and they took that opportunity and ran with it. A number of G-Braves had big days, including Elmer Reyes, who had three hits and RBIs and smacked his 13th double since being promoted. Joey Terdoslavich hit his twelfth dinger of the year, and José Constanza, Joe Leonard, and Brandon Boggs all had two-hit games. It was a hit parade. Gwinnett begins a two-game set in Gwinnett with the Knights again tonight.

As an aside, catcher Christian Bethancourt was placed on the DL today with an injury suffered after being hit by a pitch last weekend.

Mississippi Braves: 9 at Mobile BayBears: 3

  • Mycal Jones, CF: 1-4, RBI (39), K, .262
  • Barrett Kleinknecht, 2B: 1-5, R, HR (7), 3 RBI (31), K, .275
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 2-5, R, 3B (11), 2 K, E (23), .298
  • Cedric Hunter, LF: 1-3, R, HR (13), 2 RBI (63), .290
  • Gustavo Núñez, SS: 2-4, R, 2B (10), RBI (26), .303
  • Williams Pérez (W): 6 IP, 2 H, 6 K, 9:1 GO:FO, 3.02 ERA
  • Ryne Harper: 2 IP, H, 2:3 GO:FO, 2.79 ERA
  • J.R. Graham: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), K, 2:3 GO:FO, 5.82 ERA

Williams Pérez toed the rubber for the M-Braves and was excellent, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and no walks. He struck out six hitters and, to my utter and complete shock, got tons of ground balls. Pérez isn't a sexy prospect who will make scouts drool, but he could be another one of the seemingly never-ending run of decent or better arms that Atlanta's system produces for the big league club. J.R. Graham struggled in a relief appearance, as he was hit around for four hits and two earned runs and only recorded one out. An error didn't help things, but still--it wasn't good. Cedric Hunter and Barrett Kleinknecht each went yard for the M-Braves. Kyle Kubitza hit his eleventh triple of the year and also singled, although he did commit his 23rd error. Ryan Weber will pitch for Mississippi against Mobile tonight.

In other news, more of the injury variety, José Peraza will be sidelined for a bit, as he was placed on the DL with a groin strain yesterday.

Lynchburg Hillcats: 2 vs. Potomac Nationals: 3 (Game 1)

  • Daniel Carroll, CF: 2-4, R, 2B (11), K, CS (4), .207
  • José Martinez, DH: 2-3, 2B (11), RBI (28), .324
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 1-3, R, 2B (36), .264
  • Will Skinner, RF: 2-3, .262
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 2-3, RBI (1), E (3), .357
  • Blake Brown, LF: 1-3, .244
  • Daniel Watts: 4 IP, H, 4 K, 2:2 GO:FO, 4.91 ERA
  • Brady Feigl: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 2.40 ERA
Lynchburg couldn't muster enough runs to topple Potomac yesterday despite 11 hits. Daniel Watts started on the mound and was excellent, albeit in a brief start, allowing no runs and only one baserunner in four innings. Brady Feigl struggled, however, allowing three runs in the fifth to give the Nats a lead that they wouldn't surrender. Benino Pruneda did work a scoreless seventh. Johan Camargo, José Martinez, Will Skinner, and Daniel Carroll all had two-hit games. Camargo committed his third error at short since his promotion to high-A. Kevin Ahrens also added a double.

Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Potomac Nationals: Postponed, Rain (Game 2)

The rains came in after the first game of the DH was played, postponing the second game of the doubleheader to tomorrow night.

Rome Braves: 3 vs. Savannah Sand Gnats: 11

  • Sean Godfrey, LF: 1-4, 2 K, .275
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, .296
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-4, R, .248
  • Sal Giardina, C: 2-4, K, .293
  • Steve Janas (L): 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4:5 GO:FO, 5.00 ERA
  • Zach Jadofsky: 1.1 IP, H, BB, K, 2:1 GO:FO, 2.79 ERA
Rome is 49-79 and Savannah is 82-42, so yeah. Steve Janas was lit up in his start, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings. Matt Sims and Pete Pérez were both shelled in 1.2 inning relief stints, with both pitchers allowing three runs. Zach Jadofsky and Richie Tate combined to keep the Sand Gnats off of the board for the last five outs of the game, so hey. Small victories. Rome didn't do too much with the sticks either, although Joey Meneses, Carlos Franco, and Sal Giardina all reached base multiple times. The Connors, Lien and Oliver, were held hitless at the top of the lineup. There's always tomorrow though, and Rome will look to do better against Savannah tonight with Brandon Barker on the hill.

