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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Ricardo Sanchez dominates; Ruiz, Dansby continue hot hitting

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The wins and the production were both plentiful in the Braves minor league system on this day.

Gwinnett Braves 5 @ Toledo Mud Hens 1

Box Score

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-5, 1 run, 2 K, .347/.402/.507
  • Reid Brignac, 2B: 3-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, .304/.398/.319
  • Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .213/.326/.440

A ragtag collection of pitchers shut down Toledo while used 14 hits (13 singles) to small ball them to death with a final score of 5-1. Kanekoa Texeira was excellent for 5 innings of shutout baseball. While he is not likely to be more than organizational filler given his age and the state of his career, Texeira is a very steady presence in Gwinnett's rotation and always seems to keep his team in a game. De La Cruz, Cunniff, and Marksberry combined to throw 4 innings of one run ball (the one run charged to Cunniff) with 2 walks and 3 Ks.

On offense, it was lots of small ball that got the job done. Rio Ruiz got back on track with a pair of singles as well as scoring a run after reaching on a force attempt in the 9th. Reid Brignac has been quite good for Gwinnett this season as well with 3 singles and 2 RBIs. While Reid again isn't a long term answer anywhere at 30 years old, he could potentially see time in Atlanta if the Braves are hellbent on preserving Ozzie and Dansby's service time and have a need for a utility type player.

Mississippi Braves - Day Off

Next Game: 4/28 at Jacksonville @ 7:05 ET

Probable Starters: Mississippi - Andrew Thurman, Jacksonville - Jake Esch

Wilmington Blue Rocks 1 @ Carolina Mudcats 3

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-1, 3 BB, .333/.438/.520
  • Jordan Edgerton, 3B: 1-4, 2 RBI, .207/.216/.354
  • Ryan Clark, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 run (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 6.16 ERA

Carolina used a 2-run single in the 7th inning from Jordan Edgerton and a very strong outing from Ryan Clark to beat Wilmington 3-1. Ryan had struggled a bit in his first couple of starts but has steadily improved in his last two. After giving up two earned runs in 5 innings last start, he was stellar for 6 innings in this game with 1 run (zero earned) while giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks. The bullpen locked things down for Clark after that with Zach Quintana and Evan Phillips pitching three scoreless innings of relief.

On offense, there was not a lot going on in this pitching duel. It appeared as though Wilmington wanted no part of Dansby Swanson on this day. Dansby did have a double in the game, but also had 3 walks. Some of that can from Wilmington not wanting to let Swanson beat them, but Dansby's eye and approach at the plate seems to be very good as well. Jordan Edgerton had two RBIs as well, but has yet to make consistent contact in high-A to take advantage of his power that he showed at times in Rome last year. For those wondering, Braxton Davidson had the night off.

Rome Braves 4 @ West Virginia Power 2 - Game One - Resumed from yesterday

Box Score

Rome Braves 2 @ West Virginia Power 1 - Game Two

Box Score

  • Jonathan Morales, C/DH: 2-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .329/.347/.486
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs, .253/.275/.440
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, RF: 3-7, 1 BB, 1 2B, 1 run, 3 K, .338/.442/.523
  • Ricardo Sanchez, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.86 ERA

Rome had to finish a rain-postponed game and play a second game yesterday, but managed to win both of them by scores of 4-2, 2-1. Max Fried started the first game but, with the rain out, only got to pitch two innings. Belicek, Lewis, and Matos came in and did enough work to secure a win in the first game. In the second, Ricardo Sanchez was dominant for his second straight start. He has given up a total of 3 walks and one earned run in his last two games after walking 6 and giving up 5 runs in his first two starts of the season. Dalton Geekie came in and got the two-inning save.

As for the offense, several of the usual suspects did their thing to score just enough for Rome to get the sweep. Jonathan Morales and Austin Riley each had a hit and an RBI in each game of the quasi-doubleheader while Ray-Patrick Didder reached base 4 times out of the leadoff spot. Ronald Acuna did go 0-7 which was disappointing, but given his impressive tools and approach, he will likely be just fine.

Next Game: 4/27 @ 7:05 PM at West Virginia

Probable Starters: Rome - Touki Toussaint, West Virginia - Jonathan Brubaker