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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/8

The Carlos' of Danville strike for 5 hits in 6 ABs. Carolina was outhit but not outscored in 4-3 win. Rio Ruiz has two hit game for Mississippi.

Rio Ruiz
Rio Ruiz
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(42-44) Gwinnett Braves 2, (49-35) Norfolk Tides 3

  • Cedric Hunter, DH: 2-4, 2B, 1B, R, .262/.306/.388
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, 1B, RBI, .285/.332/.312
  • Mallex Smith, CF: 1-3, 3B, R, .217/.238/.283
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-3, 1B, BB, .324/.351/.423
  • Greg Smith, (L, 3-4), SP: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.70 ERA
Gwinnett jumped out to an early 2-0 lead at the bottom of the third inning. Cedric Hunter scored the first run of the game after Sean Kazmar ground into a double play. Then Daniel Castro drove in Mallex Smith after his leadoff triple in the third. The starter for Gwinnett, Greg Smith, gave up the lead in the sixth as he let two runs score. Matt Marksberry and Peter Moylan limited the damage in the later innings as the relief duo went two innings with just two hits allowed and no runs. Hunter led the Braves offense with two hits with a single and a double. Smith had the longest hit in the game with his triple in the third inning. The team as a whole corralled seven hits and two extra base hits.

(39-42) Mississippi Braves 5, (35-46) Jackson Generals 10
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-4, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI, R, .224/.333/.285
  • Matt Kennelly, 1B: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .196/.301/.227
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 2-4, 2 1B, R, .276/.304/.342
  • Stephen Janas, (L, 0-1), SP: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 6.30 ERA
  • Tyler Jones, RP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1.80 ERA
Stephen Janas was absolutely rocked in his second game with Mississippi as he gave up seven runs in the first inning alone. He later settled down as he went 4.1 innings in total, but the Braves could not overcome the huge deficit. Mark Lamm was the first reliever and allowed three runs with all being unearned. Tyler Jones was the most impressive reliever as he went 1.2 innings without a hit, walk, or run while striking out four. Eight of the nine Generals had at least one RBI. Rio Ruiz led the Mississippi offense with two hits with a double and a single. Ruiz plated two RBIs and a run. Matt Lipka matched with a pair of singles. Matt Kennelly added with a double and two RBIs, and Kevin Ahrens contributed a single and scoring twice.

(41-42) Carolina Mudcats 4, (43-40) Salem Red Sox 3
  • Connor Lien, RF: 1-4, Solo HR, .281/.329/.399
  • Tanner Krietemeier, 1B: 1-4, 2B, .048/.048/.095
  • Jose Briceno, DH: 1-4, 1B, RBI, R, .203/.247/.299
  • Reed Harper, 2B: 1-3, 1B, RBI, .139/.226/.165
  • Seth Webster, (W, 4-5), SP: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 2.83 ERA
The Mudcats jumped out to an early lead in the first inning thanks to a game starting, lead-off, solo homer by Connor Lien. The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the second, but Carolina struck back with three runs in the fourth. Jose Briceno drove in the first run of the inning with a RBI single, and Johan Camargo drove in Carlos Franco on a SAC bunt. The final run of the inning was brought in by Reed Harper on a single to right field to plate Briceno. Salem struck for two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but it was not enough to overcome the Mudcat lead. Seth Webster lost his three previous starts so coming in to today and picking up the win was a big boost of confidence and to get back on the right path. He struck out a season high eight batters. The pen went 3 innings with no runs, no walks, and two Ks.

(37-46) Rome Braves 5, (41-42) Augusta GreenJackets 9
  • Ozhaino Albies, SS: 2-4, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI, BB, .330/.385/.424
  • Matt Tellor, 1B: 2-4, 2B, 1B, RBI, .194/.237/.280
  • Stephen Gaylor, LF: 2-4, 2 1B, RBI, R, .250/.338/.267
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-3, R, 2 BB, 3 SO, .261/.396.385
  • Ricardo Sanchez, (L, 1-6), SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 5.45 ERA
It was an offensively strong for several Rome batters as three players picked up two hits each. Ozhaino Albies was one of them as he connected with a double and a single while plating two runs. Matt Tellor was the second player with a double and a single while scoring one RBI, and the last player was Stephen Gaylor who knocked two singles and a RBI. Tanner Murphy connected with the third extra base hit of the game for Rome, and he finished with a BB and a run. Ricardo Sanchez let the lead slip as he gave up three runs in the third while walking three batters in his outing. Daniel Cordero let the GreenJackets blow the game wide open as he surrendered six hits with six runs and three walks. Alec Grosser offered a solid outing as he went two innings with just a hit with no runs or walks while striking out three.

(6-9) Danville Braves 7, (7-9) Bluefield Blue Jays 4
  • Carlos Castro, DH: 3-4, 2B, 2 1B, RBI, 3 R, .395/.413/.488
  • Carlos Martinez, C: 2-2, 2B, 2R HR, 2 R, 2 BB, .174/.296/.174
  • Jose Morel, RF: 2-4, 2 1B, RBI, R, .279/.367/.372
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 2-5, 2 1B, RBI, .268/.388/.439
  • Luis Gamez, SP: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 6.23 ERA
In a back and forth game with the Blue Jays, the Braves found themselves on top at the end thanks to a strong bullpen. Stephen Moore came in relief and picked up his second win on the season. He went 2.2 innings without a hit and one run that was unearned. He walked and struck out one each. Matthew Custred was pinned with his first save while not giving up a hit, run, or walk, and he struck out three in his outing. Luis Gamez gave up most of the damage with his outing with 4.1 innings and three runs, but Gamez did struck out five batters. The offense was strong for Danville as they stroked 12 hits with three of those coming from Carlos Castro. He finished with a double and two singles. Carlos Martinez contributed with a double and a two run homer. The team picked up seven RBIs while walking four times.

(3-11) GCL Braves 1, (8-6) GCL Yankees2 2
  • Alejandro Salazar, SS: 2-4, 2 1B, .286 BA
  • Juan Yepez,1B: 1-4. 1B, .302 BA
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-4, 2 SO, .178 BA
  • Gabino Avalos, SP: 3 UP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 SO, 7.00 ERA
  • Jaret Hellinger, (L, 1-1), RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 0 BB, 4 SO, 1.08 ERA
The Yankees pitching had the Braves number tonight as the Yankees trio surrendered just one run that was unearned. They also struck out eight Braves while only walking three. Alejandro Salazar picked up two of those hits for the Braves with a pair of singles and later scoring in the fourth inning. Gabino Avalos started the game on the bump and went just three innings. He walked four batters with three hits and one run. Jaret Hellinger offered the best outing of relief with three innings of work with just a pair of hits and one run that was unearned. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Hellinger was unfortunately pinned with the loss as he was the one who was pitching when the game winning run for the Yankees scored in the seventh.

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