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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap - 7/17/2015

Gwinnett blows lead late, the power bats go deep, and I wonder about Mudcats

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

(Yes, I'm chipping in. No, I have no idea what I'm doing.)

Gwinnett Braves 6, Syracuse Chiefs 7

  • M. Smith - 2-5, SB, CS, R, .207/.233/.280
  • J. Peraza - 1-4, .287/.312/.367, Error (missed catch)
  • C. Bethancourt - 1-4, RBI, R, K, .318/.341/.443
  • A.Garcia - 2-4, RBI, 2 R, K, .281/.307/.369
  • C. Hunter - 1-4, R, 2 RBI, .267/.310/.386
  • M. Jones - 2-4. 2 RBI, .279/.365/.441
  • T. Jenkins - 4 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 4 R (3 ER), 2 K, 1 HR, 2.45 ERA, 1.64 WHIP
  • G. Smith - 1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 R (1 ER), Blown Save, 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
  • R. Weber - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 1 K, 1.30 ERA, 1.89 WHIP
The G-Braves lost in about as exciting of a fashion as the Atlanta Braves won: Carlos Fisher gave up a walkoff single to Josh Johnson (not, as far as I can tell, the oft-injured major league pitcher). Fisher had actually been perfect across his previous five outs until walking two guys and giving up the walkoff single. The G-Braves blew a 5-0 lead in this one after the top of the lineup (Smith, Peraza, Garcia, Bethancourt, Hunter, and then Jones) strung together a bunch of singles in the top of the first. But the Chiefs scratched together a bunch of runs off of Jenkins, who had trouble keeping runners off the bases. The Chiefs would pull ahead against Greg Smith, but the tying run scored when Garcia and Peraza couldn't convert what would've been an inning-ending double play and the next batter doubled to put the Braves in a hole. Hunter would drive in Garcia in the top of the 8th to tie the game back up, but that just set up the walkoff defeat.

Jacksonville Suns 2, Mississippi Braves 3

  • K. Ahrens, 1-3, RBI, BB, .234/.316/.335
  • R. Ruiz - 1-3, RBI, BB, GIDP, SB, .230/.347/.289 (heh)
  • G. Ross - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 HR, 4.99 ERA, 1.57 WHIP
Greg Ross kept the Suns' bats fairly cold (heat death of Jacksonville?) while Ahrens and Ruiz drove in runs in the 8th to give the M-Braves an exciting finish. Of the 8 hits for the M-Braves, three were extra-base hits, while Mitch Lambson and Tyler Jones each pitched scoreless innings to close out the game and earn the win and save, respectively. In honor of Fredi's extension, I'd like to give a hat tip to David Rohm, who threw a runner out at the plate to keep a run off the board.

Winston-Salem Dash 2, Carolina Mudcats 8

  • D. Peterson - 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, K, SB, .263/.330/.382
  • C. Lien - 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K, .296/.348/.437
  • J. Odom - 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, .246/.307/.482
  • B. Barker - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 9 K,  HR, W, 2.93 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

Peterson, Lien, and Joe Odom went berserk on Dash starter Jordan Guerrero, who then dashed out of the game before completing three innings. Those three guys would drive in all eight runs for the Mudcats (what's a mudcat? is it a catfish? why don't they just call them the Carolina Catfish then?), with three coming on a massive moonshot from Peterson in the very first inning. Lien would pop a solo shot to extend the lead later in the game. Justin Jackson was near perfect for three innings of relief after Barker exited, and the 'Cats coasted.

LakeWood BlueClaws (wut) 5, Rome Braves 4

  • O. Albies - 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SF, .333/.389/.433
  • T. Murphy - 1-4, solo HR, .186/.279/.281
  • B. Davidson - 2-3, 2B, solo HR, BB, K, .258/.402/.389
  • Y. Gil -7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 R (4 ER), 4 K, L, 6.39 ERA, 1.73 WHIP
Yean Carlos Gil pitched into the 8th but allowed all five runs to the BlueClaws, and the R-Braves couldn't come back after the winning run scored on a sacrifice fly in the 8th. The R-Braves scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th to finally tie the game only to be miffed in the end. Albies was responsible for two of those runs while Davidson and Murphy flexed some muscles with a homer each. The winning run was driven in by a guy named Cord Sandberg. That's the second time I've heard of someone named Cord.

GCL Phillies vs. GCL Braves - Postponed due to Rain

DSL Braves 8, DSL Brewers 3

The DSL Braves pounded out 21 hits in this one, but scored six of their eight runs in the 7th and 8th. They actually trailed until the 7th, where Danyer Salazar hit a 2-run single to put them in front by a score of 4-3. They then had a 6-hit 8th, featured by our favorite occurrence: Randy Ventura stealing a base (his 36th). Ventura, was, however, picked off in the game. Six pitchers took the hill for the Braves in this one, with none going longer than two innings. They collectively managed just three strikeouts and six walks, but kept the DSL Brewers sufficiently off the board.

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