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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Dustin Peterson goes wild and Mike Soroka is good at baseball

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Tonight's games were peppered with strong pitching performances and some stand out offensive ones as well as the affiliates swept their games last night.

Mike Soroka is good at baseball
Mike Soroka is good at baseball

Gwinnett Braves 4, Rochester Red Wings 3

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 0-5,  1 K, .305/.359/.443 (both levels)
  • Adonis Garcia, LF: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, .274/.353/.395
  • Tyrell Jenkins, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Adonis Garcia and the offense backed Tyrell Jenkins with just enough runs as Gwinnett defeated Rochester 4-3. Tyrell had a decent showing with 6 innings while giving up 3 runs on 8 hits. Most of the hits were soft grounders that found holes and for most of the night Tyrell was quite impressive until the bottom of the sixth where Rochester started hitting the ball a little harder and advanced some runners on some fly balls in order to score 2 runs. While is peripherals are not super duper (just 3 Ks for example), the fact that Tyrell has been limiting his walks this season has certainly been encouraging. The bullpen held things down for 3 innings of scoreless relief while giving up just a single hit with a couple of walks.

On offense, Adonis Garcia was the biggest boon with a 2 run shot. Whether or not Adonis gets another chance to really stick in the majors will depend largely on how productive he is with the bat and how not-embarassing he is in the field. Jace Peterson and Matt Tuiasosopo both had multi-hit games while Rio Ruiz is attempting to break out of his funk of late as he reached base twice with a walk and a single. Ozzie Albies did not have the best of night going 0-5, but he has shown some good signs of late at the plate and it was nice to see Gwinnett bat him leadoff as opposed to batting him at the bottom of the order.

Next Game: 5/13 at Pawtucket @ 7:05 PM

Probable Starters: Gwinnett - John Gant, Pawtucket - Eduardo Rodriguez

Mississippi Braves 4, Mobile Bay Bears 1

Box Score

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, .278/.347/.476
  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, .311/.421/.500 (2 levels)
  • Rob Whalen, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.47 ERA

It was the Dustin Peterson show down in Mississippi as Mississippi took down Mobile 4-1. First, lets talk about Rob Whalen's excellent start where he went 6 strong innings while giving up just 1 earned run. He now has two straight starts where he has given up just a single run and has struck out 10 batters over that span. The deal that sent Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets continues to pay dividends as both Whalen and John Gant have performed quite well for the Braves since their arrivals. Also a tip of the hat to Jason Hursh who, after struggling for the last couple of years, seems to have carved out a role in the bullpen. After his 2 innings of scoreless relief, he now has 7 straight appearance without giving up a run and he was missing bats in this one with 3 strikeouts. He could see time in Gwinnett sooner rather than later.

As for the offense, Dustin Peterson finished just a single shy of a cycle as he cranked out three extra-base hits for Mississippi. With his second home run in as many games, he now has 5 home runs on the season. The key for Dustin will be finishing this season strong as he has faltered in second halves during the course of his career. While last year can hardly be described as his fault (the Mudcats' bus crash ruined many a' season last year), it would be nice to see him put together a solid full season. Carlos Franco reached base 3 times including 2 walks while Dansby Swanson only managed a walk in this game as he adjusts to life in AA.

Next Game: 5/13 hosting Mobile @ 7:00 PM CST

Probable Starters: Mobile - Edgar Garcia, Mississippi - Brandon Barker

Carolina Mudcats 3, Potomac Nationals 2 - F/10

Box Score

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, .336/.388/.491
  • Keith Curcio, CF: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 1 run, .280/.328/.415
  • Enderson Franco, SP: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6.09 ERA

Jordan Edgerton hit a walk-off RBI single as Carolina took down Potomac in extras 3-2. Enderson Franco has turned in to a pretty reliable starter for Carolina after an awful first start where he gave up 9 runs in two innings, as he has since then not given up more than 3 in any start. This game was also the deepest he has gone this season, so its encouraging he has gotten on the right track. Carlos Salazar continues to be almost unhittable, but his current walk rate is going to be a major impediment to him advancing through the system. Sean McLaughlin pitched an inning of scoreless relief to get the win.

On offense, Joey Meneses now has a 16 game hitting streak with a pair of hits in this one. While his path to the majors is blocked by Freddie Freeman, its at least comforting to know that there some sort of back-up in the system in case something were to happen to Freddie over the next couple of years that could feasibly fill-in without it being a total disaster assuming Meneses can keep progressing. Keith Curcio added a couple extra-base hits to his strong start of the season while Braxton Davidson at least got back to walking at a decent clip with a pair of free passes. To say his start to the season has been disappointing is pretty accurate as he has not shown the ability to make contact reliably at high-A.

Next Game: 5/13 hosting Lynchburg Hillcats @ 7:00 PM

Probable Starters: Lynchburg - Luis Lugo, Carolina - Wes Parsons

Rome Braves 3, Hickory Crawdads 0

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 2-5, 1 RBI, .250/.296/.403
  • Juan Yepez, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 runs
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-5, .313/.341/.426
  • Mike Soroka, SP: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.96 ERA

Mike Soroka was lights out as Rome shut out Hickory 3-0. After arguably his "worst" start of the season where he gave up 3 walks and 3 runs, Soroka got back to making us swoon with 5.2 scoreless innings while giving up just a single hit. Despite being just 18, he has shown tremendous command to go along with outstanding ability to make adjustments within games. Like most players his age, he won't have every pitch working every night, but he has shown an innate understanding of how to adjust his approach in order to get the job done. Trevor Belicek and AJ Minter combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

On offense, Austin Riley seems to have found an approach that is working for him at the plate as he has hits in 5 of his past 6 games. He is still striking out too much, but he is making contact and getting work done which is encouraging. So far this season has been a mixed bag for him, but he has plenty of time to turn it around. Leudys Baez made his debut in Rome while reaching base twice and scoring a run while Jonathan Morales continues to just hit and hit with a couple more on this night. Rome didn't need many runs given the work being done on the mound, so the RBIs from Riley, Herbert, and Salazar proved to be more than sufficient.

Next Game: 5/13 at Hickory @ 7:00 PM

Probable Starters: Rome - Patrick Weigel, Hickory - Erik Swanson