Danville Braves: 1 vs. Pulaski Mariners: 3 (Game 1)

  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 0-3, .378
  • Omar Obregon, 2B: 2-3, E (3), .314
  • Braxton Davidson, LF: 1-3, R, K, .235
  • Mike Dodig, DH: 1-1, 2B (7), BB, .252
  • Alec Grosser (L): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8:1 GO:FO, 3.53 ERA
  • Michael Flores: 2 IP, H, 2 K, 1:1 GO:FO, 2.78 ERA

Danville dropped the first game of their doubleheader against the M's, losing 3-1. Alec Grosser started on the mound for the D-Braves and allowed three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in five innings of work; it wasn't his best outing. Felix Marte walked two hitters without recording an out to follow Grosser, and Michael Flores pitched the final two innings without allowing a run. Danville's bats were mostly silent in this game, with Mike Dodig recording the only extra-base hit, a double. Omar Obregon had a two-hit game, and Braxton Davidson also singled. Ozhaino Albies was held hitless.

Danville Braves: 5 vs. Pulaski Mariners: 8 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 1-4, R, RBI (13), K, .373
  • Matt Tellor, 1B: 1-2, 2B (6), K, .269
  • Braxton Davidson, LF: 0-3, BB, K, .200
  • Fernelys Sánchez, RF: 2-2, R, BB, .252
  • Justin Black, CF: 1-3, R, 2 K, .290
  • Andrew Waszak (L): 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3:2 GO:FO, 4.94 ERA
  • Carlos Salazar: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 2.70 ERA
  • Bradley Roney: 0 IP, 3 BB, 4.12 ERA
The D-Braves couldn't win the second game of their doubleheader despite a furious rally in the final inning. Danville's pitchers put the team in a hole after Andrew Waszak surrendered three runs in three innings and Carlos Salazar gave up four and recorded only five outs. Bradley Roney didn't fare much better, although he didn't allow a run, as he walked three straight hitters. Colby Holmes gave up a run in an inning and a third of relief work, but Ryan Gunther mercifully worked a scoreless seventh. Danville's offense plated five in the seventh, but the hole was too large to climb out of. Ozhaino Albies notched a single and drove in a run. Matt Tellor doubled for the sixth time this year. Braxton Davidson continued his slow start in the Appy League, going hitless, although he did draw a walk. Fernelys Sánchez had a nice day, reaching three times in three tries. The D-Braves will begin their final home series of the year after an off day today, as they welcome Johnson City on Friday.

GCL Braves: 10 vs. GCL Yankees1: 5

  • John Franco, 2B: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI (10), BB, .357
  • Erison Mendez, RF: 2-5, 2 R, RBI (25), SB (5), .268
  • Luke Dykstra, SS: 2-3, R, HR (2), 4 RBI (26), BB, CS (2), .269
  • Dylan Manwaring, 3B: 1-3, R, 2B (6), RBI (14), K, .196
  • Dilmer Mejia: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K, 3:8 GO:FO, 4.50 ERA
  • Jorge Zavala: IP, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO, 0.40 ERA
The GCL team took another game from the GCL Yankees1 yesterday, doubling them up for a 10-5 final. Dilmer Mejia started on the mound for the Braves, and the 17-year-old Nicaraguan struggled a bit in his second stateside start, allowing five runs in five innings of work. Rafael Rodriguez, Mitchell Osnowitz, and Jorge Zavala combined to throw four shutout innings out of the bullpen. The team's offensive output was keyed by Luke Dykstra, who hit his second professional home run, reached base three times, and drove in four runners. Erison Mendez and John Franco also chipped in with two-hit games, and Dylan Manwaring doubled and drove in a run. The GCL Braves will begin a two-game set with the Phillies at noon today.

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