Minor League Top Performers - August 14

Here is a look at the top performers in the minor leagues from Tuesday's action.

RICHMOND

Columbus 4 Richmond 2

Brandon Jones went 2-4 with a RBI Tuesday night after seeing his 13-game hitting streak end Monday. Jones is now hitting .340 in Richmond and .456 in the month of August with two home runs and 10 RBI.

Brent Lillibridge was 1-3 and is now hitting .365 in August with two home runs and 10 RBI.

Tanyon Sturtze started for Richmond and pitched a scoreless inning. He did walk a batter and give up a hit.

Richmond is now 69-53 on the season. They welcome Toledo to the Diamond Wednesday night for a quick two-game series. Trey Hodges (5-4, 3.94) pitches for the Braves against Mud Hens' lefty Andrew Miller, who is rehabbing from an injury suffered in Detroit.


MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi 9 Carolina 7

Van Pope was 2-5 with a solo home run (5) and two RBI (35). Pope's overall average is now up to .223. He's hitting .289 (11-38) in August and since June 1st Pope is hitting .296 with four home runs and 22 RBI. Pope hit .150 (25-167) in the first two months of the season with one home run and 13 RBI.

Diory Hernandez was 2-5 with three RBI (52). His average is now up to .307 in AA and Diory has 61 RBI overall in 429 at bats.

Clint Sammons extended his hitting streak to four games with a 1-5 night. Sammons drove in two runs and has 31 RBI in Double-A.

While starter Moises Hernandez got roughed up (seven runs allowed in 3.2 innings), the Braves' bullpen pitched 5.1 scoreless innings. Phil Stockman pitched two frames with two walks and two strikeouts, while Jose Ascanio picked up his eighth save of the season with a scoreless inning.

The Braves are 16-35 in the second half of the season. Game two of the series with Carolina is Wednesday at 7:15 pm ET. Ryan Baerlocher (0-1, 7.47) pitches for the Braves against Mudcats' lefty Chris Seddon (5-7, 4.89).


MYRTLE BEACH

Myrtle Beach 8 Lynchburg 6

The Pelicans bullpen also saved the game after a rough start by Tommy Hanson (five earned runs in 4.1 innings). Three Myrtle Beach relievers pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, with two walks, and eight strikeouts. Kris Medlen (2-0) picked up the win going 2.2 innings, while Sung Ki Jung picked up his 19th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Roberto Alvarez was 2-6 with a two-run home run (6) and three RBI (47). Alvarez's home run in the 11th inning gave the Pelicans the lead.

Jordan Schafer was 1-4 with a two-run double. Schafer now has 58 RBI on the season between Rome and Myrtle Beach.

The Pelicans are now 25-26 in the second half of the season. They play the finale of the three-game series in Lynchburg Wednesday at 7:05 pm with Deunte Heath (2-2, 4.04 ERA) on the mound against Hillcats' right-hander Derek Hankins (8-4, 5.22).


ROME

Rome 7 Greensboro 2

Jon Mark Owings got the Braves on the board with a two-run home run (14) in the third inning. Owings is now hitting .246 and 45 RBI in 337 at bats.

Brandon Hicks continued his good work with two more hits and a RBI (9). Hicks, the third round pick out of Texas A&M, is hitting .285 overall with five home runs and 22 RBI in 137 at bats between Danville and Rome.

Mike Broadway won his 9th game of the season going six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, one walk, and five strikeouts.

Brett Butts got the save (1) with three scoreless innings. Butts did not walk a batter and struck out two. Butts now has a 2.37 ERA in 12 games between Danville and Rome.

Rome is now 26-25 on the season after breaking the six-game losing streak. The Braves will try to get the split in the four-game series in the finale Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 in Greensboro. Jamie Richmond (6-6, 3.06) is scheduled to pitch for the Braves.


DANVILLE

Game One: Danville 7 Burlington 4

Game Two: Burlington 5 Danville 0

Cody Johnson was 1-4 in Game One with a three-run home run (10). Cody now leads the league in home runs. He had four RBI in the game and now has 41 on the season (fourth most in the league).

The Braves had only two hits in game two, both by third baseman Adam Coe (.266).

Despite the split Tuesday, the Braves are still 37-14 on the season and nine games up on Burlington in the Appy League's East Division. The Braves finish up the series in Burlington Wednesday night at 7:00.


GCL BRAVES

The Braves game was suspended due to bad weather in Clearwater. It will resume Wednesday morning at 11:00 am ET at Disney's Wide World of Sports with the Phillies leading 1-0 in the second inning. The two teams will then play the second game in a seven-inning game.



Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.



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