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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/2

Mallex Smith connects with three hits. Rome had every player in the lineup pick up at least one hit, and Andrew Thurman starts rehab in GCL with 2 innings of shutout ball.

Eric Young Jr.
Eric Young Jr.
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(41-38) Gwinnett Braves 7, (44-36) Charlotte Knights 4

  • Mallex Smith, CF: 3-5, 2B, 2 1B, 2 RBI, R, .200/.216/.229
  • Eric Young Jr, LF: 2-4, 3B, 1B, RBI, R, .280/.375/.440
  • Cedric Hunter, DH: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, .266/.312/.369
  • Sean Kazmar, 3B: 1-4, 3B, RBI, R, .283/.321/.380
  • Kanekoa Texeira, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.11 ERA
Gwinnett offense didn't click until the 9th inning when the Braves came back from a 4-1 deficit. Gwinnett tallied six runs to gain their first lead of the game. Jose Peraza started the rally with a single. Eric Young Jr. followed with another single, and Cedric Hunter connected with a triple and scored the two runners. Sean Kazmar then went back-to-back with Hunter with a triple of his own. Then Kazmar on the next batter scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Jose Yepez loaded the bases with a walk. Mallex Smith scored the final two runs with a 2 RBI single to center. Smith has two three hit games in his last five games...granted three of those he didn't have any hits. Kanekoa Texeira started his third game this season and went his season high with five innings. He struck out four while walking one. Ryan Kelly performed the best for the Braves with two innings with no hits, runs, and walks. He struck out three with a 1.84 ERA.

(36-39) Mississippi Braves 1, (48-27) Biloxi Shuckers 4
  • KD Kang, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .254/.330/.345
  • Sean Godfrey, CF: 1-4, 1B, R, .150/.227/.150
  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 1-1, 2B, .222/.323/.278
  • Victor Mateo, (L, 4-5), SP: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2.71 ERA
The Mississippi offense was awfully quiet today with just four hits. Two of those hits were doubles that came from KD Kang and Levi Hyams. Kang had the lone RBI of the game. The Biloxi starter shut down the Mississippi offense with 7.2 innings and all four hits allowed and the run. He walked just one and struck out nine Braves. The Braves pitching was also not at their best either. Victor Mateo started and picked up his fifth loss of the season. He allowed six hits in four innings with three runs scored. He walked three and struck out two. Andrew Robinson had a decent outing with two innings with a hit and a walk. He struck out one while on the bump.

(39-38) Carolina Mudcats 3, (34-43) Winston-Salem Dash 1
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-2, 2B, 3B, 3 R, BB, .221/.292/.336
  • Reed Harper, 2B-SS: 1-2, 1B, 2 RBI, .141/.247/.172
  • Andrew Waszak, (W, 5-5), SP: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 1 unearned run, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3.31 ERA
  • Britt Robertshaw, RP: Sv, 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 4.18 ERA
The Mudcats pitching shut down the Dash offense as Andrew Waszak started the game and went 6.2 innings with a one hit game. He allowed just one run that was unearned. He walked a pair and struck out six. In Carolina, he has pitched in 14 games with nine starts. He has a WHIP of 1.37 and an opponent BA of .259. Britt Robertshaw slammed the door in the last 2.1 innings with one hit ball as well. He did not surrender a run or walk. He struck out four while on the mound. The offense tallied seven hits that came from six different players. Joey Meneses had the best game as he went 2-2 with a double and a triple. He touched home three times. Reed Harper picked up the only two RBIs of the game.

(34-43) Rome Braves 5, (35-41) Lexington Legends 1
  • Matt Tellor, 3-4, 2B, 2 1B, RBI, R, .191/.233/.284
  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 1-4, 3B, RBI, .328/.378/.423
  • Jordan Edgerton, 2B: 1-4, 2B, R, .291/.348/.387
  • Tanner Murphy, C: 1-3, Solo HR, .182/.291/.257
  • Zach Quintana, (W, 1-1), SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.40 ERA
  • Sean Furney, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.67 ERA
The Rome offense was firing on all cylinders tonight as every player in the lineup picked up at least one hit. Matt Tellor led the team with a trio of hits with a double and a pair of singles. He also picked up a RBI and a run. Tanner Murphy hit a solo bomb in the seventh inning to extend the lead. Ozhaino Albies had his eighth triple this season while picking up a RBI. Five other players had a single where Jordan Edgerton picked up the last extra base hit of the game. Zach Quintana started the game and went five innings. He allowed eight hits with no runs or walks. He struck out three too. Sean Furney received his first hold on the season as he went three innings with two hits and four strikeouts. Dustin Emmons picked up his second save of the season to close out the ninth.

(4-6) Danville Braves 1, (6-4) Princeton Rays 3
  • Kurt Hoekstra, SS: 2-3, 2 1B, R, BB, .267/.353/.400
  • Alejandro Flores, DH: 2-3, 2 1B, BB, .182/.250/.182
  • Carlos Castro, 1B: 1-4, 3B, RBI, .333/.370/.417
  • Garrett Fulencheck, (L, 0-1), SP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 SO, 7.71 ERA
  • Sean McLaughlin, RP: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, SO, 3.52 ERA
In Garrett Fulencheck's last game with the Braves, he got absolutely rocked by the team he got traded to, the Rays. He went just 1.2 innings with three hits and three runs. He walked an inordinate amount with four walks and a strikeout. Sean McLaughlin went the longest with 3.1 innings with just two hits. He did not walk or allow a run. Offensively, Kurt Hoekstra and Alejandro Flores each had two singles in the game with a walk. Carlos Castro had the only extra base hit for the Braves with a triple and picked up the RBI. Danville as a whole picked up seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

(3-7) GCL Braves 0, (7-2) GCL Phillies 4
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 3-4, 2 2B, 1B, SO, .167 BA
  • Ronald Acuna, CF: 1-5, 2B, .323 BA
  • Andrew Thurman, SP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
  • Jhon Martinez, (L, 0-1): 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R (1 ER),  BB, 3 SO, 1.29 ERA
Andrew Thurman has started his rehab stint after his injury from the bus crash when with the Mudcats. He looked really good as he allowed just two hits in two innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Jhon Martinez was roughed up after relieving Thurman as Martinez went four innings with six hits and four runs with only one being earned. He walked one and struck out three. So far this season, Martinez has appeared in two games with seven innings of work. He accumulated a walk with eight K's. Austin Riley heated up today as he picked up three hits in four at bats. Two of his hits were doubles. Ronald Acuna picked up the other extra base hit for the Braves with a double. The Phillies are off to a hot start with a 7-2 record as they outhit the Braves 11 to 8 in today's matchup.

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