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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Rio Ruiz continues to shine down in Gwinnett

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Every Braves' affiliate fell last night, but there were a couple of silver linings present down on the farm.

(8-6) Durham Bulls 5 vs. (10-4) Gwinnett Braves 3

Box Score

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .367/.426/.551
  • Reid Brignac, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, .306/.397/.327
  • Ronnier Mustelier, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 run, .382/.405/.471
  • Tyrell Jenkins, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 2.40 ERA

Gwinnett took just its fourth loss of the season as they were defeated by Durham 5-3. There are a couple ways to look at Tyrell Jenkins' start in this game. On the one hand, he gave up multiple hits with runners on base which ultimately resulted in runs scoring and he didn't miss as many bats as you would have hoped. On the other hand, 3 of the runs he gave up came due to a very unfortunate throwing error from Tyler Moore that scored one run and left two men on base that would also score in the inning. He also kept his walks down over 6 innings, so its hard to take away any concrete conclusions from his start beyond his stat line looks worse than it actually was.

On offense, Rio Ruiz continues to do outstanding work down in Gwinnett with yet another multi-hit game. While his .455 BABIP thus far this year screams regression, its worth noting that his improvement has passed the eye test thus far as he is hitting the ball harder this year. Reid Brignac also continued his hot hitting with his 5 multi-hit game in his last ten games. Ronnier Mustelier's average is below .400 now, but he added another double and run scored to his impressive tally to start the year.

Next Game: 4/21 @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starters: Gwinnett - TBD, Charlotte - Jacob Turner

(5-9) Chattanooga Lookouts 6 vs. (4-10) Mississippi Braves 2

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-3, BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .357/.419/.464
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 0-4, 2 K, .264/.333/.434
  • Matt Lipka, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, .196/.276/.294
  • Rob Whalen, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 4.50 ERA

The Mississippi Braves fell to 4-10 on the year as they were beaten by the Lookouts 6-2. Rob Whalen had a serviceable start in this game for the most part with just 2 hits allowed and 6 Ks over 4 IP. However, 5 walks in 4 innings is not exactly ideal and he will have to rein in his control to maintain his effectiveness. Each reliever with the notable exception of Steve Kent gave up at least one run (earned or unearned) including Andrew Thurman and Jason Hursh who have fallen on harder times after being considered among the better prospects in the Braves farm system.

On offense, Ozzie Albies did his thing as he reached base twice in the game and has now reached base in 13 of his first 14 games at AA which includes the last 13 games. Matt Lipka added a much needed XBH but while he started the year off well, he is now battling to get his triple slash line back up to respectability. Dustin Peterson's reign of terror for the moment has ceased as he went 0-4 but has displayed the bat and power this season thus far that it gives hope that he will contribute to the big league club down the line in some capacity.

Next Game: 4/21 @ 7:05 Central Time. Probable Starters: Mississippi - Brandon Barker, Charlotte - Ryan Eades

(10-4) Salem Red Sox 5 vs. (6-8) Carolina Mudcats 1

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-4, 1 K, .333/.406/.474
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-4, 2 K, .185/.246/.241
  • Stephen Gaylor, CF: 2-4, 1 run, .167/.400/.222
  • Max Povse, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1.42 ERA

After a strong start to the season, Carolina has lost 5 straight now as they fell to Salem 5-1. Max Povse didn't extend his dominance over high-A in this game, but it was hardly a disaster of a start. Salem seemed to have a better feel for Povse's stuff in this game as they were able to manufacture runs and hit the ball hard on occasion. He was also unable to miss bats much this game. He did limit the damage done, but 2 runs off of his replacement put the game out of reach for Carolina. Its worth noting that Carlos Salazar as a reliever has been stellar and always seems to come in, miss bats, and preserve leads.

On offense, the pickings were slim. Dansby is listed as going 0-4 but based on his previous work this season I'm just going to chalk that up to a computer error or he was just showing mercy. Braxton Davidson had a hit in this game, which was good but also struck out twice, which was bad. The only multi-hit game came from Stephen Gaylor for Carolina and he also scored Carolina's lone run.

Next Game: 4/21 @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starters: Carolina - Ryan Clark, Myrtle Beach - Trevor Clifton

(4-10) Rome Braves 5 vs. (7-7) Augusta GreenJackets 9

Box Score

  • Ray-Patrick Didder, 2-5, 1 2B, 1 run, 3 K, .349/.440/.558
  • Austin Riley, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .231/.268/.423
  • Bradley Keller, RF: 1-4, HR(2), 3 K, .286/.286/.643
  • Max Fried, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.94 ERA

Rome continued their tough start to the season as they fell to the GreenJackets 9-5. Max Fried did not have his best start on this day, with the bulk of the damage to his line being done by a three-run homer by Dylan Davis. By most accounts, Fried looked fine on the mount but did make a couple of mistakes and on this night one of them resulted in a big boom. Matt Custred and Jon Kennedy both gave up 2 earned runs in their relief appearances with Kennedy's runs both coming from solo home runs.

On offense, Ray-Patrick Didder continued his strong work as Ronald Acuna had the night off and had 2 hits out of the lead-off spot. Austin Riley had yet another double, but seems to be struggling at the plate after a strong start to the season and the strikeouts are starting to climb again. We saw stretches like this from him in rookie ball and its worth watching to see if he can adjust and thrive again. Bradley Keller crushed a line-drive homer to salvage his night after 3 Ks and is another position player to watch on Rome if you are in to dark horse picks.

Next Game: 4/21 @ 7:00 PM. Probable Starters: Rome - Ricardo Sanchez, Asheville - Trey Killian