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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/21

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Top of the Gwinnett lineup leads to 6-1 win over Columbus. Mallex Smith offensive genie for Mississippi. Yean Carlos Gil falters in his start for Carolina.

Jose Peraza
Jose Peraza
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Please note: The lines of each player may not have updated right after the game. I am providing the slash lines of each player on their stats site from their respective team website.

(18-23) Gwinnett Braves 6, (23-18) Columbus Clippers 1

  • Cedric Hunter, DH: 3-4, 2B, 2 1B, 2 RBI, 2 R, .256/.300/.388
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 2-5, Solo HR (1), 1B, R, .311/.352/.370
  • Eury Perez, CF: 2-5, 2 1B, 2 R, .282/.355/.356
  • Sean Kazmar, 3B: 2-5, 2B, 1B, R, .295/.323/.393
  • Chien-Ming Wang (W,1-4), SP: 7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R (unearned), 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.70 ERA
  • Cody Martin, RP: Sv (1), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
The one through four hitters for Gwinnett exploded as the team continues in their 7 game road trip. Cedric Hunter led the surge by tallying his 12th double of the season. He also drove in two RBIs to lead the Braves. Jose Peraza returned to the lineup from his injury (from reading past comments, heard it was a hamstring injury). Peraza did not skip a beat by blasting his first homer of the year. This was Jose's first homer since June 23, 2014 (his fifth game with Mississippi). We all know about Jose's power (sarcasm), but both Eury Perez and Sean Kazmar added two hits each. The 1 through 4 hitters went 9-19 with two doubles and a homer. Mycal Jones tacked on the 10th hit for Gwinnett with a single.

Chien-Ming Wang also tossed a stellar game with his 7.2 innings with only one run, which was unearned. He gave up his normal eight hits to the Clippers, but he minimized his walks by not allowing any. This was his first time in his past seven starts (dating to last season) to not allow a walk in a game. Cody Martin also picked up the save as he went 1.1 innings with just a hit and striking out 3 of the 4 total outs.

Side note: Francisco Lindor (MLB's 4th top prospect) went 0-4 without  walking or striking out. He is sitting at .255/.328/.363.

(22-18) Mississippi Braves 8, (15-25) Jacksonville Suns 7

  • Mallex Smith, CF: 3-4, 2B, 2 1B, RBI, 2 R, BB, .336/.374/.422
  • Corban Joseph, 2B: 2-4, 2 1B, 3 RBI, .270/.330/.300
  • KD Kang, LF: 2-5, 2 1B, RBI, .260/.324/.375
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, 1B, 2 BB, 2 R, .180/.292/.225
  • Eric Garcia, PH: 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI, .333/.410/.333
  • Jason Hursh, SP: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 6.35 ERA
If you still haven't jumped on the Mallex Smith bandwagon, you are incredibly late. This guy was an absolute steal from the Padres trade. He has contributed 12 multi-hit games thus far. In 26 games, Smith has connected with at least one base hit in the 32 games he had at least one at-bat in. He has a total of 12 stolen bases this season and has touched home 21 times. Jump on folks!

Corban Joseph also continued his hot streak from last night as he went 2-4 with 3 RBIs, one RBI came in the 3rd and the other two came in the top of the 9th. Eric Garcia has been off to a hot start after being called up to Mississippi. Garcia is riding a 6 game hitting streak in his pinch hit at-bat today. KD Kang has also gone 4-11 in his past three games with 2 RBIs.

The Braves scored 6 of the 8 runs in the 8th-10th innings. The Suns tied the game in the bottom of the ninth off a fielding error by, hate to say it, Mallex Smith. Let's just say his offense and the "W" will forgive his miscue that led to 3 unearned runs for Francisco Rondon.

Jason Hursh has started to rebound these past two starts by allowing 2 runs (both in today's game). He has gone 12.1 innings in the past two games and only walked one batter while striking out nine. He tied his season high of opponent hits in a game with 10, today.

(19-18) Carolina Mudcats 1, (18-22) Potomac Nationals 11

  • Sean Godfrey, CF: 2-4, Solo HR (3), .282/.315/.385
  • Sal Giardina, DH: 1-4, 2B, .286/.375/.286
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-3, 0 BB, 0 SO, .265/.318/.367
  • Yean Carlos Gil (L, 0-7), SP: 3 IP, 10 H, 10 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 SO, 6.10 ERA
The wheels are starting to falter for Yean Carlos Gil as he gets roughed up again for back-to-back starts now. Today he allowed an immense 10 runs with all being earned on ten hits. In his past two starts (both pinned with the loss), he has gone 8.1 innings with 21 hits and 16 runs. Opponents are hitting .320 against him this season as his WHIP continues to increase to 1.55. The entire pitching staff today didn't pitch well as they combined for 10 walks and 5 strikeouts (yikes).

Offensively, there wasn't much to talk about either. Sean Godfrey provided the only offense with a solo homer in the 4th inning. Godfrey has back-to-back two hit games without striking out. He has only struck out once in his past 24 at bats.

(17-22) Rome Braves 0, (17-22) Savannah Sand Gnats 2

  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 1-4, 1B, SO, .288/.347/.366
  • Jordan Edgerton, 3B: 1-4, 1B, SO, .336/.277/.423
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-3, BB, 2 SO, .243/.383/.365
  • Alec Grosser (L,2-2), SP: 5 IP, H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 SO, 5.12 ERA
  • Carlos Salazar, RP: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO, 2.29 ERA
The Rome offense was extremely limited as they only produced two hits. As a team, Rome struck out many times...15 to be exact. The team drew four walks, but the Sand Gnats had the Braves number today at home. The Savannah starter, Casey Meisner, went seven innings with just one hit. He walked three and struck out 10. His overall ERA is 1.93 with a 1.17 WHIP. To answer your question, yes this is a Braves site, but WOW this is impressive! Good guy to keep an eye on in the Mets organization (not even in their top 20).

Alec Grosser gave Meisner a run for his money though as Grosser went 5 innings with just a hit and two runs. He walked four and struck out three. Since getting lit up on May 6, Grosser has improved by allowing an average of 2.67 runs a game in his past three games. He has racked up the walks with 23 walks and 21 strikeouts on the season. Carlos Salazar offered solid relief with his two innings. He allowed one hit with no runs, and he walked one and struck out two.