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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap - 7/12

The world that is the Braves minor league system kept spinning despite Ozhaino Albies absence at the Futures Game, although Rome could have certainly used his help

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(45-45) Gwinnett Braves 3 vs. (47-43) Durham Bulls 1 - F/11

Box Score

  • Joey Terdoslavich, 1B: 2-5. HR (2), 2 RBI, .286/.413/.531
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 run, .284/.310/.365
  • Kanekoa Texeira, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.59 ERA

JoeyT won this game in extras with a two-run shot in the top of the 11th as Gwinnett beat Durham, 3-1. Terdoslavich was the hero and has been doing quite well for himself down in Gwinnett since being sent down after a short stint with Atlanta. After the break, its likely he will see more time with the Braves, in particular if they are able to clear some roster space via trade. Jose Peraza had a good night at the plate, although a chunk of that was erased as he was caught stealing twice on the night (only 6 times all year). Mallex Smith continued his struggles at Gwinnett, going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts to bring his average at Gwinnett down to .205. He now has 2 hits in his last 5 games and appears to be overmatched a bit at AAA for the time being. Kanekoa Texeira turned in a strong start for the Braves, going 6 strong while giving up just one earned run. Andrew McKirahan continued his rehab assignment and was part of a strong outing from the bullpen as they went 5 innings scoreless while striking out 6.

(43-42) Mississippi Braves 11 vs (46-38) Chattanooga Lookouts 10

Box Score

  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 5-5, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 4 runs, .266/.310/.333
  • KD Kang, DH: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, .264/.332/.364
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 RBI, .236/.314/.343
  • David Peterson, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 1.69 ERA

Mississippi won an exciting one as they scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning to overcome a big deficit and beat Chattanooga 11-10. Emerson Landoni had himself a night, going 5 for 5 with 4 runs scored, 4 XBH, and 3 RBIs. Emerson is also riding a 6 game hitting streak in which four of those games are multi-hit games. Kevin Ahrens also had 3 RBIs and the offense as a whole had a really strong showing with 5 players having multi-hit games and the Braves accumulating 16 hits total. The Braves better be glad the offense came to play, because the pitching struggled a bit, in particular the bullpen. Victor Mateo had a reasonable start, going 5.1 IP while giving up 4 earned runs. However, Bryton Trepagnier and Francisco Rondon combined to give up 6 more in 2.2 IP of work and it looked like the game was going to be a blowout until Mississippi's huge rally in the 9th. Luckily, David Peterson came in and got the save in the bottom of the ninth in an uneventful outing to preserve the rally and the win.

*apologies in triple slashes after this point due to technical issues

(42-44) Carolina Mudcats 0 vs. (48-38) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 9 - Game One

Box Score

(43-44) Carolina Mudcats 2 vs. (48-39)  Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1 - Game Two

Box Score

  • Connor Lien, OF: 2-5, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 2 CS, .291
  • Keith Curcio, 2B-CF: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 run, .230
  • Brandon Barker, SP: 3 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 3 K, 2.85 ERA (Game one)
  • Blair Walters, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 2.58 ERA

Carolina split its double-header with Myrtle Beach (game one was a resumed game due to rain the day before) as they lost game one 9-0 and won game two 2-1.  The offense really struggled in the doubleheader and the Mudcats were fortunate to get one game out of the two on the back of some strong pitching from Blair Walters in game two. Brandon Barker was strong to begin his start in game one, but once the game was delayed, Andrew Waszak would come in on Sunday and got torched for 7 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks. On offense, Connor Lien had another good day, reaching base 4 times and stealing a base, but he was caught stealing twice between the two games. Other than that, the offense really struggled as they only managed 10 total hits in two games against the the Pelicans.

(39-48) Rome Braves 2 vs (43-44) Augusta GreenJackets 4

Box Score

  • Stephen Gaylor, CF: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 run, .304
  • Omar Obregon, 2B: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB (22), 1 CS (9)
  • Zach Quintana, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2.44 ERA

Augusta pulled away from Rome is this one as they won, 4-2. Stephen Gaylor continued his recent hot streak with two hits and an RBI as he filled in at leadoff with Ozhaino Albies off at the Futures Game (Ozzie went 1-2 in the game...woo!). Gaylor has hit safely in 8 of his past 10 and has brought his average up almost 100 points since the end of June. Braxton Davidson reached base twice, although he did strike out twice to bring his total to 16 in his past 10 games. As for the pitching, Zach Quintana had a decent outing, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings of work. Alec Grosser appears to have moved full-time to the bullpen after an at best sub-par season as a starter and pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

(9-10) Danville Braves 3 vs, (11-9) Burlington Royals 9

Box Score

  • Leudys Baez, LF: 2-5, .295
  • Jeff Campbell, 1B: 2-4, 1 run, 1 2B, .286
  • Ryan Clark, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

The GCL had the day off, so the only rookie ball action for today was with Danville as they lost to Burlington 9-3. While Jeff Campbell got the only extra-base hit of the night for Danville, the Braves still cobbled together some runs via small ball with 9 hits. Leudys Baez continued his good work in Danville with 2 more hits to bring his average up to .295 while Kurt Hoekstra and Jeff Campbell also had multi-hit games. Ryan Clark had his first rough outing as a pro as the 5th rounder gave 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. This was the first time he has pitched and given up any runs, so we'll give him a pass this time. Taylor Lewis, the Braves' 9th round pick in this year's draft, made his 4th straight scoreless appearance to start his career with a scoreless inning of relief.

A Note About Randy Ventura

We don't generally cover the Dominican Summer League games, but its worth noting what Randy Ventura is doing down there for the DSL Braves. He just turned 18 a couple of days ago and is slashing .381/.463/.476 with 34 runs scored and 33 stolen bases in 27 games. While stats from the DSL can be misleading given the lower level of competition, a .940 OPS definitely grabs the attention and while he doesn't have any power, his speed is readily apparent as he has 33 steals while only being caught 4 times all year. Keep on an eye on Randy going forward.

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