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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/21

KD Kang goes off again as he picks up a homer and a double. Todd Cunningham smacks a homer and contributes two singles. Joseph Odom has two home run day, and Williams Perez tossed well in Gwinnett with seven Ks.

Williams Perez
Williams Perez
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(48-48) Gwinnett Braves 5, (51-46) Rochester Red Wings 3

  • Todd Cunningham, RF: 3-4, 2R HR, 2 1B, 2 R, .236/.308/.277
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-3, 1B, RBI, R, .264/.309/.292
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 1-4, 3B, RBI, .294/.318/.370
  • Sean Kazmar, 3B: 1-4, 2B, R, .272/.309/.377
  • Williams Perez, SP: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1.36 ERA
Williams Perez tossed another short gem since rehabbing with Gwinnett after being placed on the DL. He went 3.2 innings with his two hits and one run to score. He walked one but struck out seven of the 13 batters faced. Jake Brigham came in to relieve Perez with 2.1 innings of work with three hits and one earned run. He struck out two batters in his time on the bump. Todd Cunningham led the offensive surge for Gwinnett as he picked up three hits with one hit being a two run blast in the seventh inning. Jose Peraza helped with a RBI triple that came in the sixth inning. The Red Wings outhit Gwinnett 9-7 but committed two errors while letting two unearned runs score.

(49-44) Mississippi Braves 4, (36-56) Jackson Generals 2
  • KD Kang, RF: 2-4, Solo HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, .285/.354/.379
  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 2-3, 2B, 1B, RBI, .270/.375/.371
  • Matt Kennelly, DH: 2-4, 2 1B, RBI, .229/.325/.275
  • Lucas Sims, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 3 SO, 4.50 ERA
Everything came in pairs for the Braves offense as three batters had two hits each against the Generals. KD Kang led the surge with two hits with a solo homer and a RBI double in the top of the 4th. In his last 10 games, Kang has gone 18-for-36 with 6 RBIs and two SBs. He has improved his batting average from .257 on 7/11 to .288 today. Levi Hyams had a big game with two hits with a double and a RBI, and Matt Kennelly was the other Brave to pick up a pair of hits on the day. Emerson Landoni connected for the fourth extra base hit for Mississippi. In Lucas Sims first game in Mississippi, he lasted just four innings with two hits and two runs, but he surrendered his season high with six walks. In fact even though it was his season high, it was also Sims career high in walks since he joined the Braves back in 2012. Mitch Lambson has done well since being sent down to Mississippi as he tossed two scoreless innings in the game with a walk and strikeout.

(47-48) Carolina Mudcats 8, (50-45) Wilmington Blue Rocks 4
  • Joseph Odom, C: 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, .248/.306/.521
  • Sal Giardina, DH: 1-4, 1B, RBI, R, .207/.247/.261
  • Jacob Schrader (1B) and Dustin Peterson (LF): 1-3, 1B, 2 R
  • Connor Lien, CF: 1-4, 1B, RBI, .297/.346/..434
  • Wes Parsons, (W, 1-0), SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 7.20 ERA
  • Andy Otero, RP: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.74 ERA
Wes Parsons continues to move through his rehab as he now reached A+ ball. He was rocked in his five innings as he surrendered eight hits and four runs. He walked one with a strikeout while on the mound. The bullpen stood strong as they did not allow the Blue Rocks to get back into the action. The pen did not allow a run with just a hit and seven strikeouts. Of those three who came out for relief, Andy Otero stood out the most with 2.1 innings without a hit or run. He struck out five to lead the team. The offense was supplied off the bat of Joseph Odom as he cranked two homers for the Mudcats. He smacked a two run and three run homer in the game. Both Justin Peterson and Jacob Schrader each tallied a hit and scored twice in the game.

Rome Braves
Rome had the day off as they will travel to Lexington to take on the Legends in a three game series. The starter for Rome has yet to be announced.

(12-15) Danville Braves 1, (12-13) Johnson City Cardinals 9
  • Carlos Martinez, C: 1-4, 1B, RBI, .250/.339/.354
  • Luke Dykstra, 2B: 1-4, 1B, .325/.378/.422
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 0-3, R, BB, SB, .261/.381/.375
  • Josh Graham, (L, 1-1), SP: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.60 ERA
Danville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on the road in Johnson City, Tenn. Ray-Patrick Didder walked to lead the game off and quickly advanced to second with his sixth steal of the year. After being moved to third on a ground out, Carlos Martinez knocked a single to plate Didder and the only run for the Braves. The Cardinals gained the lead in the second by scoring two runs and didn't look back by scoring seven more runs to add to the lead. Josh Graham was the starter and surrendered the lead, but Trevor Belicek came in relief and surrendered the seven runs stated previously. However, Matthew Custred shut down JC with three innings with two hits and no runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out four to move his ERA to 1.80.

(8-16) GCL Braves 9, (14-11) GCL Pirates 6
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 2-5, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI, 2 R, .235 BA
  • Juan Yepez, 1B: 2-3, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R, .306 BA
  • Alejandro Salazar, SS: 2-4, 2 1B, 2 R, BB, .313 BA
  • Bradley Keller, LF: 0-3, 2 RBI, .267 BA
  • Jaret Hellinger, SP: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 3 SO, 1.98 ERA
The Mississippi team took notes from the GCL team as the GCL team also had a trio of players with a pair of hits. Austin Riley led the team with a double and a single. Riley had a pair of RBIs while scoring twice. Juan Yepez also matched Riley but also picked up two walks on top of his productive afternoon. Alejandro Salazar was the third player as he picked up two singles while scoring twice. Interesting fact if you read the box score, you will see that Wes Parsons was a pinch hitter and designated hitter in the game. I am truly hoping he was not playing in the GCL game today while also starting for the Mudcats later in the day. Either way, he scored once for the GCL team, according to the box score! Go Wes Parsons!

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